After being postponed and then cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 58th Arkansas Folk Festival is set next month, April 16-17.
The event will feature all the aspects people have come to expect in recent years: a parade down Main Street, live music in and around the courtsquare, craft vendors and more.
Sponsored by the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce, the event features a parade on Main Street Saturday with floats depicting old-time themes, live music, craft vendors downtown and special activities at many area attractions.
The theme this year is “Renewing Traditions,” which reflects the season of spring and the reopening of the community as the pandemic subsides.
The annual Artisans Market on the Square will be presented by the Arkansas Craft Guild with a juried show of crafts and art by current and potential guild members. The show opens at 11 a.m. Friday and is open until 6 p.m. that day. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will also be vendor booths for handmade items around the courtsquare.
Live music programs will be presented on the courthouse stage Friday and Saturday, and informal jam sessions are expected (if weather permits) around the square and in nearby venues such as Washington Street Park.
Attendees are encouraged to wear masks if social distancing is not possible, and hand sanitizing stations will be available.
For the latest information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 870-269-8068.