1. Have some chili
The annual Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 on Sixth Street between Main and Poplar. The annual event features chili booths, live music and a craft beer vendor.
The event usually draws about 1,000 people and raises $10,000 for the United Way.
There are currently 25 booths registered for the 2019 event.
Advance tickets to the cookoff are being sold by participating agencies and United Way board members for a $5 donation to the United Way. A limited number of tickets are available at The Newton Kansan, 121 W. Sixth.
2. Check out art
An opening reception for the exhibit "Form of Five" will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery in downtown Newton. The colorful exhibit features works in acrylic, mixed media and raku by Andy Brown, Wendell Donaldson, Don Fullmer, Curtis Haynes and Bob Neace. The reception and daily admission to the gallery are free. The work will be on display through Nov. 15.
3. Go for a jog
The fourth annual Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K & Little Pepper Run will be Sept. 28. All 5K participants receive a ticket to the Harvey County Chili Cook-off, which will follow the race. The Little Pepper Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K follows at 9. Registration and the start/finish line will be in front of Newton Recreation Commission at the corner of Poplar and Fifth streets.
The course follows the Sand Creek bike path. The race and chili cook-off benefit Harvey County United Way.
4. Catch a concert
Mark Erelli will perform at 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston as part of the Prairie Window Concert Series. Reserved tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Food from Crust & Crumb Co. will also be available.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.dyckarboretum.org/prairie-window-concert-series/ or call the Dyck Arboretum office at 620-327-8127.
5. Get in a "fest"-ive mode
Sedgwick's annual fall festival will be held this weekend, with a slate of fun activities for the whole family.
The festival parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, led by grand marshal — and one of the oldest living Kansans — Elmer Christiansan. After that, the city park will be buzzing with food and crafts vendors, a car, bike and tractor show, various live performances, yoga and more.
A street dance will be held from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Fifth Street and Commercial Avenue, featuring live music from Suite 68. The festival will close with breakfast served by the American Legion, community church service and a number of competitive tournaments (corn hole, sand volleyball, etc.) held Sunday.
For a full schedule of events, check the city of Sedgwick Facebook page.