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40th Annual Rod Run

BY CANDACE RINER –

The 40th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run Mark Campbell Memorial, sponsored by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission and Street & Performance, Inc., will be held Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30. This year will feature a special tribute to Rod Run’s creator, Mark Campbell who was also the owner and founder of Street and Performance in Mena.  Mark lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in April and his family is hosting this year’s 40th annual event to honor his memory and legacy.

An average of 200 hot rods and street rods will be on display at the Show & Shine starting Friday night at the Historic KCS Depot on Sherwood Avenue in downtown Mena from 6 pm – 8 pm. Saturday, rods will be on display atop Rich Mountain at Queen Wilhelmina State Park by day and will make their way down the Talimena National Scenic Byway to South Mena Street (next to Washburn’s) for the Downtown Street Dance and Concert (sponsored by Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission). This year’s line-up of music is sure to bring a great crowd, with Randal VonButte live at 7:00 pm followed by Polk 74 at 8:30 pm. The hot rods will return to the top of Rich Mountain on Sunday morning to conclude the weekend’s activities.

This annual event is a longtime favorite for locals, as well as visitors from surrounding states; it is great fun for all ages. Come on out and have a good time.

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