Forest Heritage Center Hosts Annual Folk Festival & 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. 14 and runs through Nov. 16 at the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center. This is the 21st 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 set this festival apart from others,” said Doug Zook, festival coordinator. “There is something for everyone from the youngest kids who love the petting zoo, the ladies who enjoy the holiday shopping and 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.

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, fish tacos and smoked turkey legs. Back by popular demand are cowboy tacos, macho nachos, roasted sweet corn and burgers. Wash it all down with fresh apple cider or old-time root beer. The festival is a food lover’s 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 or visit