Ozark Folk Center State Park opens for fun-filled season

The Ozark Folk Center State Park opens for the season April 1 and is America’s only facility that preserves the Ozark heritage by sharing it in an interactive forum.

Tap your toes to mountain music at one of your favorite Arkansas state parks located in Mountain View, Arkansas in the heart of the Ozarks. See blacksmithing, pottery-making and more than 18 other pioneer skills and crafts. The Craft Village is open Tuesday through Saturday from April through November.

Music programs take place Tuesday through Saturday evenings through Oct. 26. Celebrity performers and traditional Ozark musicians fill the large auditorium with the sounds of traditional southern mountain music. String band instruments, ballads and Celtic roots dances fill the stage. Join in the dances and sing along with the familiar tunes.

Sign up for classes to learn to play the dulcimer or autoharp, to jig dance or to grow an organic herb garden. Design your own workshop for the study of the traditional crafts demonstrated here. Browse the Homespun Gift Shop and sample country cooking at the Skillet Restaurant, open seven days a week during the season. All year long you can spend the night in our comfortable duplex studio-style Cabins at Dry Creek.

The Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through November. Admission to the Village is $12 for adults and $7.50 for children 6-12. Children under six are free. For more information call 870-269-3851 or go to www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.