Cowley’s Outdoor Market is coming back to Wilson Park on April 22 and it will be double the size it was at this time last year.Cowley’s Outdoor Market

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 60 vendors will set up at the park to sell their wares.

Admission is free to this event, which is hosted by 1025 The River and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Kelly Dillner and Suvanah Perdue, market coordinators and client promotion representatives at 1025 The River, set the date for the outdoor market.

This event marks the one-year anniversary of the very first outdoor market. That first event saw around 30 vendors from across the state gather in Wilson Park.

“The response has been really, really good,” Dillner said. “Everyone we’ve talked to has said that Cowley County needed something like this.”

The idea of hosting an outdoor market started with brainstorming the idea of bringing the citywide garage sale into one area.

But Purdue and Dillner realized early on that wasn’t quite what they wanted to do, so the idea morphed into the current Cowley’s Outdoor Market.

Cowley’s Outdoor Market details

Vendors in attendance will sell jewelry, art, vintage furniture pieces, homemade soaps and many other unique items.

“This is a rain-or-shine event,” Dillner said.

Right now, organizers are looking for more people who want to set up booths. The booth fee is $50 and the CVB will feed vendors homemade cinnamon rolls.

For those attending the event, there will be giveaways from vendors that participate.

This year, vendors are coming in from as far away as Kansas City and Neosho County. “There are a lot of out-of-town vendors,” Dillner said.

Not everything at Cowley’s Outdoor Market is geared toward adults.

“We’ve partnered with the (public) library to have a Kidz Korner,” Perdue said. “There will be a giant Connect Four and a (bouncy) house.”

There also will be food vendors at the outdoor market, including a Charlie’s PizzaTaco truck, Stagecoach Barbecue & Catering, shaved ice from The Ice Shack, baked goods, and possibly some freshly squeezed lemonade and ice cream.

Anyone interested in having a booth at the market may email Dillner or Perdue at studio@1025theriver.com, or call (620) 442-1102 for vendor information.

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