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Crowds will once again descend on downtown Eudora for the annual C.P.A. picnic.  The 113th edition of the picnic will feature the carnival rides, games, music, food and friendship that many from around the area enjoy each summer.

While the carnival rides opened on Thursday evening, the big events get going Friday night.  The Children’s parade is the opening event with registration starting at 6:00 PM at Pilla Park, located at 7th and Main Streets.  The parade will start at 7:00 PM and travel down Main Street from 7th Street and wind up near the fire station.  Cash prizes will be awarded by CPA organizers as well for this parade. Friday’s nights music band is Extra Ordinary (that’s their name, time will tell if they live up to it) and will take to the gazebo stage in CPA Park at 8:00 PM.

Events will take place through the afternoon and evening on Saturday with the Grand Parade kicking off at Laws field at 7:00 PM. Registration for that parade will start at 6:00 PM and be at Laws Field. The parade should follow the normal route 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.

Following the Grand Parade, Atomic Possum (that’s their name, time will tell if they live up to it) will be featured in the gazebo starting at 8:00 PM.

Weather wise, it will be a couple of warm days with highs near 100 and lows in the lower 70’s. Make sure to dress comfortably and drink plenty of fluids while your out in the heat.

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

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

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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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A photo from an early CPA parade (photo courtesy Facebook page CPA Picnic memories)

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Eudora’s largest public event of the year kicks off this evening with games, food, fun and entertainment for all ages.  The annual CPA picnic offers carnival rides, parades and music from different artists.

Thursday’s special is you can buy a wristband for $20 and ride all the rides from 7:00PM to 11:00 PM at no additional charge.

Friday,  The Eudora Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring some games for kids preschool – 18.  The games will start right after the Friday Night’s Children’s Parade around 7:30 PM.  Kids should gather on Main Street in front of the Gazebo for some traditional family fun.

Some of the games include:

Money Find – 5 yrs and under (Editor’s Note: Can a 44 year old reporter play in this one? 🙂 )

Water Relays (5 and under, 6 – 9 and 10-12)

Construct & Fly paper airplanes (10 -12 and 13-18)

Egg Toss  – All ages (Editor’s Note #2: Can I suggest a few participants? I’ve got a couple of names that I wouldn’t mind throwing some eggs at…he he he)

Bubble Gum Blowing contest – All Ages

Saturday will include The Grand Parade and music entertainment from Wolf Hamlin, a recent contestant on Fox Television’s American Idol.

The Carnival rides will be open all during the picnic and the food booth proceeds going to the Methodist Church.

Finally, for those who are connected to Facebook, a rather cute site with past CPA memories has popped up.

http://www.facebook.com/EudoraCPA

The site has been posting many pictures from some of the original CPA picnics up to last year. You can click on the URL above to visit their page.

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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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One of the many activities of the annual CPA Picnic is the CPA Golf Tournament.  This years tournament returns to Eagle Bend Golf Course on Friday July 27.

The tournament format is a two man scramble and kicks off with an 8:00 AM Shotgun start. Golfers are advised to arrive by 7:30 AM.  Tank tops or cut-offs are allowed on the course so make sure to dress properly for the event.

The cost of the tournament is $50 per player or $100 per team.  18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and range balls will be provided.

If you would like more information on the golf tournament you can contact Jim Hopson at (785) 691-9164.    The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 25.

If you would like a registration form, you can pick one up at multiple locations around town including Kaw Valley Bank and Byrne’s Pharmacy.  You can also download a registration form by clicking on the link HERE.

We will continue to bring you all the information about the events surrounding Eudora’s longest and largest city gathering during the month of July.  Make sure to check back for details from your official information source for the CPA picnic.

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