Arkalalah is officially upon us and before we know it, the streets of downtown will be lined with people.

2018 Arkalalah logoIt seems like this celebration sneaks up on us every year and then fades away too quickly.

As a transplant to Arkansas City, I thought I never would grow accustomed to the chaos that Arkalalah creates for our small town.

But the longer I am here, the more I see just how much people love the activities, the bright lights of the carnival and what actually might be the longest parade in Kansas.

When Arkalalah was founded in 1928, I doubt very much that the individuals who put it into motion had any idea how long the celebration would continue or that it would become such a large part of the culture of Arkansas City.

For those who don’t already have a pamphlet concerning this week’s activities, here’s a short rundown of what will be going on this week:

Today

  • 5:30 p.m. — Joe B. Avery Community Spirit Award presentation in the Wright Room atCowley College
  • 7 p.m. — “The Greatest Showman” will be playing for free under the rotunda at Wilson Park

Wednesday

  • 11 a.m. — concession stands open for the first time
  • 12:30 p.m. — beer garden opens in Ben Givens Park
  • 5 p.m. — dinner and a craft sale by the American Legion Auxilary at 112 E. Washington Ave.
  • 6 p.m. — all you can ride for one price at the carnival
  • 8 p.m. — fireworks show in downtown Arkansas City
  • 8 p.m. — Parade of Lights

Thursday

  • 11 a.m. — concession stands open for the first time
  • 12:30 p.m. — beer garden opens in Ben Givens Park
  • 1 p.m. — all you can ride for one price at the carnival
  • 6 pm. — Dodgeballalah at Cowley College’s W.S. Scott Auditorium
  • 8 p.m. — Thursday night concert under the rotunda at Wilson Park

Friday

  • 10 a.m. — Etzanoa exhibit opens at the Burford Theatre
  • 10 a.m. — Arkalalah craft show opens at Ark City Rec Center
  • 11 a.m. — helicopter rides begin
  • 12 p.m. — Cornhole tournament in the 200 block of North Summit Street
  • 1 p.m. — all you can ride for one price at the carnival
  • 2 p.m. — beer garden opens in Ben Givens Park
  • 3 p.m. — children’s parade in downtown Ark City
  • 7:30 p.m. — Coronation in the Robert Brown Theatre at Cowley College

Saturday

  • 5:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Pancake Feed
  • 9 a.m. — Arkalalah 2-mile run
  • 9 a.m. — Arkalalah craft show opens at Ark City Rec Center
  • 10 a.m. — carnival opens
  • 10 a.m. — Etzanoa exhibit opens at the Burford Theatre
  • 10 a.m. — helicopter rides begin
  • 10:15 a.m. — Kids fun run sponsored by RISE Cowley and SOAR
  • 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. — Etzanoa movie at the Burford Theatre
  • 11:15 a.m. — street games
  • 12:30 p.m. — beer garden opens in Ben Givens Park
  • 2 p.m. — Arkalalah Big Parade
  • 4 p.m. — Band and Flag Festival at Bulldog Stadium
  • 7 p.m. — Rick Stitzel Sextet at the Burford