The Old Town Merchants Association will partner with two organizations for hurricane relief during its second annual Cruisin’ on Main in downtown Van Buren on Saturday, Sept. 23.
TOTMA will join forces with The Salvation Army and First Baptist Church in Lavaca for the hurricane relief in Texas and Florida, according to Alan Foliart, president of TOTMA.
“The Salvation Army will be set up to take monetary donations and First Baptist Church will be there with a box trailer to take supplies,” Foliart said.
Needed supplies include cases of water and gatorade, box blade knives, wheel barrows, tape measures, chalk lines, pry bars, floor scrapers, ice chests, work and rubber boots, safety glasses and gloves.
“The church also will accept gift cards from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Kroger and HEB.
Foliart said the church sends groups to help families clean their homes or repair the damage that has been done.
“Please join us in downtown Van Buren to enjoy the cruise night and help support hurricane relief,” he said.
Registration for the car show, to be sponsored by Generations Bank and TOTMA, will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20.
The show will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with awards to include best of show and fan favorite. Cruisin’ on Main will be from 7 to 9 p.m.
“There will be family fun for everyone during the day and evening,” Foliart said. “Stores on Main street will be open extended hours. There will be music during the evening while the cars are cruising.”
The Farmers Market will be open Saturday morning.
Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren will be in the Freedom Park pavilions for face painting, tic-tac-toe games, corn-hole games and balloon animals.
“You can spend your evening having dinner at one of our restaurants or at one of the food trucks,” Foliart said.
This year’s car show will include its first swap meet from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind Main Street on Webster.
Contact Joy Holman at (479) 922-6862 for more information.
On Sept. 28, stand-up comedians will showcase their talents on Stage 9 in Blanche Moore Memorial Park during Living Local.
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 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, D&R Trolley Stop Diner 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.