Beavers Bend Hosts Annual Folk Festival and Craft Show


Broken Bow, OK- Beavers Bend State Park is the site of one of Oklahoma’s most popular fall festivals. The Folk Festival & Craft Show kicks off Friday, Nov. 8 and runs through Nov. 10 at the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center. This is the 20th year for this popular free festival which draws over 17,000 visitors to southeastern Oklahoma, just in time for the beautiful fall colors.

Featuring turn-of-the-century arts and crafts, over 70 exhibitors will be demonstrating candle making, woodturning, lye soap making, knife making, quilting and more. Herbalists will share their knowledge, instrument makers will exhibit their work and quilters will show their best.

“The hands-on demonstrations are what sets this festival apart from others,” said Doug Zook, festival coordinator. “There is something for everyone from the youngest kids who love the petting zoo to the ladies who enjoy the holiday shopping to the men who enjoy watching the knife making demonstration.”

The courtyard of the Forest Heritage Center is a haven for children. Storytellers spin their yarns while a petting zoo offers up-close and personal encounters with furry critters. The children’s activity area will offer kids the opportunity to create a puppet show with their own handmade paper puppets.

The twang of banjos, the wail of fiddles and the ring of dulcimer strings accompany all this. Four of the country’s best folk musicians will be featured on an outdoor stage throughout the three-day festival. There will be free mountain dulcimer workshops offered each day. People are invited to bring their own dulcimers or try their hand on the dulcimers provided by instructors Keith and Darlene Vanderbosch.

The outstanding food at the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show takes a sweet turn this year with favorites like kettle corn, caramel apples and funnel cakes. Food vendors are offering pork-o-bobs, patty melts, chicken tacos, smoked turkey legs and paninis. Back by popular demand are Indian tacos, cowboy tacos, and burgers. Wash it all down with fresh apple cider or old-time root beer. The festival is a food lovers paradise.

Mother Nature will be providing quite a show of her own during the weekend. Fall colors should be peaking and park guests can also enjoy the scheduled Beavers Bend State Park activities, like hayrides and train rides.

The Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show is made possible by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board, Oklahoma Arts Council, McCurtain County Tourism Authority, Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. Festival hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, contact the Forest Heritage Center Museum (580) 494-6497, email fhc@beaversbend.com or visit www.forestry.ok.gov/folk-festival.

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Broom making is just one of the many crafts demonstrated at the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show. Jerry Lovenstein, shown above, creates beautiful brooms and brushes from broom straw.

 

 Festival Location: Beavers Bend State Park, 7 miles north of Broken Bow, OK on Hwy 259A.

  • From OKC: (approx. 4 hour drive) I-40 to Indian Nation Turnpike, exit Highway 3 & 7 at Antlers, go east to Broken Bow. Turn left on Hwy 259 and go 7 miles north to the Beavers Bend State Park entrance on Hwy 259A.
  • From Tulsa: (approx. 3 hour drive) Highway 75 south to the Indian Nation Turnpike. Exit Highway 3 & 7 at Antlers. Go east to Broken Bow. Turn left on Hwy 259 and go 7 miles north to Beavers Bend State Park entrance on Hwy 259A.
  • From Dallas: (approx. 3 1/2 hour drive) Take I-30 East to DeKalb, TX. Exit on Hwy 259 north. Stay on Hwy 259 north through Idabel and Broken Bow.
  • From Texarkana: (approx. 1 1/2 hour drive) Take I-30 west, exit and State Park is 7 miles north of Broken Bow on Hwy 259A. Hwy 82/DeKalb; continue through DeKalb and take Hwy 259 through Idabel, OK to Broken Bow. Beavers Bend State Park is 7 miles north of Broken Bow on Hwy 259A.

Lodging Information: There are several lodging options to suit every pocketbook. The area has over 700 individual cabins available for nightly rental, as well as motels and camping sites. Visit www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com or call 800-52TREES and the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce can assist you in finding lodging.