It’s a busy weekend filled with great ways to enjoy the last little bit of summer that’s left. Do some fundraising by biking or running, support your local zoo, enjoy a new art exhibit, or head out to Hutchinson for the start of the Kansas State Fair.
Read on for more information on this weekend’s picks for “Top 5 Things To Do In Wichita.” Make sure to also check out other Kansas events on KWCH’s Community Events Calendar: http://www.kwch.com/community.
1. Kansas State Fair
Time: All day
Date: Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 14
Where: Fair Grounds, 2000 N. Poplar St. in Hutchinson
Cost: FREE children 5 and under, $4 kids 6-12, $10 adult, $6 senior
Why you should go: The Kansas State Fair kicks off this Friday, and it’s no wonder around 350,000 people from all over the country check it out every year. For 10 days the fairgrounds will be stuffed with animals, arts and crafts, cowboys, talent shows, concerts, all the fried food you could ever want, and much more.
The big event Friday night is the Cheap Trick concert at U.S. Cellular Grandstand, which you’ll need tickets to get into. Your gate admission will get you access to a Daredevil High Dive Show, Carrot Cake Contest, Chainsaw Woodcarving, Pig Races, and more. See a daily event schedule, maps to all your favorite food booths, a list of exhibits and weather updates here: http://guide2statefair.com/.
Time: 9:00 PM – Midnight
Date: Saturday, September 6
Where: Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Boulevard
Why you should go: Sedgwick County Zoo’s yearly fundraiser, Zoobilee, helps keep admission prices low and raise money to support the Zoo’s animal conservation initiatives in the wild. Vendors from all over the city come out to provide food and fun for the event. Attendees get to walk the zoo and enjoy food and beverages. There’s a silent auction and at the end of the night, a dance with music provided by Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band.
Zoobilee attendees also get the opportunity to bid on the honorary adoption of zoo animals in the Zoopendous Live Auction. Winners will have their names displayed in the zoo for a year, and if their adopted animal gives birth during the year, they get to help pick the baby’s name.
3. Bike MS: Wichita Ride 2014
Time: 5:30 AM Saturday – 1:30 PM Sunday
Date: Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 6
Where: Pratt County Fairgrounds, 81 Lake Road in Pratt
Cost: $200 fundraising minimum
Why you should go: The National MS Society hosts more than 100 fundraising Bike MS rides across the country. The Wichita ride has been moved to Pratt, and will feature a figure-8 route through amber fields and rolling grasslands where riders can ride up to 150 miles during the 2 day event.
At the end of the first day, there will be a festival with massages, musical entertainment, food and beer. On Sunday, there’s a kick off breakfast and a celebration at the finish line.
4. Fall Opening Reception at Ulrich Museum
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Date: Friday, September 5
Where: 1845 Fairmount Street
Cost: FREE for WSU students, $10 for general public
Why you should go: The Fall Reception features works by Kansas-native Bruce Conner and Ulrich Underground installation artist Lisa Soloman. Attendees can try out the artist-inspired Art Lab and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages inspired by the Beat Generation.
The exhibit, Bruce Conner: Somebody’s Else’s Prints, is the first in-depth look at Conner’s work as a printmaker in over a decade. It features private collections and examples from the Conner Family Trust, all rarely seen by the public.
5. Tiger Trot at Tanganyika
Time: 7:00 AM
Date: Sunday, September 7
Where: 1000 S. Hawkins Ln. in Goodard
Cost: $35 – $45
Why you should go: The Tiger Trot is a fundraiser for Tanganyika, a private, family-owned zoo. Each year it costs about $600,000 for Tanganyika to support the endangered animals in its care, and this fundraiser helps cover those costs. The Tiger Trot is an official training race of the Prairie Fire Races, and features two runs- a 15K Run and a 5K Run & Walk, both starting at the zoo and going through Goddard.
At the finish line, Green Acres Market will be providing refreshments and Trot Dogs. There will be an award ceremony with special prizes for the top male and female in each race, and medals for the top 3 finishers in each age group. After the awards ceremony, participants are invited to visit the zoo.