Church to provide meals at C.P.A. picnic
About 100 years ago, the Eudora CPA Picnic began when people got together to eat and enjoy a meal with one another.
Today, even amidst the carnival rides, parades and music, food is still an important part of the CPA Picnic.
The Eudora United Methodist Church will run the concession stand at this year's local festivities.
Concessions chairman Becky Harper said the church will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, Pyle sausage, barbecue beef, french fries, brownies and homemade pie. She said the profits from the concessions will go toward the church's budget.
"Certain portions of the budget goes to help missions and ministry," Harper said. "It will also help our new church building fund."
Running the concession stand is not a new concept to the Methodist Church. Church member EvaBelle Gerstenberger said the church started running the CPA concession stand back in the 1930s.
"That was when money was hard to come by," Gerstenberger said. "We took on every kind of job we could to get money to pay for the Methodist Church. So we pitched a tent and served chicken dinners."
She said the church ran the concession stand every year for several years until the Holy Family Catholic Church and the St. Paul's United Church of Christ volunteered to rotate years with the Methodist Church.
So every third summer it's the Methodist Church's turn to run the concession stand again.
Harper said one of the most popular items the concession stand sells is homemade pie.
"We will have about 100 donated homemade pies. We will even have cream pies this year because we have a refrigeration unit," she said.
The stand will be open every night of the CPA Picnic, Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.
"People want to support the community. It's the idea that it's more homemade than the carnival food." she said.
"They come for good food, good friends, good fellowship and a good time."