Weekend filled wall-to-wall with events
By SCOTT AUST
Those looking for something to do this weekend will have plenty of choices.
FallFest 2013 is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Garden City.
Last year, more than 5,500 turned out for the event, which goes on at the same time as Art in the Park and the Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest.
Beverly Schmitz Glass, Downtown Vision executive director, said people will find a little bit at the trio of events downtown.
"It started out as kind of a farmers market to bring people downtown," Glass said about FallFest. "You've got everything now from fine arts to Oktoberfest. You've got food from all around the world, as representative of our multi-culturalism."
FallFest includes games for children and adults, entertainment and downtown merchants will be offering FallFest specials all day. About 60 vendors will be showing their wares, including arts, crafts, foods from around the world, woodworking, home furnishings, accessories, face painting, glitter hair weaving, farmers' market, and various demonstrations.
At 9 a.m., the Doxie Derby and Wiener Takes All Costume Contest features dachshunds on the east side of Stevens Park with an entry fee of $5 per dog. Some of the entertainment includes gymnasts, the Garden City Community College dance team, Stepps Dance performances, the GCCC pep band, and Buck-a-Duck races and Nasduck 500 duck races. Redhawk Baseball & Softball Academy's Need for Speed will allow you to test your arm against a radar gun after the Doxie Derby.
Main Street will be closed to vehicles from Fulton to Spruce streets, and Grant Avenue will be closed at the alley for Oktoberfest and Nasduck races. Bratwursts, bierocks, beef and noodles, piggies, combo plates and kids plates will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 N. Eighth St., and a variety of German foods will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Grant Avenue.
Kenneth and Cheryl Degenhardt will play polkas, waltzes and other old-time music beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus, and "Remedy" will play for a free dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Art in the Park includes fine arts such as woodworking, oil painters, and jewelry created by various artists in Stevens Park.
Saturday night in Stevens Park, the Finney County Preservation Alliance is sponsoring a "Razing the Roof" benefit concert to help preserve the Windsor Hotel at 7 p.m., with Garden City's "Million Dollar Band," followed at 9:30 p.m. by "Asleep at the Wheel" at the bandshell.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Baker Boot Co., the Crazy House and Regan Jewelers, or online at www.gctelegram.com. For more information, call Don Harness at 275-4340.
Money raised will help pay for architecture and engineering expenses for stabilization and renovation of the 1887 icon of downtown Garden City and western Kansas. The concert is presented in part by The Garden City Telegram, Rocking M Radio and Western Kansas Broadcast Center.
Other events this weekend include:
* The eighth annual Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce Fire and Ice Wine Tasting is scheduled for 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn Ballroom. The event will feature more than 30 fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, craft beer and Crown Royal, as well as fire juggling entertainment and a free photo booth. Tickets are $50 per person, available at the Chamber office, EWE Specialties, Davis Designs or online at www.gardencitychamber.net. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the event.
* Victor Ornelas Elementary School will host the Crushin' Cancer for Casey 5K and One Mile Run on Saturday at the school, 3401 E. Spruce St. The event will raise funds to help elementary school teacher Casey Bishop in her fight with cancer.
Registration is at 5 p.m. at the school. The 5K begins at 6 p.m., and the one-mile run begins at 6:05 p.m. The route will start at Victor Ornelas and proceed to Menards and back.
There are eight age divisions for the 5K, split into male and female divisions. Prizes will be awarded to the top two finishers in each division. Participants also can win awards for best super hero costume. The fee for the event is $20 for the 5K, $15 per person for the mile run, and $30 for a family.
* On Sunday, the Cat Canyon exhibit at Lee Richardson Zoo will open to the public with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Cat Canyon, which broke ground in August 2012, features glass viewing windows, allowing guests a face-to-whisker viewing of the cats. Refreshments will be provided during the celebration, which also will include children's activities, discovery carts and a zookeeper meet and greet.
* Garfield Early Childhood Center will hold a Day of Play in conjunction with Nickelodeon's Day of Play from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center's playground area, 121 W. Walnut St. The center will have a number of outdoor activities for children ages 2 to 7.
For the 10th straight year, Nickelodeon will empower kids to get up and get active when its TV channels and websites go off the air and offline during its Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday.
For more information, contact Angela Anderson at Garfield Early Childhood Center, 805-7507.¬
* Florence Wilson Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring, "Antiquities Photos," in which children can have their photos taken in old-fashioned sepia, on Saturday at the school, 1709 Labrador St.
Families will receive one 10-by-13 inch photo of their children with the purchase of a $10 coupon. Antiquities Studios will provide clothing and props to personalize the moment.
Appointment times for the photo sessions will be available throughout the day. For more information about the photos, contact Florence Wilson Elementary School at 805-7400.
* The Finney County Humane Society is offering a seminar focusing on dog behavioral problems from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. James Lutheran Church, 1608 Belmont Place. The seminar features Michael Guana, a dog trainer from Wichita who is certified with the Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Due to safety and health issues, dogs cannot be brought to the seminar.
* The American Legion Post No. 9 Auxiliary Ladies will conduct its annual ceremony in remembrance of POW/MIA Day at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 405 S. Main St.. The ceremony is open to the public. The third Friday of September is designated as POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor those U.S. service members that are either prisoners of war or still missing in action.
* The Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring a Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday at Lee Richardson Zoo. Registration is at 2:30 p.m., and the walk will follow at 3 p.m. For more information, call (316) 267-7333, or visit http://act.alz.org/2013gardencity to register a team or make a donation.