Heart of America Hot Dog Festival & other weekend possibilities

Baseball and hot dogs (like the Monarch dog named for the Kansas City Monarchs) were meant for each other.

Baseball and hot dogs (like the Monarch dog named for the Kansas City Monarchs) were meant for each other.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (1616 E 18th Street) is hosting the second annual Heart of America Hot Dog Festival from 12 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. There will be plenty of hot dogs (including the debut of the Monarch dog, a Farmland dog topped with pulled pork, red onions, shredded cheddar, jalapenos and Gates Sweet and Mild Bar-B-Que sauce, soft drinks and a beer garden, along with a bounce house, stilt walkers and Morris Day and the Time. Tickets are $15 ($10 for children over the age of 4). VIP passes ($100) include two festival tickets, unlimited food and drinks, exclusive seats, two shirts and two passes to the museum.

The American (200 E 25th Street) continues its tradition of being open for lunch on the First Friday of every month. The lunch menu is offered today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and all bottles of wine are 50 percent off. Sorry if you were hoping to have a productive afternoon.

Give your arteries notice — we’re still in the heart of county fair season. The Johnson County Fair (200 E Madison Street, Gardner, Kansas) and Douglas County Fair (2110 Harper, Lawrence) both run through Saturday.

The fourth annual Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair is Sunday at the Alexander Majors Barn (8201 State Line) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food trucks and more than 60 vendors selling crafts and upcycled goods. Admission is free.  [If you like going to the barn, come back on August 14, when The Recommended Daily hosts On A Stick — where we bring the State Fair to Kansas City with all the food at the event served on a stick].

The Westport Saloon (4112 Pennsylvania) wants you to get down on the farm with Chicken & Pickin’. The weekly Sunday night special (8 p.m. to midnight), which launched in July, has a bluegrass song swap (diners are invited to blow on a jug if they feel so inspired) and a fried chicken dinner with all the fixings for $10.

[Image via Facebook: Heart of America Hot Dog Festival]

Jonathan Bender

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