Clothes­line Fair Cel­e­brates 66th Year

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

PRAIRIE GROVE — More than 140 ven­dors are ex­pected to show up Friday to set up tents and wares in prepa­ra­tion for the 66th an­nual Clothes­line Fair.

The Clothes­line Fair opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Grove Bat­tle­field State Park, with ac­tiv­i­ties sched­uled through­out Saturday, Sun­day and Mon­day. The fair con­cludes Mon­day night with the fi­nals of the square dance com­pe­ti­tion.

The fair is hosted by Prairie Grove Bat­tle­field State Park, in con­junc­tion with Prairie Grove Lions Club and Arts Cen­ter of the Ozarks.

Eve Smith, who co­or­di­nates the crafts fair for the Arts Cen­ter, said this year’s fair will have reg­u­lar, re­turn­ing ven­dors and some new ven­dors.

Hand­made items that are re­turn­ing in­clude wooden toys, dried food mixes and quilts.

New booths will pro­vide items geared for men, such as hand­made prod­ucts for beards, and hand­made ex­fo­li­at­ing cremes.

“These are new con­tem­po­rary prod­ucts we haven’t had in the past,” Smith said.

Last year, record crowds en­joyed three days of crafts, food, square danc­ing and live mu­sic at the Bat­tle­field State Park. Park of­fi­cials es­ti­mated at­ten­dance at 48,000 peo­ple, based on park­ing, and at­trib­uted the high at­ten­dance to cooler tem­per­a­tures and lower hu­mid­ity that hit North­west Arkansas just in time for the an­nual event.

The Lions Club co­or­di­nates food con­ces­sions for the fair, as well as the pop­u­lar square dance ex­hi­bi­tions and com­pe­ti­tions.

Craig Bat­tles with the Lions Club said more food trucks will be on site this year and some of the food trucks will be open Friday for lunch. He en­cour­aged area res­i­dents to come to the park for lunch on Friday.

The Lions Club will have its reg­u­lar items, smoked baloney sand­wiches and turkey legs in the Latta Barn. Other food avail­able will be ket­tle corn, the Donut Burger food truck, Philly cheeses­teak sand­wiches, roasted pota­toes, na­chos and other county fair type menu items.

Bat­tles said 54 ex­hi­bi­tion square dance groups are signed up to per­form, with 11 groups com­pet­ing to win the 2017 square dance cham­pi­onship. Square danc­ing starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. An­other round be­gins at 2:30 p.m. Mon­day for the younger groups, with the fi­nals for com­pe­ti­tion danc­ing to start at 7 p.m. Mon­day.

“We ex­pect a good year like last year and are ex­pect­ing a lot of peo­ple to come out,” Bat­tles said. “We just con­tinue do­ing what we’ve al­ways been do­ing.”

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