Active weekend scheduled for Emporia, surrounding communities

Rain or shine, there is a lot happening this weekend in Emporia.

It's a big weekend for authors locally. The Tallgrass Writing Workshop goes from 8 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday at Emporia State, while Town Crier is bringing 50 authors to downtown Emporia for the annual Author Extravaganza from 11 am to 1 pm.

Local cancer patient Alex Muckenthaler is setting up a lemonade fundraiser at Price Chopper from 9 am to 2 pm. Muckenthaler, who beat one form of cancer last year only to develop a second form of cancer resulting from his treatment, is raising money for Alex's Lemonade Stand. Muckenthaler's dad, Joe, says the past three years have been tough for Alex and the entire Muckenthaler family.

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Muckenthaler needed a bone marrow transplant just before Christmas, and his younger brother was a perfect match. This is the third local version of Alex's Lemonade Stand, which is celebrating its 10th year of raising money for cancer research and treatments worldwide.

U.S. Congress candidate Jim Sherow is back in town Saturday, speaking at the Lyon County Democrats for the second time in four months. The monthly meeting is at 10 am at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex.

There are some big activities elsewhere across the KVOE listening area as well Saturday. The Flint Hills Rodeo comes to a close with the final night of competition, a dance -- and the famous parade beforehand. Spokesman John Weiss, a Newsmaker guest recently, says there are a lot of activities -- as always -- surrounding the rodeo.

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Meanwhile, the Cottonwood Falls Airport is the site of a special fly-in Saturday from 7 to 10 am, depending on the weather. Spokesman and Morning Show guest Brandon Neff says there will be a pancake breakfast and a lot of events.

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The Flint Hills Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has its 19th annual Hunting Heritage banquet and auction Saturday. Activities start at 5:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olpe.

On Sunday, Red Rocks debuts its 2014 summer version of the Sundays on the Porch discussion series with "Boosterism on the Porch," a look at different marketing and promotion efforts. The free event begins at 2 pm.

Also, the Emporia Camera Club is holding its 35th annual print show. The event is from 2 to 4 pm at Emporia State's Beach Music Hall and kicks off an exhibition that runs through June 14.

Find out more about community events by going online to the KVOE.com Community drop-down tab.

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