The 41st annual Old Timers Day Steampunk Festival is in the books and what a hit it was, according to Mark Shaffer, president of The Old Town Merchants Association.

Shaffer credited the hard work of Kathy Lumpkins and Mindy London, who sacrificed to make this new themed festival the huge success it was.

“Many thanks to all those who worked behind the scenes to give Old Timers Day a facelift,” Shaffer said. “With the help of our great community, TOTMA brought you Steampunk and I now have a whole new love for the Steampunkers … they rocked it.”

He said he is already hearing, “Can’t wait until next year.”

“As I visited with vendors throughout the weekend and at checkout, I was told approximately 30,000 to 35,000 visited the street over the weekend,” said Mindy London, vendor chairwoman.

Kathy Lumpkins, event chairwoman, said a good time was had by all.

“I believe this will become a destination event for Van Buren for years to come,” Lumpkins said. “I met visitors to our festival from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas and Mississippi. They all had nothing but positive things to say. I heard over and over asking that we please do it again next year. Lots of smiling faces from all age groups.”

Next year, Old Timers Day Steampunk Festival will be bigger and better as TOTMA continues to grow this festival, Shaffer said.

“Thanks to everyone who came out and shopped, ate and enjoyed the entertainment,” he said. “We hope to see you again soon in Historic Downtown Van Buren.”