Professional bull riders | Saturday and Sunday
The Professional Bull Riders Live Series bucks into town this weekend for a two-day showcase featuring some of the countrys top bull riders. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center. Tickets are $10-$100 at sprintcenter.com. VIP upgrades, which include photo and autograph opportunities and pre-show hors doeuvres, are also available.
Ruckus | Saturday
This years Ruckus event boasts several different obstacle courses at Grain Valleys Valley Speedway, 348 E. Old 40 Highway. If runnings not your thing, the two-mile Ruckus Heater course is heavy on the unwelcoming terrain and easy on the mileage. The four-mile Ruckus Challenge is four miles of obstacles such as mud pits and air loops. The top 10 percent of Ruckus Challenge participants qualify for the Ruckus Champions Heat, a same-day race in which runners battle for a Golden Helmet. Race day registration is $85 for the Ruckus Heater and $105 for the Ruckus Challenge. Details on runruckus.com.
Mecum car auction | Thursday through Saturday
More than 700 muscle cars and other classics will roll across the red carpet at Bartle Hall as the Mecum auction company returns to Kansas City for its spring sale. Highlights include a highly awarded 1965 Corvette convertible and a 1949 Divco milk truck. Daily hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $15; children 12 and younger are free. Auction highlights will be broadcast on the Velocity cable channel, and the entire auction will be shown live at mecum.com.
Deanna Rose Childrens Farmstead | Opens Sunday
This ode to the rural Kansas farm kicks off its 34th year this weekend. The farmstead, at 13800 Switzer Road in Overland Park, includes gardens, pony rides and a one-room schoolhouse. It has added spring chicks, calves and baby goats to an already sizable roster of farm animals. Theres also an on-site ice cream parlor where families can stop in for hand-scooped cones. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, though from Memorial Day to Labor Day it will remain open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Admission is $2 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and free from Monday through Thursday.
Brew to Brew | Sunday
Beer and blisters converge in this annual long-distance run that typically draws thousands of participants. The bi-state race, which spans 44.4 miles, begins at Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City and ends at Free State Brewery in downtown Lawrence. In between, teams comprised of two to 10 runners take turns trekking across trails, roads and water in the daylong event that features runners of every ilk. Registration is $50 per runner, with $10 going towards research for cystic fibrosis. Details on brewtobrew.com.
Compiled by Kris Knowles, The Star, with contributions from Inks Dugan Arnett