A summer splash party will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Freedom Park in downtown Van Buren.
“There will be games for all ages,” said Alan Foliart, president of The Old Town Merchants Association. “There will be music for the beach and summer.”
He said summer splash will include face paintings and additional food trucks with specialties for hot days.
“Bring the kids of all ages and enjoy the splash pad and the park,” Foliart said.
The night will end with Camille Rae in concert at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Park amphitheater.
Originally from Mount Vernon, Ky., Rae has been sharing her talent with all who would listen since the age of 3. At 12, Rae began to craft her own songs and was a member of the Kentucky All-State choir. She went on to complete her musical education at University of the Cumberlands and taught choir before focusing on her own artistry.
The summer splash party will be organized by TOTMA in cooperation with Van Buren Original and Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission with sponsorship by Legacy Heights Retirement Center and Memory Lane Alzheimer Special Care Unit.
Chapters on Main will host two book signings on Saturday.
Jaclyn Osburn will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign copies of her new book, “Noah’s Song.” From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wayne Hancock will be at Chapters on Main, 816 Main St., to sign copies of his latest book, “Gotcha!”
Also in historic downtown, Living Local on Thursday, Aug. 3, will feature fan appreciation night for the Van Buren Pointer football players and coaches.
From 6 to 7:30 p.m., players and coaches will sign autographs and allow photographs with fans in Freedom Park, Foliart said.
At dusk, a football movie will be show in Blanche Moore Memorial Park.
Living Local from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays is an initiative designed to invite more people to partake in the businesses on Main Street in downtown Van Buren. Featuring festival-style events, Living Local includes shopping, entertainment, food and music.
Living local participating merchants are Polish Pottery, Farmers Insurance - Renee Barrow, The Soap Factory, Chapters on Main and Retirement Planners/Kim Pierson in the 800 block, Mozart Studios, Willy Nilly, Cinders and Smoke, Main Street Interiors and Marcia Cooksey Interiors in the 700 block, Attic Treasures, Metro Gallery, Boom-a-rang Diner, Western Arkansas Legacy of Fine Arts, The Blissful Pup, Firefly Boutique and Gifts and Natural Treasures in the 600 block and High Society, Country Junkie and Creative Furnishings by Jean in the 500 block.
Downtown stores offer the 2017 passport and the chance to win Main Street Dollars that are good at the participating merchants.