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Wade's Ride, Fire Prevention Extravaganza highlight weekend activity list

Some notable activities are taking place across the KVOE listening area this weekend.

The fourth annual Wade's Ride is once again serving two purposes Saturday -- to honor Wade Barrett, a three-month-old who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome three years ago, and to raise money to fight the disease. Barrett's mother, Gail Barrett, has been active in spreading the word about SIDS over the past three years. Wade's Ride has raised around $20,000 for SIDS research and the support of the SIDS nonprofit group First Candle. This year, part of the proceeds will stay local.

By the first of next year, the goal is to use proceeds from Wade's Ride to purchase sleep sacks for all babies born at Newman Regional Health.

Wade's Ride starts at 10 am at Wagon Wheel, with registration starting at 9 am. All vehicles are welcome to be part of the out-of-town dart run, where participants throw darts and accumulate points for possible prizes. Stops for that include Reading, Hartford, Madison and Olpe. An in-town run for bicycles and scooters is also included.

Also, the Fire Prevention Extravaganza culminates Fire Prevention Week in Emporia. The event runs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Fairgrounds. Fire Marshal Reason Bradford says the main activity will be a demonstration on grease fires in kitchens.

There will also be free hot dogs, prizes including bicycle giveaways and demonstrations from area firefighters.

Sundays on the Porch, meanwhile, wraps up the fall series with Steve Hanschu discussing highlights of Emporia State's 150 years of existence. The presentation starts at 2 pm at Red Rocks, 927 Exchange.

Find out more about community events by going online to www.KVOE.com.

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