A line dance demonstration at 6 p.m. Friday will kick off the 2013 Old Times Day festival in downtown Van Buren.

"The public is encouraged to participate in the demonstration by line dance instructor Millie Mosely and her class," said Wes Turner, president of the Old Town Merchants Association, organizers of the annual event held over Mothers’ Day weekend.

At 7:15 p.m. Friday, bluegrass and country music will be provided by the band Crooked and Steep.

As many as 200 arts and crafts vendors will line Main Street in historic downtown beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"There will be several food vendors and great shopping along Main Street," Turner said.

There will be bounce-arounds set up for the children in the park area.

Gene Watson, considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation, will be the featured performer at this year’s Old Timers Day at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Opening for Watson will be The Dead Armadillo, scheduled to perform from 7 to 7:30 p.m

Also performing Saturday will be the James Young Band, 10:30 a.m. to noon; Brittany Hollis will do Loretta Lynn music from noon to 1 p.m.; Sarah Buben will do Patsy Cline songs from 1 to 2 p.m.; and Denim and Pearl from 2 to 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Cody Macado will perform Vince Gill music from 10:30 to noon. Also taking the stage will be Hannah Brown, noon to 1 p.m.; Lee Altman, 1 to 2 p.m.; and Matt Turner, 2 to 3 p.m.

"The merchants association is very excited about this year’s festival," Turner said. "We feel we are providing a great line up of entertainment and will draw a great crowd. We have gotten great support from the members on Main Street.:

Turner said the sponsors such as Sisters Gourmet Bistro, First Community Bank, Jim Grizzle Tire, Citizens Bank & Trust and the Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission have all stepped up to ensure the success and continuing preservation of Old Timers Day.

"The City of Van Buren and the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce also have done a great job in helping promote our festival," he said.

A few vendor spots are available, Turner said. Contact Patty Howard at (479) 410-3026 for information.