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CPA Picnic returns with sesquicentennial twist
The annual CPA Picnic will have a sesquicentennial flair this year.
The carnival, games and food will be the same, but organizers are looking to tap into the city's history as a prelude to a larger 150th anniversary celebration in October.
It all begins at 6 p.m. Thursday as Toby's Carnival opens with rides and games.
"Watching those kids smile, that's what it's all about," organizer Jerry Trober said.
Trober has been in charge of the CPA committee for the last 20 years.
The picnic originally convened to honor those who served in the Central Protective Association. The group protected Eudora from cattle rustlers and horse thieves more than a century ago.
"It brought the cattle and the horse thieves down to a better understanding because everyone was watching," Trober said. "They were scared to do it."
Thieves might have been frightened out of their rustling ways, but locals will have no fear to drive something smaller Friday.
The annual CPA Golf Tournament tees off at 8 a.m. Friday-- at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence. Golfers should arrive by 7:30 a.m.
The celebration will march on at 7 p.m. At that point, little Eudoras and Paschal Fishes could be trotting down Main Street for the traditional children's parade.
Both the CPA and sesquicentennial committees urge participants to incorporate the city's 150th birthday into their floats and costumes.
The theme isn't required for participation, but necessary to earn prize money in the "best of" contest, Trober said.
The children's parade will start at City Park, 7th and Main streets, across from City Hall, and wind down to CPA Park. No motorized vehicles will be allowed.
Friday evening will conclude with the carnival and live music starting at 8 p.m. in the CPA Park gazebo.
The Eudora Parks and Recreation department will dive into the fun from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eudora Aquatic Center. There will be contests for youngsters up to 13-years-old.
The competitions include diving, splashing and coin diving.
"We want to interact at the pool as much as we possibly can," Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Tammy Hodges said.
Later in the day, the adults will be able to show the city what history means to them during the grand parade.
Event organizers also urge participants in the grand parade to keep the sesquicentennial theme in mind.
"I'm going to enjoy watching the parade on Saturday night," Trober said. "Anyone who wants to be on that we welcome with open arms. The bigger the parade we have, the more fun it is for the elderly, the more fun it is for the younger people and the more fun it is for everyone involved in it. It's just a great deal to have a big parade."
The grand parade will start at 15th and Elm streets and end at 7th and Main streets.
After the parade, starting at 8 p.m., there will be more live music at the gazebo in CPA Park.
Holy Family Catholic Church will be maintaining the food booth from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
As a further connection to the city's upcoming anniversary, representatives from the Eudora Sesquicentennial Committee will be providing information and taking donations for a time capsule to be buried in October.
Representatives from area law enforcement agencies also will be represented at the fair.
"It's just a good way to spend a couple of evenings," Trober said.
A full CPA Picnic schedule can be found on page 3A.