This is an extremely busy weekend in Emporia, and things start early Saturday.
ABATE District 12 is holding its 20th annual Spring Fling Bike Show at the Fairgrounds Anderson Building. Organizer Sarah Gonzales says activities begin at 8 am, and everything ABATE does is geared towards motorcycle awareness.
The first Adopt-A-Dog event of the year is at Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply, courtesy of Bluestem, Cargill and the Emporia Animal Shelter. Folks adopting dogs will pick up a free bag of Loyall dog food from Cargill. KVOE is broadcasting live from 9 to 11, and you can always find information on Animal Shelter pets online at KVOE.com.
The 17th annual Teddy Bear Clinic is gracing Flinthills Mall from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Spokesperson Beth Hammond says the mall will be full of activities, all geared toward making kids more comfortable at their doctor offices.
From 10 am to 2 pm, the Sertoma Club is running the miniature train at Soden's Grove as a fundraiser for the upcoming HeartChase Race. Club member Bob Hush is looking for a big turnout.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash raises money for the Children's Champions Network -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Flint Hills, Camp Alexander and Emporia Child Care -- with the warrior run starting at 11 am at the camp. Cost is $25, and course designer Joel Dixon says people will get their money's worth.
Also from 11 am to 2 pm, WIBW-TV will be at Waters True Value to program severe weather radios. Chief meteorologist Jeremy Goodwin says everybody needs a severe weather radio.
The American Legion Post No. 5 will be busy with its annual potato bar fundraiser for the Emporia Legion baseball team. Cost is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. The meal goes from 11 am to 2 pm at the Legion, and organizer Ron Whitney says the baseball team will determine how the proceeds are used.
Speaking of food, William Allen White School has its annual bierock sale. Bierocks are $12 for six or $20 for a dozen and can be picked up at the school from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday.
The Friends of the Emporia Public Library Spring Book Sale closes down Saturday with a $2 bag sale from 11 am to 5 pm. The event is a fundraiser for different programs like Brown Bag concerts later this year.
The Taste will fill White Auditorium with different beer, wine and spirit vendors -- along with music -- from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Main Street Director Casey Woods says businesses clamor to be involved.
On Sunday, the ESU Spring Migration Triathlon begins at 8 am at the university pool. Also, weather permitting, the Lyon County Historical Society will also have vintage baseball. A tryout will be followed by a game at 1 pm at the historic Howe Farmstead.
Find information on community events on KVOE.com.