Hardy Festival set

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

HARDY, AR (April 10, 2006) - There will be plenty of arts & crafts, food, music and fun for the whole family as the Old Hardy Town 24rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival gets into full swing Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23nd in Hardy, Arkansas. The festival is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. This is a juried show, which ensures the public of quality merchandise that meets set standards and only handmade, handcrafted, or home-grown items are allowed.

Vendors from as far away as Maryland, Florida, and seven other states make the Old Hardy Town Arts & Crafts Festival an event that annually attracts over 14,000 people to this small resort town of only 700 in population on the beautiful Spring River. The Festival includes over 100 craft vendors showing a large variety of handmade crafts, including wooden items, jewelry, clothing, candles, salsas, florals, dolls, holiday items, and many other unique crafts. Vendors will located directly on Main Street (Hwy 63), in a festival tent, in parking lots along Main Street and in the Old Hardy Gym Community Center, just off Main Street.

In addition, a variety of food vendors will be serving up such unique taste treats as alligator on a stick, kettle korn, Ozark BBQ, deep fried twinkies and onion blossoms; as well as the traditional favorites of ice cream, roasted nuts, fresh lemonade, and more.

Family fun and musical entertainment will be provided at different points throughout the festival area

The festival will take place along Main Street Hardy, restored to the quaint beauty of a past century, and in the Hardy Gym Community Center. There is plenty of free parking one block off Main Street and within five blocks of the Festival. The festival and the over 75 specialty shops that comprise the National Register Historic District in Hardy are all located within the five block downtown area.

While in Hardy, shop the over 75 quaint stores on the National Historic District of Main Street Hardy, filled with antiques, local crafts, pottery, collectibles and more! There's canoeing, fly fishing, and swimming in the beautiful Spring River (one of Arkansas' most scenic rivers), unique restaurants, the Automobile museum, and delightful lodgings and B&Bs for a weekend stay. Hardy has all the unspoiled, picturesque charm of the true Ozark experience.

Hardy, Arkansas is located approximately 2 1/2 hours from Little Rock,17 miles from the Missouri-Arkansas border, and approximately 2 hours from Memphis on scenic U.S. Highway 63.

Sponsors for the Festival are Main Street Hardy and the City of Hardy. For information concerning craft booth availability or for more information on the Festival, call the Main Street Hardy office at 870-856-3571 or visit their web site at www.oldhardytown.com.

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