BY MELANIE BUCK –
The City of Mena recognized lifetime resident and longtime Mena business owner, Mark Campbell on March 30, by declaring April 11, 2015, as Mark Campbell Day. The Proclamation written by the City said Campbell “has been a genuine asset to our community throughout the years and he is a proven leader. A business owner for over 32 years, Mark has created countless jobs for our area and has been instrumental in our region’s economic development and tourism enhancement.” Campbell is currently hospitalized in Hot Springs, Ark. battling cancer.
Campbell opened Street and Performance, a custom hot rod shop, in his garage in 1983 and has since grown his business to employ 75 people and is now known and recognized throughout the nation and the world. Mark Campbell is a legend in the industry and his company engineers some of the best custom motor builds in the world and was the subject of a recent reality series called Mountain Motors.
The Proclamation continued, “WHEREAS, Mark’s love of classic cars led him to organizing the first Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run in 1975. The Rod Run, now an annual event, brings hundreds of visitors to our county and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in August, 2015; and WHEREAS, the City of Mena would like to take this opportunity to honor him for his countless acts of kindness, dedication to his community, and accomplishments that have worked to improve the quality of life for all who live in Mena.”
Mayor McKee said of Mark Campbell Day, “I encourage all citizens to join me in acknowledging Mark Campbell for his many contributions to our community and expressing our grateful appreciation for his personal sacrifices and devotion of time and efforts for the betterment of Mena and Polk County.”
The family is still struggling with all of the emotions that surround Mark’s diagnosis but has been grateful to be surrounded with support. Mark’s daughter, Tammy, spoke on behalf of the family, “It’s so hard to talk about still. We are all overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from our community & our industry. My dad has touched so many people and they are all fighting the fight with us. He is truly honored to have his own day proclaimed in Mena. We want to thank everyone & please continue to pray for Daddy’s healing!”
Many of Mark’s friends have joined together to host a fundraiser for Saturday, April 11, “Mark Campbell Day” to be held at the Mena Elks Lodge off Hwy 375. Bands will begin playing at 2 p.m. and a live auction of donated items will be ongoing throughout the day. Catfish, chicken, pork loin, hamburgers and other selections will begin being served at 5 p.m.