The Old Town Merchants Association will host the Downtown Junk Fest on Main Street in downtown Van Buren on Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2.
Vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with entertainment provided throughout the festival.
Junk Fest will take place on Main Street from Third Street to Eighth Street and feature Junk Fest vendors and food trucks. All the local shops and restaurants will also be open.
Admission to Junk Fest is free.
Downtown Junk Fest chairman Michelle Perry said the festival will bring high-quality vendors to Van Buren.
“Vendors will feature repurposed merchandise, vintage, salvaged, reclaimed, repurposed, antiques, boutique items, vintage clothing, farmhouse and more,” Perry said. “We have more than 80 vendors and are getting more every day. We will have as many as we can get on the street to provide a great experience for our festival attendees.”
The festival also will feature entertainment and food.
“We have a wide variety of food trucks that will be attending, and several local restaurants will be open on the street,” said Daniel Perry, co-coordinator of the event. “We’re sure our guests will be able to find something they like to eat.”
Live local acts will be featured both days on Stage 9, including Christian artist Brittany Morse and Larry B and the Cradle Rockers.
“Seating will be provided as well for those wanting to take a break and sit and enjoy the music,” Michelle Perry said.
Stage 9 is located inside Blanche Moore Memorial Park on Main Street.
A vintage car and tractor show will be featured around the historic Crawford County Courthouse at the foot of Main Street.
An expanded Farmers Market and the splash pad will be available at Freedom Park in the 800 block of Main Street.
Perry said visitors can ride the train on both days of the festival from the the Frisco Depot, a Van Buren landmark for more than a century and now home to the Van Buren Visitors Center and boarding point for the Arkansas Missouri Railroad’s excursion train.
Train tickets can be purchased by calling (479) 725-4017 or online at www.amtrainrides.com.
“The Downtown Junk Fest was our first here in Van Buren last year over Labor Day weekend and was the largest attended festival ever on Main Street,” said Roger Redden, president of The Old Town Merchants Association. “We are looking forward to a bigger and better event this year.”
Vendor and food truck applications can be found at www.oldtownvanburen.com under the events section, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting (479) 522-7143 or (479) 651-8342. Booths rent for $100 for a 10 by 12-foot area with discounts available for additional booth space.
Sponsors include Southern Drawn Graphics and Printing, Creative Furnishings by Jean, Attic Treasures and The Old Town Merchants Association.
This event will be held rain or shine.
For additional information visit www.facebook.com/DowntownJunkFestVB/.