BY MELANIE WADE –
The 42nd Annual Rod Run will roll into town August 25-27 and will fill downtown Mena and Queen Wilhelmina State Park with hundreds of hot rods, antique cars/trucks, muscle cars, and street rods. The event is a partnership between the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce and the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission (A&P).
The event will kick off on Friday, August 25 in downtown Mena when the A&P Commission presents the Rod Run Show and Shine from 6 – 8 p.m. along North Mena Street. Approximately 200 hot rods and street rods are expected to be displayed. “In addition to beautiful cars, enjoy D.J. music and concessions during this family-friendly, fun event,” says A&P Festival Coordinator, Donnie Crane.
On Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce will host the event atop Rich Mountain inside Queen Wilhelmina State Park where visitors can admire the cars and visit with other enthusiasts.
Saturday night, the rods will make their way to South Mena Street for the A&P’s Rod Run Saturday Night Street Dance and Concert. This year’s concert will feature the rock ‘n’ roll music of The Richie Owens Band at 7 p.m. Concessions will be available.
The event will wrap up on Sunday with morning services and various awards and presentations.
This annual event is a longtime favorite for locals and great fun for all ages. For more information on the event, visit http://queenwilhelminarodrun.com, or call 479-394-2912. For information on visiting the local area, www.visitmena.com or 479-394-8355.