Fourth of July Fireworks

The City of El Dorado hosted their annual Fourth of July fireworks show at McDonald Stadium on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

City staff handed out Freddy’s Frozen Custard Sandwiches before the fireworks show.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard sponsored free custard sandwiches and while some choose to enjoy eating them while watching the free community event from across the street, others watched from inside the stadium.

Linda Baines, left, Holly Garner, center, and Cameron Garner, left, sat under a full moon on the baseball diamond and watched the fireworks.

Masks were required and social distancing was observed.

A full moon played host to the fireworks that lit up the night sky like exploding stars.

DAR Thanks First Responders

On the eve of the celebration of our country’s independence from England, the members from Susannah French Putney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented area first responders with snacks for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Pictured, from left to right, is El Dorado Police Lieutenant Tim Baker; Stuart Funk, Butler County EMS; El Dorado City Manager David Dillner; Teresa Bachman; Kathy Morrow; Sharon McClure; and Nancy Gordon, DAR Chapter Regent.

Teresa Bachman, Kathy Morrow, Sharon McClure and Chapter Regent Nancy Gordon presented the representatives from the El Dorado Police Department, Fire Department and Butler County Emergency Medical Services with snacks to show their appreciation and gratitude for all our first responders and public safety officers do served and protect the citizens of El Dorado.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world.

“The three main missions,” said Bachman, “are historic preservation, education and patriotism.”

Summer Lunchbox Program

The Glow Bus dining room may be empty, but meals are still being served this summer, through the Kids Need to Eat program. Kids Need To Eat, Inc. (KN2E) is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit with no paid staff.

KN2E was founded in 2013 to address the problem of many families being unable to provide nutritionally for their children in the summer when school is out and they don’t have access to free meals at school.

This is the fourth year Mark Somerville has been the driver for Kids Need To Eat Glow Bus. Kids Need To Eat, Inc. is a summer lunchbox program for area children ages 1-18 

KN2E volunteers Eve Bryant, left, Site Leader Liberty Peterson, center, and Glow Bus Driver Mark Somerville, right.

Volunteer and Site Leader at First Methodist Church, Liberty Peterson said, this is her first year to volunteer with the organization and meal service began on June 1st.  

Meals continue to be served Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August 7th, with meal sites located at Blackmore Elementary, El Dorado High School, Skelly Elementary and First Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 o.m. and at the Quail Ridge Apartments from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Liberty Peterson holds a flyer with meal locations and times.

Farm to Fork 2020

The 5th Annual Farm to Fork Tour will be on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Butler County farms, ranches and agribusinesses will be hosting visitors throughout the day teaching about the great world of agriculture in Butler County.

This national award winning “staycation” hosted by Butler County Farm Bureau Association has added a new dimension this year with the Family Edition.

Dean Good, owner of Good Seed Sales, is the immediate Past President of Butler County Farm Bureau Association and is currently the Vice President and has been involved with Farm to Fork since its inception.

Dean Good speaking to your guests during Farm to Fork 2019.

“It was a great idea that Tiya Tonn came up with to get people out and about in the country,” he said. “It’s been pretty fun to watch it grow each year and educate people on what we do out here in God’s country for agriculture.”

Butler County Farm Bureau Association member and Ag in the Classroom County Coordinator, Tiya Tonn said the reason Butler County Farm Bureau Association puts on Farm to Fork every year is twofold. “First, they really enjoy introducing consumers to producers and answering questions about agriculture, factually.”

Farm to Fork tour guests learning about the Bureau of Land Management Wild Mustang Program at Vestring Ranch.

The second reason for the annual event is as a fundraiser for the Ag in the Classroom program and it provides scholarships to area high school seniors each year. 

“It’s an opportunity for consumers to come and meet producers and experience a day on a farm, a ranch or an agri-business and meet the families that feed their families. It’s a great experience,” said Tonn.

Faced with the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, Tonn saw an opportunity that would allow families to participate in a new way. 

“Each year we have taken tour buses of around 200 people to locations around Butler County,” said Tonn. “This year we are allowing families to travel in their own vehicles, at their own pace, socially distancing themselves, so they can experience the tour in a way that works best for their family.” 

Families can choose to go to all of the tours stops, or select a few and spend more time at those locations, said Tonn.

Tickets can be purchased through the Farm to Fork & So Much More Facebook page or through eventbrite.com. 

Three different options are available for purchase.  The first is a full pass which gives participants a tour map, an agricultural activity packet with over 200 educational videos, coloring sheets, recipes and farm facts.   

“There are so many wonderful things for the entire family to enjoy,” said Tonn. 

Locally grown produce.

The full tour includes a meal produced in Butler County and prepared by a chef and costs $15.

Participants can choose to purchase the meal itself if they can not go on the adventure that day but want to support Farm to Fork. The meal will cost $10.   A third option includes the map and activity packet, creating a totally touchless tour and will cost $8. 

According to their website, For the first time in U.S. history, more families are living in cities than in rural areas. Consequently, children are disconnected from the natural world and agriculture. 

Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is a statewide educational program providing resources, training and support to schools, educators and volunteers so that they can meaningfully connect children to agriculture. This is achieved through lessons and resources, educator training workshops, newsletters, magazines, teacher awards, and volunteer projects and initiatives all designed by Ag in the Classroom. The program is funded through donations. Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2020 Butler County Clean Up

The Annual Butler County Clean Up has been rescheduled for the week of Saturday, June 20th through Saturday, June 27th. The countywide clean up was originally scheduled for April but due to the Stay at Home order the 2020 Butler County Clean Up program was postponed.

This week is designated for any individual residing in Butler County to deliver cleanup-related waste to the landfill at a nominal cost. 

Eligible cleanup wastes are those items not considered to be normal residential household waste. Examples of eligible items would include items such as furniture, appliances and bicycles, small quantity of building materials, small equipment, retired toys and yard trimmings. 

Metal goods and yard trimmings can be recycled and so should be separated and unloaded in the appropriate areas. No Business Waste, Commercial Waste, Hazardous Waste or Liquid Waste will be accepted.  

All acceptable waste that is not considered to be cleanup waste will be subject to current landfill fees. Regular waste must be separated from cleanup waste. Mixed loads will be charged regular landfill fees.

The following will be charged for eligible cleanup waste delivered to the Butler County Sanitary Landfill during a scheduled cleanup event:

Brush, limbs, yard waste FREE 

White goods without refrigeration units (stove, washer) FREE 

Refrigerators, freezer, air conditioners $5.00 each 

Tires (passenger and light truck) (no rims) (limit 5) $0.50 each 

All other cleanup waste ($0.50 per load) $2.00 per ton