Today’s fairer weather is perfect for the start of the Riley County Fair.
Things kick off with the Riley County Fair Parade, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Manhattan Town Center.
Then things heat up at the City Park for the weekend. And it looks like the temperatures will, too.
Highlights from the annual fair include the 38th Annual Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo.
Thursday is Military Family Night. Free admission for military families with a ticket. Limited military tickets available. The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo, featuring a spectacular pink balloon launch and survivor recognition ceremony during the grand entry, is Friday. This special night raises awareness of cancer and funds for K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center.
The rodeo is nightly at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday. For information, visit http://www.kayvalleyrodeo.com.
The Ottaway Amusements Carnival is nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Monday.
The 9th Annual Riley County Idol competition is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Entertainment Tent. The finals will be at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Interested in competing for $100 cash prize. For information, visit http://www.rileycountyfair.com.
For a complete list of fair activities, visit http://www.rileycountyfair.com.
Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.
People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate. It’s free to sign up, and all you have to do is keep track of the time you spend reading in order to win fun prizes, like free books and gift certificates to local restaurants. Last year more than 3,000 people participated in summer reading and together logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of reading time.
Registration for the 2014 program begins June 1, either online at http://www.MHKLibrary.org or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.
Chess Club, 3:30 p.m.
Manhattan Public Library.
Local Laughs Comedy Competition with host Jeremy Ricci, 8 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
Zoofair Tails, 10 a.m.
The Historic Columbian Theatre Summer Theatre Academy presents “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Kids, 6 and 8 p.m. Also 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.
The show is adapted from the Disney 2008 musical, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” It places the beautiful mermaid, Ariel, in her underwater kingdom with seamless transitions from the spectacular underwater world to a magical world above, complete with creative dance movements and memorable songs that we have all come to know and love.
Cost: $10-15. Cash concession stand with cold beverages and snacks available.
Tickets available at the Columbian Theatre box office, by phone at 785-456-2029 or online at http://www.ColumbianTheatre.com.
Arts in the Park: Tribute to Journey Odyssey Road, 8 p.m.
Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.
Wish They Were Here: A tribute to Pink Floyd, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
The Appleseed Collective, 9 p.m.
Auntie Mae’s Parlor.
Fast Food Junkies with the Dirty Thirty Dreggs, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.
Flint Hills Iris Society’s Annual Iris Sale, 8 a.m.-noon.
Hundreds of locally grown varieties (many award winners) of beautiful iris to choose from. Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens.
Kansas State University Gardens, 1500 Denison.
National Day of the Cowboy, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cowboy traditions have long been part of the American landscape and culture and today’s cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve this unique element of America’s heritage.
Activities include stick pony barrel racing, branding and roping for kids, buckboard rides, bull riding, rodeo clowns and bullfighters, music by the Oldtimers Band and food vending by Cox Brothers BBQ. Ron Wilson and Glenn Brunkow will share cowboy poetry and Jim Gray, Tom Moxley and Jan Lyons will tell stories of ranching and trail driving.
Mayor Wynn Butler will be present at the start of the event to read an official proclamation issued on behalf of the City of Manhattan.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 military, seniors, educators, college students, at $4 for youth ages 2-17.
For more information about the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s exhibitions, programs and special events, go online to http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785-587-2726.
Flint Hills Discovery Center. or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents “The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live, 7:30 p.m.
In July 2013, over 100,000 ecstatic fans packed into Hyde Park for two spectacular outdoor concerts to see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood do what they do best.
Cost: $7 adults, $5 military, senior, student 18 and under. For tickets, call (785) 238-3906.
C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.