The town of Avard will be hosting its third annual Avard Folk Festival Oct. 5-6 at the Avard Community Building.

The festival will kick-off at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 with a hay ride.

Starting the morning of Oct. 6 there will be many activities including folk art and crafts such as rope making, candle making, quilting and blacksmithing.

At 8:45 a.m. Alabaster Caverns’ Tandy Keenan will present a program on bats.

A trail ride will begin at 9 a.m. and last for an approximate five hours. A lunch will be served on the trail.

At 10 a.m. there will be a quilt show at Avard Christian Church hosted by Eileen Parks of Waynoka and Cleota McCraw of Weatherford.

There will also be activities such as a Dutch oven cook-off, a baking and canning fair and a fried chicken challenge.

Those who attend the festival will have the opportunity to taste the results of the Dutch oven cook-off at 12:30.

Baking and canning fair entries will be taken from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and judging will begin at 3 p.m. The fried chicken challenge will begin at 2 p.m. and the chicken will be auctioned off at 3 p.m. by auctioneer Andy Ferguson.

There will be a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m.

Live entertainment will be provided both evenings.

The Avard Folk Festival has been awarded a matching grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council to present the event.

For further information on the Avard Folk Festival or to find out about entering the festival’s competitions contact Donna Schmidt at (580) 435-2324.

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