With record heat in Arkansas City this week, it is tempting to stay inside where it is cool.

But if you do that, you will miss out on all the really great things happening in our community this weekend.

Kick off the weekend with an evening in Wilson Park. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be playing at 7 p.m. June 17 under the Wilson Park rotunda.

Pull out those Star Wars costumes and join us at 6:30 p.m. for a Star Wars costume contest. Winners in two age groups — 12 or younger and 13 or older — will receive a prize.

Admission and participation for this event is free.

Saturday morning

June 18 is full of fun events to entice you to stay local and be entertained.


Photo courtesy of Mike Morgan

Just north of city limits will be the Melvin Current Wings and Wheels Fly-In.

Airplanes and antique cars from all over the area gather at Strother Field for a great morning of activities. Grab the kids and go check it out.

Have breakfast with your friends at the Mark McCaslin pancake fund raiser from 8 a.m. to noon.

Arkansas City Police Department Capt. Mark McCaslin was diagnosed with a devastating rare disease and he needs our help. Join us at the Agri-Business Building for a pancake feed.

Chris Cakes will serve pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice for $7 a plate or $6 for children.

Cowley’s Outdoor Market

Wilson Park will be full of activity again from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, when the first-ever Cowley’s Outdoor Market will take place.

Come browse more than 40 vendors and a food court. Steamy Joe and Big-N-Smalls BBQ will serve all day. There will be sweets to eat from Grinder Man and Heavenly Chocolates. Cold drinks will be served by the Early Birds Lions Club.Outdoor Market

Part of the fun will be a drawing for a “dad’s getaway” package for a Kansas City Royals game, along with other drawings throughout the day.

If you have a piece of furniture or an item that you have re-purposed, bring it down. There will be a contest for the best piece, voted on by the vendors. The contest entry fee is $10 and you can sell your item.

This event is sponsored by 1025 The River and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Other vendors include Allen’s Antiques, the Arkansas City Public Library, Byt’em Snax, Charlie Dennett’s Lathe Artistry, Cowley County Humane Society, Friends of the Renaissance, Grandma’s Creations, Gypsy in the Parlor, Hypertufa Chicks, Jewelry in a Candle, Keep Collective, Mimi’s Glass, Moxie’s Soap Box, Norwex, Small Treasure Productions Woodworking, Thrive, Turkey Foot Ranch, Two Day Sisters, Vintage Villa, Xyngular and Young Living.

Christopher Gingher will be selling Grinder Man’s cookies and peach cobbler, with proceeds going to his Milk, Bread and Eggs program. The Ice Shack will provide shaved ice. Anita Walz will bring creations such as drought-resistant flower pots, bird feeders, bird baths and tea sets.

Another unique vendor is Keli Stewart, of Bullet Bling, who makes jewelry from bullets.

If shopping is your thing, then come downtown this weekend and browse in one of our stores that are now open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Land Rush Antique Mall and Bee’Tween Friends are joining Stage to offer Sunday shopping in downtown Ark City.

This information was provided by Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Pam Crain.