ELLINWOOD — There may not have been a parade, but Ellinwood residents found ways to celebrate this past weekend with the 47th annual After Harvest Festival.
There were concerts and comedy, contests and collections of memorabilia Thursday through Saturday. Events included the “Through the Years” display at the School/Community Library. The Museum of Ellinwood had a dairy exhibit, country kitchen exhibit, “Children’s Toys Through the Ages” and a Boys Scout-Girls Scout exhibit.
The Historic Wolf Hotel brought in an adult comedy show and concerts. There was also a free concert at the American Legion Post 320 and the Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club held an open house/beer garden. Naturally, there were multiple options to sample local food.
Contests included golf, horseshoes, corn hole and a kids fishing derby.
Robin Gray said this year’s fishing derby was dedicated to Ron Rapp, who died April 21. The event is sponsored by Home Lumber and Rapp always attended and supported it. “He never missed it,” she said. Gray, Andy Caton and Matt Hodges of Home Lumber kept the event going this year, awarding prizes in three age categories.
Clare Clemons was the winner in the 7-10-year-olds and also had the biggest catch Saturday morning, a 2.5 pound catfish.