Block party fills Relay void
Eudora will get a chance Saturday to help the American Cancer Society in a new way.
The luminarias won't be lit and the track is nowhere to be found but once again both cancer survivors and supporters will be welcomed into town for an early summer night of fun. It will come in the form of a community block party starting at 6 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. in between Sixth and Seventh streets on Main Street.
The party will raise money for Eudora teams participating in the June 16 and 17 Relay For Life in Baldwin City.
"It's just a real low-key kind of deal," past Relay organizer Marilyn Laws Porter said.
The purpose of the event is to help fill the void left by lack of a full local Relay this year, and still give people a chance to enjoy the spirit of the American Cancer Society's yearly tradition.
It would serve as a perfect break ---- at least that was the idea Laws Porter started with.
"We're just celebrating what we've done, and hopefully we'll be able to send some money down to Baldwin," Laws Porter said.
Laws Porter brought the idea to the Eudora City Council several months ago and received full support.
Both C&S Market and the Eudora Boy Scouts have helped publicize the party. C&S stuffed fliers into their paper bags and the Boy Scouts helped spread the fliers around town, Laws Porter said.
"The Boy Scouts have been a big help for doing that," Laws Porter said.
After approval from both the city and the county to close the one block stretch of Main Street, the Relay For Life committee started organizing attractions for the event.
The committee members will also volunteer their time to be vendors for the event.
"As long as we have volunteers working, we wouldn't have to pay anybody and that should contribute to what we take down there too," Laws Porter said.
At the party, people can expect to eat, be entertained and socialize. All proceeds from the event will help subsidize Eudora's presence in Baldwin.
For chow, Cutter's Smokehouse will be serving ribs or meal deals for both adults and children. The meal deals include hamburgers, soda and chips for adults and a hotdog or polish sausage for children.
"We've gotten a few people lined up to work so he doesn't have to pay anybody. It should be a good deal for him," Laws Porter said.
Younger kids will also have a chance to keep entertained with games, Laws Porter said.
In addition to the food and games, Daren Pippert and his students will regale those attending with music.
In between songs, adults will have a chance to get into the fun.
"We're going to play trivia, because we have some prizes," Porter said.
Her Baldwin City-bound team has already collected more than $800, Laws Porter said.
"It's moving along," she said.
Despite the change in scenery, those preparing to head to Baldwin City are still serious about the Relay's cause, Laws Porter said. Although more low key, the block party should be a big part of their effort.
"If people just kind of come up and eat and leave a few bucks, we'll be thrilled," Laws Porter said.