An Affair of the Heart is this weekend at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City

An Affair of the Heart's three-day spring event continues through Sunday at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. An estimated 60,000 to 70,000 people are expected to attend.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: February 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013
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“You see so many fun and different little things,” Turner said.

It's about more than shopping, attendees say. It's a social event with girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters.

“We just go to come out and get away from work, kids and husbands,” said Nicole Johnson, of Prosper, Texas. She timed a visit to her mother, Diane Johndrow, of Edmond, to coincide with the show.

An Affair of the Heart was first held in February 1985, organized by eight local women wanting a place to sell their crafts.

That show was held in State Fair Park's Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building. Now it is one of seven buildings used.

Sixty-five exhibitors participated in 1985; today, there's upward of 700.

Admission was $3 the first year, and the event was one day. Now, it is a weekend-long event held four times a year: in Oklahoma City in February and October, and in Tulsa in July and November.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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An Affair

of the Heart

Where: State Fair Park.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $7.

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