CPA Picnic

2014_CPA_Kids_Parade_1This little girl in the Kids parade was wearing a costume that her mother wore a few years ago in the very same parade (all photos by Managing Editor John Schulz)

Eudora News and

The 2014 CPA Picnic is in full swing in downtown Eudora. Friday night featured the kids parade down Main Street.

You can say the parade was mmm..mmm…good.


How many kids are ready to get back on the schools bus?  Not many I bet…


Some of the parents were even having fun with the kids in the parade. Here Molly and Gary Pratt seem to be having a good time.


While Lightning McQueen may not have anything to worry about, these little ladies look like they want to give him a run for for his money.


The Cub Scouts were featured as well.


Many of the kids on the Autism Awareness float were decked out in blue.


The CPA Picnic concludes on Saturday night.  The Grand Parade will start at 7:00 PM from Laws Field.  St. Paul United Church of Christ is the food booth host this year and there will be music in the park Gazebo from Atomic Possum.

With the warm temperatures, make sure to dress comfortably and drink plenty of fluids. See you at the parade!



CPA 2014


These fantastic birdhouses and other craft items will be for sale at the CPA Picnic this week. All proceeds from the sale of these craft (and other) items will benefit the Eudora Area Historical Society’s museum rehabilitation project. Be sure to stop by our table Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the CPA Picnic! Our table will be in the west side of the CPA Park, close to the Paschal and Eudora Fish statue.

Author Isla Morley

Author Isla Morley

Eudora News and Information ~

Eudora’s annual CPA Picnic may still be more than a month away, but you can begin your CPA celebrations early with a special event on Saturday, June 14th, hosted by the Eudora Township Library and Friends of the Library. It’s a book signing (and a whole lot more) with author Isla Morley, and will be held at the CPA Park in downtown Eudora from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Morley’s suspenseful novel called Above is staged in Eudora during a CPA Picnic. The Raven Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of the book.

Though Morley is from South Africa, her husband Bob grew up in Eudora, and she chose the community for the setting for the book. It is a dystopian novel full of tension, horror and suspense, guaranteed to keep the reader on the edge of his seat. Without giving too much of the story away, I will tell you that one of the main characters is a teenage girl who gets Cover finalkidnapped at Eudora’s annual CPA Picnic. She is taken to an abandoned silo outside town by a survivalist, and there the terror begins.

Library director Carol Wohlford describes Morley as an “excellent author” and she is excited about the event, though she was initially reluctant to get on board when Morley’s husband approached her about a book signing.

“At first I said ‘no’ about an event because book signings don’t usually go over well in small towns,” said Wohlford. “But Bob told me to take the book home and read it. I did, and I couldn’t put it down.”

Ms Morley will speak at 11:00 a.m. in the park.  There will be lots of other things for adults and kids alike to enjoy throughout the day. Friends of the Library have coordinated a “Boutique” Book and Gift Sale to raise funds for the library. In addition there will be food and drinks, music and a kid-zone with all kinds of fun activities for children. The author’s husband Bob Morley will be one of the musicians performing.

Mark your calendars for June 14th so you won’t miss your chance to meet Isla Morley, buy a copy of the book Above and enjoy a fun day at the park.


2013_CPA_FairThe carnival food booths lined up on Main Street for the annual CPA Picnic (photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)


Eudora News and

With very comfortable temperatures the annual CPA Picnic is in full swing in downtown Eudora.  Friday night is traditionally children’s night and is highlighted by the Children’s Parade down Main Street.  Several dozen children took part in this years parade powered by a variety of non car or truck vehicles. Many were on bicycles, in wagons or even a psychedelic 70’s style cart.

2013_CPA_Childrens_Parade(photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)


Many children also enjoyed the carnival rides set up across from CPA park at 9th and Main Streets.  Parents brought the kids to come sample the small town carnival atmosphere that you so rarely find in the days of big multi-million dollar theme parks.

2013_CPA_Merry_Go_Round(photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

While it may not be Disneyland, there is plenty for young and old alike.  The CPA Picnic can bring out the kid in us all.

2013_CPA_Bumper_Cars_2(photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

The CPA Picnic will wrap up Saturday evening with more fun and games for all.  The Grand Parade will start at 7:00 PM from the old Laws Field parking lot culminating in Downtown Eudora.  Musical entertainment will be American Idol contestant and Eudora native Wolf Hamlin. Hamlin takes the stage at the CPA Park Gazebo at 8:00 PM.



During this year’s CPA Picnic, the Eudora Area Historical Society (EAHS) will allow the public to view the interior of the future home of the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street. In March of this year, Pam Staab (Trefz) donated the buildings at 720 Main Street (commonly called the “Trefz Buildings”) to the EAHS for use of their future museum.  The EAHS currently operates the Eudora Community Museum from the former Nottingham Elementary building on Church Street. The EAHS plans to move the Eudora Community Museum to the Main Street location after the buildings have been renovated.


In the last several months, dedicated volunteers have cleaned the interior of the buildings and commenced early renovation work. Several fund-raisers have also started and been met with success. However, much work still needs to be done!


EAHS members will be present Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and early evenings outside of 720 Main Street to show the public the interior of the historic buildings and discuss the renovation project. Since the renovation project is in its early stages, the public will not be allowed to enter the buildings for safety reasons. But, the paper coverings on all windows will be removed and the interior of the buildings will be plainly visible.


A silent auction to raise funds for the renovation of the buildings will also be hosted by the EAHS on the dates of July 25-27. The silent auction will take place at 720 Main Street. The silent auction will conclude on Saturday July 27 at 8:00pm. Items up for auction will include a fantastic birdhouse made by Sherri Flory.


Make sure to pay a visit to 720 Main Street this CPA Picnic!