An upcoming festival will celebrate historic farm skills and offer a unique shopping opportunity near Bismarck.
The Humming Oaks Farm Fall Heritage Festival will have artisans from around central Arkansas demonstrating traditional trades and crafts, farm owner Gary Hardage said.
“We’ll have a potter, blacksmiths, soap-making and sorghum cooking,” he said. “An artist will be working on-site, and spinners, leather-workers and quilters will be demonstrating.”
Crafters will be offering items for sale, in addition to the produce available from the farm.
“We have invited artists whose work we know is high-quality,” Hardage said. “Nothing will be mass-produced or imported, so people can buy truly unique, Arkansas-made gifts.”
The festival will be held Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free but donations are suggested.
“We worked at craft shows while we were raising our children,” Hardage said. “The kids were always fascinated to watch craft demonstrations, and we want to pass that appreciation of old-time skills on to another generation.”
He said the festival is “the perfect opportunity for people to either remember or learn about how things used to be done, especially on farms and in the country. It’s important to keep that heritage alive, and we hope to help that through this festival.”
And by purchasing the artists’ wares, he said, festival-goers can both support heritage crafts and take home a memory.
Humming Oaks Farm is located on Honeyboy Road, about 9.8 miles west on Highway 84 from Social Hill/Exit 91 on Interstate 30, or about 5.5 miles east of the Highway 84/Highway 7 intersection at Bismarck. More information about the festival and crafters is available by calling 501-865-3400, or on the farm’s Facebook page. Search for HummingOaksFarm, or follow the farm on Twitter, @hummingoaks.