Planning Continues for Arkalalah 2020
Plans are still underway for the 89th annual Arkalalah festival. The multi-day event is currently scheduled for October 28-31st.
Numerous area activities have cancelled their annual events due to the pandemic, including The Walnut Valley Festival, and most events surrounding the Cowley County Fair. While other late summer events such as the Last Run Car Show, K and O Steam & Gas Show, and Newkirk’s Charlie Adams Day will continue as scheduled.
“The committee has met with area health officials and continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in our area,” said Jace Kennedy, the 2020 Arkalalah Festival Executive Committee Chairman.
“At this time no decisions have been made to alter or cancel any additional portions of the festival. A final decision will be made on September 15th,” said Tasha Bucher, Arkalalah Executive Secretary.
Additional precautions have been discussed, such as bringing in additional hand washing stations and spreading out seating within food vendor areas.
“This festival means so much to so many people. We are exploring every possible option to make this year’s event as entertaining, yet still as safe as possible,” Kennedy said.
Founded in 1928, the Arkalalah festival was created to lift the spirits of the local community. The name “Arkalalah” was created by Mrs. J.W. Moore with “Ark” representing the town of Arkansas City, and “Alalah” being a Native American word for good time. Today, the Arkalalah festival is a year-round project led by dozens of dedicated volunteers. The multi-day celebration includes three parades, coronation of a Queen-alalah, dozens of food vendors, and numerous events and activities which draw tens of thousands of people each year. To learn more, visit their website at www.arkalalah.com.
Marching Bands, click the button below to complete your 2020 Arkalalah Marching Festival Registration Form.
Despite a year of uncertainty, planning continues for Arkansas City’s largest event, Arkalalah. Jace Kennedy, the 2020 Arkalalah Festival Executive Committee Chairman, recently released 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!