1. Celebrate fall

Sedgwick's Fall Festival is expanding its roster of events this year in an effort to attract attendees of all ages.

Organized by the Sedgwick Booster Club, the festival will have its usual lineup of games, inflatables, vendors and more on Sept. 15 and 16.

One of the first events will be the traditional grand parade, led by Grand Marshal Riley Hoyt, beginning at 10 a.m. along Commercial Street in downtown Sedgwick. The parade will feature kindergarteners reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Teagan Tucker singing the national anthem.

Crafts, concessions and food trucks will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the intersection of Fifth and Franklin streets.

Returning to the festival this year — thanks to volunteers Justin and Emily Nold — is a car show. Participants will have the chance to win trophies and cash prizes by entering a car or tractor. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 the day of, with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. and prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the intersection of Fifth and Commercial streets.

Brand new events include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, with registration starting at 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Each team will pay $15 to enter at the Sedgwick Park basketball courts.

The Marine Corps will be set up on the west side of City Park with an obstacle course to challenge festival-goers. A competition will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with prizes for the individuals who finish the course fastest.

Wristbands for the festival are $5 and are available at Legacy Bank, Meeting House, City Hall, Jump Start, The Spahhh, AQ Market and Cy's Hoof and Horn in Sedgwick. Opportunities to volunteer at the festival are still open.


2. Support first responders

Harvey County RSVP and Newton Wal-Mart are hosting a donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 1701 S. Kansas.

Emergency blanckets and gloves will be the focus of the drive which will collect emergency items to distribute to local first responders.


3. Learn from the wise

Women are invited to visit with each other and learn from professionals in various fields at an event hosted by Wise Women ICT.

"Wise Minded Women" will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Prairie Harvest, 601 N. Main St. in Newton.

The event will include two key speakers and three breakout sessions covering a variety of topics from pregnancy to aging gracefully to homeopathy.

Tickets to "Wise Minded Women" are $99 in advance or $150 at the door. For more information about the event and Wise Women ICT, visit https://www.wisewomenict.com.


4. Hear Jalane

Jalane Schmidt, a researcher and activist who graduated from Bethel College in 1991, will be the Peace Sunday speaker at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Schmidt is a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She co-founded the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter and was intimately involved in organizing against the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville of white nationalist groups.

In addition to speaking during the church service, Schmidt will offer a Sunday school program with a question and answer period Sept. 16. She is scheduled to speak during Bethel Convocation Sept. 17.


5. Take a ride

The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held Sept. 15, originating at the MCC offices in North Newton.

The goal for the 2018 Flatlander Bicycle Ride is to raise $10,000 for a water project in Guatemala. The project is to support food security and community organization among Ch’orti’ women in the Eastern Highlands of Guatemala, an area that has been devastated by drought and commodity price collapse for the past 5 to 7 years. 

All routes will start from the MCC Center. Registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m.. A riders' meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Three main routes are planned, with lengths of approximately 35, 45 and 65 miles. In addition, there will be a family ride of Eight to 16 miles, according to rider discretion.

Online registration is available at https://mcc.org/forms/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride