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DHS Fall Food & Craft Fair Returns to Downtown Little Rock, Supports Artisans with Disabilities

10/04/2021

For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2021


Media Contacts
Amy Webb, Chief of Communications
amy.webb@dhs.arkansas.gov

Gavin Lesnick, Deputy Chief of Communications
gavin.lesnick.dhs@dhs.arkansas.gov

What: 5th Annual DHS Fall Food & Craft Fair

When: This Friday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Downtown Little Rock in front of DHS Central Office, 700 S. Main Street

Cost: Free

More than 20 vendors and ten food trucks will fill part of Main Street this Friday for the 5th annual Fall Food and Craft Fair sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). It will be held outside the DHS Central Office in downtown Little Rock, and the public is invited to this free event.

Items that will be sold at the fair have been handmade by clients of DHS’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS). Some of those items include hand-made rugs, magnets, holiday wreaths, artwork, and more. All proceeds go to the artisans who made them.

A flyer for the event is available below or by clicking here.

DDS Director Melissa Stone said the fair is an opportunity for the public to see how talented these individuals are.

“Our clients feel pride in what they do, and every year at the Food and Craft Fair, they get the chance to show off their hard work to the community and to be paid for that hard work,” Stone said.

The Division provides funding for community and facility-based services to thousands of Arkansans. The Division also operates five residential Human Development Centers in Arkadelphia, Booneville, Conway, Jonesboro, and Warren, which are home to nearly 1,000 clients. The Division’s mission is to work with clients so they can be as independent as possible and have a high quality of life, Stone said.

Due to the festival, Main and 7th streets will be closed starting at 9 a.m. and will remain closed until 2:30 p.m.

For more information about programs offered through DHS and DDS, visit humanservices.arkansas.gov.

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