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A parade, a carnival, and plenty of other stuff

By Ben Hopper

This weekend, head to CiCo Park for the annual Riley County Fair.

Kicking off the festivities is the annual fair parade tonight at 6 p.m. Due to construction downtown, the parade will be in Aggieville.

Peruse the 4-H and open exhibits and livestock shows, as well as the booths and attractions. Additional activities this year include the pedal tractor pull at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Riley County Idol will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Entertainment Tent.

Featuring first-rate PRCA cowboys and WPRA cowgirls is seven sanctioned rodeo events along with announcer Dr. Lynn Phillips, don’t miss the 38th Annual Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo presented by Briggs GMC at Wells Arena in CiCo Park. The first night of action is tonight at 8 p.m. with the Military Family Appreciation Night and Kids’ Night. (Kids get in free with food donation benefiting the Flint Hills Breadbasket.) Friday night’s 8 p.m. performance is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night benefiting K-State’s Cancer Research Center with the Kaw Valley Special Rodeo starting at 7 p.m. The final rodeo is at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The rodeos will also feature rodeo clown/barrelman Greek Ellick, bullfighters Andy North and Dustin Brewer, the Silver Buckle Drill Team from McPherson, Miss Rodeo K-State Lindy Singular and a calf scramble and mutton bustin’ for the kids.

Tickets are $10/12 reserved, $8/10 for general admission, and $4/5 for children 12 and under. For tickets and more information, visit

Ottaway Amusements will be from 6-11 p.m. tonight, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Monday and 6-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Open Acoustic Jam on the Patio, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Fifth Annual Furniture Amnesty Day, noon-5 p.m. Furniture Amnesty Day is a chance for the public to donate their unwanted furniture to those who may need it. This event serves as a friendly reminder and encourages students and community members to properly dispose of their household items and keep furniture out of landfills as a result. The public is invited to drop-off furniture from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. If you would like to donate your furniture but are unable to drop it off, contact the City to schedule a pick up on the day of the event. Email or call (785) 587-2408 for arrangements. There are a limited number of pick-up times, so call early. Sponsored by Manhattan Good Neighbors and the City of Manhattan. Wilson Baseball Fields Parking Lot, Manhattan City Park.

Arts in the Park: Thomas Mayfield, 8 p.m. Classic rock. Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.

Sessions: Eddy Green, Eli Redeker, Joshua J, and Anne Benest, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Flint Hills Iris Society Annual Iris Sale, 8 a.m.-noon. Featuring hundreds for locally grown varieties. Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens. University Gardens.

Beach Museum of Art’s Young Curators and Young Artists Open House, 10 a.m.-noon. Featuring a display of the art and writing of 32 area children, a chance to visit the Young Curators exhibition “Puzzling Pieces,” an art activity and refreshments. The Young Curators show will be on display through Aug. 15 and the Young Artists display is in the UMB Theater during museum hours July 25-28.

National Day of the Cowboy, 5-8 p.m. Featuring International Yodeling Champion Judy Coder and Jeff Davidson, president of the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association. Lazy T. Ranch, 2103 Zeandale Road.

End of Summer Bash for teens in 7th to 12th grade, 5:30-9 p.m. Celebrate your achievements, play games, and spend some quality time being loud at the library. Public Library.

Beaten Path, a classic country and southern rock band, 7 p.m. Cox Bros. BBQ, Junction City.

MAC Dance Attack II, 7:30 p.m. An evening of performances by local dancers and choreographers. Manhattan Arts Center.

The Manhattan Music Coalition presents The Show, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.

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