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Family fun is focus at Folk Arts Fair

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Family fun is the focus of frontier activities, crafts and demonstrations at the 44th annual Folk Arts Fair, to be held at Sharlot Hall Museum on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.

Discover a simpler time while learning some of the essential skills of Territorial Arizona and sharing in a family experience as the “Village of Traditions” returns to the shade-covered museum. There’s something for every generation at the four-acre campus two blocks west of the downtown courthouse plaza.

The campus is transformed into a traditional Arizona village featuring demonstrations and hands-on experiences for folks of all ages. The two-day event includes presentations on such homemaking skills as quilting, weaving, furniture building, Victorian hair art and jewelry making, tatting, basket weaving, to name only a few.

Share the family experience in learning Faro, or enjoying live entertainment. Discover gold panning and corn husk doll making. Try churning butter, and spreading it on fresh-made Dutch oven biscuits... yum!

Exchange stories with the many volunteers, performers and demonstrators who will be on hand to provide a tantalizing peek at the ways of yesteryear. Play a round of croquet on the lawn and see which generation has the better skill at striking the mallet and having the ball sluice through the wicket to hit the post. You gotta try it!

Crafts tables will allow young people (of all ages) to make corn-husk dolls or old-fashioned bookmarks, create their own cattle brands, try tin punching or gold-panning, and playing 19th-century lawn games. More than 35 different venues provide ample family-time sharing opportunities. So much to do, so little time!

The Folk Arts Fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for adults is $9, museum members are $5, and youth 17 and younger get in free.

Information from Sharlot Hall Museum