Arkalalah officially begins Saturday, when the first clue for the medallion hunt will be released.

Train dedication to kick off Arkalalah

Photo by Andrew Lawson/City of Arkansas City

An additional clue will be released each day until the medallion is found.

Ark City Daily Bytes readers can find the clues on www.acdailybytes.com or our Facebook page.

Individuals searching for the medallion must adhere to the rules outlined in the Arkalalah booklet.

Train unveiled at kickoff party

Tuesday night will bring a special Arkalalah kickoff party to be held at Wilson Park.

Among the festivities planned is a dedication of the renovated train at 5:30 p.m.

The train will be revealed next week after being covered since early this year.

Following the dedication ceremony, there will be a video presentation and small reception at the rotunda.

In honor of this year’s Arkalalah theme, the Executive Committee will sponsor the movie “The Great Outdoors.”

The John Candy comedy classic will be shown for free under the rotunda starting at 7 p.m.

Concessions and entertainment

Downtown concession stands will open for business at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

There are 25 concession stands this year, with three additional booths on West Fifth Avenue.

The beer garden opens Wednesday, as well, and will operate from 12:30 p.m. to midnight each day.

Wednesday also is “All You Can Ride Night” at the carnival.

Starting at 8 p.m., there will be a fireworks show that can be viewed from downtown Summit Street.

The Parade of Lights will begin immediately following the fireworks.

Recreational activities

Thursday’s big event will be the third annual Dodgeballalah tournament at Cowley College.

This event begins at 6 p.m. at W.S. Scott Auditorium, located at 200 W. Fifth Ave.

Next Friday will bring the annual cornhole tournament from noon to 2:30 at 1025 The River, located at 106 N. Summit St.

The children’s parade will begin at 3 p.m.

To wrap up next Friday’s activities, the Arkalalah Coronation will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude with the crowning of the 86th Queen Alalah.

The event will be held at the college’s Robert Brown Theatre.

Arkalalah Saturday

Arkalalah Saturday’s events will begin with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Feed, starting at 5:30 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Union State Bank parking garage.

The morning will be filled with a plethora of physical competitions, including the Arkalalah 2-mile run, the kids fun run and kids games.

The Arkalalah Big Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and proceed south down Summit Street from Maple to Jefferson avenues.

Festivities will wrap up with the band and flag show at 4 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium, located at 1200 W. Radio Lane.

For more details on all of these events, Arkalalah booklets can be found at the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber and Arkalalah offices are located at 106 S. Summit St.