Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2000

Fourth annual EudoraFest set for next weekend

September 28, 2000

The fourth annual EudoraFest kicks off Oct. 7. Organizers and participants are hoping this year's festivities will bring fun for the whole community.

Bill Folks, EudoraFest chairman, said he hopes this year's events will draw more than last year's event. Folks said last year was affected by inclement weather, but hopes this year will be different.

"That's the thing about this whole event, it's weather dependent," Folks said. "You can plan for months and months and months and if we have a day like last year it can all be shot in one fail swing."

This year's EudoraFest is organized and run by the Eudora Jaycees. The previous three years have been run by the Eudora Chamber of Commerce. Folks, a Jaycee, said the focus has been to find events in which Eudorans would participate.

"Eudora is more of a bedroom community than it ever has been," Folks said. "The important thing is that we have to get those people involved.

"Anything to get those people out in the community is important for the strength of Eudora."

One newer event this year will be a lawnmower poker run. Participants will ride lawnmowers to designated areas in town. Each rider will receive a sealed envelope with a playing card. The top three with the best hand will receive prize money of $50, $25 and $10 respectively.

"We wanted to keep everybody in town so we came up with the lawn mower poker run," Folks said. "You need real unique things like that to promote (EudoraFest) year after year."

A chili cook off will also be held with the same cash prizes. A panel of judges will taste each entry and award the top three prizes. The entry fee is $3 per entry.

Arts and crafts vendors will have booths set up between 7th and 10th street on Main Street. Prizes will be given for a car and motorcycle show and live music will be on hand by the Eudora High band, Small Talk, Crow Canyon, Alan Cunnigham's interactive music for kids and a Polka band. Kids games in the park, a cakewalk and a petting zoo will also be available.

The Eudora Area Historical Society will hold a presentation on the "History of Douglas County Families." A genealogical display, computer searches and other offerings will be available for participants.

A quilt show will be in the Eudora Middle School gymnasium throughout the day.

"That's really turned out to be a big deal," Folks said. "There's a lot of interest that I didn't know existed."

Profits made from EudoraFest are put back into a fund for the following year. Folks said he hopes the event will continue to grow and he hopes to see more community involvement in years to come.

"Ultimately our goal is not to make this a chamber even or a Jaycees, we want this to be a community event," he said. "We want this to be big; we want people involved."

Anyone wanting more information on EudoraFest may call Folks at 542-1159.

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