Girard Fall Festival
Girard Homecoming and Fall Festival kicks off Saturday with a 5k run or walk at 7 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The rest of the day will feature children’s bouncers and games, a Rollin’ Nostalgia car show and a Lions Club pancake feed. The pancake feed runs from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The homecoming parade takes place at 10 a.m. on the square. The day will include live entertainment at the courthouse gazebo, as well as live music in the evenings at both Bender on 7 and the Pink Pickle.
The Cato Historical Preservation Society is hosting its annual Cato Tour Saturday. The tour includes demonstrations at the historic church and schoolhouse, as well as campfire food and music. At 1 p.m. wagon rides to area sites of significance will be available. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Cato site, located two miles west of U.S. Highway 69 on 720 avenue. A quilt raffle will also take place at noon, featuring a sunflower quilt made by Sue James of Galveston, Texas.
Midwest Trumpet Festival
The Midwest Trumpet Festival comes to Pittsburg State University October 8, and will continue Monday. The festival is open to the public and brings together leading performers, educators, students, and community for an intensive time of large and small continuing education sessions, master classes, recitals, and concerts. The festival will be at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU and is open to the public.
PCT After Dark
Pittsburg Community Theatre opened the first performance of its After Dark series Thursday, with “The Last 5 Years,” a small-cast musical focusing on the five year period of a marriage from meeting to breakup — and back again. The After Dark series aims to bring more mature performances to PCT. “The Last 5 Years” has shows Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for general admission, balcony seating, or $10 and $12 for reserved floor seating.
The 18th Annual Festa Italiana is back to raise money for graduating seniors at Frontenac High School. Festa Italiana offers a day of food, wine and fun in Frontenac. Ten dollars earns attendees five tickets to sample food, as well as enjoy a children’s fun zone, live music and a wine tasting. All proceeds from Festa Italiana provide scholarships for graduating seniors at Frontenac High School through the Frontenac Education Foundation. Festa kicks off Saturday in downtown Frontenac.