The Old Town Merchants Association is seeking vendors and food truck applications for the inaugural Downtown Junk Fest on Van Buren’s Main Street on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3.
Vendors and food trucks will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with entertainment continuing into the evening.
The Junk Fest will take place on Main Street starting at Third Street to Eighth Street. Local shops also will be open.
Vendor and food truck application information can be found on the Downtown Junk Fest Facebook page, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting (479) 414-3320 or (479) 806-4540.
Admission to Junk Fest is free.
Mark Shaffer, one of the organizers of the event, explained the concept.
“We want high quality vendors to bring their best to our festival,” Shaffer said. “We are looking for vendors to include merchandise of repurposed, vintage, salvage, reclaimed, antiques, boutique items, vintage clothing, farmhouse and more. We have over 70 vendors and are getting more every day. We are hoping for over 100.”
Ken Robison and Lindsey Brown also are event organizers along with Shaffer.
The festival will also feature entertainment and food.
“We will have 10 food trucks and will make room for more,” Shaffer said.
There will be three venues with live entertainment: The main stage in front of Van Buren’s historic courthouse, Blanche Moore Park and the new Freedom Park.
“We’ve already signed two popular groups, the Justin Edwards Band, and Larry B and the Cradle Rockers,” Shaffer said.
The festival is still accepting requests for bands to perform. A full entertainment and performance schedule will be announced when it is finalized.
A 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, sponsored by Rhodes Chevrolet, Marrlin Transit Inc. and Metro Gallery, will be raffled off, with the drawing at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 on the main stage. Raffle tickets are $20 and will be available up until the drawing. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Art and Education Building Fund in Van Buren.
Sponsors of Junk Fest are Attic Treasures, Generations Bank, American Concealment Solutions LLC - Clinger Holsters, Lumber One, Van Buren Pizza Parlour, D&R’s Trolley Stop, Southern Drawn Graphics and Printing, Belle Starr Antiques, Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Rhodes Chevrolet, Marrlin Transit Inc., Metro Gallery, Lowe’s, Arvest Bank, Boom-a-rang Diner and Wasted.