A House Full of (War Eagle) Memories

For some, dusting is a chore.  For me, it's a trip down memory lane.

My house is filled with beautiful creations from the hands of decades of War Eagle Fair exhibitors.  Some of these pieces were gifts.  I purchased some of them.  Some of them have been passed down to me from family members.

This summer, I will turn 35.  I have spent my entire life at and around the War Eagle Fair.  From before I was born until midway through my twenties, the Ozark Arts and Crafts Fair Association (the non-profit organization that runs the Fair) sponsored three events each year: an arts and crafts fair in the spring and the fall, and a teaching seminar in the summer.

There are many stories of me at these events throughout the years.  I was tiny (maybe two or three) when I brought the Seminar to a screeching halt because I had "gone missing."  Turns out, I had actually gone with one of the seminar students to check the beans she had cooking in the cabin that she was renting.  I promised I …

How do I become an exhibitor at the War Eagle Fair?

We get this question a lot.  Hopefully this post will provide a few helpful tips.

Becoming an exhibitor at the War Eagle Fair starts with submitting a screening application (click here to download).  The screening application is your chance to blow away our jury members with your unique, high quality, handmade items.  It's a basic introduction to you, with information on you, your craft, and your experience.

Once you have your screening application filled out, the next step is to select the pictures you wish to submit with your screening application.  We ask for four to six pictures.  Included among these pictures, we need to see your items.  Make sure to show us good pictures that reflect your item as positively as possible.  We also ask to see the process you go through to make your items.  The process pictures are an important part of the screening process but tend to be the most forgotten.  (It's important to include both process and finished product pictures wi…

New War Eagle Bridge Restrictions

The beloved War Eagle Bridge is aging, quickly. In an effort to slow the deterioration process until repairs or replacement can be done, the Benton County Road Department and Arkansas Highway & Transportation Division have put out the following restrictions in regards to traffic crossing the bridge. Please be aware that these are being very strictly enforced. Plan ahead for any adjustments to your normal travel.

No vehicles weighing more than 3 tons will be allowed to cross the bridge. To put that in perspective, that is barely more than a Chevy Tahoe with 4 passengers.No vehicles pulling trailers will be allowed to cross.No box trucks.Only one vehicle will be allowed to cross at a time.Pedestrian traffic will also be closely monitored and a limited number of people will be allowed on the bridge at a time. These restrictions and precautions will cause delays.  In order to minimize the delays, we are recommending that all visitors plan to not drive across the bridge.  Parking on…

A Short History of War Eagle Weekend


VIP Parking Pass Tips

A few years ago, we began giving away VIP Parking Passes.  The VIP parking spaces are located next to the Fair's Information Booth right inside the main gate.  These spots are the absolute closest you can park to the exhibits.  When we first started offering these passes, there were two VIP parking spaces available.  This year, two more spaces were added for a total of four VIP parking spaces.

As with all new things, there have been a few hiccups along the way.  We have received a lot of helpful feedback from past VIP parking pass winners and have tried to make adjustments accordingly.  Below are a few tips for VIP parking pass holders. 

If possible, arrive in War Eagle from the Springdale direction (see this post for helpful driving directions).  The War Eagle Fair is located on the west side of the War Eagle River.  Arriving from the Springdale direction allows you to avoid crossing the old, one-way bridge over the river.When you arrive, let the deputy directing traffic know tha…

2014 Giveaway Donors

Once again, our giveaways were wildly popular.  However, these giveaways would not be possible without the generous donations of our awesome exhibitors.  Below is a listing of exhibitors who donated to the 2014 giveaways.  Be sure to thank them when you stop by their booths at the 61st War Eagle Fair.

What's With the Parking Fee?

Parking at the War Eagle Fair costs $3 per car.  Many people who have visited the Fair for many years know that we have not always charged a fee for parking.  However, we started charging the parking fee a few years back for a number of reasons.

There are many expenses incurred when hosting an event as large as the War Eagle Fair. One of those expenses is traffic control.  Each year more than a hundred thousand people converge on the War Eagle River Valley to attend the Fair.  Traffic control is essential to keeping those people flowing in and out in an orderly fashion.  The War Eagle Fair pays the Benton County Sheriff's Department to provide this traffic control for us.  Many other expenses, such as electricity and water, tent rental, and grounds maintenance, are incurred in order to not only put the Fair on each year but to keep it running as smoothly as visitors have come to expect.

The War Eagle Fair is sponsored by the Ozark Arts and Crafts Fair Association, a non-profit org…