The week ahead: events to watch out for June 23-29

June 22, 2014 

Thursday

NBA Draft

Who will be the No. 1 pick? With the recent foot injury of 7-foot center Joel Embiid, the picture has gotten murkier. Former Wildcats Julius Randle and James Young expect to hear their names called during the first round. (7 p.m., ESPN)

Wednesday

You have a couple of deadlines to make

■ Do you make an awesome pie? Consider entering Lexington's Great American Pie Contest. But think fast. The deadline is here. Entry forms are available at Downtownlex.com. You may enter in two categories: made from scratch and semi-homemade.

■ Online registration ends today for the Bluegrass 10,000 at Active.com. Walk-in registration is accepted through July 1 at the Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper Street.

Saturday

NASCAR returns to Sparta

It's the fourth running of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, the highlight of the racing season at the Northern Kentucky track. The action begins Thursday with the truck series UNOH 225 (8 p.m., Fox Sports 1). On Friday, it's the John R. Elliott Campaign 300 (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The crown jewel comes Saturday, with the Sprint Cup race starting at 7:30 p.m. (TNT)

Standing proud

The seventh annual Lexington Pride Festival, a celebration of Central Kentucky's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, features vendors and live entertainment. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. (Lexpridefest.org)

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