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Arkansas Territorial Fair (AR)

  • Historic Arkansas Museum 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 (map)

Celebrate Arkansas in the early 1800s at Historic Arkansas Museum, (Little Rock, AR) for its its yearly Territorial Fair, which has been celebrating for almost 50 years.

The Territory of Arkansas, (initially organized as the “Territory of Arkansaw”), was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1819 until June 15, 1836, when the final bit of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Arkansas.

Many of the Territorial Fair activities will take place in and around the museum's historic buildings. The Hinterliter Grog Shop, which is the oldest standing building in Little Rock, will have music outside and visitors can play period games.

Silhouette By Hand returns to HAM to cut silhouettes for visitors, creating portraits in the style most affordable by early Arkansans - since photography has not been invented yet.

Here's just a sampling of the other activities on the museum grounds:

• People can get active by trying their hands at stilt-walking and other outdoor pioneer games or by learning old dances with the help of the Arkansas Country Dance Society.

• Visit the goats and pick up activity books courtesy of Heifer International.

• Ozark Folk Center artisans will also be there to show their skills while the Early Arkansaw Reenactors demonstrate pioneer life.

And the blacksmith shop will be open.

• Every year, the fair includes a chance to make special Mother's Day cards. This year, Neal Harrington has made a print block for the card. After the card is finished, visitors can seal the envelope in wax with the museum's logo.

• Living history actors will portray the block's early residents.

There will be a lot to see, do and learn. And, with the exception of lunch from the food truck, everything is free.