Another full weekend of activity in NEJC: politics, pets and a fall festival

Shooting bows and arrows is a lot of fun.
Shooting bows and arrows is a lot of fun at the festival.

It is another diverse weekend in northeast Johnson County where you can move from politics to pony rides in the same day with a pet adoption in between.

Saturday morning’s activities open with a candidate forum hosted by the Shawnee Mission Post and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Also on the agenda Saturday are the Roeland Park Bark!toberfest at R Park and the Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival.

Candidate Forum. The candidate forum begins at 8 a.m. in the social hall at Colonial Church at 71st and Mission Road in Prairie Village. Then entrance to the hall is at the rear of the church building. Candidates for State Senate will answer questions starting at 8 a.m. After a break, candidates for State Representative will take the floor at 9:15 a.m. and candidates for State Board of Education start at 11:25 a.m. Coffee will be available starting at 7:30 a.m.

Candidates who so far have confirmed they will attend include Megan England and Barbara Bollier for Senate District 7; Vicki Hiatt in Senate District 10; Stephanie Clayton and John Taube in House District 19; Jerry Stogsdill and Dorothy Hughes in House District 21; Jarrod Ousley and Rob Johnson in House District 24; Melissa Rooker in House District 25; Chris Cindric and Steve Roberts for State Board of Education.

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival. The annual festival, now in its 30th year, actually begins tonight with a free concert starting at 6 p..m. in front of the north building. The action picks up again at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Indian Mission grounds. A full schedule can be found here.

Bark!toberfest. It’s back for the second year in Roeland Park’s R Park. All kinds of activities for dogs and humans, including live performances, pet adoptions, lots of vendors and food. It’s focused on dogs, but beer is also essential to anything with Octoberfest in the name. The action starts at 11 a.m.. Saturday.