Country Memories Soap began about ten years ago after Sarah Dodds saw someone at a craft fair selling beautiful soaps. She returned home to Bogard, Missouri, and taught herself the craft of soapmaking. Today, she participates in craft shows from Washington to Illinois, including the War Eagle Fair each October.
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Dodds
Sarah has been exhibiting at War Eagle since 2009. She says they came to the War Eagle Fair because they "heard that War Eagle had a wonderful reputation" and "wanted to be a part of it." Like so many others, Sarah's favorite part of War Eagle is the scenery. When it comes to fellow exhibitors, Koelzer Bee Farm tops her list of favorites.
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Dodds
When we asked Sarah for her best advice for other crafters, she put it quite simply: always produce the best product possible. She follows this advice herself. Sarah is proud of her Country Memories soaps because they not only last longer than regular soaps but also because they lather well and have lovely, long lasting fragrances. Be sure to stop by this fall and smell what Sarah's created.
War Eagle is nestled in a beautiful river valley amongst the rolling hills of Northwest Arkansas. The journey is a scenic one regardless of what time of year you decide to make it. However, if you are not a local, or even if you are a local but not familiar with the more rural areas of Northwest Arkansas, finding War Eagle can seem challenging.
Here are some basic directions from a few different directions. (For more specific directions, we recommend that you use Google Maps or Mapquest. You can put in 11037 High Sky Inn Rd, Hindsville, AR in as the physical address.)
From Rogers/Bentonville: Highway 12 East out of RogersContinue on Hwy 12E for approximately 12 milesTurn right on War Eagle Road/County Road 98Continue on War Eagle Road for approximately 1.5 milesCross the old, one-lane, iron bridgeThe War Eagle Fair and parking are located on the West side of the river. Our parking attendants will direct you upon arrival.
From Springdale/Fayetteville: Highway 412 East out of Spri…
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
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…
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 …