One of the hardest things to do as Chairman is picking the theme for the year. With everything that has changed since mid-March 2020, it became clear to me what I wanted the theme to be – American Made – because not only is it about what has built this country, it is what has built each one of us individually. We are all American Made and we are all stronger for it.
The theme reflects two major milestones, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Arkansas City, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Country, Community and Camaraderie are all things I hold true to my heart. I love America, and the Flag that represents this country. We absolutely would not have the life we all have without those brave Servicemen.
I truly appreciate the blood sweat, tears, and hard work that encompasses the whole American spirit. This great country allows us all the freedom to do everything from practice whatever religion we want to being able to start your own business and thrive.
I couldn’t be more excited to be the Chairman for Arkalalah 2021. From the time I was a kid sitting on the bed of my Mom & Dad’s truck watching the Saturday Big Day Parade (collecting all the candy I could), to the time when my own kids were in school and we were building floats for Sacred Heart, for all those years – Arkalalah has always been a special time for myself celebrating the things that make Arkalalah special – Food, Fun and most importantly Family.
After online voting, the following five women were selected by Cowley College students, faculty, staff, and administration as finalists for Queen Alalah, to be crowned during the annual Coronation in the Robert Brown Theatre at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021.
Click here to view each finalist's photograph and their biography.
Despite another year of uncertainty, planning continues for Arkansas City’s largest event, Arkalalah. Jace Kennedy, the 2021 Arkalalah Festival Executive Committee Chairman, rereleased the theme for this year’s event: “American Made – 150 Years of Arkansas City.”
“One of the hardest things to do as Chairman is picking the theme for the year. With everything that has changed since mid-March, it became clear to me what I wanted the theme to be – American Made – because not only is it about what has built this country, it is what has built each one of us individually. We are all American Made and we are all stronger for it,” Kennedy said.... Read More
Tasha Bucher and Jace Kennedy reveal the 2020 festival theme designed by Mark Dykes (center).
Congratulations to two deserving seniors of the 2020 class of Arkansas City High School!!! Watch Arkalalah Executive Committee 2020 Chairman, Jace, nail the speech!