The first-ever Marana Main Street Festival was held over the weekend with plenty of entrants in the bed race and plenty of fun, food and sun in the streets. Spearheaded by town staff and local business owner Teri Murphy, the event is designed to familiarize residents with an area of Marana that was once considered downtown before the introduction of Interstate 10 in the 1960s cut through the area’s development plans.

“At some point, this area will be our downtown again, so we’re looking to get people out here and involved,” said Marana Public Information Officer Rodney Campbell. 

 The area Campbell is referring to is that along the corridors of Civic Center Drive and Marana Main Street, which house the Marana Municipal Complex, police station, fire station, and Marana Health Center.

Town staff sought out Murphy to organize the event. Murphy is the owner of Freedom RV, and is also affiliated with the Marana Mortuary.

“I love community events, and I’m really actively involved,” said Murphy, who regularly takes part in such events as the Marana rodeo and pumpkin patch. 

Putting the event together, collecting volunteers, sponsors, and partners has had its challenges along the way, given the immaturity of the event.

The Marana Chamber of Commerce, Marana Heritage Conservancy, MHC Healthcare, Northwest Fire District and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance are partnering for the event. 

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