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.