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Ozark Folk Center State Park plans April 16 opening

Featured image: Blacksmith Sam Hibbs entertains visitors to the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village in Mountain View / Image via Ozark Folk Center

Mountain View, Ark. – After experiencing a delayed opening in 2020, the Ozark Folk Center State Park announced it will open during the Arkansas Folk Festival on April 16 and 17 within current Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.

The state park’s 20 shops in the Craft Village, Gift Shop, and gardens will open during the festival and remain open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the fall.

Visiting guests can expect to find skilled artisans at work making, selling, and demonstrating handmade crafts in the Village and a tapestry of flowers, native plants, and herbs for cooking and healing in the Heritage Herb Garden, the park said in a release.

The Skillet Restaurant will also open the week of the 2021 Arkansas Folk Festival and resume serving southern-style entrees and desserts. The Cabins at Dry Creek serve guests year-round.

Daren Dortin, music director at the Ozark Folk Center, reported the park will not host its annual music workshops but anticipates hosting live music at its outdoor stage when the Craft Village opens in mid-April. He added that the staff is laying plans to re-open the state park’s indoor music venue, Ozark Highlands Theater, for two new music events later this year.

To learn more information about upcoming events, register for craft classes, or book a cabin for your next retreat, visit To learn more about Arkansas State Parks other 51 parks to visit in the Natural State, visit

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