Whether you live in the Northeast Oklahoma or Northwest Arkansas area, or are just visiting, these five festivals are a must see for fall 2012. I have personally attended each of these in years past, so I can guarantee, with tons of fun family activities, unique crafts and delicious food, you will not be disappointed.
The 61st Annual Clothesline Fair will be held September 1st through 3rd, in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The fair will be held at the historic Prairie Grove Battle ground state park. Parking is $5.00 per vehicle; however admission to the fair is free. There will be many booths featuring crafts from local artisans and carpenters, musical entertainment and even square dancing. Refreshments will be sold by local non-profit organizations.
Fin and Feather Resort in Gore, Oklahoma will host their 44th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show on September 28th, 29th and 30th. Admission to this event is free. With over 200 vendors this show has something for everyone. They feature art, wood works, clothing, hair accessories, pottery, candles, scrapbooking items, and many more creative items. Food vendors are always present with a variety of cuisine to choose from. You can also dine at one of Fin and Feathers on site restaurants.
Since 1976 the Arkansas Apple Festival has been delighting families with their one of a kind craft booths from some of the best artisans in the Ozarks. They feature a Kid’s World, live music, gospel singing and of course tons of apple cider and free apple slices. This year’s event will be held on October 5th, 6th and 7th. Admission is free to the Festival which will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and will open at noon on Sunday.
The Chamber of Commerce of Poteau, Oklahoma will host their annual Poteau Balloon Fest on October 19th and 20th. The Balloon Fest will be held at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds on Highway 71. Armbands will be sold in advance at the Chamber of Commerce offices for $3.00 through October 19, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. At the gate armbands are $5.00. The balloons take flight at 7:30 a.m. each morning, with the gates opening for the festival events at noon on Friday and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Festival events include a 5K run, magicians, a pageant, performing animals, a BMX Freestyle team and live music acts taking the stage at 7:00 p.m. Friday night and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. There will be vendor booths selling one of a kind arts and crafts items. Barbeque is the other main attraction of this event with a special visit from Big Moe Carson of Ponderosa Barbeque.
October 18th to 21st, War Eagle Mills Fall Craft Fair in Rogers, Arkansas is the place to be. The atmosphere alone will draw you in to this historic site built in the 1800’s. Craft vendors come from all over the U.S. to present their handmade crafts and art work. Delicious southern food cooked fresh and served hot can be found both on the mill grounds as well as in the War Eagle Mill Bean Palace Restaurant. Admission and parking are free; the fair opens at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and all booths close at 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
No matter your taste, there is something for everyone this fall on the Arkansas and Oklahoma border.