1. Pittsburg Idol
The Pittsburg Idol Finale kicks off Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. The night will feature 15 talented local singers competing for the top spot in their age group. Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for ages 4-17 are $3, $6 for adults ages 18-54. Children under the age of three, and adults 55 and older are free.
2. Dueling Pianos at Kansas Crossing
Dueling pianos are coming to The Corral at Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel for two nights this weekend. Two pianists will face off — as well as playing some classic favorites — both Friday and Saturday. Both shows are free and the dueling begins at 8 p.m.
3. Chili Cook-off
Friends of Crawford State Park is hosting its annual chili cook-off Saturday. The cooks’ meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. and then chili makers will get to work. Tasting begins at 4:30 p.m. with taster cups available for $3. Awards will be give out at 6 p.m., followed by live bluegrass music from Signal Ridge at 7 p.m. Prior to the cook-off, Girard Medical Center will provide free blood pressure checks from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4. Pitt State Hall of Fame Game
The Pittsburg State Gorillas take on Washburn University Saturday for PSU’s Hall of Fame Game. At half-time, new members will be inducted into the PSU Football Hall of Fame. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
5. Monarch Butterflies
Sara Dykman will present a presentation on monarch butterflies 2 p.m. at Pittsburg State’s Yates Hall Auditorium Sunday. Dykman will bicycle into Pittsburg to give the presentation, just as she did for 7,000 miles following the migration pattern of the monarchs. Dykman has followed the butterflies from Mexico to Maine and back to Kansas.