Thousands of area residents and visitors are expected in historic downtown Van Buren Oct. 11-13 for the annual Fall Festival presented by The Old Town Merchants Association.

Arts and crafts booths will line Main Street both Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12-13, beginning at 9 a.m., according to Patricia Howard of TOTMA. Live entertainment will begin Friday, Oct. 11, with bluegrass concert, followed by performances all day Saturday and Sunday, including the featured entertainer, Saturday night on the stage at the depot.

All concerts are free and those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs due to limited seating.

"We will have a wide variety of arts and crafts this year," Howard said. "Several states will be represented as interest has been at an all-time high this year."

Howard said there also will be an increased number of food vendors.

Other activities include A&M excursion train rides at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and the pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6 at 18 Fayetteville Road.

Also on Oct. 12, a series of Civil War programs and demonstrations will be conducted at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site.

The hourly presentations begin at 10 a.m., with the last one at 4 p.m. at the site, 221 N. 3rd St. in Van Buren. Programs will be presented by site director Tom Wing, his University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students and community volunteers.

The house located on the property will also be open for tours during the day-long activities.

The Oct. 12 activities are free.