Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2008

EudoraFest to happen despite work on Main St.

September 4, 2008

Contrary to rumors, EudoraFest will happen Oct. 4 on the south end of Main Street in downtown Eudora.

Construction has Main Street firmly in its grasp. It looked so bad to some people that they had been asking EudoraFest Chairperson Barbara Tuttle if the event was even going to happen this year.

"It's always been on Main Street, and all of the sudden, there's no Main Street to have it on so I guess people figured we wouldn't have it this year, but we are," Tuttle said.

Now in its 12th year, EudoraFest was started to draw patrons to downtown business and also celebrate the German heritage of Eudora.

There will be a few differences in this year's festivities. For instance, Ryan and Brandon Lauber are organizing a blind golf cart obstacle course instead of a car, truck and motorcycle show. Miss EudoraFest also will be at CPA Park and the softball tournament is back.

Tuttle, who has been the chairperson since 2003, said vendors would be in the parking lot and downstairs hall of the community learning center.

There currently are just 50 vendors signed up, which would be a disappointment compared to the 117 vendors in attendance in 2007.

But Tuttle isn't worried because the event has improved upon the number of vendors each of the last four years.

"Usually, this is the time of year when we get slammed with applications coming from everywhere," she said.

Many vendors are from Eudora, but they also come from Baldwin, De Soto, Lawrence, Independence, Mo., and even as far as Texas and Utah.

However, Tuttle said it is possible that some of the vendors who live far away might not attend because of gas prices.

"It may affect the number of people in attendance, it may affect some of the vendors who are driving a longer distance to get here, but there's no way of predicting that," she said.

In any case, gas prices and a lagging economy can be added to the list of things that won't stop EudoraFest from occurring this year.

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