Arkalalah!!! It’s finally here! Click your heels and close your eyes as downtown Ark City transforms to the smells of delicious foods, sounds of laughter, and the sights of friendships renewed.
“There’s No Place Like Home” may have a couple of different meanings to people. The first thing most people are going to think of is Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. To me, the theme screams Arkalalah and the home we all share - Ark City! I’m always amazed at the number of people that pencil in the last weekend of October every year to come and celebrate with family and friends. As I have grown older, I see how important Arkalalah is to bringing people home to reminisce in the good times and share the old stories while making new memories. Community, friends, and family are what make Arkalalah exist and without these, it’s just another weekend in October.
Over the last 44 years, I’ve experienced several facets of Arkalalah. From being the child with no cares other than eating pancakes, riding rides and catching candy in the parade to now being able to enjoy the festivities with my family and seeing it through my 2 children’s eyes. It has definitely has come full circle and is a time we all look forward to.
Prior to my commitment to the Arkalalah committee, I had absolutely no idea what it took to put on this amazing event. This being my 4th year, I now know it just doesn’t happen! It takes the ENTIRE community’s support; starting from local business’ donations to the tireless commitment from past and current committee members and the love and support from family and friends. So with that, I thank you!
Enjoy the next few days with friends and family!
"If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never lost it to begin with." – Dorothy
Every great sound has to come from somewhere. Red dirt music had its start in Oklahoma, Southern Rock can be traced back to the early American South, while Texas Country clearly defined its roots in its name. So where does Mountain Deer Revival's sound come from? From twins, Jake and Jason Coffey and band members: Dale Shuey, Matt Ohm and Connor Edmundson.
With an original, genre-expanding sound, few musicians can compare to the originality of this Kansas based band. Their music manages to successfully close the gap between Country Rock, Americana and Bluegrass, while maintaining an honest, independent tone. The band reaches beyond talent, by writing with creativity and performing with passion. With great focus being placed on their lyrics and the feeling of their songs, MDR's music is as much a state of mind as it is a sound
Epic is a 5-piece band made up of seasoned musicians who share a love of classic rock music from the 70s and 80s.
Full, rich harmonies come to life which allows the band to reproduce songs from Journey, Boston, Kansas, Foreigner, Styx and other Epic bands of the time. The band leaves no one out by choosing dance-friendly songs from these bands to keep the party going all the time. Add to the list songs from Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Loverboy, The Cars, Brian Adams, Head East, Night Ranger, REO and many other great bands and the action never stops.
"I really enjoyed being the Grand Marshall for the 87th Arkalalah Parade. Thanks again for all the support and complements." - Jill Hunter