Spring Arts and Crafts Fairs: Two Cancelled Because of Weather, Others Will Still Open

Jill M. Rohrbach

Normally I would only speak for myself, and not others. But in this case, I feel confident in saying that we are all sick of the rain here in northwest Arkansas and the whole state in general. And yet it continues to rain while I type this.

And most unfortunately, because of the rain, the War Eagle Mill Spring Crafts and Culinary Arts Fair and the Sharp’s Show of War Eagle have been cancelled for this weekend. The Mill flooded last Monday and Tuesday, but was cleaned and reopened by Friday. But with continued rains yesterday and today the Mill faces the risk of a second flooding, and the Sharp’s field where all fair visitors park and the majority of vendors set up is either still flooded or too soft to drive on, according to Mill General Manager Doug Walsh. The Mill will still be open and will host some musicians through the weekend. So, if you’re in the area stop by and see them.

There are other spring fairs in the area. Call ahead for times and weather updates. 

Part of the northwest Arkansas spring arts and crafts fair weekend, Art on the Creek in Bella Vista takes place May 6-7. Regional arts and crafts and food will be for sale. The event is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Ark. 71 and McNelley Road. Admission is free. Visit www.bellavistafestival.org/ or call 479-855-2064 for more information.


The Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Craft Fair in Bentonville runs May 6-8. Regional artists and craftspeople will display and sell their wares. This is one of many fairs open during the annual spring arts and crafts event in northwest Arkansas. Admission is free. Call 479-685-5655 for details.


Fayetteville’s 3rd annual Spring Craft Extravaganza takes place May 7 on Center Street and around the town square. Artisans of the Fayetteville Farmers Market sell juried fine art and handcrafted items. All items at the market are produced locally. Some artists offer on-site demonstrations of their craft. The open-air market runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission is free. Visit www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org/ or call 479-236-2910 for details.


The Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Festival is May 6-8 in Rogers. It features hundreds of crafters with items such as baskets, woodwork, potpourris, candles, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, oil and acrylic painting, and more. Holiday theme gifts are in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations.


The Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Show is May 6-7 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale and the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. These indoor facilities are convenient to lodging, food, and are handicap accessible with free parking. The Rogers venue will introduce the Spring Home & Fashion Market, a unique blend of health and beauty related products and services, home decor and antiques, ladies and children’s fashion and apparel, as well as original home spun arts and crafts. The Springdale locale continues its 16th annual traditional arts and crafts festival. Call 47-756-6954 for more information. 


Southern Suzy Arts & Craft Show is held indoors at the Clarion Inn in Bentonville on May 6-8. This is the third year in this location and the fair welcomes several new vendors and new crafts including jewelry, lamps, clock, wood baskets, candles, candy, and more. 

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