If you play tuba, it’s a really sound weekend

By Ben Hopper

It’s Labor Day weekend. As many prepare to take a day off, your nationally ranked Wildcats are heading to work as they take on the Bears of Missouri State on Saturday for the fourth annual K-State Family Reunion.

Kick-off is set for 6:10 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Reunion. It’s Tuba Day, where high school tuba or Sousaphone players will live the life of a K-State tuba or Sousaphone player for a day. That will include performing with the band at halftime. Right after the game, K-State Athletics and the K-State Student Union Program Council will again present a fireworks show choreographed to music from atop the Vanier Complex and at the Agronomy Farm.

But before you cheer on the Cats to a Wildcat Victory, start the season off right with Purple Power Play on Poyntz Thursday and Friday nights. Willie the Wildcat is available for photos from 5-7 p.m. in Center Court of Manhattan Town Center and the Capitol Federal Savings Inflatable Carnival is from 6-8:30 p.m. at 500 block of Poyntz Avenue on both nights. Admission is free.

The Plaza Stage on Thursday will feature the MHS Pops Choir at 6 p.m., the Bates Dance Studio at 6:30 p.m., Greg Coffey with the Funk Tribe at 7 p.m. and the K-State Pep Rally featuring head football coach Bill Snyder, coach Brad Hill from K-State Baseball, the K-State Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Classy Cats and Willie the Wildcat at 8:10 p.m.

On Friday, the Plaza Stage will feature the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble at 6 p.m., the Jared Daniels Band at 6:30 p.m. and the K-State Pep Rally featuring Coach Bruce Weber from K-State Men’s Basketball and Coach Deb Patterson from K-State Women’s Basketball, K-State Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Classy Cats, Willie the Wildcat at 8:10 p.m. with the Intrust Bank Pyrotechnics Fireworks Display after.

This year’s event on Poyntz is also the kickoff for the “The Building for Young Minds” Fundraising Campaign. The campaign, a joint effort of the Manhattan Library Board of Trustees, the Manhattan Library Foundation and the Manhattan Library Association, expects to raise $800,000 from the public for expansion of the Manhattan Public Library. Stop by the Libraries booth on Poyntz Avenue during Purple Power Play for more information.

Purple, get ready to roll and check out these other events this holiday weekend.


Sunset Zoo Special for K-State faculty, staff and students, through Sunday. Receive half-price admission. The zoo is open 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Back to Gardening, 6-8 p.m. Seminars on fall gardening and lawn care. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.

No Justice, 10 p.m. Cost: $10. Longhorn’s.



Zoofari Tails Storytime, 10 a.m. Manhattan Public Library.

Manhattan High football vs. Mill Valley, 7 p.m. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to arrive at 6:45 p.m. to rev their motors and get the guys ready to take the field. Spirit wear will be available to purchase. CiCo Park.

UPC Film: “Snow White and the Huntsman,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. Rated PG-13. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

K-State After Hours: Block Party, 8-11 p.m. Free DJ, dancing, games, prizes, food and more. Bosco Student Plaza.



Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt.

K-State Athletics and Union Program Council Fireworks Show, following the Missouri State game. Kick-off is at 6:10 p.m.



Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.

The historic Columbian Theatre and the Foundation for Celtic Arts Studies present a free program of Irish dance and culture, 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The program will include soft shoe dances, figure dances, and the always exciting hard shoe dances and reels. All will be performed by champion Irish dancers.

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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