BY LEANN DILBECK –
One of the area’s premiere events, the 25th Annual Mountain Fest Arts and Crafts Show, is this weekend inside the 4,000 square foot facility located on the CMA Campground, at Iron Mountain, six miles south of Mena on Hwy 71 S.
Each year, crafters gather from far and wide to share their talent with the public and fellow craftsmen. All items in the show are handmade. This year, vendors are coming from several states including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas who specialize in their own original work. These craftsmen bring their talents together making this a shopping experience you won’t want to miss. Mountain Fest is sponsored by the Ouachita Arts and Crafts Guild. The Guild is a local group of artisans.
Mountain Fest is more than “just another craft show”. It is a friendly family event where folks gather from all walks of life to visit and shop with our vendors, enjoy good food, live music, free craft bingo and much more. Back in the “good old days” before this world became so commercial people used things in their daily lives that were handmade. Their homes, clothing, quilts, furniture and toys were made with loving hard working hands. People took pride in their work. Some of that work has become works of art.
Each year, in an effort to reinforce the hand crafted theme the our show, the ladies of the Ouachita Arts and Crafts Guild create a beautiful handmade quilt.
This year’s quilt is a pinetree theme and is monogrammed in silver to celebrate the 25th anniversary. This years quilt was made by members of the Craft Cottage and machine quilted by Nancy Jo Baker. She is also a blue ribbon winner and received Best of Show honors at this years quilt show held at the armory. The quilt also comes with two custom pillow shams.
Tickets can be purchased at the Ouachita Craft Cottage, at Mt. Fest or where displayed. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for 5$, or 20 for $10. The quilt and shams will be given away to a lucky ticket winner on Saturday, Sept. 7th.