More than 100 arts and crafts booths will line historic Main Street in downtown Van Buren on Saturday and Sunday for the 40th annual Old Timers Day.
Sponsored by The Old Town Merchants Association, the festival will include a carnival, entertainment and a variety of food, including the downtown restaurants.
Old Timers Day opens at 9 a.m. Saturday when Main Street becomes lined with arts and crafts and vendor tents. Traffic is closed to allow pedestrians to take the sidewalk or street from the Crawford County Courthouse to the Frisco depot.
“Saturday vendors and merchants will be open until 6 p.m. for walking, shopping and family fun,” said Alan Foliart, president of TOTMA. “Come enjoy all your favorites from woodcrafts, clothing, leather works and bath salts. We have something for everyone.”
Foliart said food vendors will have everything from fried rice to fried bologna.
“To make it sweeter, stop and grab a fried twinkie or snickers,” he said. “Stop and enjoy our new food court in the 300 block where you can grab your down home favorite barbecue, a Southern Dawg or maybe a cheese curd.”
Sunday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entertainment on Stage 9 in Blanche Moore Memorial Park on Saturday includes Scott Bartholomew, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Ryan Chisolm, 11 a.m. to noon; Brandon White, noon to 1 p.m.; Jade Burgess and band, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; JR Jones Sr., 3 to 4 p.m.; and Niki Waters, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday’s musical lineup includes Brittany McConnell, 1 p.m.; Justin Edwards Band, 2 to 3 p.m.; Doug McCutcheon, 3 to 4 p.m.; and Fats Marley, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The second annual Lip Sync Battle will be on Stage 9, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The lip sync battle winner will receive $1,000, thanks to headlining sponsors Firefly Boutique and Gifts and Generations Bank and presenting sponsor The Old Town Merchants Association. Second-place prize will be $250 with third place receiving $100.
Returning champions are from Evangel Temple, who Will be battling for the ET Youth Group.
Also entered and causes are the Cazzell Family: Battling for the HOPE Academy of Van Buren, the trio of Amanda Sanders, Laura DeAnn Asbill-Caulk, and Madi Serratt for the Donald W. Reynolds Crisis Intervention Center, The CALL in Crawford and Sebastian Counties, Van Buren’s Little Free Pantry, Fort Smith Boys Shelter Inc., Anytime Fitness of Van Buren for the Almost Home Rescue Shelter, Experian employees the Van Buren Robert Jack VFW Post 1322, Van Buren community member Julia Lauren Boatright for for Children’s Emergency Shelter, Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren’s Keystone Club, City of Refuge Church for the “Back to Basics” shoe giveaway, the Mason sisters for the Center for Art and Education, Mercy Crest Assisted Living and Nora Collyar for River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance.