Today in Lawrence: Fair fun, ConfabuLarryum, rummage sale

There will be live music tonight and Saturday at the Vinland Fair, along with games, tractor pulls, pie and homemade ice cream.

There will be live music tonight and Saturday at the Vinland Fair, along with games, tractor pulls, pie and homemade ice cream.

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Tweet of the Day: Aug. 8

Sun, clouds

Today's weather is expected to provide clouds in the morning and sun in the afternoon, with a high of 84 and a low of 67. Saturday with bring much of the same, with a little more warmth: partly cloudy skies and 87 degrees. Sunday has more rain in the forecast, with a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms and a high of 88.

Fun in Vinland

The charming Vinland Fair brings its homespun brand of fun back for another year. Today's activities include stock bicycle races and a tug-of-war. On Saturday, test your watermelon-seed spitting skills at the fair's competition. There will be live music both evenings and homemade ice cream on Saturday. Events are at the Vinland Fairgrounds, 1736 North 700 Road.

Treasure hunting

You never know what you'll find at the Three-Church Rummage Sale, taking place at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St.; Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St.; and Trinity Episcopal, 1011 Vermont St. The sale is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

First birthday

Sandbar Subs is celebrating its first year in downtown Lawrence with a Birthday Block Party at 6 p.m. today. The party will be outdoors on Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets. Beer garden opens at 6 p.m. and the cover charge is $5; must be 21 or older to enter the beer garden. The event is family-friendly, and kids and lawn chairs are welcome outside the beer garden. There is no cost to attend unless you're entering the beer garden.

Get creative!

ConfabuLarryum is Lawrence's first-ever Festival of Creativity! Get the juices flowing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Middle School, 2511 Inverness Drive. The event is free and has activities for kids and adults, including 3-D printing, a pinewood car "Nerdy Derby" and design challenges.

Ragtime downtime

Bring your weekend to a close with perfect summertime Sunday entertainment. The Summer Sunday Afternoon Ragtime Party features the Kansas Appleknocker Classic Ragtime Duo from 2 to 4 p.m. at Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

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Today's Vinland Fair events

Vinland Fairgrounds, 1736 North 700 Road

10 a.m., Stock bicycle races

Noon, Races, Sack Races, Softball Throw, Tug of War

4 p.m., Antique Tractor Pull weigh-in begins. Ends 6:30 p.m.

6 p.m., Off Farm Tractor Pull

7 p.m., Antique Tractor Pull

7:30 p.m., Rural Harmony Band

More Aug. 8 events

Mike Shurtz Trio, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

Indian Taco Sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church, 950 E. 21st St.

Youth performance: Aesop’s Foibles, 3 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

Perry Lecompton Farmers’ Market, 4-6:30 p.m., U.S. Highway 24 and Ferguson Road (in FastTrax parking lot), Perry.

Eudora Farmers Market, 5-7 p.m., Nottingham parking lot, 1428 Church St., Eudora.

Bingo night, doors 5:30 p.m., refreshments 6 p.m., bingo starts 7 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Story Slam, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Lawrence Opera Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 West 62nd St., Mission, KS.

Saturday Vinland Fair events

Vinland Fair, Vinland Fairgrounds, 1736 North 700 Road

9 a.m., Horseshoe pitching

10 a.m., Registration for Pet Parade and Box Turtle Race (open to children 12 and under)

11 a.m., Box Turtle Race and Pet Parade

1 p.m., Livestock Judging begins

2 p.m., Pedal Tractor Pull Weigh-In

2:30 p.m., Pedal Tractor Pull

3 p.m., Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest Registration

3 p.m., Renegade Pullers Lawnmower Pull

3:30 p.m., Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest for Children and Adults

3:30-4:30 p.m., All exhibit entries released.

7 p.m., Home Made Ice Cream Making Competition (Ice cream served following judging)

7:30 p.m., Blue Stem Band

More Aug. 9 events

Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, 7:30 p.m., parking lot behind Kizer Cummings, 800 block Vermont St.

Lawrence Farmers Market, 7-11 a.m., 824 New Hampshire St.

St. John Catholic Church Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1246 Kentucky St.

Kansas Authors Club District 2 meeting, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Lackman Library, 15345 W. 87th St., Lenexa.

Yard Waste Drop-Off and Compost/Woodchip Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wood Recovery and Compost Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.

Film screening: “Breastmilk,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Lawrence Opera Theatre: Master Class with soprano Amy Pfrimmer, 1-2:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Massachusetts St. (free and open to public).

Guitar Pickup Test Drive Clinic, 1-3 p.m., Mass Street Music, 1347 Massachusetts St.

The Tree Who Walked Through Time: A book signing and tree exploration event, 1-3 p.m., KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.

Book Signing: Amber Brejcha Fraley, “From Kansas, Not Dorothy,” 1-3 p.m., Hastings Entertainment, 1900 W. 23rd St.

Kansas Appleknocker Classic Ragtime Duo, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts St.

Angie’s famous Indian tacos, 4 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

TEDxKC Watch Party: “Changing the Narrative,” 5:30-9 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Headpin Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St.

Sandbar’s 25th Birthday Block Party, 6 p.m.-midnight, outdoors on Eighth St. between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.

Heartland Block Party, 7-9 p.m., Heartland parking lot, Seventh and New York streets.

Lawrence Opera Theatre: “A L.O.T. of Summer Serenade,” 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Massachusetts St.

More Aug. 10 events

Lawrence Coalition for Peace & Justice, 3:30-5 p.m., Education Room, Community Mercantile, 901 S. Iowa St.

Kansas Rebels 10U Baseball tryouts, 4-6 p.m., YSC Field #3, 4700 W. 27th St.

Irish Traditional Music Session, 5:30-8 p.m., upstairs Henry’s on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St.

Taize Service, 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St.

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, 6-9 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

Smackdown! trivia, 7 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.


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