Celebrate the 89th Annual Fall Festival in Arkansas City, KS - October 28 - 31, 2020

who we are

The History of Arkalalah

It all began in 1928. The big depression was on the way and everyone was blue and discouraged. The old Petroleum club was above Peterson's Drug Store and most of the businessmen ate lunch there. After lunch they sat around talking or playing a game of cribbage.

One noon John Floyd, Clyde Boggs and "Pat" Sommerfield were sitting at the same table. They decided something new was needed for the town - maybe a fall festival of some kind to help the morale of the people. Halloween sounded like a good time. The idea caught on and they approached Dusty Rhoads, the live wire secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. A citizen's meeting was called, committees appointed and the first Arkalalah was off to a flying start.

A prize of $15 was offered for a name. Mrs. J.W. Moore wrote "Arkalalah" on a strip of paper. Ark, for the town and alalah, the Indian word for good time. She tossed the paper aside thinking it wasn't good enough. Mr. Moore thought it was; he turned it in and Mrs. Moore received the prize and honor of naming our annual fall festival.


Our team


2019 Arkalalah Festival Executive Committee

Zach Barnes, Chairman

Zack Stoy, Past Chairman

Jace Kennedy

Chris Rains

Damon Mendoza

Tasha Bucher, Executive Secretary



Cowley College Arkalalah Committee:

Shannon O’Toole, Chairperson

Rama Peroo

Lory West

Abbi Hollins

Lisa Grose

Tiffany Volmer

Visiting Queen’s Committee:

Kody and Lori Virden, Chairpersons

Cody and Amy Richardson

Ross and Brittany Goff

Eric and Erin Fraley

Dylan and Baleigh Burroughs


Coronation Committee:

Morgan Musson, Chairperson

Paige Hale

Former Queens Committee:

Cowley College

Queens Tea Committee:

Mallory Avery

Molly Walker

Little Mr and Miss Arkalalah:

Blythe Colquhoun

Lyndsey Bowker

Band and Flag Festival:

Jeremy and Nikki Kirk

Band Competition:

Sheryl Harper