Vendors from five states will be featured at Saturday and Sunday’s Downtown Junk Fest in Van Buren.
However, many of them will be from the local area where the “junkin” frenzy has really become so popular, according to Mark Shaffer, one of the organizers of Junk Fest.
Shaffer said Wasted, the headline sponsor, is the icon for the area.
Angie Littleton, owner of Wasted, has a 15,000-square-foot building in Fort Smith that she will pick the best of the best to showcase in her space at the inaugural Downtown Junk Fest.
Owner Beth Templeton of Belle Starr Antique Mall has hand picked items specific for this festival. Belle Starr brings the antique flare that has been associated with junk festivals, Shaffer said.
“When you think of vintage on junk festivals Key Lime Crush has to come to your mind,” he said. “Owner Kathy Lumpkin is a hometown favorite with her store in historic downtown Van Buren. Anything from the 50s, 60s and 70s can be found in her store. Kathy has also been stashing away many items just to bring out to the street for Junk Fest.”
Sugarwood Furniture will have lots of the farmhouse items that pickers like at junk events, Shaffer said.
“From Harvest tables and chairs to the decor that goes along with it is what festival goers will find at this booth,” he said. “Rustic, vintage, repurposed, salvaged, antique, shabby chic and lots of items associated around them is what you will find at Downtown Junk Fest.”
Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
“Food trucks and all restaurants on Main Street will be ready to serve you a snack or a meal while you watch a local band perform on one of three stages,” Shaffer said. “Larry B and The Cradle Rockers will wrap up Saturday night festivities with a headline concert to begin shortly after 7 p.m.”
There will be three venues with live entertainment: The main stage in front of Van Buren’s historic courthouse, Blanche Moore Memorial Park and the new Freedom Park.
Performing at the Freedom Park amphitheater on Saturday will be Brittany Morse at 11 a.m., Ryan Chilsolm at 1 p.m. and Emily Firestine at 2:30 p.m.
On Stage 9 at Blanche Moore Park will be the Remnants at 11 a.m. Saturday, Doug McCutcheon at 1 p.m., Brodie Lovelace at 3 p.m., and Jonathan Tedford at 5 p.m., Rylee Renee at 11 a.m. Sunday, Kaitlyn and the Ketter Boys at 1 p.m., and the Aaron Tyler Rod Trio at 3 p.m.
The courthouse stage will have the Numskulls at 10 a.m. Saturday, Rylee Renee at 3:30 p.m., J.D. Clayton at 5:30 p.m., Larry B and the Cradle Rockers at 7 p.m., Brittany Morse at 1 p.m. Sunday and Christian Praise Band at 3 p.m.
A highlight of Downtown Junk Fest will be at 7 p.m. Sunday on the main stage at the courthouse when a 2017 Camaro will be given away. Raffle tickets will be available to Junk Fest pickers at the corner of Main and Sixth Street while they last.
Marrlin Transit, Metro Gallery and Rhodes Chevrolet have partnered to raffle the car off with all profits benefiting The Center for Art and Education’s new building fund in downtown Van Buren. Tickets are $20 each and will be matched dollar for dollar by the Wingate Foundation.
Downtown Junk Fest is presented by the Old Town Merchants Association and is sponsored by Generations Bank, Clinger Holsters, Lumber One, Attic Treasures, Van Buren Pizza Parlour, D&R Trolley Stop, Southern Drawn Graphics and Printing, Belle Starr Antique Mall, Firefly Boutique, Rhodes Chevrolet, Marrlin Transit, Lowe’s, Arvest Bank, Boom-a-rang Diner, Wasted and Metro Gallery.