Editor’s note: The event featured in this article occurred in 2017, but you’ll find other great happenings on our events page.
Sticking close to home for a spring break staycation? A new one-day festival in Morrilton will showcase the vibrancy of the historic downtown area with food trucks, vendors, live music, children’s activities and a car and bike show. Munchin on Main Street will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with activities taking place along Railroad Ave. between Division and St. Joseph streets. The festival is a joint project of Main Street Morrilton, the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Uncommon Communities program (which has also had a hand in nearby Perryville’s Saturdays on the Square and Arkansas Goat Festival).
Cuisine to suit every palate will be on offer from the festival’s participating food trucks, among them Road Hog BBQ, Miss Muffett’s Cheese Curds, Two Guys Hibachi Express, La Rancherita, Cypress Knee Food and Trezvant’s BBQ. These trucks will be part of Morrilton’s first-ever “Food Truck Face-Off, with the top-selling truck at the end of the day declared the city’s favorite food truck.
Come hungry and let your belly do the voting! And don’t forget to save room for beer—the beer garden opens at 5 p.m. featuring national brews alongside local favorite Lost Forty’s Love Honey Bock. (Feel-good bonus: Proceeds from beverage sales will benefit Main Street Morrilton’s downtown improvement projects.)
More than 20 vendors representing local craftspeople, businesses and organizations will be on hand with everything from baked goods to beauty products; to name a few: Perfectly Posh by Mindy Scott, Sewtastic by Stephanie Smith, Leslie Zimmerman’s woodworking, Marti and Jamie McCoy’s knives and metal signs, Usborne Books, and Skye’s Oasis clothing and accessories.
In addition to vendor booths, be on the lookout for sidewalk sales and other specials from downtown businesses. All booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and some will remain open during the live music event, which starts at 5 p.m.
Speaking of live music, the lineup includes the multi-genre Central Arkansas band Maximum Overdrive, featuring Tyler Burgener on drums, Jesse Burgener on bass and vocals, Josh Gangluff on lead guitar and Kyle Burgener on guitar and lead vocals. Conway County native Matt Stell will cap off the evening with an acoustic set of his own original music.
Looking for more than a one-day festival? Add activities like camping at Petit Jean State Park and fishing at Lake Overcup to the agenda, and you’ve got the makings of a nice ‘n’ easy little vacation.