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Family fun is waiting at Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show

BY KIRBY SMITH, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Modified: October 30, 2012 at 10:46 am •  Published: October 30, 2012

BROKEN BOW -- The upcoming Beavers Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show offers the entire family a chance to step back in time and enjoy a weekend outing.

As one of Oklahoma’s most popular autumn events, each year the festival attracts more than 17,000 visitors to southeastern Oklahoma just as the colors of the season begin to emerge.

The festival is held at the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum in Beavers Bend State Park on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. The Museum is operated by the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board and Oklahoma Forestry Services.

The show offers a chance to relax while offering a variety of exhibits. More than 70 exhibitors and vendors will showcase turn-of-the-century crafts and skills like broom making, woodturning, lye soap making and knife making.

Herbalists will share their knowledge. Instrument-makers will exhibit their work, and quilters will show their best.

Attractions for younger show attendees include: a forested courtyard, storytellers and a petting zoo. The children’s activity area also features the opportunity to create a puppet show utilizing imagination and handmade paper puppets.

A unique addition to this year’s show is Okie Dirt. This husband and wife team embraces the artistry of Oklahoma’s legendary soil through the production of creative and natural products. They seek out the reddest soil, hand dig clay and use it to dye shirts.

The twang of banjos, the wail of the fiddles and the ring of the dulcimer strings provide a musical backdrop for the show. Four of the country’s best folk musicians will be featured on an outdoor stage throughout the three-day festival.

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