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Weekend Possibilities | Cass County Fair, Beer Fest and Barbie Vroom, Vroom

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Above image credit: The final day of the Cass County Fair wraps up Sunday night with a tractor pull on the fairgrounds in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. (Cami Koons | Flatland)
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Round out your weekend plans with county fair corndogs, concerts, cold beer and Barbie – just in time for the dog days of summer. Woof.

Friday, July 14

Noon – 1:30 p.m. If your summer gardening aspirations never got off the ground, the How to Have a Successful Fall Garden workshop from Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington Ave., should set you up for success. Organizers will focus on which cool-season vegetables to plant and when, so your hard work can be harvested through November. The workshop is free. Register in advance.

7 p.m. Celebrating 30 years of their debut studio album, “93 ‘til Infinity,” Souls of Mischief will play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., Friday night. The East Oakland hip-hop group who gained popularity in the 1990s with their hardcore, underground storytelling style will be supported by special guests July 14th. Tickets are $31.16.

9 p.m. Local DJs with decades of experience spinning tunes in Kansas City will be in the booth inside and outside of The Ship, 1221 Union Ave., Friday night. Monta, Semper Viridis and 90.9 The Bridge’s DJ Ray Valasquez will take the indoor stage. There’s an outdoor Block Party at 10 p.m. featuring regulars of First Fridays DJ Skeme, DJ Elwood and DJ LeoNightus, who recently played the West 18th Fashion Show and will now get the weekend going in the West Bottoms with their classic MC-DJ style. Tickets are $10. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Saturday, July 15

10:30 a.m. It’s the 49th Anniversary of the Ozark Music Festival and a reincarnated version of the historic three-day music fest is coming to Sedalia, Missouri, 1420 Highway M, this weekend. The original legendary and ill-prepared festival, which drew a crowd estimated between 150,000 and 400,000 people and welcomed huge artists like Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, Bruce Springsteen and Eagles. This weekend’s edition will bring tribute bands and local acts to the stage, including Saturday night’s headliners Crue Nation and Almost KISS. Be sure to check out the full schedule online. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Tickets are available at the door. Three-day passes are $40, single-day tickets are $25.

3 – 6 p.m. More than a dozen local breweries will be represented Saturday afternoon at the 3rd Annual Beer Fest at Strang Hall, 7313 W. 80th St. The Overland Park food court concept is offering unlimited beer tastings, live music and a 20% discount on Strang Hall food – all included in the $50 ticket. There are designated driver tickets available for $10. You must be 21 or older to attend.

7 p.m. Re-live the glory days that were the 1990s with music from Soy Bomb & The Dream Team Saturday night at Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming St. Wear your ‘90s best and jam to 30 songs from the decade over two sets. The band plans for special guests. Tickets are $14.17. Minors can attend with a parent or guardian.

8 – 10:45 p.m. Spend Saturday night stargazing at Public Night from Powell Observatory, 26500 Melrose St. Experts will lead a presentation on planets you can see by simply looking up before the public will get its chance to peer into the largest telescope in the five-state area for an unforgettable look into the night sky. The suggested donation is $10 for those 12 and older and $5 for children ages 5-11. Kids under 5 get in for free.

Sunday, July 16

9 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Cass County Fair, 203 Paul St., wraps up Sunday in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, with a full day of good-old-fashioned fun. The schedule includes youth swine, goat and sheep shows, a children’s “pedal pull,” a pet show and the grand-finale tractor pull. Bring the entire family and enjoy all the fair food and carnival rides your heart desires. Tractor pull tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-12.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Great Car Show pulls up to the National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, this weekend. Hundreds of cars will be on display, where visitors can also enjoy food trucks, vendors games, activities and more. Proceeds benefit the Kansas City Automotive Museum. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

7 p.m. The Malibu Dream Bar is open at Vignettes in North Kansas City, 2376 Armour Road. The Barbie-themed pop-up is serving up special drinks like the “PinkaColada” and “Fashionista Freeze,” creating dolled-up photo opportunities and hosting karaoke on Sundays. A $5 reservation per person is required. The pop-up runs through August 5.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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