Beginning Thursday, downtown Van Buren will be host to entertainment, arts and crafts, shopping and a steak cookoff.

Living Local will begin its second month on Thursday and the annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Main Street in Van Buren’s historic district.

Living Local 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 will include shopping, entertainment, food and music each Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 15.

Participating merchants will be Creative Furnishings by Jean, Boomerang Diner, Natural Treasures, Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Metro Gallery, High Society Upscale Resale, Western Arkansas Legacy of Fine Arts, Main Street Ice Cream Parlour, Marcia Cooksey Interiors, Oliver’s Kitchen, Cinders and Smoke, Willy Nilly Various Sundrys, MozArt Studios, Chapters On Main, The Soap Factory, Renee Barrow Farmers Insurance and Polish Pottery Depot.

Living Local is a joint venture of The Old Town Merchants Association, Van Buren Original and Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission.

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Sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association, Fall Festival will have vendor booths lined up from the Crawford County Courthouse to the train depot.

This year’s Fall Festival also will include the second annual Mid-West Steak Cookoff championship Saturday. Sponsored by Advanced Meat Processing, the cook-off will offer a steak dinner to the public with serving lines to open at 5 p.m.

The dinner will include a 16-ounce Certified Angus Beef ribeye, baked potato bar, raspberry salad, country green beans and salad. Cost is $20 or $30 for a VIP dinner and hospitality room.

Advance tickets are available at Firefly Boutique and Gifts, 613 Main St., or Chapters on Main, 816 Main.

To enter a team in the cookoff, go to Call (479) 461-1725 for more information.

Arts and crafts lovers will have a feast for the eyes with booths full of artwork, handmade items and antiques. Food vendors will be on hand with a variety of foods, like funnel cakes, corn dogs and sandwiches.

For the children there will be face painting and bounce houses, as well as kid-centered vendors selling everything from hair bows to clothing to wooden toys.

There will be a carnival on Webster Street Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. There also will be helicopter rides.

Vendor booths are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fall Festival will open at 6 p.m. Friday with a Karaoke Battle for the Mic on Stage 9 in the Blanche Moore Memorial Park.

Music will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Dixie Misfits, followed by Backroads at noon, Britt and Andy at 2 p.m., Hannah Brown at 3:30 and David Rath at 4. Friday night’s karaoke winner will perform at 6.

The Eric Matthews Band will take to the stage at 6:30 p.m. Camille Rae will perform at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Brandy Flynn will be on the stage at 11 a.m., BBQ Bill and Smokin’ Chickens at noon, Lee Altman at 1:30 p.m. and Lexi Gartman at 2:30.