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Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Owner description: The Ozark Folk Center is a people place,dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Ozark Mountain crafts and music.Visitors can see presentations and demonstrations of the Ozark crafts and music, living history enactments and other special events that highlight this lifestyle. Apprentice and workshop programs pass these skills of the Ozark people to a new generation.As you visit the Folk Center, make your first stop the General Store near the parking lot. From here,buses will take you to the top of the Folk Center's hill to the Ozark Folk Center Theater and the Crafts Village. Stay in one of The Cabins and Dry Creek (60 units) The center also offers a restaurant, the Smokehouse in the Craft Village, conference/meeting facilities for groups large and small and specializes in business retreats and family reunions.
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I attended a 2 day herb seminar there. Nice place, good food and very pleasant craftsmen. Stayed overnight in their facilities. The room was large, clean and comfortable. Would definitely go back!

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Ozark Folk Center is an Arkansas State Park. The Folk Center opened in 1973 to "perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life". The Ozark way of life includes their crafts, music, , art, schooling, housing, animals, plants, and among other things, preserving of food. You will find a wide variety of craft studios where skilled craftsmen/women willingly demonstrate how their chosen craft is made. There are tons of old machines that are kept in operating condition so that the crafts can be produced as they were in days gone by. You will want to spend all day at the center looking at exhibits, learning a craft, eating, and listening to music. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday from the first week in April till the last week in November. For the rest of the year there are only a few events scheduled. A season pass can be purchased, it cost $65 in 2012 and since we planned to spend week nights at the Folk Center Music Auditorium listening to the wonderful music most nights of the week, we purchased the pass. It costs $10 for Adults, $6 for Children (6-12) or $27.50 per family to get into the Music Auditorium or the Crafts Village. You can get a combination ticket for both crafts and music which saves an adult about $3.50. But if you get the season ticket, it allows entrance into both crafts and music all season. Most of the performers at the Music Auditorium are local celebrities, but occasionally more well-known celebrities from other areas are featured. Since music is such an important part of life in Mountain View and other parts of Arkansas, local artists can be every bit as good as more celebrated personalities that we see on TV or hear on the radio. One of our favorite performers is Gresham McMillan who plays base fiddle for Clancy and the Rag Tags. He recently purchased a new, old base and boy can he make it sing. We usually spend two weeks to a month here in Mountain View getting away from it all. Some of that time we spend in town listening to musicians, browsing through shops, helping out on the farm, or eating at one of the many eating establishments in town. This is a place where you can really relax and enjoy a good clean fun with the family. It is nice to watch the children enjoying themselves at the Folk Center, but that isn't the only thing to do here. There is hiking, swimming, fishing, climbing and a sundry of other things that families can enjoy together. If you go in the fall, you can enjoy watching the trees change colors and the cooler weather, but don't wait too long the center closes at the end of November.

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ADPT-Region-5, ADPT – Region 5 Administrative Specialist III at Ozark Folk Center State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2012

Just_Another_Joan,
Thank you for your feedback on The Ozark Folk Center, our mission at the Ozark Folk Center is dedicated to providing living history and exists to preserve, document, display and interpret the cultural and social history of the Ozark region.
November 23, 2012 will be the last concert of the season at the Auditorium join us and get ready for the holiday season with a special evening concert featuring local folks performing holiday hits for you. It is an opportunity for us to have a good time together and thank each of you for a great season at the Ozark Folk Center.
November 24, 2012 is the last day of the season in the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village. Check our calendar for special workshops, classes and programs. The 2013 regular season begins April 2, 2013 The Craft Village is Open Tuesday - Saturday until November 30, 2013.
The Skillet Restaurant’s last regular day will also be November 24, 2012, but will be open for Thanksgiving and special groups after the regular 2012 season ends. Contact the park or check online.
The Ozark Folk Center’s Cabins at Dry Creek are open throughout the year. Our cozy overnight accommodations are nestled together in a peaceful park setting within easy access to Court Square in downtown Mountain View. Stay with us and explore what the Ozarks have to offer, or just to get a way and relax in peaceful solitude.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Went with the kids on a field trip. Everyone had a great time. Neat watching them make everything from pottery, knives, baskets, old printing presses, leather goods etc.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our party, consisting of three generations, planned a weekend on the lake, only to be sidelined due to a two-day rain. With three girls under the age of 12, we didn't want to stay in our camper so we decided on "Plan B"...a visit to the Ozark Folk Center State Park. What a pleasant surprise! Due to the rain, the center wasn't crowded so we had plenty of time to visit with the artisans. The center is quaint and the people friendly. The girls enjoyed the doll making and the weaving...even the Blue Grass music. Food at the Skillet Restaurant was very good. Prices for entry and food was very reasonable. A great day was enjoyed by all...in spite of the rain!

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Had a great time seeing how the early settlers lived there everyday lives. The demonstrations of the crafts were very interesting.

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