The August Third Thursday Street Festival will feature a pep rally for the Benton Panthers just days before the big Salt Bowl football game against rivals the Bryant Hornets. The Downtown Benton Business Owners Association hosts these special events in the summer to invite the public to have fun in historic downtown Benton. On August 15th, they’ll have all the stores open late and a whole lot more planned.
First, let me just list the Food Trucks that will be on Sevier Street by the Courthouse:
- Bodiddles beer & wine
- Delta Biscuit Company
- Tacos Gudoy
- On The Go Mac & Catering
- Catering El Jarocho
- The Crepe Coop
- Riverside Catering
- Kona Ice
- Wells Concessions Fair Food
Also, Italy in Town and Just Ice Cream will be open on Market Street, and Dirty’s Deli at Main St Station.
The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with a baggo tournament on the courthouse lawn, then at 7 p.m. cheer on the Panthers of all sports as they run down Main Street to kick off the pep rally, led by Roger Scott of 103.7 The Buzz, Superintendent Dr. Mike Skelton, Head Coach Brad Harris and Mayor Tom Farmer. The Panther band will be performing, pumping out the spirit as well.
If that’s not enough, bring a jar of peanut butter or donate a dollar and get three throws at the dunking booth. It could be one of three Panther coaches getting dunked, or anyone running for political office is encouraged to sit in the booth as well. The peanut butter goes to Arkansas Food Bank counts toward Benton’s total for the Salt Bowl collection.
A couple of streets will be closed off downtown so festival goers can look forward to a beer garden, live music, an escape room, bounce houses, lots of street vendors.
Panthers cheerleaders will perform and there will be a tug-of-war contest between the football players and their coaches, as well as police and fire departments and city officials.
Bring peanut butter – come early – park & walk – eat, drink & shop – support your home team.