Firefest 2018 –9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena parking lot, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence. There will be fire trucks, classic cars, trucks, tractors, Top 5 Fire Trucks and Top 20 Awards, fire truck rides, a raffle, door prizes, a souvenir booth, water display and kids games. Little Richard's Family Restaurant will be catering. No pets allowed. For questions, call Rick Webb at 520-8510 or Russell Penniston at 718-3058.
Amateur Hot Dog Eating Contest – Thursday on Liberty Street between Maple and Lexington avenues, Independence. Check-in starts at 6 p.m., with the contest beginning at 7:30 p.m. Held by UpDog. There are two categories: Kids and adults. The first-, second- and third-place contest winners will receive prizes, and the first place adult winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Proceeds benefit the Community Services League.
Silver Screen on the Sand – Load the kids in the car and head to Longview Lake Beach on Friday to watch Disney's Pixar's “Coco” on a giant inflatable screen. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., with showtime at 9:10 p.m., 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. No outside food, drink or pets. Concessions are available. The cost is $5 per car; $10 per bus. For more information, visit http://www.makeyourdayhere.com or call 503-4805.
31st Annual Bingham-Waggoner Antique & Craft Fair – More than 100 antique dealers and crafters will be set up on the grounds around the Bingham-Waggoner Mansion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 313 W. Pacific, Independence. In addition, concession stands will offer Polish sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers and walking tacos. There will also be kettle corn, icy lemonade and homemade cookies. The Spirit of Independence Community Band will play at noon. Admission to the fair is free, and Mansion tours are available from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the regular fee.
Misreading Russia for 101 years – 6:30 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday, at the Truman Library, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence. A history of the month in which Russia faced revolution and America entered World War I. Will Englund, assistant foreign editor for the Washington Post, will discuss his most recent book looking back on March 1917 and the beginning of Wilson interventionism on behalf of democracy and human rights. This is a free event, but reservations are needed, email Truman.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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