Living Local in historic downtown Van Buren on Thursday will feature fan appreciation night for the VBHS 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, according to Alan Foliart, president of The Old Town Merchants Association.

At dusk, a football movie, “Facing the Giants,” will be shown 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 participating merchants.