Two-day festival is May 20-21
(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark.) – Ozark Folk Center State Park’s Cowboy Music & Arts Festival is Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, in scenic Mountain View. The two-day event celebrates the songs and stories of the American Cowboy and will feature GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, family-friendly entertainment, art, live music in the Craft Village and Southern food buffets at the Skillet Restaurant.
The festival will include three concerts at Ozark Highlands Theater from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Music shows will feature performances by GRAMMY Award-winner Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, cowboy songster and poet Andy Hedges, Pipp Gillette, The Farmer & Adele, and a special tribute to Glenn Ohrlin by veteran folksinger and the host of Ozark Highlands Radio, Dave Smith.
Advanced tickets are available for $50 (both days), $25 (Friday only), and $35 (Saturday only) at OzarkFolkCenter.Ticketleap.com. Family passes are available for two adults and children under 18. The event also honors Music & Craft Season Passes, which are available for $75 for adults and $35 for children.
“Ozark Folk Center is one of the last places in the country to hear authentic cowboy music,” Music Director and Ozark Highlands Radio Executive Producer Daren Dortin said. “The festival will offer folks the chance to experience what it was like to sit around the campfire with cowboy songsters and poets in the not-so-distant past and hear timeless songs performed on guitar, banjo, rhythm bones and harmonica.”
The Skillet, the state park’s hill-top restaurant, will serve its all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Southern entrées, sides and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Prices are $13 for breakfast, $14 for lunch and $15 for dinner.
Admission to the Craft Village at Ozark Folk Center is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a concert ticket on Friday or Saturday during the festival. The Craft Village is home to dozens of master craftsmen and craftswomen who make, sell and demonstrate a variety of modern and traditional crafts. Visitors can explore 20 different artisan shops and enjoy family-friendly entertainment and traditional American music during daytime music sets at the Blacksmith Stage. The Village also offers a variety of educational opportunities including living history at the historic Shannon Cabin and one-room schoolhouse, which spark the imagination about pioneer life in the Ozarks.
For visitors who delight in the natural beauty of the Ozarks, be sure to set aside time to discover the Heritage Herb Garden in the Craft Village, where pass-along plants, flowers and herbs for healing are on full display this spring. Many plants are available for sale in the park’s Herb Arbor.
Ozark Folk Center’s Cabins at Dry Creek offer 53 modern duplex cabin rooms with a variety of pet-friendly, ADA and family suites to visitors year-round. To make a cabin reservation, visit OzarkFolkCenter.com.
About Ozark Folk Center State Park
Ozark Folk Center State Park, located in Mountain View, Arkansas, is open seasonally for you to explore the culture of this beautiful region. The mission is “to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner.” The Craft Village has more than 20 craft artisans demonstrating and teaching their arts and is home to the nationally recognized Heritage Herb Garden. The park celebrates its folk music roots through Ozark Highlands Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show, live music in the Craft Village, special musical events, and concerts. Relax and enjoy your stay at one of our 53 cabins nestled in the woods and award-winning Southern cuisine at the Skillet Restaurant. Also available on-site is a conference center and meeting space for groups of all sizes. To learn more information about upcoming events, register for craft classes, or book a cabin for your next retreat, visit OzarkFolkCenter.com.
About Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historic and cultural resources. Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism, and provide leadership in resource conservation. Arkansas State Parks serves more than 9 million visitors annually. Connect with ASP on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and visit ArkansasStateParks.com and ArkansasStateParks.com/media to learn more.