It’s almost time for one of the busiest times of the year here in the beautiful Ozark Mountains: October, fall, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair! Starting Thursday, October 17th, and running through Sunday, October 20th, on the beautiful War Eagle Mill grounds, professional craft men and women offer original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil painting, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps, country furnishings, antique broken china jewelry, bird houses and feeders, collectables and much more. These juried participants come from across the United States. Get there early and bring a vehicle with lots of storage!
War Eagle is a working grist mill on beautiful War Eagle Creek. Every October, the fields on either side of the bridge fill with the craft fair participants – and shoppers! Weather is usually gorgeous, with fall leaves creating a breath-taking panorama.
Visit one of the many food truck vendors at the fair or eat at the Bean Palace Restaurant on the 3rd floor of the mill, which serves breakfast and lunch and offers beans, cornbread, slaw, sandwiches, soups and salads. Shop for a wide variety of organic flours and cornmeals while you’re there.
Enjoy the drive between Eureka Springs and War Eagle, out south of Eureka on Hwy 23 (you’ll go right past Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, be sure to stop in and see the big cats), turn right on Hwy 12 through Clifty, then catch Hwy 45 to Hwy 412, to Fm 303. All gorgeous hills and fields along the way.
Your drive is only about 30 minutes, so stay in Eureka and hop out to War Eagle for the day. Here at the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, we’ll make sure you have a full tummy and directions to keep you from getting lost. Happy fall!
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!