Thousands Celebrate Labor Day at 61st Annual Clothesline Fair

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The Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair has been a long standing tradition for more than six decades now.

Thousands spent their Labor Day out at the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park checking out the sights and sounds. The Clothesline Fair started back in 1951 in Springdale and earned its name because the art and craft exhibits were displayed on clotheslines.

Now, six decades later, the fair has relocated to the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park and has become a tradition for many.

"I am out here today with my children and my grandkids just enjoying one of the official last days of summer and all of the wonderful crafts and it's just a great day to be outside," Pamela Styles said.

The Clothesline Fair has everything you can imagine from baskets adorned in Razorback fabric, to jewelry, to handmade soap and of course, all the food you can eat.

Linda Lou Alexander brought her basket collection in from Finley, Okla.

Her basket-weaving started as a hobby two decades ago, but recently turned into something much more meaningful.

"I lost the love of my life two years ago and this is what's kept my sanity, my basket weaving,” Alexander said. “It's just something that keeps my hands busy, keeps me occupied and I get to carry on a tradition that's been around for years."

Jimmie Rich and his family drove over an hour from Gravette, taking the back roads.

"It's a really neat tradition, I think making stuff by hand and crafts and I like seeing all of the cabins and the history from the battle park, I think it's really neat," Rich said.  

The Clothesline Fair began on Saturday. It ended Monday with some square dancing.

If you missed out on the Clothesline Fair, you can catch the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair October 18-21.