Sesquicentennial weekend arrives
It's time for residents to enjoy the party of the century. Make that the party of the century-and-a-half.
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday residents will be able to experience Eudora's 150th birthday in a variety of ways.
There will be two full days of events, ranging from the opportunity to eat cake and ice cream to the unveiling of a bronze statue depicting the town's founder and his daughter and city namesake, Eudora Fish.
Eudora Sesquicentennial committee Co-Chair LaDonna Russell said the celebration already at hand was surprising.
Despite the surprise and stress, everything is about ready for the weekend, Russell said.
"We'll be ready and we're excited about it," Russell said. "We're expecting nice weather and a large crowd."
Friday night festivities lasting until midnight, will be an official birthday party. The following day, sesquicentennial ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. and will be combined with the annual EudoraFest festival.
Everything will come to order Friday with a volunteer recognition ceremony.
As of Monday the ceremony was really beginning to take shape, Russell said.
"We have a lot of organizations that are going to come out for that ceremony, and we're really excited about the participation and the enthusiasm about the event," Russell said.
Throughout the evening results from sesquicentennial contests will be announced, including longest hair and longest beard, a photography contest and a pie-baking contest.
At 6:30 p.m., cake and ice cream will be served at CPA Park. Also, starting at that time residents looking for more than sweets will have the opportunity to try $2 Buffalo Burgers prepared by Cutter's Smokehouse and Pub.
At 7 p.m., the Eudora Chamber of Commerce will have a beer garden. At the same time, The Michael Beers Band will play music for a street dance at Ninth and Maple Streets.
Sesquicentennial Committee co-chair Rex Burkhardt organized the music for both Friday and Saturday's events. When choosing acts, he focused on bringing in a variety, everything from rock to choral to bluegrass, as well as musicians that had strong ties to Eudora.
At about 8:30 p.m. Friday, or when it's dark, the Michael Beers Band will be interrupted by a small fireworks show
From 11 p.m. to midnight, the street party will continue with music by Come Ascendancy.
Statues, festivals and more
The celebration begins again with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday
The day will be filled with musical acts at three separate stages, more than a hundred crafts and corporate vendors and both car and Wild West shows will be happening throughout.
The annual Miss EudoraFest and Our Diamond Miss pageants will start at 9:30 a.m.
Starting at about noon, there will be a grand unveiling of the Eudora Statue, sculpted by Lawrence artist Jim Brothers.
Following the unveiling, residents will witness the official burial of the 150th anniversary time capsule.
Committee members will be taking donations for the capsule up until about 10 a.m.
At about 2:30 p.m. locals will be able to showcase their skills in the EudoraFest talent show.
The festivities will conclude at about 5 p.m.
"The highlight of the whole weekend is the whole weekend," Russell said.