Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

CPA Picnic to fete Eudora

July 21, 2005

The days of cattle rustlers and horse thieves have long since faded into the dust, but the tradition of the group that fought against them rides on.

The annual Central Protective Association Picnic, or CPA Picnic, is back in Eudora.

That means three days of festivities, starting today and running through Saturday, will thrill the town with the rides, smells and events that have become a July tradition.

"We're going to go with the old standbys and the old favorites that have been done in the past," said Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Bobby Arnold.

Arnold, along with event organizer Jerry Trober and a group of people who span the breadth of the community, all worked to get the event off the ground.

The carnival is just part of the fun.

Everything began last Saturday morning with the CPA Fun Run and Walk. The event drew 104 running enthusiasts from the area to help raise money for the Eudora High School cross country team (see results, Page 10A).

Keeping in theme with the CPA, cross country coach Paul Boone gave the winners of the race horseshoes.

At 6 p.m. Thursday in CPA Park, the carnival will open with rides and games.

"We had antique rides before, now everything is up to date, which is great," Trober said.

At 8 a.m. Friday, the CPA Golf Tournament swings into action at Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence.

Then, as picnic-goers enjoy the food sold by St. Paul United Church of Christ, they will have the opportunity to enjoy another CPA classic -- the children's parade.

The costumed kids will begin their walk down Main Street at 7 p.m.

"The kid's parades are always the funest," Arnold said. "When they dress up, that's what I enjoy watching."

Following the parade, Eudora Parks and Recreation will have children's games at the southwest corner of CPA Park, just west of the gazebo.

One favorite from last year gave kids a chance to find coins hidden in the middle of flour.

"The kids get real excited when they find the money," Arnold said. "It's something the kids can do besides carnival rides."

Saturday's itinerary begins with another offering from Eudora Parks and Recreation. This time, kids will be able to take part in pool activities, such as diving contests and coin dives from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eudora Swimming Pool.

At 7 p.m. the town will gather for a grand parade that will make its way from 15th and Elm streets to Seventh and Main streets.

As Saturday winds down, the carnival will rock to the sounds of live music from 8 to 11 p.m.

Jeff Nelson is a musician who has played at the picnic in the past and always enjoyed the crowd CPA brings out.

"They're sitting there to listen to you play," Nelson said. "You're not just there for the purpose of dance music."

Nelson's band, Cubby Lane and the Secrets, plays classic rock and oldies.

The profits from the picnic go to non-profit organizations, Trober said.

Trober has been the head of the CPA Committee for the last 18 years, and he doesn't see himself stopping soon.

"Just watching the kids laughing and having a good time, it would be a hard time for me to quit the committee," Trober said. "I just couldn't do it."

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