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Weekend Possibilities | ‘The Dotte’ County Fair, Trampled Under Foot and Great Car Show

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Above image credit: The Wyandotte County Fair wraps up this weekend with carnival rides, fair food, live music and much more. (Cody Boston and Sam Snead | Flatland)

The Wyandotte County Fair finale, two nights of Trampled Under Foot at Knuckleheads Saloon and the Smithville Whiskey Walk should make July’s third weekend a good one.

Friday, July 16

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Start the weekend off on a sweet note. Cookies and Creamery is open and serving up all-natural treats in South Kansas City, 533 E. Red Bridge Road. Stop by for the signature Creamwich ice cream sandwiches, fresh-baked cookies, plus popcorn organic cotton candy, bottled beverages and more. You can create your own Creamwich bowl for $7.

5 – 9 p.m. Downtown Kansas City, Kansas, is set up for another Third Friday Art Walk. The 600 block of North 6th Street will be lined with galleries, live music stages, food trucks, activities for the kids and more. A few participating groups include EPIC Arts Studio, The Velvet Nova and The Merc Co-op. Attending the Third Friday Art Walk is free.

7 p.m. Two nights of Kansas City blues kicks off Friday evening at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave. Get tickets to see local family band Trampled Under Foot while supporting a good cause. The reunion/benefit show will feature sets from special guests such as The MGDs and Stone Cutters Union. Proceeds will help support Trampled Under Foot member Kris Schnebelen and his family. There will be a silent auction, raffles and some exciting news about old Trampled Under Foot releases in the works. Tickets start at $68 for a pair. Streaming packages are also available.

Saturday, July 17

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Brewers of any experience level are meeting at Apex Aleworks, 4354 S. Noland Road, this weekend for the Independence brewery’s Homebrew Class. Head brewer Ben Tatman will lead the class in brewing a banana milkshake IPA, from mashing to bottling techniques. Admission includes the lesson, 10% off Apex brewing supplies, a pour from the taproom, plus an invite to return to Apex for the first pour of the IPA when it’s ready. Registration is $25.

Apex Aleworks has expanded their seltzer offerings.
Apex Aleworks seltzers. (Courtesy | Apex Aleworks)

2 p.m. – 12 a.m. The Wyandotte County Fair is underway on the grounds at 13700 Polfer Road in Kansas City, Kansas. Along with the fair food and classic carnival rides, Saturday’s finale at the Wyandotte County Fair will feature nine hours of live music, a hot rod and antique car show, pie baking contest, horse show, rodeo and much more. Tickets are $5. Carnival ride wristbands are $30. Be sure to check online for a full schedule of events and pricing.

2 – 7 p.m. This weekend’s Smithville Whiskey Walk will bring distillers and whiskey drinkers to Courtyard Park, 118 N. Commercial Ave., just 25 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The full afternoon will feature tastings from local distilleries like Lifted Spirits and Little Platte Distillery, plus vendors, artisan makers and more. The $35 ticket will get you 10 whiskey tasting tickets, a wristband for unlimited axe throws with Woodchux Axe and five raffle tickets. For the sake of your toes, closed shoes are required to participate in axe throwing. You must be 21 or older to attend.

8:30 p.m. The Astronomical Society of Kansas City and Powell Observatory, 26500 Melrose St., will offer a closer look at phases of the moon through its Rusinger telescope Saturday night. The outdoor event will provide the curious with an educational lesson and up-close look at the moon, outdoors via screened telescope projection. There’s a requested donation of $12 for those ages 12 and over and $5 for children ages 5-11. Rain in the forecast may disrupt the viewing.

Sunday, July 18

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The National World War I Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, lawn will be lined with hot rods for The Great Car Show 2021. This year’s event will showcase dozens of classic and antique cars and feature food trucks, vendor spaces and activities for the whole family. The car show benefiting the WWI Museum and Kansas City Automotive Museum also allows for discounted entry to the National WWI Museum on the day of the event. Car show tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

Noon The Coterie and UMKC Theatre Troupe 306 are teaming up for the production of Dragons Love Tacos on stage outside of Crown Center, 2425 Grand Blvd. The Sunday matinee show will tell an adorable tale of a boy and his pet dog who get caught up in the diet of a fire-breathing dragon. Adult tickets (ages 18-60) are $15. Child/student tickets are $12 (infant-17).

3 – 5 p.m. Bid the weekend adieu with a brew and Live Jazz in the Biergarten, courtesy of KC Bier Co., 310 W. 79th St. The independent brewery that serves authentic German-style beer will welcome guitarist Rod Fleeman and drummer Jürgen Welge for a few hours of jazz. Hungry? Grab a small plate, pretzel or brat and give that beer something to wash down.

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