Location 1204 Washington Ellis, KS 67637
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 12:00pm or by appointment Saturday-Sunday Closed

NFL Pick 'Ems:  

How well do you know NFL football? Here is your chance to show off your knowledge. Print the weekly matchups provided for you on the ERC website (under the forms tab) and mark the team that will win the head to head matchup for that week. Your prediction for the final score of the Monday Night Football game will be used as a tiebreaker if two or more participants pick the same number of games correctly. The person closest to the overall score of the game is the winner. Weekly results will be posted to the ERC website. Weekly prizes are given, and a grand prize is awarded to the TOP finisher overall.

Registration Deadline: Wednesdays by 5:00 p.m. during the regular season

Fee: Free
Start Date: September 4

2020 Standings Week 17

Josh Gilbert 167
Devin Jacques 166
Brittany Cox 172
Ethan Cox 160
Emily Mattheyer 152
Jordan Mattheyer 9
Ty Patee 77
Shelby Jacques 170
Larry Cox 164
Lisa Cox 164
Terry Cox 172
Julia Brown 111
Aimee Gilbert 172
Terry Patee 81
Brandon Gilbert 155
Trace Patee 73
Austin Gilbert 101

Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
This is your chance to show off your Halloween creativity to the masses.  Enter by posting a photo of your creation on the ERC’s Pumpkin Decorating Event on Facebook.  Also include the names of who decorated the pumpkin. The picture with the most “likes” wins! Winners announced after Halloween.

Fee: FREE! 
Contest Dates: October 1 – October 31 

Turkey Free Throw Contest
Need a turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner? Here’s a chance to win one for the family! This event is an adult/child basketball free throw shooting contest. Add your scores together and compete against other teams within your division. Turkeys will be given to each age division champ!  All non-perishable foods are donated to the Ellis Food Boxes and Pantry.

**Due to Covid, there are reserved shooting times.  Pre-Registration is required to secure your time.  If an adult is shooting with multiple children, they will all be scheduled  together.  Adult shooters must be 18 or older and out of high school. 

Date: November 22
Registration Deadline:  November 18
Fee: Two (2) Non-Perishable Food Items
Time: Competition begins 1pm
Age Divisions: Boys & Girls: 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 18 & Under
Location: Old High School Gym
Sponsored by:  Ellis Knights of Columbus

Holiday Coloring Contest:

 Let’s decorate the walls of Santa’s Workshop (AKA the Ellis Public Library) during Polar Express! Coloring pages will be provided for each grade level. Bring your decorated picture into the ERC Office by November 25. Please be sure to color your grade division’s picture and fill out the Name/Grade box as each grade will be judged separately. There is a limit of one picture per participant. All pictures are displayed in Santa’s Workshop.

Registration Deadline: November 23
Fee: Free
Age Divisions: Pre-School, Kindergarten-6th Grade, Jr. High/High School & Adult

Christmas Decorating Contest:

 It's that time of year to brighten the outside of your home for the holidays and show off your Christmas decorating skills. This year, we are partnering with Nex-Tech Wireless to provide text voting so the whole community can be a part of the fun.  Look for the sign in the yard for the number to text.  Text voting begins Dec. 1 and will continue through Dec. 18. 
To enter, complete an entry form found at and return it to the ERC Office.  The ERC will drop a voting sign in your yard.  Winners of Chamber Cash will be notified the week of Dec. 21

Registration Deadline: December 1
Fee: Free
Location: One-Mile Radius of Ellis City Limits
Division: Individual Residence or Business

Snow Sculpture Contest:
Grab your hats and gloves and head outside to let your imagination run wild in the snow.  The ERC is looking for snow sculptures this winter. Enter by posting a photo of your creation on the ERC’s Snow Sculpture Event on Facebook.  Also include the names of who built the creation. The picture with the most “likes” wins! Winners will be announced after Spring Break.

Fee: Free
Begins: First Snow
Ends: After Spring Break

Longest Pheasant Tail Contest: 
Bring your longest pheasant tail feather into the ERC Office and display it on the “Wall of Feathers.”  Pheasant tail feathers must be from a bird bagged during the current pheasant season.  There is a ma
ximum of one entry per individual.  A prize will be given to each division winner.  Tail feather(s) may be picked up after the contest is complete.

Fee:  FREE!

Begins:  Opening Day of Pheasant Season (Nov. 14th)

Ends:  January 31, 2021
12 years and Under, 13-18 years, and Adult

March Madness Bracket Contest: 

It’s simple! Fill out an NCAA Men’s National Tournament Bracket and submit to the ERC Office before the first game is played. Brackets may be picked up or downloaded from the Ellis Rec. website when posted by the NCAA. This is a FREE event and there will be prizes for the Top 3 places. Only one entry per person.

Registration Deadline: Before the first game is played

Fee:  FREE!!!

Divisions:  Youth and Adult

Sponsored By: Arthur's Pizza & Mexican Food Inc & Ellis Recreation Commission

Easter Egg Coloring Contest:

Bring your completely decorated egg into the Ellis RR Museum Train depot. There will be entry forms the day of the contest. Pre-registration is not required.
Date:  April 11, 2020                      
Fee:  Free
Registration Time: 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Judging Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Divisions:  Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th – 6th grade, Jr. High-High School, Adult