16th Annual Folk Life Festival and Craft Show (2009), Beavers Bend

Fri, November 13, 2009

The festival is a showcase for turn-of-the-century arts and crafts. This year almost 70 exhibitors and vendors will feature crafts and skills like candlemaking, woodturning, lye soap making, knife making and quilting. Herbalist’s will share their knowledge. Instrument makers will exhibit their work. Quilters will show their best.


The courtyard of the Forest Heritage Center is a haven for the children. Storytellers spin their yarns, 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 imagination and their own handmade paper puppets.


The twang of banjos, the wail of the fiddles and the ring of the 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 in the courtyard. Folks are invited to bring their own dulcimers or try their hand on the dulcimers provided by instructors Keith and Darlene Vanderbosh.


The always-outstanding food at the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show takes a sweet turn this year. Food vendors are offering pork-o-bobs, patty melts, chicken tacos, as well as smoked turkey legs and wrap sandwiches. Back by popular demand are Indian tacos, cowboy tacos, and burgers. Long-time Festival favorites like kettle korn, corn dogs  and funnel cakes will also tempt visitors. Wash it all down with fresh apple cider or sarsaparilla. The festival is a food-lovers paradise!


Mother Nature should 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 Resort activities, like nature center programs, hayrides and train rides.


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


For more information, contact the Forest Heritage Center at Beavers Bend Resort Park at (580)494-6497, email fhc@beaversbend.com or visit www.beaversbend.com.