Bikers For Babies
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The March of Dimes annual Bikers for Babies ride will not be through Eudora this year. The ride begins at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS at 11:00 AM Sunday.
This years route will take riders down I-435 in KCK but instead of taking K-10, riders will exit at K-32 and take K-32 to it’s terminus with Highway 24. They will then go north on Highway 59 from 24 and then take K-16 east through McLouth and into Tonganoxie before taking 24 back towards the Speedway.
According to reports and previous history, the Bikers for Babies ride tries to avoid construction areas along the route for rider safety. Currently, K-10 has lane restrictions at Cedar Creek Parkway. Construction at the K-10 and Ridgeview interchange along with work on the Johnson County Gateway redevelopment project of the 435/35/K-10 interchange, the ride decided to take the alternate route which bypassed Eudora.
Bikers for Babies skipped Eudora previously in 2010. With the Johnson County Gateway construction to last into 2017, it may be some time before the ride returns to Eudora.
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If you think Eudora is just another sleepy small town, think again. There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming up in this little town!
This coming Saturday, September 21, the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department has some events planned for the whole family, all with a Wizard of Oz theme and all held at CPA Park, 9th & Main. First off is the Dorothy Look-a Like Contest. Children and adults are invited to participate. All you need to do is put on your best Dorothy costume, grab Toto and come to the CPA gazebo to sign up shortly before 10:00 AM when the contest begins.
Next is the Wizard of Oz Family Trivia Game, providing you a chance to showcase your great knowledge of the Wizard of Oz movie. (Hint: you’ll need to know more than the color of Dorothy’s shoes). Teams can be made up of one to four participants and can include all ages. Some great prizes will be given out to the winning teams, such as a free pass to the Wamego Octoberfest the following weekend and an autographed book by Roger S. Baum, great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz. The event will start shortly after 10:00 AM. Sign up your team ahead of time by emailing Parks and Rec Director Gary Scott (email@example.com) or at the park before the contest begins.
The most delicious part of the day is the Auntie Em’s Apple Pie Contest. Bring your freshly baked apple pie to the CPA Park Shelter before the 10:00 AM event start. The winner will be announced at 10:30 AM. Pie slices will be sold across the street where the Bar B Q Cook Off and charity event will take place.
Sunday, September 22 holds some excitement, as well. 5,000+ motorcyclists with Bikers for Babies are expected in Eudora between 9;00 AM and Noon. Compassionate motorcycle enthusiasts ride with Bikers for Babies to support the March of Dimes’ efforts to raise funds for lifesaving medical research and to improve the lives of babies.
According to route information provided to us by the March of Dimes, riders will approach Eudora from the east on N 1400 Road (old K-10/10th Street) and turn north on Main Street heading up to K-32. You can visit with the riders at the old fire station downtown where Eudora Parks and Rec will be providing water for them. Come out and show all the dedicated motorcyclists your support.
Finally, on Saturday, September 28th, you can join Eudora Parks and Rec for their 1st ever Daddy-Daughter Date Night. Just $15 ($5 more for each extra child) will provide a fun evening for dads and daughters with a Hawaiian-style Luau theme which includes a pig roast dinner and dancing. Pre-register for this event by September 19 and can be done at the Parks and Rec Center or online at www.eudoraparksandrec.org. (Moms and sons, you’re not being left out—look for a special activity for you coming in October!)
It’s time for an update about various things going on around town that, while they aren’t long enough for their own full story, are important to make sure everyone knows about
Turnpike coming closer to Eudora?
Governor Sam Brownback addressed the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development council on Wednesday. During his remarks he called for the serious investigation and subsequent construction of a toll way to extend south from the I-70 (Kansas Turnpike) through western Johnson County and then east along the Johnson – Miami County Line. According to the Governor, the toll way would “build the infrastructure necessary to bring continued growth to the area.” The Governor said, “We need to invest for the long-term.”
story courtesy Peter Solie – www.gardneredge.com
Editors Note: We will be following up on this. Our friends at gardneredge.com told us they have heard it could be linked to the Tonganozie/Eudora exit off of the turnpike.
Bikes, Bikes and more Bikes
This weekend will be busy around Eudora with all types of two and three wheeled vehicles. On Saturday and Sunday, Bike MS, a two-day bicycling fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be traveling through Eudora. On Saturday bicyclists will be traveling from Olathe to Lawrence on the ride and then stay overnight in Lawrence. Sunday the bikers will be heading back east. The expected route for the bicycle riders is to use 10th St from the eastern edge of Eudora to the west side.
Also on Sunday, the annual Bikers For Babies KC ride sponsored by the March of Dimes, will be heading through Eudora. Bikers for Babies, will be approaching from the East using the N1400th Rd exit (old K-10 or 10th Street as it is also known), coming down 10th Street and turning north on Main Street to head into Leavenworth County. Most riders should be running through Eudora between 9AM and 10AM.
K-10 Resurfacing project delayed again
We just received word this morning that the resurfacing and shoulder work on K-10 in Douglas County has been rescheduled again. The new start date for the project is now Wednesday, September 21. As with the last time it was rescheduled, the cause is due to scheduling conflicts. The project is still scheduled to be completed in early November weather permitting.
Bikers For Babies, the annual motorcycle ride that benefits the March of Dimes in Kansas City will not be making it’s way through Eudora this year. Due to construction scheduled for K-10 and in North Lawrence, this annual charity event will be taking a different route. For rider safety, the March of Dimes wants to avoid the construction zones. Bikers for Babies has traveled through Eudora many times in in it’s 15 year history.
This years ride will take place on Sunday, September 19th and will start at the Kansas Speedway. The Route will take riders through such towns as: Tonganoxie, Basehor, Oskaloosa and McLouth.
Bikers for Babies KC is the largest March of Dimes rally in the United States. In 2009, Bikers for Babies raised nearly $700,000 for the March of Dimes in Kansas City. Past celebrity riders for the KC Bikers for Babies run have included Dee Snider (Rock band Twisted Sister and A&E TV’s Growing Up Twisted) and Jess James Dupree (rock band Jackyl, Tru TV’s Full Throttle Saloon). This year’s honorary chairman is Johnny Dare, morning host on 98.9 The Rock in Kansas City. The ride gets underway at 8AM on September 19th and will feature a 115 mile ride entirely in Kansas. Karli Ritter from Fox-4 TV will emcee the opening ceremonies at the Kansas Speedway.
For more information and to sign up for the ride go to: www.bikersforbabieskc.org