The Old Town Merchants Association will host the second Downtown Junk Fest on Main Street over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 and 27.

Vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with entertainment continuing into the evening, according to Ken Robison, Downtown Junk Fest chairman.

The Junk Fest will take place on Main Street starting at 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.

“We will have high quality vendors bringing their best to our festival,” Robison said. “Vendors will feature repurposed merchandise, vintage, salvaged, reclaimed, repurposed, antiques, boutique items, vintage clothing, farmhouse and more.”

Junk Fest already has more than 80 vendors.

“And, we are getting more every day,” Robison said. “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 who will be attending, and we’re sure our guests will be able to find something they like to eat,” said Lindsey Trantham, vendor chairwoman.

Featured entertainment includes:

Stage 9

Live local acts all weekend such as Christian artist Brittany Morse, Crawford County native band “Backroads” and favorite classic rock cover band “The Remnant.” Seating will be provided as well for those wanting to take a break and sit and enjoy the music.

Stage 9 is located inside Blanche Moore Memorial Park on Main Street.

Freedom Park

An expanded Farmers Market with longer hours and opening of the Splash Pad for the beginning of the summer.

King Opera House

Country and western legend Gene Watson will do a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Tickets can be purchased by calling (479) 414-3320 or (479) 806-4540 or at the door. Admission will be $39 with proceeds benefiting the Bly Thomas Mental Health Counseling Organization.

“The Downtown Junk Fest was our first in Van Buren last year over Labor Day weekend and was the largest attended festival ever on Main Street,” said Mark Shaffer, president of The Old Town Merchants Association. “We are looking forward to a bigger and better event this year.”

This event will be held rain or shine. For additional information visit

Vendor and food truck applications can be found at under the events section or email at or by calling or texting (479) 806-4540 or (479) 461-3780.