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• Leader & Times

A grocery store in Plains is almost a reality.

“We do have the funds to go ahead and start building, but right now, we’re working with the food supplier,” said Jeanne Roberts, president of the Community Enhancement Foundation of Plains (CEFOP), the group that has made it part of its mission to bring a grocery store back to the small town. 

The project has been in the works for several years, and Roberts said until a food supplier is locked down, no building will take place.

“We’re hoping to have that done by the end of August, but we don’t know,” she said. “We’re at the mercy of the food supplier to get it all worked out for us. We’re hoping by the end of September to start breaking ground. Everything’s got to line up just perfect. It is going to happen. It’s just trying to get everything lined out.”

Roberts said the food supplier hurdle is likely the last one the CEFOP will have to clear before ground is broken, but she said the group is still being cautious about beginning building.

“You never know when something’s going to pop up,” she said. “We’ve learned that along the way too. You think you’re on smooth ground now, and something else pops up. You just never know.”

Roberts said a recent USDA loan put the foundation’s fundraising over the top, and she said CEFOP is looking for more money as well to help in other areas of the project.

“We’re still going to go after grants and stuff so that we can not have to use absolutely all the loan money,” she said. “That loan money has to paid back, and we’re hoping to get a few more grants so that we don’t have to have so much more on loan.”

As part of its fundraising effort, the foundation is hosting the BoomBozz 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning, Aug. 26, at Meade Lake State Park. Roberts said this year’s 5K is slightly different from last year’s.

“We’re not doing the balloons this year,” she said. “We’ll do first, second and third for three different categories and a top male and a top female. We’re just going to do the medals, and I think we’re going to try to get some gift coupons for Pizza Hut and Subway or Frosty’s from Wendy’s and hand some of those out.”

Roberts did say the 2016 edition of the run did go well, though.

“We had comments about it being such a beautiful place to have it,” she said. “We’re doing it early in the morning. The race starts at 8 a.m. in the morning in case it is hot. The whole route is shaded, so you’re not running in the sun. It just really is a nice pleasant place to be.”

Aug. 26 is likewise the day of many other area events, including one of the busiest days of the Seward County Five State Fair. Roberts said despite this, she believes people can spend time at Meade Lake and also at the other local festivities.

“We’re just hoping it’s early enough in the morning that they can attend this and attend the other activities also,” she said.

Registration for the BoomBozz run/walk begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 26 at Meade Lake. The course is described as a gently rolling course wrapping around a beautiful lake, with lots of shade and ending at the beach.

There is a $20 pre-registration fee, a $25 fee for the day of the race and a $5 discount for members of South West Fun Time Runners. There is a $50 registration for families, which includes parents, guardians and children, no extended family. For families, all registration forms must be turned in together.

Checks can be sent to Community Enhancement Foundation of Plains, P.O. Box 143, Plains, KS 67869. Race forms are also available online at SWFTR.com. For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Roberts encourages everyone to come out to the BoomBozz 5K race.

“It’s to support a good cause, and you’ll have fun while you’re doing it,” she said. “Come out and enjoy an early morning run/walk, and get your day started off right. Enjoy a view of the lake for almost the entire route, and to top it off, the route is entirely shaded.”




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