Pin honoring Earnhardt to be given away at Kansas Speedway

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (File photo)

Kansas Speedway will hand out commemorative lapel pins honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the NASCAR Cup Series race on Oct. 22 in Kansas City, Kansas.

The pin will go to the first 19,000 fans through the gates, honoring Earnhardt’s 19 years of racing in the series.

“Dale Jr. has been one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers for over a decade,” Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren said in a news release. “And with the Hollywood Casino 400 scheduled to be his last NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, we wanted to do something to recognize him and the day.”

Earnhardt Jr.’s best finish at Kansas Speedway came in June 2011, when he finished second. In May 2015, he finished third. Overall, he has three top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes at Kansas Speedway.

The grand marshal for the Oct. 22 race will be actor Jay Hernandez.

Racing returns to Kansas Speedway this October for the Hollywood Casino 400, which is an elimination race in the playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 will again be a part of the playoffs for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, Oct. 21, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will wrap up the season and crown a champion on Friday, Oct. 20.

Tickets are currently on sale by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or online at
– Information from Kansas Speedway

Festival fun in Wyandotte County …

Photos by William Crum

… At the Armory

Residents enjoyed a Mariachi and Folkloric Festival Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge. (Photo by William Crum)

… At Kansas Speedway

Amy Pearce, Joe Pearce and Mike Pearce placed in the top 10 in the annual American Royal Barbecue held at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by William Crum)

…At the Renaissance Festival

Clare’s Crepes at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, included, left to right, Maura Laramie, Clare Laramie and Molly Hayde. Every year Clare Laramie comes to the Renaissance Festival just to make crepes. People travel for miles just to buy the crepes here. I tried the ham and cheese crepes, which are the best I have had in a long time. This is another reason to go to the Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance Festival opened Saturday and runs on weekends, including Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, through Oct. 15. (Photo by William Crum)

Saturday events

Downtown KCK prepares for Latino Arts Festival Saturday
Downtown Kansas City, Kansas, is preparing for the Latino Arts Festival on Saturday, June 3. A free festival and parade will be held Saturday. The parade begins at noon at 4th and Minnesota Avenue. For the festival, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, the 700 block of Minnesota will be blocked off to 8th Street. Two bands will perform, and there will be food from two vendors available for purchase. Low-rider vehicles will be on display at a car show, with a car hopping contest at 5:30 p.m. There also will be several Latino visual artists with displays in the KCK Chamber building. The festival is a joint effort of the Downtown Shareholders, Hallmark, the Kansas City, Kansas, Area Chamber of Commerce, El Centro, H.E.A.R.T., the Bank of Labor and others. Minnesota Avenue will be closed for the parade. For more information, visit

Rockfest concert planned for Kansas Speedway on Saturday
Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of the Rockfest concert on Saturday, June 3. The concert will run from noon to midnight on June 3, according to information on the concert website. The gates open at 11 a.m. There will be two stages for the entertainment. The concert is sponsored by The Rock 98.9 FM. The group Godsmack is set to perform at 10:40 p.m. Other groups scheduled to be at Rockfest include Sammy Hagar, Volbeat, Ratt, Halestorm, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Blackberry Smoke, Zakk Sabbath, Candlebox, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Andrew Hagar, Sidewise, Watching the Fall, and One Less Reason. The national anthem will be performed by Zakk Wylde at noon. For more information on Rockfest, visit

‘Exotic Animals’ program planned at library
An exotic animals program is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the MainKansas City, Kansas, Public Library Storytime – Craft Room, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program will be about animals with scales, feathers, tails and other features. The program is for children, tweens and teens. For more information, call 913-295-8250.

Summer reading kickoff program planned at West Wyandotte Library
A summer reading kickoff party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is for all ages. An inflatable obstacle course, a craft program and lawn games are planned, along with refreshments.

Sporting KC to play Saturday afternoon in KCK
After playing four of the previous five matches away from home, Sporting Kansas City will return to Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday to play host to Minnesota United FC at 4 p.m. in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The Western Conference clash will also air live on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish), while the Sporting KC Uphoria mobile app will provide live updates. With heavier traffic anticipated in the Village West area due to Rockfest at the Kansas Speedway, ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early to Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday.