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History - July 27, 2012

Q: Today and tomorrow (Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28), a small northeast Kansas town will hold a citywide celebration for the 111th year. It’s called the “C.P.A. Picnic,” which stands for the “Central Protective Association.” The C.P.A. was organized to crack-down on horse thieves! Name the town that’s holding its 111th annual C.P.A. picnic this weekend (…and perhaps still talking about horse-thievery!)

EudoraCarnival Flickr_David-DeHetreEudora Carnival from July 24, 2011. (Flickr Photo by David DeHetre)

A: Eudora


The C.P.A., Central Protective Association, started as a protective society that became something of a fraternal organization, which then morphed into more of a social club. While the C.P.A. Picnic in Eudora has been around for 111 years, the roots of the C.P.A. itself can be traced back to the time of the Civil War. The C.P.A. Picnic (locals simply refer to it as “the picnic”) is a festivity featuring not one - but two parades, as well as an old school carnival, food and pies cooked up by the ladies of the Methodist church. This year’s two-day event includes music by Atomic Possum and Wolf Hamlin - Eudora’s own American Idol contestant. Find out more on Facebook.

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