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Cowtown organizers look to August

POSTED: April 21, 2014 7:00 a.m.
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All ages find something to do at Ellsworth's annual Cowtown Days.

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Organizers of Ellsworth’s annual Cowtown Days are reaching into the past even more than usual for this year’s celebration Aug. 15-16.
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Fort Ellsworth, the forerunner to Fort Harker and eventually the towns of Kanopolis and present-day Ellsworth, the theme of the 2014 event is “Ellsworth Strong.”
The title reflects the trials and tribulations of a town that has overcome floods, disease and other calamities to become a rural success story.
Stacie Schmidt, event co-chairman with Shannon Mog, said committee members worried the theme was too broad, but then decided it would allow them the flexibility they needed to showcase the town’s history and character.
Organizers hope to feature long-time businesses, residents who have contributed to the community and outstanding athletes in the traditional Saturday morning parade.
“In 2014, we celebrate the strength of Ellsworth, from our past, present, and future leaders to businesses to those whose pioneer spirit continues to breathe new life into our community,” Schmidt said in her introduction on the Cowtown website,
The schedule will be much the same as a year ago. Cowtown will partner with the Elkan Western Riders to include two nights of rodeo action in the weekend’s activities.
Also planned both days — from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday — is a Sweet Repeats Consignment Sale,
New this year will be a Cowtown Passport Program, in which shoppers can visit local businesses a month before the celebration and have their program cards stamped for entry into prize drawing. Cards will be available at the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce office, 114 1/2 N. Douglas Ave.
The tentative schedule for Saturday is:
6:30 a.m. — 5K Registration
7 a.m. — Farmers Market Opens
7 to 10 a.m. — Ellsworth Senior Center breakfast
9:30 a.m. — Kids Free Fun Run
10 a.m. — Cowtown parade to be followed by the traditional re-enactment of the “Shooting of Sheriff Whitney.”
Noon to 6 p.m. — Food vendors, live entertainment, and beer garden
Noon to 4 p.m. — Game corral
Noon — Dodge ball registration with tournament to follow
Noon — State sanctioned Tractor Pedal Pull registration with pull to follow
Noon to 3:30 p.m. — Four Points Ranch Petting Zoo
2 p.m. — Ping Pong Ball Drop — each drop will have a $100 ball.
4 p.m. — Ping Pong Ball Drop
Schmidt said the Cowtown Days committee is always on the lookout for new members and other volunteers. Anyone interested in helping with the event can call her, (785) 810-8303. 

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