it is still a dedicated effort of little people, by little people, for little
outset, the War Eagle Fair was a project of, by and for little people: A group
of little old ladies exhibiting their weaving. When that attracted a greater
than expected response, other unsung artists and craftsmen were invited to
participate. There has never been a government subsidy or sponsorship, no
professional nor commercial assistance, just unpaid volunteers led by an Arkansas
farmer and his wife. It has all happened in a magical place.
pioneer Sylvanus Blackburn built his home here in 1832 and it still stands,
and the War Eagle River still flows where it powered the turbine of Sylvanus'
mill. Nearly everyone who comes here feels something special, and no doubt that
is one reason so many have come to this once obscure spot over the past quarter
of a century. Untold numbers in the millions (yes, millions) and the great and
the mighty have joined the poor and the humble here.
from the Fair's Silver Jubilee program,1978)