Nescatunga Arts & Crafts Festival Scheduled for June 2
The annual Nescatunga Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, at the Courthouse Square, 500 Barnes Street in Alva.
Held each year during the first week of June, the festival showcases the work of more than 150 artists and crafters, including oil and watercolor paintings, sculptures, acrylic works, jewelry, pottery, weaving, photography, pastel pieces, homemade crafts, clothing, furniture, ceramics, home decor and more.
Hosted by the Nescatunga Arts Council, the show is one of the longest running art festivals in the state. The artwork is judged by a visiting artist, and awards are given to the top three artists in a total of eight categories.
Visitors from around the region attend the event which also includes blacksmith and quilting demonstrations, live entertainment and food vendors of many kinds.
The event began in 1969 when two amateur artists, Hazel Dickson and Berenice Hinton, held a county fair of art exhibits on the courthouse lawn. Prior to the fair, the works of nearly 50 artists were displayed in the windows of merchants in the community. The success of the show brought it back the following year, and in 1971 the local citizens formed the Nescatunga Arts Council. The name is an Osage word meaning “salt fork.” The City of Alva is located on the Salt Fork River. The Council was officially incorporated in 1972.
For more information about the event contact the Alva Chamber of Commerce at 580-327-1647.