Thousands Attend Ark City's Arkalalah Parade
published on 11/01/2010
Thousands of people lined the streets for the big Arkalalah parade on a beautiful Saturday.
Arkansas Citians, former residents, their relatives and friends, and people from surrounding towns in south-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma were among the many people who attended the events.
Ark City High School graduates from all over the country traveled back to their hometown for reunions.
Everyone appeared to enjoy the weather and the renewing of old friendships.
It was Ark City's 79th annual fall festival, which each year draws huge crowds to town, nearly doubling Ark City's population for a weekend.
The two-hour parade included several politicians running for office in Tuesday's election.
The "Big Parade" began at Wilson park and ended at Adams Avenue. Float after float lined Summit Street north of Pine. This year's event theme is "A Day at the Beach."
A "Parade of Lights" float presentation will begin tonight at 8:30 p.m. on the corner of Summit and Birch. Attendance is expected to be high for a spectacular showing of twinkling lights. The day was launched with the Kiwanis Pancake Feed, the Doubles Horseshoe Tournament and the Arkalalah 2 Mile Run. The annual event began Saturday, October 23 with The Medallion Hunt.
Saturday, October 30
5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kiwanis Pancake Feed
Gift bags courtesy of Kiwaniqueens & Kaw SouthWind Casino
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 am Registration for Arkalalah Run at Arkalalah Office
9 a.m. Doubles Horseshoe Tournament - (Brock Park – 6th & Madison)
Signup 9:00 a.m., Pitching 10:00 a.m.
9 a.m. Arkalalah 2 Mile Run
Sponsored by the Ark City Rec Center & GE Engine Service
Race begins in the 100 block of North Summit.
Click here for registration information.
10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Burford Tours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arkalalah Arts/Crafts Show (Ark City Rec Center)
9:45 a.m. Check in for Kids Fun Run for grades K – 5 (5th Ave. & Summit)
Sponsored by RCB Bank
10 a.m. Presentation of trophies and prizes for the 2 mile Arkalalah Run
Sponsored by Ark City Rec Center
10 a.m. Carnival opens
10 a.m. Concessions open
10:15 a.m. RCB Bank Fun Run for elementary students – presentation of Good Sport Award following Run
11 a.m. RCB Bank presentation of good sport award and $300 Fitness Grant to U.S.D. 470 Elementary School with highest percentage of participants in Fun Run and $200 to private elementary schools.
11 a.m. St. Paul United Methodist Church Chicken & Noodle Dinner – 200 E. Washington
11:15 a.m. Street Games
Sponsored by the Lion & Lioness of Arkansas City and the Arkalalah Executive Committee
Downtown - Summit Street
Click here for more information.
After street games Treasure Hunt for elementary school kids at the corner of Summit and Chestnut. Kids come dig through the sand to find buried treasures.
noon - 2 p.m. Burford Open House
2 p.m. Arkalalah Big Parade
Click here for contest information.
4 p.m. Band & Flag Festival (Bulldog Stadium)
All participating KSHAA Schools are invited.
For more information contact Hans Judd at 620.441.2030 or email@example.com
Sponsored by RCB Bank and Sparks Music
In case of rain, bands will perform at W.S. Scott Auditorium.
8:30 p.m. Light Show
Reporter: KAKE News
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