Alternatively titled, “Just another Sunday in Arkansas”
When my parents were in town for Labor Day weekend, my mother, sister and I went to the Prairie Grove Clothesline fair. I’ve been wanting to go for years, and this time I finally got to see what all the hype was about.
The fair is held on the grounds of the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park, the site of a bloody Civil War battle, located 12 miles west of Fayetteville.
“The Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair, held at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove, was started in 1951 as a way to revive the carnival-like atmosphere of Civil War reunions. Despite the horrors of the war, the land where the Battle of Prairie Grove took place has been revered through use as a reunion site since the 1870s. The reunions were in a fair setting with races, contests, and treats such as watermelon.
As the era of the Civil War became history and the men who fought in it began to die, so ended the regular reunions. After World War II, leaders of Prairie Grove decided it was time to reintroduce reunions on the Civil War grounds. As a project, the Prairie Grove Lion’s Club cleaned up the area. Today, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is a beautiful and serene setting, a stark contrast to the events that took place there.
The Battle of Prairie Grove was the last time two armies of almost equal strength faced each other for supremacy in northwest Arkansas. When the Confederate Army withdrew from the bloody battlefield at Prairie Grove on the night of December 7, it was clear Missouri and northwest Arkansas would remain in Federal hands.” –source
This was the 59th year of the Clothesline Fair. It’s popular for its food, arts and crafts, and square dancing. Unfortunately, we missed the square dancing competition, but there were plenty of crafts and fried foods to fill the void.
You better believe that we got one of those Lions Club Smoked Chicken Dinners.
I ended up coming home with some new knit dish cloths, a baby gift for a friend, a jar of spicy pickles, a metal votive, homemade peanut candy, a gourd vase and some headbands. Not bad at all.
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