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EudoraFest meetings begin Feb. 21

February 14, 2008

EudoraFest Chairperson Barbara Tuttle would love to see a parade take place as part of the EudoraFest activities, but it just doesn't seem logistically possible. However, that doesn't mean she and the rest of the EudoraFest Committee aren't open to figuring out a way to make it happen.

The EudoraFest Committee will begin planning for the 12th annual festival at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Mutual Savings Association, 801 Main St. One of the main things Tuttle hopes to see is new members who might be able to find solutions to old problems.

"We have some things already in place, but what we're really looking for is to get some new people in with some fresh ideas," she said.

Tuttle said many fixtures of EudoraFest would be present at this year's celebration, and the hope was to improve upon last year.

"Bigger and better is always the dream, but it will be a little bit smaller because we won't have a sesquicentennial celebration."

This year, there will be fewer performance stages, but there will be more space for vendors. Tuttle hopes to schedule some different entertainment this year, too.

"We need something to pull people in," she said. "Maybe we could get KU players to come in or Royals or Chiefs (players). But the issues with all of the ideas we have is bodies - we need someone to run it."

Another concern for the group this year will be the downtown revitalization. While festival organizers are glad to see it occur, they want it to be finished well before the annual festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 4

Meetings will tentatively be the third Thursday of every month, though Tuttle said the committee does not expect participants to be at every meeting.

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