An outhouse called the Poo Poo Platter was voted the winner of the 25th Annual Outhouse Tour & Contest in Elk Falls, Kansas.
The Poo Poo Platter captured first place among 24 outhouses showing their wares in late November in the tiny city, a 90-minute drive southeast of Wichita. Finishing second was an outhouse called Night of the Living Poo, and grabbing third was the Hip-Pee Hut.
Attendees vote for the winning outhouse, and Boyd Koehn, the chairman of the Friends of Elk Falls Association, believes more people attended this year’s festival than any prior festival. Past festivals attracted up to 1,500 people, but attendance is always an estimate because the outhouses are scattered about town on private property.
This year’s two-day event was marked by mild November weather with temperatures in the mid-50s and mid-60s. Besides Kansas residents, attendees hailed from New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Arkansas, Koehn says.
Festivalgoers listened to performances by a bluegrass group, Reach for the Sky, and visited the Keefe Homestead Museum. There are no restaurants in Elk Falls (population 126), so hungry attendees chose either a barbeque food truck, a roast beef sandwich meal at a senior center, soups at the Calvery Chapel Church, ham and beans at a one-room schoolhouse or a chicken and noodle meal and bierocks (stuffed rolls) at the O and B Building.
Several garage sales and booths with crafts added to the festivities. And, last but not least and something so appropriate for an outhouse festival, many lucky attendees were transported on a motorized tour of Elk Falls on a manure spreader.
Besides the winners, some of the other outhouses on display sported such creative names as the Doo Doo Drop In, Humpty Dumped, the Shop and Go General Store and Stool District #1 and #2.