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Eagle editorial: A lot to do this weekend

  • Published Friday, Sep. 13, 2013, at 12 a.m.

You know those times of the year when south-central Kansas is as dead as VHS, the “Harlem Shake” craze and Anthony Weiner’s political career? Well, this isn’t one of them.

Wichita Festivals’ Autumn & Art is back for a fourth year on Saturday and Sunday, turning Bradley Fair into an free outdoor juried fine art exhibition featuring 95 artists and other tony activities.

The Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson continues through the weekend, celebrating its 100th birthday with concerts by Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday and Toby Keith with JT Hodges on Sunday.

The weekend also promises the Battle of the Burger, a KETCH fundraiser on Saturday at Old Cowtown Museum; the Great Plains Nature Center’s Honeybee Festival on Saturday; and three more free park performances of Wichita Shakespeare Company’s “Cymbeline.” Meanwhile, the mighty Wichita Wingnuts are back home, proudly representing our town by playing in the American Association championship series against the Gary, Ind., RailCats.

This weekend’s menu of options is rivaled by next week’s, including the acoustic music heaven that is the Walnut Valley Festival (Sept. 18-22 in Winfield), the Midwest BeerFest (Sept. 18, 20 and 21 at Century II) and the Great Plains Renaissance Festival (Sept. 21-22 at Sedgwick County Park).

Get the details from The Eagle’s GO! section or Kansas.com. But don’t just read about what’s out there. Seize the chance to taste, live and enjoy some of it – and to find out how far from boring these parts of Kansas really are.

For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman

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