By: Wayne Hahne
A major semi-annual tradition returns to Northwest Arkansas this week.
Twice a year, in October and May, thousands of people from across the country visit the region to seek out the best in handcrafted arts, crafts and food.
During the craft fair weekends—or War Eagle Weekend as they’ve been famously coined—the Northwest Arkansas region is busy with a variety of arts and craft shows. Most are juried, which means strict crafter participation guidelines apply. Most of the shows are outside and are generally open rain or shine and last until 5 p.m.
The annual craft fairs attract craftsmen and artists nationwide to show and sell their crafts while conversing with other craftsmen and countless visitors. Visitors can view and purchase things such as stained glass, pottery, jewelry, baskets, as well as a myriad of other items. In some cases, visitors can see the craftsmen make their fares.
The tradition started with the “granddaddy” of craft fairs, which is the War Eagle Fair that has been going strong since 1954. Since that time, the fair’s popularity drew so many people that it became obvious that more arts and crafts shows would be popular.
Here are the Fall 2016 craft shows listed by start date. For more information, NWACraftFairs.com
Wednesday, October 12:
Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Festival located at Spanker Creek Farm in Bella Vista (October 12-16)
Thursday, October 13:
Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Fair-3 locations: Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville (October 13-16); NWA Convention Center in Springdale (October 14-15); and John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers (October 14-15).
Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival (October 13-15)
War Eagle Fair along the War Eagle River and alongside the Historic War Eagle Mill (October 14-17)
The War Eagle Mill Craft and Culinary Fair located near the War Eagle Mill (October 13-16)
Sharp’s Show of War Eagle (adjacent to the War Eagle Fair) (October 13-16)
Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Festival located in Frisco Station Mall in Rogers (October 13–16)
Rodeo of the Ozarks Arts and Crafts Festival at Parsons Stadium in Springdale (October 13-15)
About Wayne Hahne
Wayne’s major is creative writing with a minor in history. He loves to write; in fact, he has been told he writes better than he speaks. Besides working out, hiking, hunting, and gaming, he generally tries to experience everything he can in every culture.