CPA picnic to kick off with carnival
Fun-filled activities are planned for this weekend's annual CPA picnic, including entertainment provided by a company fortunate to exist.
Toby's Carnival Company will provide amusement rides for the picnic. On April 19, Toby's was hit by a tornado while providing entertainment in Parsons. Daniel Yarnell, part owner and manager, said the company sustained $3 million in damages from the tornado.
"After insurance was done, it was about $1 million out of pocket," Yarnell said. "We had two new rides for the millennium. We got six days out of them."
Some equipment damaged included a merry-go-round, bumper cars and other gravity-defying rides. This year, there will be 16 rides, most of which were not damaged by the tornado.
"We just got our merry-go-round last week," Yarnell said. "The hardest thing to do is come out and make sure everything's safe to ride. Most of the stuff here wasn't in the tornado."
Yarnell said the group was able to keep things going after the storm, thanks to spare rides in storage. After a quick regroup, they gathered available rides and continued on the carnival trail.
"We didn't miss a beat," Yarnell said. "Nobody said we could do it, but we did."
Carnival rides will open tonight at 6 p.m. and continue until close Saturday night at the Eudora Middle School parking lot.
Friday, the children's parade will start at 7 p.m., beginning at 6th and Main heading south to 12th street. A treat waits for all children who participate in the parade that evening.
"Any kid that's in the parade will get tickets for carnival rides," said C.P.A. President Jerry Trober. "At the end of the parade, the kids will get the tickets."
Saturday's events include the C.P.A. Fun Run, beginning 7 a.m. at the Eudora High School track. A fitness walk will also be held at 7:30 a.m. at the EHS track with a golf tourney at Eagle Bend Golf Course, Lawrence, at 8 a.m.
Children's pool races, diving & splash contest and coin diving will have starting times ranging from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Eudora City Pool. The Methodist Church food booth will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Grand Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Main between 6th and 12th streets, with a special appearance from the Kansas City, Mo. Shriners. Trober said this will be their first visit to Eudora in 10 years.
"This year it happened out, they didn't have a commitment for the weekend so they committed to us," Trober said.
At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 312th United States Army Band will present a free concert at the Eudora City Park. The band was reorganized from the 89th Division Band in the early 1970s and relocated to Lawrence. The band features a marching band, concert band, stage band, jazz combo and several other small performing or rehearsing ensembles.
Floats, politicians and horse riders will also be a big part of the Grand Parade this year.
"There's always 10 to 20 Eudora people that put floats in there," Trober said.
Proceeds from the carnival will benefit scholarships to local organizations and graduating EHS students.
For more information, call Jerry Trober at 542-3073.