Archive for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Annual CPA Picnic celebration in Eudora begins Thursday

July 22, 2009


Eudora preps for picnic

Eudora is preparing for the CPA picnic this weekend. Enlarge video

CPA Picnic schedule


• Carnival opens 6 p.m.


• CPA Golf Tournament, Eagle Bend Golf Course, Lawrence, 8 a.m.

• Eudora United Methodist Church food booth opens, 4 p.m.

• Live music at CPA Park, 8 p.m.


• Eudora United Methodist Church food booth opens, 4 p.m.

• Live music at CPA Park, 8 p.m.

CPA parades

The Children's Parade will start at 7 p.m. Friday with registration beginning at 6:15 p.m. at City Park, across the street from City Hall at Seventh and Main streets.

The Grand Parade starts at 7 p.m. Saturday with registration beginning at 6 p.m. in the parking lot at Laws Stadium.

Jerry Trober vividly remembers facing his fear of heights 41 years ago when he attended the CPA Picnic in Eudora.

“I remember the big old Ferris wheel, and I got stuck on top of it,” Trober said. “When I got down, I swore I’d never go on another Ferris wheel.”

Despite the incident, Trober has spent the last 21 years as president of the CPA Picnic organizing committee. The three-day event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday with a carnival at the corner of Ninth and Main streets in downtown Eudora.

The CPA, which stands for Central Protective Association, started the annual picnic to honor members of the group who protected Eudora from cattle rustlers and horse thieves in the late 1800s.

The event draws people from throughout the region to its carnival, parades and the company of old friends.

Proceeds — about $2,000 typically is raised — benefit nonprofit groups, including Eudora High School's All Night Prom Committee and the Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Last year’s festivities were somewhat muted with the Main Street sidewalk and street upgrade construction. Trober said the improvements made to the downtown area will make the festivities all the more enjoyable.

“The road is so great, and it will really look nice for the children’s parade.”

Before Trober took charge 21 years ago, the typical term for a CPA president was two years. And while he loves that children in Eudora, including his four grandchildren, identify him as the “guy who puts the whole thing together,” he would have no problem with someone else stepping in to do his job.

“I'm 63 now and I’ve been thinking about quitting for 10 years now,” he said. “I love Eudora and I’d never leave, but if some younger person wants to take over the CPA, they are welcome to do that.”


truckinman 8 years, 10 months ago

I think Scott Smoots would be a good candidate for organizing the parades at the CPA

Bandwife75 8 years, 10 months ago

It would be nice to know who the live music would be. I know Spindown is playing up on Main Street but who is playing at 8pm.

kansasmutt 8 years, 10 months ago

SpinDown R O C K S best cover band around the midwest. Skynard , Kid Rock , lots of good tunes. Rock On Dudes !!!! See you in front of D C Cycles downtown .

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