Argonia Days moving downtown

By Travis Mounts
Star-Argosy

This year’s Argonia Days celebration, set for mid-May, will have a new location.

The annual community celebration is locating downtown after years in Salter Park on the city’s east side. The goal is to bring more visibility to the event and better connect it to downtown merchants.

Many details are still being finalized. Main Street will be blocked off from the railroad tracks north to XO Boutique.

“That will be the area where everything will be going on,” Pierce said.

City clerk Tara Pierce is tasked with organizing the event for the city, along with the help of several volunteers.

 

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“We’re just starting the planning stage,” she said. “Time goes by fast.”

Argonia Days will again have inflatables. In addition, there will be large yard games with games like oversize chess, Connect 4 and more. Those will be set up in the middle of Main Street. The inflatables will be set up in the vacant lot north of Conway Bank. The video game trailer will return, too, Pierce said.

“There’s a lot more things in the works,” Pierce said.

Several vendors have already committed and will be set up along Main Street, and local businesses are looking to participate.

Five volunteers are lined up so far, and Pierce would like to have two or three more to help things go smoothly during the event. The city funds Argonia Days, but the budget is limited. Pierce said donations from businesses and individuals help make the event a success, and any additional help for the 2020 edition is welcome.

The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Friday, March 6, at the city building. Anybody wanting to volunteer or make a donation is welcome to attend. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Pierce at City Hall by calling 620-435-6553 or email cityclerk@cityofargonia.com.