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SweepIn 2013

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO CONSTRUCTION IN THE CRAFT VILLAGE Fourth annual gathering of Broom Squires from the North American Continent

SweepIn 2013
July 11 - 14, 2013
Document: 2013 Craft Class registration.pdf
Join the Ozark Folk Center State Park in celebrating the fourth Annual SweepIn July 11 to 14, 2013. Broom squires and apprentices from all over north American and beyond are invited to visit and demonstrate. 

The public is invited to come and visit with the broom makers on Friday and Saturday, watch various demonstrations, take a class, and buy some real quality brooms.

All weekend there will be art brooms on display for visitors to view and vote on for a people’s choice award to be presented Saturday at 4 p.m. Some of the art brooms will also be available to purchase. Along with the art brooms, many of the broom makers will be offering their brooms for sale. Those wanting to learn the art of broom making will have an opportunity to purchase broom making supplies and tools.

Sunday – for registered broom makers and guests only
Broomsquires wishing to sell at SweepIn 2013 must request a vendor packet from Craft Director Jeanette Larson at and return the packet to the Ozark Folk Center by July 1, 2013.

Welcome to Sweep In 2013. This is our fourth year and we're so happy to have you here!

As you peruse the info here, please note the day, time and cost of our line-up of classes and don't double book. Some of our instructors have set minimum and maximum limits on the size of their class, and some have said they will consider adding a second session. The classes are first come, first serve. If your registration form comes in after a class is full, you'll be placed on a waiting list.

Remember that every individual needs to have a separate registration. Couples are welcome, but wives (or husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, daughters, sons, etc.) need to be registered on their own. Contact Shawn Hoefer at 870-213-6692 or 870-269-6808 if you have additional questions.

Handle Carving With Dan Stewart 

Friday, 10am - 1:30pm. $75. Leatherwood room. Learn to carve a spirit face into your broom handles from a master. MAX 4

Cobweb broom with Leesa Thompson

Friday, 1:30pm - 5pm. $35. Leatherwood room. Leesa will be showing some alternative plaiting styles! MAX 4

Turkey Wing Brooms with Leesa Thompson 

Saturday, 10am - 12:30pm. $35. Leatherwood room. The most graceful of folk brooms! MAX 4

Make a basic dustpan with Robert Stone 

Saturday 1:30pm - 5pm. $45. Room 1 of the large auditorium. Robert Stone will teach the making of a basic tin tin dustpan from start to finish! CLASS FULL - REGISTER TO BE PLACED ON WAITING LIST

Broom Box and whisk with John Simurdak 

Saturday 1:30pm - 5pm. $125. Leatherwood room. John Simurdak has developed a clever, functional, portable broom studio. Build one to keep and use it, too. MAX 5

Kickwound brooms with Wayne Thompson 

All Weekend Long at 2 hours each session. $35. Dogwood room. Learn and make a handled broom on an antique kickwinder. MAX 1 per session.

People's Choice Broom Contest

Bring your finest hand-crafted broom for a chance to hear the applause and maybe even win something!

Iron Handle Blacksmithing Demonstration by John Lovin

All weekend long, weather permitting. An Illinois Blacksmith joins us to learn to make brooms and wants to teach us a thing or two about iron.