Docket full for Elsmore Day


September 7, 2011 - 12:00 AM

ELSMORE — Downtown Elsmore will be the setting for Saturday’s 42nd annual Elsmore Rural-Town Day sponsored by Elsmore Ruritan Club.
Events begin around 8 a.m. and will include a Marmaton Valley High School FFA petting zoo, arts and crafts booths in the community building, concessions — including homemade ice cream — and bake sale items at the fire station across from the community building.
“Taking Steps Toward Better Living” is the theme of the parade, which starts at 11 o’clock. Grand marshals are Vera Isaacs and Dick Fewins.
Isaacs, Elsmore city clerk, and Fewins, city council member, both grew up in Elsmore and graduated from Elsmore High School.
Both were instrumental in getting the city’s community building renovated and using grant money from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to develop the Elsmore Community Health and Fitness Center. Both are regular center users and participants in the Allen County Meltdown. Fewins is an Elsmore Ruritan Club member. He, Isaacs and other Ruritan members have monitored the fitness center since its opening earlier this year.
A barbecued pork dinner will be served at noon in the community building. The price of the meal is $6 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12, and $2 for children 4 and under.
Kids games will begin at 1 p.m. and a baby contest for children 1 year and under will be at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. bingo games will be played in the community building.
A free bean feed will begin around 4 p.m. People should bring table service or kettle. Cornbread will be available for sale in the concession stand.
Free merchant drawings will be held after bingo. Winners must be present to claim merchant prizes. One dollar tickets will be sold all day for cash prize drawings. After the merchant drawings are completed, winners of the cash prizes — $100, $50 and $25 — will be drawn. Winners of the cash drawing need not be present to win.
On Sunday, the Elsmore club will sponsor its annual golf tournament at Prairie Ridge Golf Course, 15900 Highway 59 in Erie. The four-person scramble will tee off at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $40 per person. Meal and cart are included. For more information or to register call Prairie Ridge at (620) 244-3454, Loraine Price at (620) 754-3487 or Jim Lewis at (620) 754-3956.
The 28 members of Elsmore Ruritan Club sponsor Elsmore Day yearly as a service to the citizens of the area. Elsmore Day is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Proceeds go toward club projects which include donations to Marmaton Valley High School clubs, awarding college scholarships, Christmas gift bags to senior citizens and school children, sponsoring Allen County Fair trophies, helping clean up at the Allen-Bourbon County Lake, aiding the city of Elsmore in its playground project and the new fitness center, helping the elderly with household chores and providing them transportation, helping with vacation Bible school, supporting law enforcement programs, sponsoring a dog and cat vaccination clinic, serving homemade ice cream to the residents of Moran Manor and sponsoring an Independence Day celebration for the community including a free fireworks display.

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