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You can count on two things occurring in Eudora during the summer.  One is excessive heat to the point you can fry an egg on the sidewalk and the other is the Annual CPA Picnic in Downtown.

This years picnic will be held July 26 through July 28.  Normally, the picnic is held on the third weekend in July at CPA Park, but was moved this year due to a conflict with the carnival company that brings in the rides and games.

“We moved it this year because the carnival company had another carnival already scheduled on the third weekend in July,” CPA President Jerry Trober said.  “The carnival company is one that is very fair to us and we really wanted to use them so we decided to move it to the fourth weekend this year.”

The CPA (Central Protective Association) was formed in the late 1800’s to help farmers and ranchers protect their livestock and horses for rustlers and thieves. The first CPA picnic occurred in downtown Eudora in 1901.

As with years past, the picnic will feature food, rides and games.  The picnic gets under way Thursday evening with the tradition of the Children’s parade down Main street on Friday and the Grand Parade on Saturday.

The Children’s Parade will get underway Friday evening at 7:00PM with registration starting at 6:15 in City Park located at 7th and Main Street.  For the safety of all the kids participating, motorized vehicles are not allowed in the parade. The carnival rides and concession stand will open after the parade so families can enjoy an old fashioned picnic in CPA park.

On Saturday afternoon and evening, all the carnival rides, games and the concessions will again be open for fun and excitement.  The CPA Grand Parade starts at 7:00 PM. Registration for the parade will begin at 6:00 PM in the Laws Field parking lot at 16th and Elm Street in Eudora. The parade will head north down Elm Street then turn west at 15th and over to Maple Street. The parade goesnorth on Maple so that it can pass in front of Medicalodges Eudora.  At 14th Street, it turns back east to Main Street and then heads north up Main Street finishing at 7th and Main.

There will also be plenty of music this year this year at the Picnic. Friday, Atomic Possum, a classic rock and roll band will perform after the Children’s parade.  Saturday’s music feature will be former Eudora resident Wolf Hamlin.  Hamlin garnered national attention at the beginning of the year when he appeared on the Fox Television show “American Idol”.  Hamlin is scheduled to start shortly after the conclusion of the Grand Parade around 8:00 PM.  Both performances will take place in the Gazebo at CPA Park.

We will continue to have coverage all week long here on eudorareporter.com and plenty of pictures from all the events. Make sure to check back often.

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