Bill Elmer

Sticking around for the Eudora CPA Picnic parade Friday were sisters Holly, 5, left, and Lexi, 2,the daughters of Bryan and Carrie Baumann of Eudora. The girls rode their stick horses toward the start of the parade.  (photo by Richard Gwin, courtesy the Lawrence Journal World)



Eudora News and

Story by Joe Preiner of the Lawrence Journal-World

The heat may have affected the number of people who attended Eudora’s annual CPA picnic Friday evening, but it didn’t do much to discourage the ones who showed up.

With temperatures still in the mid-90s Friday night, several hundred Eudora and area residents made the trip to CPA Park near Ninth and Main streets to take in the sights and sounds of the 103rd event. The CPA, which stands for the Cattlemen’s Protective Association, was formed in the 19th century to protect Eudora from cattle rustlers and horse thieves.

Veterans of the yearly event included seventh-grader Ethan Leahew and friends Nick Dreiling, a fourth-grader, and Dakota Bruner, a fifth-grader. The Eudora locals took a break from rides to hydrate and rest. They sat against a backdrop of carnival ride lights courtesy of the Mind Winder, the Zipper and the classic Ferris Wheel. The trio of friends lamented about the final day at the picnic.

“This is probably our last day coming here,” said Nick, who thought the crowd was noticeably smaller.

Apart from the numerous rides, which drew most of the attention, Friday’s festivities included food, live music and a parade for children riding nonmotorized vehicle of varying styles.

Bill Elmer attended the CPA picnic with his grandchildren, some of whom are former residents of Eudora and yearly attendees. Jenna Elmer said she’d been going to the picnic for the past several years.

“It’s always something different,” fourth-grader Jenna said.

Parents mingled amid children who darted around and between the various rides and games brought into town by Toby’s Carnival Inc. The traveling carnival business makes the stop in Eudora yearly as part of its seven-month season.

The picnic events will continue today with the grand parade, rides, food and games. The grand parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with registration starting an hour before in the Laws Field parking lot at 16th and Elm streets.


(Editor’s Note: We will have parade pictures and recaps of Saturdays festivities here on  If you have some pictures from this years event you wish to share, you can email them to