The Ellsworth Antique Mall is in a constant state of innovative improvement. Mark is building some “store fronts” behind the Maypo deli that will house new merchandise and gift items. One store will be stocked with only Christmas items while another will have build yourself toys, a very popular item at toy markets.
They will soon have on display a good supply of Ellsworth gift items such as tee shirts and coffee mugs. I understand the list is long. Many of the items will be Great American Cattle Drive souvenirs that were in short supply last year. Robson’s will also be well-stocked with a wide variety of items to take home to those who couldn’t be here.
The longhorns that are in front of the Mall and for sale for $150 each are to attract sponsors for the restoration of the National Drovers Hall of Fame…and help support the Great American Cattle Drive which is to be held the last weekend in September. Shirley Raney has done a monumental job selling those to local merchants and supporters. They are being made by the inmates at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. You are encouraged to buy one to support the cause. I understand Drover board member Pat Svaty has three in her front yard. They are made of the same material they use for political signs so will withstand our Kansas weather.
And, all of the money collected off the Cattle Drive will go to the restoration of the Insurance Building on Douglas Avenue that will house the National Drovers Hall of Fame. Jeff Gillam, the architect for the restoration project, is finalizing plans for the first phase reconstruction which will commence soon. The money is in hand for getting a much needed new roof on the building and some additional structural work done.
Get your bull riding gear in order as they are going to have a mechanical bull at the Plaza this year. It will attract a lot of riders at about $5.00 a ride. I’m putting my money on Jake Schneider.
This year’s Great American Cattle Drive is going to be much bigger and better (that’s hard to believe!) than last year. Plan to spend the weekend in Ellsworth and join in all the festivities. You won’t be disappointed.
Stop in to see the progress of Mark’s project in their Mall and enjoy some homemade ice cream, a deli sandwich, or something to drink.
The sun has decided to shine. It appears it will be a good night for fireworks. I’ll see you there.