Handmade Arts and Crafts to be Showcased in Bella Vista

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The Bella Vista Arts and Craft Festival will showcase around 350 exhibitors with unique handmade works of art.

Vendors] spent Wednesday cleaning and setting up for the three-day annual event.

"We're going to have beautiful weather for the three days and everyone is going to have a wonderful time," said Misty Baker, director.

The festival dates back to 1969 and its organized by the non-profit organization Village Art Club. Baker said it attracts thousands of spectators.

 "We have people that attend from all over, even some from England that come. So it's fun, they plan their vacation around coming here," Baker said. 

"It's a wonderful opportunity for everyone," Baker said.

This is Sherrie Householder's fourth year at the festival. She travels from Nixon, Missouri.

She demonstrates her inspiration in each necklace and scarf she sells. Householder said  it's wonderful to see her creations on someone else.

"A lot of times I see them out in public and they have a necklace on. It just thrills me," Householder said.

Diane Daniel joins the festival for the fifth year in a row. She sows her own design of backpack and luggage tags.

"It's wonderful here, it's a blast. It is my four days of joy every year. I love coming here," Daniel said.

Baker said the festival has something for everyone. 

"You can buy the best dish scrubbers for two dollars that you would like to find and you can buy a 10,000 dollars piece of art," Baker said.

Proceeds go to arts scholarships, and art camps and programs for kids.

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