ARMA — Celebrating the end of World War II was common in the years following the finization of the fighting. However, few parties are still ongoing 72 years later, but Arma’s sure is.
Arma’s first Victory of Japan (V-J) Celebration was organized in 1946 by one of the local American Legion Posts. What started out as a one day celebration is now a four night, three day event that coincides with the annual high school alumni reunion. This year’s party starts the evening of Thursday, August 9th and runs through Sunday August 12th with a wide variety of events.
Arma Homecoming Chairperson, Kathryn Richard said that the homecoming this year will have a little something for everyone, and residency in Arma is not a requirement to attend. According to their schedule the homecoming this year will boast nearly 30 different events.
“For a small community we have a lot of events, so everyone can find something that interests them,” Richard said. “Everyone in the area is welcome to come down and have a little fun, it’s a good way to unwind before summer ends.”
According to Richard the theme this year, “United We Stand” relates heavily to the original purpose of the event.
“The last several years we’ve gone with patriotic themes,” Richard said. “We want to not only honor the history of the event, but also recognize our current veterans.”
Richard said that the usual favorites are the on the schedule for this year including the parade, rolling pin throw, childrens activities, food and craft vendors, and a street dance.
The Saturday parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will boast several categories for entranties to complete in. They are commercial & organizational floats, novelty floats, antique cars, classic cars, antique and classic tractor, and motorcycles. According to Richard, those wishing to be judged for the contest may register the day of the parade before 9 a.m., while those just wishing to participate in the parade should be lined up and ready to go by 9:30 a.m.
There will also be a carnival on hand at the celebration. “Mega Pass” wristbands can be purchased in advance at Arma City Hall. Mega Pass bands are $45 and allow the rider unlimited carnival rides all weekend.
More information on Arma Homecoming, along with a full list of events and times can be found at http://www.armakansas.org.