PrairieFest returns to Arkansas City this year with “America’s Heartbeat” which is set to begin Friday night at 6:30 at Wilson Park. Prairiefest began some 52 years ago, when a group of people got together and decided that Ark City needed a venue to support and showcase local artistic talent. Since then, it has grown into a five-day festival with big name acts and as many as 75 art vendors. It was once known as Art In The Park, and it featured a lot of local artists, but today, the festival has evolved into a mostly musical event. There will be a Kidz Korner for the kids, food vendors for everyone and a full-service bar for the adults. American music will be performed live on stage, including the early country sound of Pasty Cline, the smoky blues of Etta James, 1960s type music of Bob Dylan, the 1970s sounds such as Steve Miller and the 1980s rock of Bon Jovi.