The theme of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet will be “There’s No Place Like Home.”

The Feb. 3 event will begin with a welcome party, hosted by Union State Bank, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and continue with the dinner and program from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Burford Theatre.

The annual event will highlight the 2017 recipients of the STAR and Open Arms awards, and feature the announcement of the Business of the Year, which then will be nominated by the chamber for consideration for the Kansas Governor’s Award.

Those businesses and organizations being highlighted include:

  • Ark City Daily Bytes;
  • Creekstone Farms Premium Beef;
  • Dillons;
  • Ike’s Donuts;
  • John’s Heating and Air Conditioning;
  • M&M Meals for the Soul;
  • McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum;
  • Walmart Supercenter;
  • Open Arms Award recipients — Arkansas City Public Library, Arkansas City Farm and Art Market, and Arkalalah Executive Committee.

This year, the annual banquet will include a fundraiser auction, in addition to the awards program and dinner.

Prizes from Schmidt Jewelers, “A Day at the Capitol with Anita (Judd-Jenkins),” a $300 advertisement from 1025 The River and a Charlie Daniels concert event package from 7 Clans Casino will be among the auction items.

The dinner will feature Creekstone Farms Premium Beef products and “Mandolin Monroe,” also known as Emily Anderson, will provide the event’s entertainment.

The Cowley College Art Club will serve and Great Western Dining is catering the dinner.

In addition, many chamber businesses are sponsors for the event.

Check the chamber’s website and Facebook page for a complete list of auction items and sponsors.

Tickets are on sale now at the Ark City chamber office, located at 106. Summit St., or call 442-0230 for more information.

The historic Burford Theatre is located at 118 S. Summit St. in downtown Arkansas City.

This information was provided by Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Kammy Downs.