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Do Your Duty and VOTE!

The elections are over, the ballots have been counted, the campaigning has ended, but wait! There’s one more vote to cast……. for your favorite privy at the 17th Annual Outhouse Tour in Elk Falls, KS. This popular event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 16 – 17.

Once again about 10 outhouses will be competing for the votes of hundreds of smiling visitors in this tiny community that has decided to celebrate what it has rather than complain about what it doesn’t. Concerning the outcome of this vote, Steve Fry, president of the Friends of Elk Falls stated “We promise your taxes won’t be raised, your jobs won’t move to China and your social security won’t be taken away.” The only thing the winners of this race might raise is….. a stink!

A first this year will be a “dig” by expert outhouse digger Kenny Burbrink – a kind of outhouse archeologist! Burbrink, from Newton, has many successful digs under his belt and will have a display of some of the treasures he has unearthed from abandoned deposits.  Assisting Burbrink from Oklahoma City will be Johnnie Fletcher, author of the Kansas Bottle Book.  Fletcher has been digging Kansas privies for 30 years!

Returning will be the bluegrass band of Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival Stage 5 fame, Reach for the Sky, on Saturday and this year Clint Gilbert will be playing on Friday. Times and locations will be announced at the festival. A 40 foot inflatable obstacle course will be provided for the kids by Elk Konnected and Elk County, a craft show at the gym, the quilt show at Calvary Chapel, Homer Allison’s outhouse collection at the Prairie Gem Schoolhouse and the open house at the Elk Falls Pottery. In a sneak peek of things to come, Elk Falls Pottery will be having their first open house at their future location at the Rock Garden north of the highway. The Rock Garden, a popular attraction in Elk Falls during the 1930′s is slowly being brought back to life by the Frys, operators of the Elk Falls Pottery since 1976.

And of course, what would a festival be without food? From homemade pies to apple dumplings, from homemade soup to herb and garlic pulled chicken sandwiches. Jambalaya will be dipped out of the big kettle on Saturday. You don’t need a photo ID, but you do need to purchase a $1 Outhouse
Button at the Outhouse Headquarters downtown where you will receive a ballot and map for the self guided tour. And then, follow the laughter! We all need a little comic relief. The Elk Falls Outhouse Tour – ya gotta go!

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11 2012

Shots from the 2011 Festival

The Party Pooper

The Party Pooper

A sad farewell, old friend.

A sad farewell, old friend.

Star Buttz

Star Buttz

A size for everyone!

A size for everyone!

Free samples in Star Buttz!

Free samples in Star Buttz!

Free wifi.  A first for the Tour!

Free wifi. A first for the Tour!

Star Buttz menu

Star Buttz menu

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King Toot by the Southern Kansas Telephone team

King Toot by the Southern Kansas Telephone team

Inside King Toot

Inside King Toot

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GoGreen!

GoGreen!

Pee Wee and friends

Pee Wee and friends

Hunter's Retreat

Hunter's Retreat

Inside Hunter's Retreat

Inside Hunter's Retreat

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Gone to the Dogs

Gone to the Dogs

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Luke's Depository and Tool Shed

Luke's Depository and Tool Shed

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Behind Elk Falls Pottery

Behind Elk Falls Pottery

Bluegrass music by Reach for the Sky

Bluegrass music by Reach for the Sky

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11 2011

This Year’s Line Up

Chamber Pot – Elk Falls Pottery

Gem of the Prairie – Friends of Elk Falls

GoGreen – Steve Fry

Gone to the Dogs – Mike Washburn

Hunter’s Retreat – Cynthia Washburn

King Toot – Southern Kansas Telephone

Luke’s Depository and Tool Shed – Mike Patton

Outhouse Chicken House – Dale Martin

Party Pooper – Licia Nichols

Santa’s North Hole – The Heck family

Star Buttz – Laura and Zach Fry

Voter’s Booth – Friends of Elk Falls

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11 2009

Outhouses are on the Move!

Outhouse Relocation

Glenn Kaufman moving an outhouse for Elk Konnected to use during the contest.  This outhouse originally came from Edie Baker’s farm east of Elk Falls.  It then moved into town and was entered as the “Quiltreen” at Edie’s quilt shop for several years.  It was later moved to the Cafe where it was transformed into the “Bum Appitit”.

On the road again

Only in Elk Falls!

Anybody home?

Friends of Elk Falls president gets into some unusual situations from time to time with his official duties.  This outhouse belonged to long time Elk Falls resident and postmaster, Merle Stiles.  Jim Tuggle gave it to Steve Fry to be repaired and recreated as the “Social Movement,” another of the new entries this year by Zach and Laura Fry.

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11 2009

Elk Falls 16th Annual Outhouse Tour Set for November 18 and 19

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Elk Falls is once again opening it’s doors (that’s outhouse doors!) to the world with the 16th Annual OUthouse Tour and Contest, November 18 and 19. While somewhat pretentiously claiming to be the Outhouse Capital of the World, the event has now truly taken it’s place on the world stage, recently being listed number 7 in the World’s Top Ten Toilets by Virtual Tourist. (see the story and pictures at virtualtourist.com). A somewhat dubious distinction perhaps, but to be listed with the likes of London, Paris, Ephesus, and Vienna makes this little town right proud! Shucks, we might even be on TV this year as KWCH 12 Eyewitness News has put the Elk Falls Outhouse Tour on its Kansas One of a Kind list!

About 12 outhouses are on the roll for this year’s tour including several new entrees. SKT’s offering is always a hoot and this year promises nothing less with “King Toot.” “Star Butz” is planning a WIFI hotspot for the hipsters. And sadly, this very well may be the last year for the Elk Falls Post Office and The Postal Potty, but the “Party Pooper” is going out with a bang! Let’s help celebrate this unfortunate retirement!

Also on the schedule for this year’s event is the Craft Show at the gym, the Quilt Show at Calvary Chapel, The Homer Allison Outhouse Collection at the Prairie Gem Schoolhouse, horse drawn wagon rides, live folk rock praise by The Olive Green from Longton (Friday) and bluegrass by Reach for the Sky from Wichita (Saturday), antique tractor exhibit including an old “hit and miss” engine of the early 1900’s, activities for the kids by Elk Konnected (Saturday), and of course plenty of good food! Elk Falls Pottery will be celebrating 35 years of digging, processing, forming and transforming native Kansas clays into works of functional art. You might even catch the potter at his wheel!

So get OUT of the HOUSE, enjoy the autumn weather with friends and family and join the movement to the Outhouse Capital of the World in Elk Falls.

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11 2009

Elk River Festival

The Frys promoting the Outhouse Festival in Howard at the Elk River Festival

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10 2009