Artisans Offer Hands-On Crafts for Labor Day Holiday at the Ozark Folk Center State Park

The best way to learn a new craft is to dig in and get your hands right into it – and the Ozark Folk Center State Park is offering special hands-on classes this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 6 – 7.

While normally closed on Sundays and Mondays, the park will be open so crafts people in the village can focus on the mission of perpetuating Ozark heritage crafts by showcasing the tradition of hands-on learning. Spend time learning how to make things with your own hands. Learn how to dip a candle, make a corn-husk doll, stitch a quilt, and weave a scarf and so much more.

“Every one of the 21 studios at this unique Arkansas State Park features a craftsperson demonstrating, creating and selling their fine and functional crafts in air-conditioned comfort,” said Jeanette Larson, Crafts Director. “Crafts showcased in the park include wood carving; soap making; pottery; candle making; weaving; gunsmithing; leather work; basket making; quilting; broom tying; printing; painting; stained glass; scrimshaw; copper flame painting; knife making and more. Take the time to visit with our crafts people and learn about their work.”

While in the park, visit the Homespun Gift Shop, which features quality items handcrafted by artisans from across Arkansas. Grab a bit of lunch at the Smokehouse or treat yourself to one of their famous fried pies with a scoop of ice cream. The Skillet is the place for more substantial fare. If you’re looking for a place to stay while you’re here, the Cabins at Dry Creek offer hospitality and comfort in a wooded setting just down the hill from the Craft Village.

Admission to the Craft Village is $12 for adults and $7.50 for children 6-12. Family passes are available for $29.50. Parking is always free and the shuttle bus offers easy access to all areas of the park. Visit to check for special happenings. You can call 870-269-3851 for more information or to make reservations for classes or lodging.
The Ozark Folk Center State Park is located at 1032 Park Avenue in Mountain View. Follow the signs to the Ozark Folk Center State Park, less than a mile from the Courthouse Square in downtown Mountain View. The park may also be reached by taking Hwy 5/9/14 (Sylamore Ave) to Jimmy Driftwood Parkway, which leads directly to the park entrance.

The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner; through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Gardens, workshops and other special events. The crafts we create and share are based in the heritage and resources of the Ozark highlands. Call Craft Director Jeanette Larson at 870-269-3851 for more information.