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. Go to the link below to fill out your picks. 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.       ***Winners please pick up your prize within 2 weeks of winning***
Registration Deadline: Sundays by 1:00 p.m. during the regular season

Fee: Free
Start Date: September 7
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Sponsored by: Arthur's Pizza & Mexican Food, Jr's Brickhouse Diner, and Ellis Golf Club


Week 18 Winner: Bryant Eichman


Please contact the ERC office at 785-726-3718, to pick up the weekly prize.


  1. Participants are allowed as many entries as they want in the contest. 
  2. The pool starts with Week 1 and runs through the NFL regular season only. 
  3. This is a standard Pick'em pool where members attempt to pick the winning team.
  4. Members are awarded 1 point for correctly picked games.
  5. Point spreads are not used, so members will just pick the team they think will win outright. 
  6. Members pick all the games.
  7. As a tie breaker, members guess the combined total points for the last game of the week (as indicated on the pick sheet). 
  8. The final pick deadline each week is Sunday at 1pm ET*. If you want to pick an earlier game, you must do so by kickoff of that game. 
  9. If a member does not enter picks for a specific week, no automatic picks will be made. 
  10. If a game is canceled, postponed to a future week, or otherwise not played (e.g., forfeited), it will be removed from the current schedule, along with all picks for that game.

    * If there are no 1pm ET games on Sunday, the final pick deadline will be the start of the first game on Sunday after 1pm ET. This is usually only applicable during the playoffs.

Christmas Coloring Page Contest: 

Coloring pages will be sent home from Washington Grade Schoo & St. Mary's School for Pre-K through 6th. Junior High to Adult pages can be printed. 
Coloring pages:
Pre-K 2023.pdf
Kindergarten 2023.pdf
1st Grade 2023.pdf
2nd Grade 2023.pdf
3rd Grade 2023.pdf
4th Grade 2023.pdf
5th Grade 2023.pdf
6th Grade 2023.pdf
Junior High2023.pdf
HS-Adult 2023.pdf


1. Entries must be received no later than November 22, 2023.

2. Be sure to color your grade division picture and fill out the Name box.

3. Entries will be judged on originality and neatness. Decisions of the judges are final.

4. Each grade is judged separately: Preschool, K-6th, Jr High, High School/Adult

5. Must be the work of the person submitting entry, no helping the participant.

6. Judging takes place on November 24, 2023. (Late entries will not be judged!)

7. Entries will be displayed in the Library Community Room during the POLAR EXRESS - December 1st-3rd.

8. Return completed coloring pages to: Drop boxes located at each grade school & ERC Office OR
       Mail entries to Ellis Recreation Commission, 1204 Washington, Ellis, KS 67637


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. 20. 
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 December 21st.

Registration Deadline: November 29th
Fee: Free
Location: One-Mile Radius of Ellis City Limits
Division: Individual Residence or Business

Ellis Rec NCAA Bracket Challenge:

Welcome to Ellis Rec NCAA Bracket Challenge Sponsored by ARTHUR'S PIZZA & MEXICAN FOODS!
This is a FREE event and there will be prizes for the Top 3 places. Only one entry per person.

  • Members pick all 63 games of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The pick deadline is set to March 21, 2024, at 12:15 PM ET. 
  • Each participant is limited to a single entry in the contest. 
  • Points are awarded for each correct pick.
  • Points values increase as the tournament progresses, as follows: 
  • The pool does not use a seed point bonus. Correct picks will be awarded the points assigned for each round. 
  • The tie-breaker is the combined number of points scored in the Championship game. Each member must enter a tie-break value when they make their picks. 
  • The winner is the entry with the most points at the end of the NCAA Tournament.

A brief reminder: Get your bracket(s) in before the pick deadline and make sure to review the 
pool settings. Only the main 64 teams that make up a standard bracket are included (i.e. the play-in games, or 'first four', are NOT included). Good luck to everyone. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Registration Deadline: Before the first game is 

Fee:  FREE!!!

Divisions:  Youth and Adult
Sponsored By: Arthur's Pizza & Mexican Food Inc & Ellis Recreation Commission


Thank you to our amazing sponsor Arthur’s Pizza & Mexican Food for the prizes! We had so many participants this year, great job everyone! Congratulations to our top three winners in each division! Please contact the ERC office to pick up your prizes!

             Top 3 winners are:

                Adult Division

  1. Bob Mickelson
  2. Shelby Jacques
  3. Tammy Hollern

                Youth Division

  1. Carson Schartz
  2. Taegan Shannon
  3. Talon Pyle

100-Mile Challenge:
Come join the fun with Ellis Rec in the 100-Mile Challenge!  You will have six weeks to complete the challenge earn a FREE shirt at 100 miles! Put on your tennis shoes and start tracking those miles! There will be printable tracking sheets available online or in the office.
Fee: FREE!!

Dates: March 1st through April 8th