Cowley’s Outdoor Market is coming back to Wilson Park on April 28.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., vendors of all kinds will set up in the park to sell their wares.
Admission to this event is free. It is hosted by 1025 The River, Land Rush Antique Mall, and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Kelly Dillner and Suvanah Perdue, client promotion representatives at 1025 The River, serve as coordinators for the outdoor market.
“This is a rain-or-shine event,” Dillner said.
“We are adding a cornhole competition, as well. There will be three age categories — 9-12, 13-17, and 18 and up.”
There will be prizes for winners and second-place finishers in each category.
Outdoor market vendors
Hosting an outdoor market started with the idea of bringing the citywide garage sale into one area market.
But Perdue and Dillner realized early on that it wasn’t quite what they wanted to do, so the idea morphed into Cowley’s Outdoor Market.
This will be the third spring market, and the fifth overall, since the event began in 2016. The markets have averaged 30 to 40 vendors.
Right now, Dillner and Perdue are looking for more people who want to set up booths.
This year, there are vendors coming in from as far away as Kansas City and Neosho County.
There will be vendors that sell jewelry, art, vintage furniture pieces, homemade soaps and many other unique homemade items.
There also will be several food vendors at the outdoor market.