Main Street Siloam Springs is hosting its annual Main Event on July 23rd at 6pm.
This year’s Main Event will take place virtually, according to Abby Trinidad, Event and Marketing Coordinator and Farmers Market Manager for Main Street Siloam Springs.
The event will be broadcast live from John Brown University, Trinidad said. Viewers can see the event on Facebook.com/MainStreetSiloamSprings, Trinidad said.
This year, Main Street is celebrating Siloam Springs “Heart of the Art,” which is located in downtown Siloam Springs, Trinidad said.
“Our historic downtown is the heart of our beautiful small town,” said Trinidad. “Public art is such a big part of our community. It brings families and friends of all ages to Downtown Siloam Springs.”
A Heart of the Art Selfie photo competition will be held on Main Street the week before the event. A winner will be selected during the live event, Trinidad said.
The winner will receive a Main Street Siloam Swag Bag: Greetings Mural, t-shirts, license plate, postcard and a Main Street Silver Dollar to be used in Downtown Eateries.
John Brown University will be the main sponsor of this year’s main event; Simmons Foods and La-Z-Boy are the gold sponsors; Silver sponsors are Grand Savings Bank and Dave and a Camera; and Ivory Bill Brewing and The Downtown Bakery are this year’s bronze sponsors, Trinidad said.
Main Street was very pleased with the success of the 2020 Main Virtual Event and decided that the virtual event was the way to go for 2021, Trinidad said.
“We look forward to gathering and celebrating again in person, and we hope that we can do so in 2022,” said Trinidad.
Several special guests will appear during the main event, Trinidad said. A list of names was not given, but Trinidad said the guests would range from artists to downtown residents and business owners, Trinidad said.
Virtual tickets are $ 65 and include a $ 15 Main Street Silver Dollar that can be redeemed at several downtown restaurants; an art-themed biscuit from The Downtown Bakery and a growler from Arkansas Craft Beer from Ivory Bill Brewing, Trinidad said.
A $ 400 Watch Party package includes six Growler Arkansas craft beers from Ivory Bill Brewing; a sausage tray from Tintos & Tapas; a cake from The Downtown Bakery and access to the Main Street Zoom VIP room to be part of the show, Trinidad said.
Tickets and the Watch Party package can be purchased at MainStreetSiloam.org/MainEvent, Trinidad said.
There will also be live and silent auctions through Event.Gives, Trinidad said. The silent auction runs from Friday July 16 through the live event on Friday July 23, with the live auction starting during the event, Trinidad said.
One of the items that will be auctioned during the live sale is an original plein air painting of the Siloam Springs Memorial Park valued at $ 1,700 and a limited, signed, and numbered giclee canvas entitled “Bridge of Sighs” said Todd A. Williams, President of the Heart of America Artists Association.
Proof comes with a certificate of authenticity worth $ 795, Williams said.
The proceeds will be split 50-50 between the Heart of America Artists Association and Main Street Siloam Springs, Williams said.
The Heart of America Artists Association is a 501-c3 nonprofit with a vision to have a visual arts center and educational program in Siloam Springs, Williams said.
To register for the auctions, visit https://event.gives/heartoftheart or write “HeartoftheArt at 843-606-5955.
Photo submitted by Abby Trinidad (left), Taylor Justice Burns and Rhonda Jeep Rutledge pose during the 2019 Main Event at the Brick Ballroom.
Photo submitted. “The Bridge of Sighs”, painted by Todd A. Williams, is a limited edition. Signed and Numbered Artistic Proof Giclee Canvas with Certificate of Authenticity, which is one of two artworks, will be donated by Williams to Main Street Siloam Springs for the LIVE auction of the Main Event.