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Banjo players at 1941 Folkways Festival
Musicians, Albert Blair, Booth Campbell, and Chester Hamilton perform at 1941 Folkways Festival Photo: Archives Arkansas Folk Festival

Arkansas Folk Festival

This annual celebration of traditional Ozark culture is held the third weekend in April in Mountain View. Highlights are a parade, folk music concerts and workshops, a blacksmith shop, and demonstrations of such crafts as making soap, brooms, candles, pottery, dolls and toys. The present-day festival began in 1963 as a tourist attraction and a vehicle for preservation of Ozark traditions, but an earlier folk festival held in 1941 at Mitchell Cave set the precedent. That 1941 event is documented along with today's festival in text, photographs, a videotape of the 1999 and 1993 parades, a compact disc recording of music from an early festival, news clippings, and promotional brochures and flyers.

Originally submitted by: Tim Hutchinson, Senator.

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