Main Street Siloam Springs has its annual Main Event at 6 p.m. on July 23.
This year’s Main Event will be virtual, according to Abby Trinidad, events and marketing coordinator and farmer’s market manager for Main Street Siloam Springs.
The event will be broadcast live from John Brown University, Trinidad said. Viewers will be able to see the event on Facebook.com/MainStreetSiloamSprings, Trinidad said.
This year Main Street Siloam Springs will celebrate “Heart of the Art,” which is located in downtown Siloam Springs, Trinidad said.
“Our historic downtown is the heart of our beautiful little town,” Trinidad said. “Public art is such a big part of our community. It brings families and friends, of all ages, to downtown Siloam Springs.
Main Street will be hosting a “Heart of the Art Selfie” photo contest the week before the event. A winner will be chosen during the live event, Trinidad said.
The winner will receive a Main Street Siloam Swag bag: Greetings Mural tote, t-shirts, license plate, postcard and Main Street Silver Dollar, which can be used in Downtown Eateries.
John Brown University will be the main sponsor of this year’s Main Event; Simmons Foods and La-Z-Boy are the Gold Sponsors; the silver sponsors are Grand Savings Bank and Dave and a Camera; and Ivory Bill Brewing and The Downtown Bakery are this year’s bronze sponsors, Trinidad said.
Main Street was very happy with the success of the 2020 Virtual Main Event and decided that the virtual event was the way to go for 2021, Trinidad said.
“We are excited to get together and party in person again, and we hope to be able to do so in 2022,” Trinidad said.
Several special guests will appear at the Main Event, Trinidad said. No list of names was given, but Trinidad said guests ranged from artists to downtown residents and business owners, Trinidad said.
Virtual tickets cost $ 65 and include a $ 15 Main Street Silver Dollar which is redeemable at several downtown restaurants; an art-themed cookie from The Downtown Bakery and an Arkansas craft beer producer from Ivory Bill Brewing, Trinidad said.
A Watch Party package for $ 400 includes six Arkansas craft beer producers from Ivory Bill Brewing; a platter of Tintos & Tapas cold cuts; a cake from The Downtown Bakery and access to the Zoom VIP Room on Main Street to be part of the show, Trinidad said.
Tickets and the Watch Party package can be purchased at MainStreetSiloam.org/MainEvent, Trinidad said.
There will also be live and silent auctions via Event.Gives, Trinidad said. The silent auction will run Friday July 16 through the live event on Friday July 23, with the live auction starting during the event, Trinidad said.
One of the items up for auction during the live is an original outdoor painting of Siloam Springs Memorial Park valued at $ 1,700, and a signed and numbered limited edition artist proof on Giclée canvas titled ” Bridge of Sighs, ”according to Todd A. Williams, president of the Heart of America Artists Association.
The proof will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity valued at $ 795, Williams said.
Profits will be split 50-50 between Heart of America Artists Association and Main Street Siloam Springs, Williams said.
The Heart of America Artists Association is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization with the goal of having a visual arts center and educational program in Siloam Springs, Williams said.
To register for the auction, go to https://event.gives/heartoftheart or send “HeartoftheArt” to 843-606-5955.
Photo submitted Abby Trinidad (left), Taylor Justice Burns and Rhonda Jeep Rutledge pose during the 2019 Main Event at the Brick Ballroom.
Photo submitted. “The Bridge of Sighs”, painted by Todd A. Williams is a limited edition. art print signed and numbered Giclee Canvas with a Certificate of Authenticity which is one of two works of art, Williams is donating to Main Street Siloam Springs for the Main Event LIVE auction.