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