Crafts, food lead the way for vendors at EudoraFest
In a few weeks, shoppers in downtown Eudora will see hot sauces side by side with cool fruit drinks and Humvees parked near candy vehicles when area and regional vendors peddle their wares Oct. 5 at the sixth annual EudoraFest.
Barbara Tuttle, who's organizing the vendors, said Main Street would be blocked off from Seventh to 10th streets, accommodating the 30 vendors and booths scheduled for the fall festivities. The booths will open after the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and close up shop at 6 p.m.
"A lot of them are previous vendors, but I've been hitting craft shows with applications and informational fliers," Tuttle said.
One vendor Tuttle tracked down at a craft fair was a business that makes video biographies.
"It looked like he was putting groups of family pictures together," she said.
Some of the vendors, she added, would come from Kansas City, Topeka and even as far away as Inman, in central Kansas.
As in past years, some of the vendors will offer items, like Pampered Chef kitchen gadgets, Mary Kay cosmetics and Longaberger baskets, that are also available through home shows and sold by sales representatives. Gastronomical attractions will include food booths offering spicy hot sauces and pork and beans as well as foods appealing to the sweet tooth, like honey, jams, cookies, candy crafts and Good Stuff fruit drinks.
"Their lemonade is really good," Tuttle said. "I tried it yesterday at Art in the Park (in Lawrence)."
Crafty wares will include candles, woodwork items, antiques and holiday items for Christmas and Halloween. The event will also draw earthy fare, like tie-dyed shirts, all-natural wellness products and a chance for customers to make wax casts of their hands.
The Army and the Army National Guard will have some of their big wheels on hand to view. Children can take a ride on their own vehicles with a bicycle and pedestrian safety course, one of several safety programs offered by Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Other safety programs include Ident-a-Kid, a chance for parents to have their children's fingerprints and photo taken, an event which will take place near the Eudora police and fire stations, Ninth and Main streets. And where there's Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical, there's smoke.
"Their deal is going to be a smoke trailer to simulate a house on fire," Tuttle said. "Kids can go through it and see what it would be like if they were actually in a house fire."