Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2003

Stiff competition

EudoraFest contests churn out the winners

October 9, 2003

Halloween may have been a month away, but several Eudora youngsters wasted no time getting into costume Saturday. At the seventh-annual EudoraFest, a handful of area children came out as Tigger, a devil, a spider and other personas as part of the first-ever Miss EudoraFest pageant.
The contest entrants ranged from those who couldn't yet walk to those able to perform a talent for the competition. One category even included an entry for a Mr. EudoraFest.
Later that day, an impromptu stage on a flatbed trailer parked in front of CPA Park was a venue to showcase another group of talented Eudorans. Younger participants in the second-annual talent show included tumblers, singers and pianists.
The older crowd, however, brought out some less common talents. Nell Trefz, who said she had lived in Eudora for 50 years, decided to give the contest a try by showing offer her yodeling abilities.
"I can't believe I'm doing this," she said before performing. "I'm doing it for my grandkids."
Several acts afterward, Bryan Guarino took the microphone for a comedy routine of his impressions. Personalities from Arnold Schwarzennegger to cartoon characters got Guarino's treatment. Even the audience wasn't immune to a bit of ribbing."All the old people should know George Bush from the 1990s," he said.
Even a few Eudora High School teachers -- Jim Rose and Dirk Kinney -- were fair game in the act.
Area car-lovers had their wheels put under the scrutiny of the judges for the car show, which also returned to this year's festivities.
But another type of vehicle made its way to EudoraFest this year, too. A stock garden tractor and lawn mower pull made its debut. Like the vendors and quilt show contributors, competitors in the pull came not only from Eudora but from across northeast Kansas.
Organizer Charlene Calhoon said the event drew participants from as near as Valley Falls and from as far away as Sabetha.

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