Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

EudoraFest offers something for everyone

September 26, 2001

Craft lovers will want to visit EudoraFest Oct. 6 when the Eudora Quilting Bees Quilt Guild will bring quilt vendors from around the state to Eudora.

The Jaycees-run community festival, now in its fifth year, also brings in other types of crafts, and booths line Main Street from Seventh to 10th streets. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Quilting guild president Eula Lang said most quilt shows have vendors, so bringing them to EudoraFest seemed like a good idea.

"I think it helps to draw more people," Lang said. "They like to come and look, and they like to shop. We hope the vendors will do well so they will want to come back."

Lang said having vendors from Pittsburg, Council Grove and other areas around the state would give local quilt lovers a taste of something they might not see around Eudora.

"We hope to have just the top piece of the 2002 quilt that we will be raffling," said guild member Kaye Spitzli. "We've got all the pieces. We need to get it together, so that's why I said we hope to have it."

Tickets for the 2002 quilt will also be available, although the quilt won't be raffled off until next year. The guild will also conduct a silent auction of smaller, decorative quilts that can be hung on a wall, with the proceeds going to a Habitat for Humanity home under construction in Eudora.

The quilt show will be at the gymnasium in the Eudora Middle School at the corner of 10th and Main streets.

Organizer Bill Folks expects between 30 and 40 craft vendors to line the streets on Oct. 6.

"People always wait to the last week (to sign up)," he said. "They want to see the forecast for Saturday."

The vendors, most of whom come from a 25-mile radius of Eudora, will bring a sundry of items including cloth books, Christmas items, potpourri, candy vehicles, yard signs, ceramics, jewelry, wreaths and rugs.

The festival will include activities aside from shopping.

Among those planned are a chili cook-off and a lawnmower poker run, a game where contestants ride lawnmowers to designated areas of town and pick up envelopes with a playing card. The goal is to get the best hand in the game, which organizers developed themselves.

A car show and music acts will also fill Main Street. Musical acts include The Witness Band (country/spiritual), Small Talk (classic rock) and Allen Cunningham (children's music).

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