Arma VJ Homecoming
August 11-13, 2023
An American Celebration since 1947
When Arma, Kansas’ World War II veterans all returned home, they threw a community wide party. The event has perpetuated into a well-loved festival for more than 75 years.
Come enjoy a weekend full of entertainment, unique contests and family-friendly events.
You Made Your Bed – Now RACE It!
Grab four of your friends, put wheels on a bed, sport hilarious costumes, be part of a parade and race to win!
Arma VJ Homecoming is proud to present its 1st annual Southeast Kansas Bed Derby on Saturday, August 13, 2022. With a total of $1,800 in cash awards, there’s numerous ways to win.
First, teams shall be part of the 10 a.m. 76th annual VJ parade on August 13 where judges will determine the top three entries based on costumes, bed decoration and creativity. First place is awarded $500, second $300 and third $100.
Secondly, beds will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Blue Moon parking lot where the public will choose its favorite. The winning team receives $100.
And finally, a race to the finish! Two teams at a time will race down the main drag of Arma starting at 1 p.m. The fastest timed beds in the two-block race will receive $500 for first, $300 for second and $100 for third.
Teams can be made of friends, family, organizations or businesses – any group with four drivers and one rider. Beds – from 3-feet-by-6-feet (small twin size) to 6-feet-by-8-feet (queen size) can be handcrafted or retrofitted with a mattress on top. Business advertising or group name on beds is accepted. Drivers and riders must wear helmets.