The Arkansas City Farm and Art Market will look a little different this year, thanks to some hard work from event organizer Brittany Carder.
Carder took over the market last year, bringing plenty of new ideas with her.
Last year, all of the activity was centered under the Wilson Park rotunda, where vendors set up their wares for sale, and shoppers were able to visit and shop while sheltered from the elements.
The market officially opens on May 29 it and will run through Sept. 25. Each Tuesday afternoon, the market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m.
“We’re extending our farm and art market hours this year,” Carder said. “The community has been very vocal about not being able to make the market by the time people got out of work, so we decided to give it a shot.”
Another new addition will be live music, which will be featured every other week all summer long.
“(It’s) thanks to a grant from the (Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau,” Carder explained.
“Kammy Downs from the (Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce) plans to do a recyclables-based, free community art program at the market, with projects welcome for adults and children to work together on,” she added.
“We will continue to offer waived vendor fees to all artists at each of our monthly big event nights.”
The market will continue to feature fresh produce such as tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, raspberries, tomatillos, onions, squash and more, as well as a rotating menu from food trucks and local cuisine.
“We are welcoming fundraising groups, with one waived-fee setup day per each group,” Carder said.
“School sports teams, Soroptimists, Boy and Girl Scouts, VFW, and more (are invited). In the past, fundraiser groups needed a sponsor, usually a parent from the team, to pay their non-membership fee to be there. This year, we want to support as many other nonprofits as we can.”
Last year, there were market shirts for the vendors.
“We saw a big interest from market patrons in wanting to purchase them, so we plan to open up our shirt orders to the community,” Carder said.
“There are five colors to choose from. They’ll be $15.”
Questions can be directed to Carder at (316) 992-5763.