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Folk Arts Fair this weekend in Prescott

Sharlot Hall will hold the annual Folk Arts Fair this weekend, with plenty of hands-on activities. (Courtesy photos)

Sharlot Hall will hold the annual Folk Arts Fair this weekend, with plenty of hands-on activities. (Courtesy photos)

Take a trip back in time this weekend with the Sharlot Hall Museum. No, not back to the time of the dinosaurs, that's too far and this isn't Disneyland's train. This trip is back to the pioneer days as the museum presents its 42nd annual Folk Arts Fair on Saturday and Sunday June, 6-7, featuring crafts, trades and amusements of the past.

Media and Marketing Manager Ken Leja said the fair began as an outgrowth of the museum's demonstrations of life in the pioneer and territorial days, turning it into more of a fair with exhibitions and people performing tasks that were prevalent at the time, such as sheep shearing and basket weaving.

"That was in the middle of the '60s when there was this kind of contra-culture trying to move forward with and keep some of the things that were of simpler life," Leja said, noting that he was in his later teenage years and early '20s during the time of the inaugural fair.

Leja said the fair is pretty much the same as last year, noting that there will be the same amount of crafts, such as spinning, weaving, quilting and chair caning. Kids can also try their hand at some crafts, including making cornhusk dolls, yarn dolls and tin punching. There will also be games typically played the past, like croquet.

On the other hand, Leja stated that this year's fair has a lot more musical presentations than there were last year.

"Last year, there were only a handful of musical acts," he said. "This year, we've got one act in particular who's doing four sets."

The fair's music this year also includes Gail Steiger, who Leja said is big in western music and storytelling and will be performing on Sunday.

The petting zoo is also returning for the young people after not having been a part of the fair last year.

The Folk Arts Fair will be at the museum, 415 W. Gurley St. on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7. It will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and until 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults 18 and over, $3 for members and free for anyone under 17.

Follow Jason on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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