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.
The War Eagle Fair has a rich history, full of stories that are just begging to be told. For this reason, the history of the Fair will have to be told over multiple posts. That, after all, is part of the purpose for this blog. We want to share more than just a blurb with you about the Fair. But, before we start our trip down memory lane, I thought it would be good to do a short version of the Fair's history. The War Eagle Fair was founded in 1954. It was the brainchild of Blanche Elliott. After a successful week of a weaving course hosted in War Eagle by the Northwest Arkansas Handweavers Guild which ended with a exhibition of items created during the course, Mrs. Elliott was inspired to put together an arts and crafts fair with the beautiful War Eagle River valley as the backdrop. Fall was chosen in order to showcase the colorful beauty of the Ozarks foliage as well as the traditional arts and crafts. The first War Eagle Fair, attended by 2,259 people according to
A view from above: The Fair in the 80s 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.) Please note that we recommend arriving from the Springdale/Fayetteville direction in order to avoid traffic back-ups around the historic War Eagle Bridge. Also note, our parking fee is collected when you exit our parking lots . This keeps traffic from backing up on the roads. If you pay a parking fee when you enter the parking lot, you have not parked at the War Ea
It's a question that we hear frequently during the Fair. So, recently, we put the question to Fair visitors and exhibitors. They came up with some really great suggestions. Without further adieu, in no particular order, here is a list of great places to eat in Northwest Arkansas: Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Rogers and Fayetteville Tacos 4 Life, Fayetteville Chuy's, Rogers Marketplace, Springdale Sam's Hamburgers, Rogers Copelands of New Orleans, Rogers Sushi House, Bentonville Sparky's Roadhouse Cafe, Eureka Springs Uncle Maddios Pizza, Rogers JJs, Rogers Bliss Cupcakes, Rogers and Fayetteville Butter Biscuit, Bentonville The Egg and I, Rogers Parkside Public, Downtown Rogers Catfish Hole, Fayetteville Monte Ne Chicken, Rogers AQ Chicken, Springdale The Social Taco, Rogers TNT Diner, Sonora Venesian Inn, Springdale Rockin Pig Saloon, Eureka Springs Casa Collina, Eureka Springs Smokin' Joe's, Bentonville and Rogers Susan's, Springdal