Arnold City Park is ready to host the 47th annual Arnold Days Festival, city officials said.
The park was closed from May 3 to Aug. 8 because of flooding from the Meramec River, but it has bounced back in time for the annual city event, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22.
The park is on Bradley Beach Road off Jeffco Boulevard near the Meramec River.
“Everything is back to green,” Arnold Parks and Recreation deputy director David Crutchley said. “There are a couple of spots that may need to be filled in with sand, but it shouldn’t be noticeable. Otherwise, everything is in pretty good shape.”
The three months floodwater sat in the park forced the city to cancel its annual Independence Day Celebration on June 29 and move the Farmers Market from its regular home at the park’s entrance to the Arnold Recreation Center from May 4 to July 26.
The market was able to return to the park’s entrance Aug. 2, six days before the rest of the park reopened. The market, which will be open during Arnold Days, is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 19.
When the park first reopened, the playground was not ready for use, but that was reopened Aug. 28, Crutchley said.
Dickie Brown, director of Arnold Parks and Recreation, said it cost between $4,000 and $5,000 for the cleaning products and rental fee for the truck used to clean the roads in the park.
Crutchley said the only change made to Arnold Days because of the flooding was moving the carnival rides from a grassy area to pavement.
“(The carnival) is usually on the grass near the tennis courts,” he said. “It is barely shifted from the grass onto a road near the tennis courts.”
Arnold Days officially starts tonight, Sept. 19, with the third Arnold Days Trivia Night at the Arnold Recreation Center, 1695 Missouri State Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and trivia questions will begin at 7 p.m. Entry is $10 a person. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Attendance prizes also will be handed out.
Teams of up to eight people will compete. Players are still needed. Make a reservation by stopping by calling Leader Publications, which organizes the event, at 636-931-7560.
Festivities will continue Friday through Sunday, including carnival rides, live music, children's activities, contests, vendor booths, a parade and more.