Oktoberfest Lawrence & other weekend possibilities

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It’s still October, so there’s still time to raise a stein. In fact, all of that training should come in handy at the Oktoberfest Lawrence at Lawrence Library Civic Plaza (707 Vermont Street) Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. They’re holding a Samuel Adams Stein Hosting Competition to see who can hold a stein straight out in front of their body without spilling a drop for the longest time (it’s harder than you think) for a chance to compete in the national championship. There will be schnitzel burgers from The Burger Stand at The Casbah, bratwurst and currywurst from Leeway Franks and KC Bier Co.’s Dunkel, Free Sate’s Octoberfest and Yakimaniac. And a slate ofr live acts including Festhaus Musikanten — a 10-piece wind orchestra band. There will be schnitzel burgers from The Burger Stand at The Casbah, bratwurst and currywurst from Leeway Franks and KC Bier Co.’s Dunkel, Free Sate’s Octoberfest and Yakimaniac. Tickets are $10 (you can get a commemorative 34-ounce beer stein and two drink tickets if you hand over $20).

The Lawrence Art Walk is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. If you’re headed that way, Decade (920 Delaware Street) is holding a Barista Throwdown at 6 p.m. Watch folks (or bring your own drinkware to compete) showcase their latte art skills at the Lawrence coffee shop.

Your baseball skills might have topped out at Tee-Ball, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the dream of taking the field. Beerfest at the Ballpark lets you do what you’re good at doing: drinking beer. Pick from more than 200 beers to sample at the beer tasting event, which benefits Helpful Hands Inc.. The festival at Community America Ballpark (1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas), the home stadium of the Kansas City T-Bones, is Saturday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35.95.

The Great Midwest Balloon Fest takes flight tonight from 4 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 10 p.m. It’s at the AG Hall of Fame (which may or may not be on your local travel bingo list) in Bonner Springs, Kansas (633 North 133rd Street). There’s a beer garden with giant pretzels, beer, funnel cakes and live acts (including an oompa band).

Craving waffles? The Waffler food truck will be holding court from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 7099 Wornall (where Gregory meets Wornall). They’re dishing up Belgian waffles called Meggos that are based on a French Brioche bread dough. They typically offer two flavors — classic and a daily special (past ones have included maple bacon, pumpkin spice and red velvet) — cooked in a cast iron waffle iron.

It’s the last weekend for the Olathe Farmers’ Market at Black Bob Park (14500 W 151st Street) on Saturday. It’s a shot to stock up on soup bones (apologies for the bun) and cinnamon crabapple jelly. The market opens at 7:30 a.m. and goes until the vendors have sold out.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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