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Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6pm - Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5pm

Arts and Crafts Fair History

The annual Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair began in 1968.   In terms of attendance and sales, it is one of the oldest and largest arts and crafts fairs in the state of Arkansas.  The history of the Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair is almost as rich and colorful as the city of Hot Springs itself.  The Fair has grown into an event for the entire family and features great fair food, pony rides and a petting zoo for children.

Held annually on the first full weekend (a Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in October, residents of Hot Springs and surrounding areas, consider The Arts and Crafts Fair to be the official “kickoff” event heralding the rapidly approaching Christmas season.

The Arts and Crafts Fair is traditionally held in Hot Springs at the Garland County Fairgrounds and 2007 marked the opening of the new Garland County fairground.  Since opening the fair in 2007 at the new fairground location, there has been record numbers of Craftsmen, Artisans, and Vendors  from Arkansas and several other states, both near and far, to participate in the annual event. It is larger, more conveniently located, boasts outstanding features, spacious parking, hook-ups for vendor’s campers, shower facilities, several large enclosed buildings, and several roofed buildings.  Because it is approximately 40% larger, it can accommodate more craftsmen and vendors than the old fairground.

The Extension Homemakers Building located on the fairground is equipped with a "State of the Art" kitchen where hot, nutritious foods and snacks are prepared and served.  The dining area is large enough to seat hundreds of visitors, vendors, and craftsmen.

Attendance for the Craft Show at  the new fairground has rivaled prior years and draw even more participants and visitors because of the added buildings, space and parking.  We extend a cordial invitation to new craftsmen, and a hearty welcome back to the craftsmen who have been setting up at our fair for years.  

 

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City of Hot Springs History

Hot Springs is the only town in the United States whose north boundaries totally lie within a National Park and is nestled in the center of the beautiful Ouachita mountains surrounded by three sparkling bodies of water;  Lake Hamilton, Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita.

Hot Springs is the smallest and oldest of the parks in the National Park System, dating back to 1832, when Congress established - 32 years ahead of Yellowstone - the first federally protected reservation in the nation's history. Hot Springs Reservation - which was renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921 - originally was created by Congress to protect the 47 naturally flowing thermal springs in the area.  Hot Springs is often referred to as “The Diamond Lakes” region. The city is also home to the famous and beautiful Bath House Row.

Known as the “Spa City”, Hot Springs draws thousands of visitors annually to enjoy a myriad of special events which include Blues Festivals, Bike Rallies, World Class Horse Racing, Art Shows, Theater, Concerts, Fishing, Hiking, Water Sports and, of course, the famous Arts and Crafts Fair.

Hot Springs, though quite diverse and large enough to satisfy the tastes of the most seasoned tourists, proudly maintains its’ small town, friendly, “Ya’ll come and sit a spell” atmosphere that is quite obviously absent in so many other cities of the same size.  Perhaps the cultural diversity, friendly people, rich history, and scenic beauty of this city are the reasons so many people choose to relocate to Hot Springs each year and make it their new home.

 

 

 

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