BY MELANIE WADE –
The Ouachita Arts Celebration was held in downtown Mena on Saturday, November 4th, and was a success by all accounts. Although official numbers weren’t available at press time, one organizer, John Vacca, said despite poor weather, he believes there were as many people as last year, and hopefully a few more.
Mena Street was lined with a plethora of art mediums and plenty of activities for both the young and the young at heart. Painting, weaving, food art, martial arts, fashion, and musical entertainment filled the street. A new addition to this year’s festival was the Chair Art Competition. Winners included: People’s Choice – Tim Hesse. Judges’ Selections: First place- Tim Hesse; Second place- Daryl Lood; Third place – Amanda Dye.
Vintage Tin Restorations welcomed back the Vintage Tin Fall Tour with several cars coming from around the country to attend. The 2nd annual Vintage Tin Fall Tour was held November 2nd – November 5th and included an ice cream social, a Fall Foliage tour through northeast Polk County, poker run, and they displayed their cars on Mena Street as part of the Arts Celebration. The public voted on the “Best of Show” as part of the display, which was Calvin and Virginia Buchanan from Decatur, Texas. A dinner and charity auction benefitting the Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society was also held at the Mena Mountain Resort.
“We are honored to be a part of the Ouachita Arts Celebration because we look at our cars as a form of art, by restoring our cars to as near original condition as possible – like they were when they were new. The reward for us is the joy in sharing our cars as they would have been 75-100 years ago,” said Carolyn Moon of Vintage Tin.