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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!)
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The truTV reality show Full Throttle Saloon follows the exploits of Michael Ballard, the owner of the legendary bar in Sturgis, SD, along with his fiance Angie and Jesse James Dupree from the band Jackyl, make a living at the world’s biggest motorcycle rally each year. The show, now wrapping up it’s 4th season on the cable channel, has a local twist this season with a Eudora connection.
Following the August 2012 Rally in Sturgis, the group packed up and took the bar on the road to Berkley Riverfront Park in downtown Kansas City to host ThrottleFest in celebration of 98.9 FM on-air personality Johnny Dare’s birthday.
During ThrottleFest, Ballard decided he would surprise his longtime fiance at the event by marrying her at the event. With three days notice, Ballard planned an entire wedding without the knowledge of Angie. As any bride can attest, planing a wedding reception takes weeks if not months for everything to be just right. Ballard, using the guy approach to things, did it in a matter of hours.
Ballad and Dupree went to All Seasons Event Rental in Kansas City to book the event. This included getting Angie a wedding dress, all the tents, catering, and reception needs. Again, as any bride will tell you, you can’t have a wedding reception without a cake. (Important factoid there for guys that have the guts to try do this on their own…) One of the owners of All Seasons had previously used Cami’s Cake Co. located in Downtown Eudora for her reception.
“I did a last minute cake for a bride and got her out of a jam and it just so happened she was part of All Season’s,” Cami Sanromani said. “So when this guy walked into there and said he needed all this stuff really fast, she had him call me.”
Sanromani had a very short time line to prepare a full wedding cake and deliver it to Kansas City for the event.
“I had no idea who he (Ballard) was when he called me and ordered the cake,” Sanromani told us. “Normally we plan cakes like this almost a year in advance and we had to have it ready in three days.”
Sanromani worked feverishly to research some information about Ballard and prepare a wedding cake for a reception that was not your typical event.
“When we went to deliver the cake, we walked up and saw this little guy in a leprechaun outfit that kept pulling his pants down,” Sanromani said as she chuckled. “It was definitely different but fun.”
The truTV series wraps up the season this Wednesday night at 8:00 PM (channel 48/248 on Knology Cable, 204 on Dish Network and 246 on Direct TV) with scenes from ThrottleFest and the Ballard wedding. We imagine the cake and possibly Sanromani and her crew as well, will be featured. If you want to see some of the previous episodes including last weeks that shows the tail end of the phone call between Ballard and Sanromani, you can check it out at trutv.com.
(Parental Warning: You do not want to watch this show with your young children nearby.)