The Hills Are Alive With Tradition

Jill M. Rohrbach

Since Interstate 540 was built, there’s not been much reason for most people to travel the old Ark. 71 over the Boston Mountain. But there is a reason to head to that pinnacle this Saturday, Sept. 19 – the Fiber Arts Fair and Competition at Ozark Folk Ways Heritage Center, located between Winslow and Mt. Gaylor on the Boston Mountain Scenic Loop.


The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regional fiber artists that submit their work for this juried show have a chance to with $1,500 in prize money.


The whole family can enjoy fiber arts demonstrations, such as quilting, rug hooking and weaving. There will be vendors on location. Plenty of food will be available as well, including Fleeta’s Famous Chicken and Dumplings, a tradition in the hill region of Winslow. How yummy does that sound? That alone draws me up the mountain.


The Ozark Folkways Heritage Center, located in the scenic Ozarks in northwest Arkansas, supports local artists and craftspersons by offering their work for sale in the Golden Hands Gallery. It is a teaching center, upholding the traditional arts and crafts of the people of the Ozarks.


For more information on the Fiber Arts Fair or the juried Fiber Arts Competition, contact Connie Wright at 479-634-3791 or visit


And with fall coming on, don’t forget that the Boston Mountain Scenic Loop is an exceptional drive for enjoying the colors of autumn foliage! Read more about the drive here: One Scenic Drive Offers Two Views of Arkansas’s Ozarks.


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