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Visitor admires crafts at 1999 Festival
Visitor admires some of the crafts available at the 1999 Reelfoot Lake Arts and Crafts Festival Photo: Diter C. Ullrich

Reelfoot Lake Arts and Crafts Festival

The Reelfoot Lake Arts and Crafts Festival has grown from a few tents in 1971 to more than 400 exhibitors from fifteen states, that line up three deep, to display and sell their work along a one-mile midway. The festival is held on the first weekend with an October date. Items range from wooden paper dolls to furniture, hand-framed prints, oil paintings, hand-designed jewelry, children's clothes, potpourri, candles, embroidery and hand-sewn items, wreaths and ornaments, ironwork products, hand-stitched quilts, bird houses, ceramics, and leather items.

More than 40,000 people from twelve states come to the free festival at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Musical entertainment from the mid-south is perform near the midway's center, and vendors provide food, such as corn-on-the-cob, kettle corn, fish & chips, roasted almonds, and homemade hot tamales. Documentation includes photographs.

Documentation includes photographs, a brochure and newspaper article from the 1999 event.

Originally submitted by: John S. Tanner, Representative (8th District).

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