Notice of Cancellation of 2017 Siloam Springs Heritage Festival:
We regret to inform the public and our members that we will not be holding the Heritage Festival in 2017. The museum board and staff felt it would be better not to divide their efforts between two large events at the same time. The board members, staff, and volunteers will be occupied with preparations for the annual benefit in June. With additional support and funding, there is the possibility that the Festival could continue next year. Please direct any questions to the museum at 479-524-4011 or Karin@siloamsprings museum.com.
The Siloam Springs Heritage Festival
The annual Siloam Springs Heritage Festival, sponsored by the Siloam Springs Museum, is a family-friendly summer celebration of history, community and traditional lifeways. It takes place on the fourth Saturday of June in the historic downtown. This tradition began on June 24, 1880, when the founding of Siloam Springs was first celebrated. Yearly celebrations of the founding of Siloam Springs in late June came to be called "The Annual Picnic." The Annual Picnic went through various ups and downs and eventually evolved into the Siloam Springs Heritage Festival.
The Siloam Springs Museum is proud to host the 11th Annual Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. in the Siloam Springs City Park and the adjacent Community Building at the intersection of North Mt. Olive and University Streets in the heart of the Siloam Springs’ beautiful historic downtown. The festival will include living history presentations, traditional craft demonstrations, musical performances, exhibits of artifacts and memorabilia, and craft and food vendors.
Experience the drama of a ‘shoot out,’ starring the Arkansas Lead Slingers, at high noon on University Street. Throughout the day, guests will have the opportunity to converse with Civil War and Mountain Men re-enactors, see blacksmith, woodcarving, quilting, and flint knapping demonstrations, and learn what life was like in earlier times from Living History presentations. Listen to a variety music from the 1800’s to the 1960’s including folk, barbershop chorus, and bagpipe music. Kids can enjoy Native American storytelling by educators from the Cherokee Heritage Center, discover local history, and try out traditional games.
It’s fun for all ages as we bring history to the present at this free family-friendly summer celebration of history, community, and traditional local life and culture.
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Great times from previous Heritage Festivals!