BY MELANIE BUCK –
It’s time for the 41st Annual Mark Campbell Rod Run. Hundreds of hot rods, antique cars/trucks, muscle cars and street rods will roll into town to continue supporting an event that the late Mark Campbell founded more than four decades ago. This year, the event is enjoying additional community support as the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce agreed to partner to host the entire event. The event will kick off with Friday night’s Show ‘n Shine. For the first time in the event’s history, two blocks of North Mena Street are being closed so that cars/trucks may be displayed on North Mena Street up to Maple Street, a development that Mark’s widow Lisa said he would have loved to have seen. The north side of the street will be closed from Sherwood to Maple. Multiple detour options will be marked. Friday night’s activities kick off at 6 p.m. KENA will begin a live broadcast from the heart of the action beginning at 5 p.m.
On 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 for the Downtown Street Dance and Concert sponsored each year by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission. This year’s musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with The Night Hawk Band, a power country band offering a variety of sounds including classic country, progressive country, blues, rock, and a touch of bluegrass.
The event will wrap up on Sunday with morning services and various awards and presentations.
Lisa Campbell is this week’s Citizen of the Week – click here for full feature:Lisa Campbell – Carrying on the Family Legacy