Children’s Parade opens Eudora’s CPA Picnic
Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Eudora on Friday for the annual CPA Children’s Parade.
The event opened Eudora’s annual CPA Picnic, which began more than a century ago.
Participants used wagons, Big Wheels and their own two feet to make their way down Main Street.
Some participants needed four feet — perhaps the most unusual entries in the parade were Jo and Spot, two llamas. “We’re a big part of the 4-H club here in Eudora and llamas are a new project for us,” said Spot’s owner and Eudora resident Matthew Kelso.
Matthew and his younger brother Mason marched with their llamas, and in a few weeks the two will be competing against each other in a llama showcase competition. “There’s an obstacle course, a dress-up course, a pack course, and a category where they have to wear a hat,” Mason said.
The CPA Picnic includes carnival rides, several food vendors and live music.
CPA stands for Cattlemen’s Protective Association. The annual event was once held to honor those who protected Eudora from cattle rustlers and horse thieves in the late 1800s.
The CPA picnic began in the early 1900s, and residents mark the third weekend in July on their calendars every year. The event runs through this weekend. Tonight’s festivities kick off at 7 p.m. with the Grand Parade.