Summer reading kickoff

What: The Finney County Public Library Summer Reading kickoff event. The event will feature Priscilla Howe’s puppets, songs and storytelling.

When: 10:30 a.m. Friday

Where: Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St.


First Friday/Food Truck Fridays

What: The Downtown Vision’s Monthly Food Truck Fridays, where various food truck vendors will be lined up on Heroes Way, near Stevens Park.

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Garden City.


Ag Women of the Heartland

What: The Finney County Extension Council and Finney County Conservation District are hosting the 4th Annual Ag Women of the Heartland event, with dinner included. The event will feature a presentation on Friday titled, “Adapting and Overcoming Adversity.” A second presentation, "Keep Calm and Farm On," is scheduled for Saturday.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.

Where: On Friday, 4-H building at the Finney County Fairgrounds; on Saturday, the Clarion Inn.

Contact: Call the Extension Council at (620) 272-3670 or Conservation District at (620) 275-0211 ext. 110.


Beef Empire Days kickoff

What: In celebration of Beef Empire Days’ 50th anniversary, the organization is hosting a kickoff event, featuring country music singers William Michael Morgan and Hunter Hutchinson. Visit for ticket locations.

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse lot, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.


Tennis tournament

What: Garden City Open tennis tournament. Day one will feature singles divisions for men, women and youth. Day two will feature doubles, and day three will see mixed doubles play.

When: 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday

Where: Garden City High School tennis complex

Contact: Entry information is available at the Garden City Family YMCA, Garden City Recreation Commission or from tournament coordinator Heather Kneeland at (620) 290-1999.


Garden City Farmers Market

What: The first Farmer's Market of the year, which will feature a variety of home-grown produce, hand-crafted items and homemade foods for sale.

When: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday

Where: Parking lot of Westlake Hardware, 1210 Fleming St.


BED fun run

What: The Garden City Family YMCA’s annual Hoof it to Health Road Run, in conjunction with Beef Empire Days, will feature 5K and 10K runs, a 2-mile walk and a half-mile kids race beginning at the corner of Harding Avenue and Center Street.

When: Registration starts at 7 a.m.

Where: YMCA, 1224 Center St.

Contact: The YMCA, (620) 275-1199.


BED Scholarship Poker Run

What: The Beef Empire Days Scholarship Poker Run will feature a free breakfast for participants. Riders will head out for Historic Scott Lake, where there will be five themed punch card stations. Lunch will be provided at Scott Lake. All vehicles are welcome, and proceeds will go to the Beef Empire Days Scholarship Fund. Must be at least 18 to participate.

When: Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the race starting at 10 a.m.

Where: Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.

Contact: Trevor Funk at (620) 521-2916 or the Beef Empire Days office.


Harvest Flea Market

What: Harvest Flea Market combines a farmers market and flea market experience, with 300 spaces for vendors offering food, furniture, artwork and more.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The flea market dates run May through October.

Where: The west end of the Finney County Fairgrounds parking lot.

Admission: $1.


Barbecue and free concert

What: Scott County Arts Council’s annual BBQ in the Park, with a barbecue meal, followed be a free concert featuring Kaylee Keller and “The Man Band”.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with the concert to follow at 7 p.m.

Where: Patton Park in Scott City.

Cost: $8


Ranch Rodeo

What: The Beef Empire Day’s annual Ranch Rodeo, which features traditional working cowboys competing and demonstrating skills used in everyday cattle ranching. Events include doctoring, mugging and penning.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Finney County Fairgrounds


'Praise in the Park'

What: Beef Empire Day’s “Praise in the Park” featuring bands singing worship songs. The HOPE puppets will perform and the Bible Christian Train will run.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Stevens Park; in case of inclement weather, the event will be held at First Christian Church, 306 N. Seventh St.


Free fishing weekend

What: The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism designates one weekend a year when everyone can fish without a license. The KDWPT began the effort as a way to take part in National Fishing and Boating Week, a week dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the importance of recreational boating and fishing. While license requirements are waived for the weekend, anglers must still abide by all other regulations, such as length and creel limits and equipment requirements.

When: All day Saturday and Sunday

Where: Public waters in the state of Kansas. Those interested can visit and click “Fishing,” then “Where to Fish” to find a public fishing spot near them.


Volleyball tournament

What: Beef Empire Days’ Co-ed 6′s Double Elimination Grass Volleyball Tournament.

When: 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: West Lawn of Lee Richardson Zoo

Cost: $20 per player.

Contact: Jyme Cinnamon at (620) 253-1785 or