CPA Picnic 2011One of the rides from a recent CPA picnic in downtown Eudora. (Yes the school was still there in this shot by managing editor John Schulz)

Eudora News and

Eudora’s largest public event of the year kicked off Thursday night with a little moisture from Mother Nature and some milder temperatures.  Temps during the 2012 event hovered near 100 for most of the weekend but this year, fair goers will catch a break with temperatures around 80 for a high and lows in the 50’s.

The festivities this year will be similar to the past few years with carnival rides games and music.

The highlight of Friday Night will be the Children’s Parade.  Children are encouraged to dress in costume or ride their bikes. Garden tractors/ATV’s can pull floats but no vehicles (cars/trucks) will be allowed in the Friday night parade.  Registration begins at 6:15 at Pella Park – 6th & Main – Parade begins @ 7:00.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the children’s parade.

Public Safety Building

Saturday will be a jam packed day of events and begin with the dedication of the new Public Safety Building at 10th & Main Streets. At 10:00 AM the flag raising and ribbon cutting will take place.  Current and former dignitaries will be on hand to help with the ribbon cutting and dedication.

At 10:30 AM, the Fire Department will christen the new station with some traditions that date back hundreds of years for opening a new station.  This includes the ceremonial coupling of fire hoses over the entrance and a ceremonial fire truck push ceremony by the public.  These events only happen at the dedication of a new fire station and are rarely seen. This event is well worth attending. Following the ceremonies, the Public safety building will be open for tours to the public until 2:00 PM.

In the afternoon and into the evening hours, the carnival continues along with music on the main stage in CPA park.  This year, the concession stand will be run by Holy Family Catholic Church.

In addition to the fun and games, The Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit will be at the picnic  offering free sight, hearing, blood pressure and diabetes testing for people of all ages from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. A vision screener will be used to test children from about six months of age to preschool age and older. Vision screenings are available for adults as well. Everyone is invited to come for the FREE screenings in the MSU. All anyone needs to do is show up while the MSU is open, register, and come inside for the different screenings. Results of testing will be given to each person who is tested, and those results can be taken to the appropriate medical professional.

The finale of the weekend will the Grand Parade which will take place at 7:00 PM Saturday night down Main Street.  Many of the EHS reunion classes will have floats along with various groups, businesses and organizations.  Registration for the parade will begin at 6:00 PM in the old 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 goes north 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.

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.

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