A fair amount of area fun slated this weekend





This weekend offers several options for southwest Kansas county fair fun in Hamilton, Lane, Gray, Grant and Kearny counties.

The Kearny County Fair kicks off with the 2013 Kearny County Saddle Club KPRA Rodeo at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The 2013 Saddle Club Rodeo Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday along Main Street in Lakin. Sunday will feature the 4-H and Open Horse Show. For more information, visit the "attractions" page at http://www.kearnycountykansas.com/.

In Gray County, grill masters will be able to test their skills at Saturday's grill off. Check-in is at 9 a.m. and judging at 4 p.m. Samples will be made available to the public for a $2 gate fee. The Heaven Bound Ranch Rodeo is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Gray County Extension office (620) 855-3821.

Grant County fair-goers have a multitude of events to look forward to, beginning with Saturday's parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Ulysses. After the parade, dog lovers can head over to the 4-H dog show beginning at 1 p.m. The seventh annual horseshoe tournament, sponsored by the Club of Ulysses, begins at 3 p.m. in Tot Lot Park. There is a $25 entry fee per team.

Those hungry after a busy day can head over to the ice cream social and/or free hamburger feed and concert in the park beginning at 6 p.m. The Free Ranch Rodeo, sponsored by the Bit and Spur Club, begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Hamilton County Fair Parade will begin down Main Street in Syracuse at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a car and tractor show at the fairgrounds beginning at 10 a.m. A horseshoe tournament at Road Side Park is scheduled to begin at noon.

The Fun & Non-Sense & Turtle Race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., followed by free barbecue at 5 p.m. and the ranch rodeo at 7 p.m.

On Sunday in Syracuse, Christian artist Roger Cooper will perform at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit http://www.hamiltoncountyfairgrounds.com.

Other events this weekend include:

* A Family OWLS (Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site) Adventure is planned for Saturday at the Sandsage Bison Range office, located on Business U.S. Highway 83, 0.4 miles south of the Arkansas River Bridge.

Guides from Friends of the Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area will lead exploration activities, including a scavenger hunt and crafts, and offer native animal presentations.

The event is intended for families with elementary-age children and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult and should be dressed in weather-appropriate clothing and protective footwear. Activities will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information, call (620) 474-3645.

* The Finney County Humane Society is having a meet-and-greet session from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Westlake Hardware, 1210 Fleming St.

The public is encouraged to come and see the numerous foster dogs available for adoption from the Garden City/Finney County Animal Shelter.

* The Stevens Park Concert Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with the Moonshiners.

The Stevens Park Concert Series is sponsored by the Garden City Recreation Commission and the city of Garden City. All concerts in this series are free to the public. For a complete list of summer performers, visit the GCRC website at http://www.gcrec.com.

* GCRC also will be presenting Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." Friday and Saturday at the Garden City High School auditorium.

Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." is a musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Doug Wright wrote the book based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. The plot centers on King Triton's daughter, Ariel, who wants nothing more than to be human. When offered that chance by the sea witch Ursula, Ariel embarks on an adventure.

Directed by Brian Seagraves, with music direction and choreography by Misty Baldwin and Lisa Yarberry, the large cast features nearly 90 area youth from ages 5 to 19.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and Arts Angels. Tickets are available at the GCRC, 310 N. Sixth St. Tickets also will be available at the door.

For more information about the production, to get information on becoming an Arts Angel, or to support the arts in some other way, call 276-1200, e-mail bseagraves@garden-city.org, or stop by the GCRC Activity Center.

* GCRC also will present the movie "Hoosiers" at dusk Saturday as part of Silver Screen Saturday Nights at Stevens Park. Attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets, spray on bug repellent and pack their favorite movie snacks.

Free popcorn and drinks will be available, courtesy of Golden Plains Credit Union.

For movie titles and future showings, visit http://www.gcrec.com. In the event of high winds or severe weather, movies will be rescheduled. Call 276-1202 for cancellation details.

* Also, the 13th Annual Run for the Red Benefit Ride for the Western Kansas American Red Cross Chapter is scheduled for Saturday. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Samy's Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas Ave. For more information, call 276-2762.

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