Just three more days, and then this year's edition of the Kansas State Fair will be a wrap. Here are some of the highlights for this weekend:
1) The usual attractions —pig races, prize-winning pies, fabulous festival food, a brand new butter sculpture, and rides and games galore — will greet visitors to the fair, which ends Sunday.
2) New this year is a novelty act called Wild About Monkeys, which features Hollywood-trained baboons demonstrating their talents three times a day, every day. Catch the act at Gottschalk Park.
3) Grandstand greats this weekend will include country singer Blake Shelton tonight, Christian band MercyMe Saturday night and teen queen Selena Gomez Sunday afternoon. Tickets are available at the Kansas State Fair box office or by calling 800-362-3247.
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4) You can ride all the carnival rides you want between 4 and 11 p.m. today and noon and 8 p.m. Sunday for $23. Otherwise, rides are priced per activity.
Gate admission to the fair is $8 for adults, $6 for people 60 and over, $4 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids under 6. Parking is ample and free.
Schedule of events
8:30 a.m. —4-H horse show, Expo Center
9 a.m. —Angus beef cattle judging, Prairie Pavilion
9 a.m. —Electrical safety demonstration, east of Oz Gallery
9 a.m. —Seed Survivor opens, east of Oz Gallery
10 a.m. —4-H/FFA milking shorthorn, Prairie Pavilion
10 a.m. —Yorkshire swine show, Sheep, Swine and Goat Building
10 a.m. —Dr. Goddard's Lab, Do Art Building
10 a.m. —Exotic animal petting zoo opens, south of Sprint Grandstand
10 a.m. —Pig races, north of Bison Arena
10:30 a.m. —Glenda & Mike's Magic Show, Lake Talbott
11 a.m. —Chester White swine show, Sheep, Swine and Goat Building
11 a.m. —Wild About Monkeys, Gottschalk Park
11 a.m. —A.J. Lutter, chain-saw artist, north of Lake Talbott
11 a.m. —Soil Guys, ag education, Bretz Law Arena
11:30 a.m. —Rusty Rierson, music and comedy, Lake Talbott
Noon — Ron Diamond, comic hypnotist, Bretz Law Arena
Noon — Pig races, north of Bison Arena
Noon — Interactive Game Experience Presents the 2010 Adrenaline Jam Tour, Technology Building
12:30 p.m. —Stranger Creek String Band, bluegrass music, Lake Talbott
1 p.m. —Midway opens
1 p.m. —Duroc swine show, Sheep, Swine and Goat Building
1 p.m. —A.J. Lutter, chain-saw artist, north of Lake Talbott
1:30 p.m. —Wild About Monkeys, Gottschalk Park
1:30 p.m. —Presentation of Governor's Awards and Cookie Jar, Domestic Arts Building
2 p.m. —Dr. Goddard's Lab, Do Art Building
2:30 p.m. —Pig races, north of Bison Arena
2:30 p.m. —Rusty Rierson, music and comedy, gazebo-Gottschalk Park
3 p.m. —Gelbvieh beef cattle judging, Prairie Pavilion
3 p.m. —Celebrity goat milking contest, Sheep, Swine and Goat Building
3 p.m. —A.J. Lutter, chain-saw artist, north of Lake Talbott
3 p.m. —Hereford beef cattle judging, Prairie Pavilion
4 p.m. —Moonlight Madness on the Midway begins
4 p.m. —Pig races, north of Bison Arena
5 p.m. —Ron Diamond, comic hypnotist, Bretz Law Arena
5 p.m. —A.J. Lutter, chain-saw artist, north of Lake Talbott
5:30 p.m. —Hutchinson Brass Quintet, Lake Talbott
6 p.m. —4-H/FFA rabbit fur classes, Rabbit Barn
6 p.m. —Pig races, north of Bison Arena
6 p.m. —Guitar Hero tournament, Technology Building
6 p.m. —Rusty Rierson, music and comedy, Bretz Law Arena
6:30 p.m. —Sprint Grandstand seating opens
6:30 p.m. —Wild About Monkeys, Gottschalk Park
7:30 p.m. —Blake Shelton with James Otto, Sprint Grandstand
7:30 p.m. —Ron Diamond, comic hypnotist, Bretz Law Arena
Other Wichita events
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Wichita Play Day is a new event that's free. It includes games, music, giveaways, kayaks and canoes, inflatables, face painting, pedal boats, miniature golf, train ride and sporting events from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd. It's hosted by the Wichita Play Commission.