Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair is Labor Day Weekend

Jill M. Rohrbach
It’s Labor Day weekend, which means it’s also time for the Clothesline Fair in Prairie Grove. This is the 60th year for this fantastic festival held at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on Sept. 3-5.

You’ll find more than 100 booths where artisans display, demonstrate and sell their handmade arts and crafts. There are exhibits and displays of antique farming equipment. Don’t miss the re-enactment camps set up on the parks grounds. Walk through them, ask questions, and get an idea of what life was like for the soldiers back then.

The Hindman Hall museum will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It serves as the park visitor center as well, and you find restrooms, a gift shop and a park orientation video here. You can tour the historic Morrow and Latta houses and other buildings in the park’s Ozark village.

New this year are living history presentations at the Latta House. Called Grandma Stories, the 20-minute presentations performed by Linda Doede tell the story of Samuel Pittman Sgt Co K 34th Arkansas Infantry Confederate survivor of the Battle of Prairie Grove. You can catch those at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Monday.

Also new this year, the local Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) Prairie Grove Chapter #1006 that started the Battlefield Park, will have an information tent on Saturday until 5 p.m. and will host a book signing at their tent from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A parade through downtown Prairie Grove starts at Prairie Grove Public Schools on at 9 a.m. Saturday and ends at the Borden House entrance at the park. The parade will include square dance groups, local marching bands, antique cars and tractors, local horse clubs, cheerleaders, and more. Festivities also include square dancers, martial arts demonstrations, and live music. The fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

The concessions are plentiful and fabulous, so you can look forward to eating there too.

Admission is free to the festival, but there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle each day for a parking space in the park. The parking fee is collected from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A portion of it is donated to the Big House Youth Outreach organization in Prairie Grove. The Clothesline Fair is sponsored by the Prairie Grove Lions Club, the Arts Center of the Ozarks and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. It draws about 35,000 visitors each year.

Call 479-846-2990 for more information. Find out more about the park at

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