Talking a lot about the Taco Lot Festia


Blanton Matthews

The first ever Taco Lot Fiesta by the Arkadelphia Area Aliance and Chamber of Commerce was a smashing success.

A short stretch of Main Street was closed Friday, July 30 for the Arkadelphia Taco Lot Fiesta. The festivities were held in and around the parking lot by the mural on the Group Living building that used to be the Honeycomb restaurant, and stretched across to Town Hall. Meals of two street tacos, chips and salsa were available to anyone who purchased tickets in advance, and everyone who did not was encouraged to order food to-go from downtown restaurants and bring it back to the lot.

The Friday night event ran from 6:00-9:30 PM. It was a hot summer evening, but that did not stop anyone from having a good time. Once the sun went down of course, it became a lot more comfortable.

Live music was performed by Jacob Flores, who sang and played guitar and keyboard. Flores was born in Texas, but mostly grew up in Hot Springs and attended Henderson. He was particularly familiar with Main Street.

“The nastiest bike accident I was ever in was right here,” said Flores to the taco-munching crowd in the lot. “I was in fifth grade.”

Other events included a queso dip contest, judged by a panel in two categories: spiciest dip and overall best, both being awarded to Twin Rivers Architecture Group. An audience choice award was also presented by attendees who arrived and ate within the first hour of the event, and the Sexton Law Firm won that award. Across the street at town hall was a cornhole tournament hosted by the A-Town Baggerz cornhole team.

The event, which was spearheaded by the Arkadelphia Area Alliance & Chamber of Commerce, was a smashing success at getting the community downtown and enjoying the local businesses, arts and cuisine.