Downtown Van Buren will host a Vintage Junkin Fest over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3.
The Old Town Merchants Association received permission from the Van Buren City Council on Monday night to close streets in historic downtown for the first-ever festival to feature “rustic, vintage, repurposed, farmhouse and salvaged items.”
“This is not a yard said,” said Mark Shaffer, owner of Metro Gallery and TOTMA member. “We are looking for quality items and expect at least 100 vendors of antiques and at least 10 food vendors.”
Shaffer said the Vintage Junkin Fest would be one of the biggest events in downtown Van Buren.
“We want to show off Van Buren and showcase all the fine merchants we have in downtown,” he said.
Currently, TOTMA puts on numerous events in downtown, including Old Timers Day, Fall Festival, Halloween on Main and car shows.
Shaffer pointed out that two similar vintage festivals in Northwest Arkansas have been very successful.
“The Old Town Merchants Association is doing a great job in downtown and I appreciate all you are going,” Alderman Alan Swaim told the TOTMA members at the meeting.
Hours for the festival will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3.