Arvonia community celebrates 150 years

The community of Arvonia, Kan., will celebrate the 150th birthday of its founding. On Oct. 12, 2019, Arvonia will go from its quiet everyday happening to a big celebration of yesteryear. The Arvonia Historic Preservation Society is planning to bring Arvonia back to life for a day. The event will be free for all and will include activities for all ages to enjoy. Events will be scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Old-fashioned activities along with cultural elements from Wales will be featured. Musical entertainment throughout the day will include local talent, some out of area talent, and a singer originally from Wales. Traditional Welsh food will be available for purchase, including Welsh Cakes, tea and coffee.

Some of the activities and demonstrations for the day include butter churning, ice cream making, soap making, goat milking, daffodil planting, a chuck wagon, bow and arrow, knitting, quilting, apple peeling, nut cracking, coffee grinding, bread making, and kids’ games. The school and church will be open for tours. Vendors will be available with various items.

Following the Arvonia Day celebration, will be the society’s annual Fall Festival from 4:30-7 p.m. in the quonset building behind the Atchison Home. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided by The Lebo United Methodist Church. Bring lawn chairs and a side dish. If you’ve been at the Arvonia Day event and don’t have time to make anything, join us anyway. Activities for the evening event will include pumpkin decorating, children’s games, corn hole, a fun fall photo opportunity, hay rack ride, and a fire to make s’mores, weather permitting. There will be a gunny sack race, tug of war and some other competitions. The evening will finish with a scavenger hunt for youth sixth to 12th grades.

The Arvonia Historic Preservation Society will also be participating in the Emporia Community Foundation Match Day on Nov. 11, at the Flinthills Mall, and Brit Faire on Nov. 16, in Kansas City. At 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the society will host a candlelight service in the Arvonia church with refreshments following.

For more information, see the Arvonia Historic Preservation Society at www.facebook.com/arvoniaks or contact Susan Atchison [email protected] or 620-794-3917.

Photo and information thanks to Arvonia Historic Preservation Society.

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