Everyone loves a good community event complete with arts and crafts, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. The first Marana Main Street Festival April 5-7 promises to deliver all that and more.

This exciting event will draw people to an area that soon will be the heart of our community. At one time, Marana had a thriving downtown that served as a focal point for residents and visitors. But when Interstate 10 was built in Southeast Arizona in the 1960s, the roadway cut through the development and we lost our central gathering place.

Now, Downtown Marana is ready to make a comeback. With the recession’s impacts finally slowing, developers who have been waiting on the sidelines are starting to revisit their plans in North Marana. They see the great potential that exists here and want to place their footprint. This is an exciting time to be part of the community.

People who live and work here realize the importance of the Marana Main Street Festival and our Town Council appreciates the work that Teri Murphy and her group of volunteers have put into the event. It’s tough to organize something of this scale for the first time, but the team has given up countless hours to ensure a hugely successful festival. The Town owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to these civic-minded individuals.

The Marana Chamber of Commerce, Marana Heritage Conservancy, MHC Healthcare, Northwest Fire District and Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance are also partnering with us on the event. The Town appreciates everything these organizations do to make this a great community.

Please join us for an event that is sure to be fun for the entire family. Town Council and employees are excited about Marana’s future and events such as this give everyone an opportunity to display their community pride.

For more information on the Marana Main Street Festival, visit bit.ly/Ynm9oK.

(Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the mayor of the Town of Marana.)  

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