It’s hot out there as we near the end of the summer! The ball tournaments are nearly done, the swimming lessons have been instructed, the summer reading program is wrapping up, and we can stick a fork in this year’s wheat harvest—that means it’s BASH time!
It’s time to get together, relax and have some fun at the end of the summer before school begins and our lives get—well—hectic!
And it looks like the 16th Annual Maine Street Bash to be held in Eads on Saturday, July 30 is going to deliver. This year the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC), the local non-profit that created the Maine Street Bash in 2006 in order to raise money to re-open the Plains Theater and save three historic buildings on Maine Street in Eads, is introducing a new feature at the Bash—The 1st Annual Gloria Peck Memorial Quilt Show!
There will be a lot going on in Eads on Bash Saturday so we asked the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC) planners to help us run down the action so everyone can make plans to attend.
Betsy Barnett, CLCEC Chair, said, “Generally, the Bash is a street festival that includes vendors, food, a beer garden, live stage, KidZone, a cornhole tournament, horseshoe tournament, free movies and lots of talking, laughing, dancing and plain ol’ fun. This year there is even more to do. This is one of two main fundraisers that CLCEC does each year. We’re thrilled to be back at it again!”
The Bash will be open from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday, July 30 and it will encompass more of Maine Street as for the second year in a row the Maine Street Bash Car Show will be held in Eads. Some access roads will be closed off and parking will be off of Maine Street on the side streets. The Bash area includes the Horseshoe Park, the Plains Movie Theater, the Kiowa County Museum, the Eads Senior Citizen’s Center, and then down the next street to Kiowa Pharmacy and Crow’s Stop & Shop Grocery. In between those blocks many local businesses and the museum plan to be open during the celebration.
The following is a visitor’s guide to the Bash supplied by CLCEC:
The CLCEC is excited to work with the Eads Senior Citizens and the Kiowa County Museum to bring a new idea to Maine Street on Bash Day! The quilt show includes a contest with different categories: Large Quilt, Small Quilt, Barn Quilt, Wall Hanging, Antique Quilt, Baby Quilt, Miscellaneous, and Quilt Made by Child 18/Under. There will be three top prizes in each category and the entry fee is just $15. If you have more than one quilt to enter, each extra quilt is $10. The Quilts in the show will be hung along Maine Street in the Bash area and there will be a People’s Choice Award as well as other winners. Other events in conjunction with the Quilt Show:
This is the 2nd Year for our Car & Motorcycle Show! Registration begins at 9:30 am and runs until 10:30 by the old swimming pool located on Luther Street and 7th Street in Eads. At 10:30 am the cars and motorcycles will parade the town eventually coming down Maine Street from the north and lining up for the show on Maine Street between 12th and 13th Streets. There will be cash prizes for 1st through 6th place overall. No individual categories will be used. It costs $20 to enter a vehicle in the show and $10 for any additional vehicles. Car Show runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Opens at 11 am near the intersection of 14th Street and Maine Street. There will be a large array of games and water activities as well as art stations and face painting.
The Town of Eads has committed to building the new swimming pool in Eads and members of the board will be on hand at the Bash raising funds with some great opportunities for many lucky winners. Contractors with the Carrother’s Construction Company will be on hand with information and illustrations on the new pool plans. Make sure to find the Town Booth and sign up for great prizes and ask questions about the future pool.
CLCEC is very excited that so many food vendors are going to be on the street this year creating a selection that will please any type of taste. There will be Mexican Food, BBQ, Cajun and Grill. Of course, the Maine Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe will be open serving all kinds of summertime cold refreshments. The vendors will be situated in a convenient food court area, close to the beer garden and close to the live entertainment stage. Seating will be available, but you might consider bringing a lawn chair for comfort.
Registration begins at 4:30 near the beer garden. Find Kim Richards who will get you and a partner lined up. The tournament begins at 5:00 pm. The fee is $30 per team and the tournament is double elimination. Prizes will be awarded.
Registration begins at 10:30 am in the Horseshoe Park and tournament starts at 11:00 am. The Entry Fee is $20 and prizes will be awarded based on the number of competitors.
CLCEC will be playing movies throughout the day starting at 11 am. They are free to the public and the concession stand will be open as well. CLCEC asks anyone watching the movies to please clean up their own trash as the volunteers will be spread thin on Bash Day. At 7:00 pm the new movie Minions 2: The Rise of Gru will show. Tickets will be collected for the movie but for every child that comes to the movie on Bash night the Cheyenne Kiowa Lincoln Early Childhood Council (CKLECC) is providing a free small popcorn and water. This year’s theme for the day-long free movies is “Pets” and will feature Beethoven, The Secret Life of Pets, Babe, and Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.
The Bash organizers are thrilled to welcome Rhett Uhland back to the Bash Stage after a three-year hiatus. Rhett Uhland & the Morning Shakes will perform from 8 pm to 10 pm—on Maine Street in Eads.
Barnett emphasizes if you want to get involved and help out there are plenty of opportunities to do so. They still need a number of volunteers so don’t be shy and give CLCEC members a call.