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Folk Arts Fair coming to Sharlot Hall

The shade-covered grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum will be transformed into a traditional 19th century Arizona village on the weekend of June 4-5 as the museum and Piñon Painting present the 38th annual Folk Arts Fair. Daily admission is $5 for adults, $3 for museum members and free for those under 18. The fair is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Piñon Painting is being recognized as the presenting sponsor of this year's fair for donating its services to paint the museum's 1875 Frémont House.

This family-friendly heritage festival celebrates the traditional arts, crafts and entertainment of central territorial Arizona while providing a foundation for the upcoming state centennial. The gathering emphasizes education, demonstration and fun. Entertainment will be provided by roving folk musicians, including a group of youth fiddlers, complemented by energetic dance groups.

The fair will feature different areas of the museum campus devoted to related historical arts. For example, "Clothing Land" will incorporate live animals with spinners, seamstresses and weavers creating cloth from fur. "Craft Land" will be a place for people of all ages to have some fun making folk crafts, including cornhusk dolls and kaleidoscopes. In "Folk Women Land," the ladies will gather to show off their amazing array of folk art talents. In "Folk Men Land," guys will be demonstrating vintage equipment ranging from mining operations to military hardware. Topping it all off is "Food Land" where everybody will get a glimpse, and a taste, of the art of cooking food in historical times. As always, the museum's living historians will be on hand throughout the weekend to create a true village ambiance.

Mark your calendar for the weekend of June 4-5 and prepare to immerse yourself and your family in a welcoming, old-time village ambience at the 38th annual Folk Arts Fair. Call 445-3122 for more information or visit the museum website at


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