K-State Rodeo, Polar Plunge, Tower of Power and more

By Ben Hopper

Break out your boots and spurs for the annual K-State Rodeo at Weber Arena this weekend. Friday is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night in support of cancer research and awareness. Rodeo begins at 7:30. There are two opportunities for rodeo fun on Saturday. At 1p.m., children 12 and under are free with a donation of one canned food item, benefiting the Flint Hills Breadbasket, when accompanying one adult ticket. At 6:45p.m. watch the coronation of Miss Rodeo K-State with the performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night’s theme is “Pack Weber with Purple.”

On Sunday, attend Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. The finals are at 1p.m. Sunday. This is also Military Appreciation Day.

Tickets purchased Thursday are $10 for adults, $8 for children and those with valid K-State or military IDs. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets at the door are $15 and $10, respectively. A weekend pass is $30. For information, visit

Here’s a look at other area events.


Odd Squad Math Challenge, 3 p.m. Tween Club: DIY Creations, 4:30 p.m. Library Lab: Salt and Sugar Scrubs, 7 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.
McCain Performance Series presents Tower of Power, 7:30 p.m. For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold-out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.
For tickets, visit
McCain Auditorium.


Throwback Board Games Day, 1 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.
Polar Plunge, 5 p.m. Plunge into an aboveground pool in this fundraiser for Special Olympics Kansas. Cost to participate is $50.
Gate B, Bill Snyder
Family Stadium. UPC Film: “The Edge of Seventeen,” 7 & 9:30 p.m. Also Saturday.
Cost: $2 Friday, $3 Saturday.
K-State Student Union Forum Hall. Secrets of The Simpsons, 8 p.m. Secrets of The Simpsons with Emmy Award-winning writer Mike Reiss. Union Ballroom.


Great American Canyon Band, 9 p.m. Cost: $3. Auntie Mae’s.


Jazz brunch, 11a.m.- 1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro. Scott Senn, jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m. dellaVoce.

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