If you like barbecue, Danville is the place to be this weekend for the annual Kentucky State BBQ Festival. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday in Constitution Square at Main and Second streets, with an art auction and live music until 10 p.m. On Saturday, the festival is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the backyard barbecue competition. At noon, pitmaster Mike Mills will demonstrate how to cook a whole hog. If that gets you hungry, seven pitmasters will be selling barbecue Peg Leg Porker of Nashville; Ponderosa BBQ of Des Moines, Iowa; Desperados Barbecue of Angola, N.Y.; Firehouse BBQ of Deland, Fla.; 17th Street Barbecue of southern Illinois; Ubons BBQ of Yazoo City, Miss.; and Lucky Dog BBQ of Danville. On Sunday, hours are 11 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., with a bean-eating contest at 5 p.m. and a hog-calling contest at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the United Way. Admission and parking are free.
▪ This year’s theme for Devine’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is “get out the vote” in view of the November presidential election. The farm at 623 Talmage Mayo Road in Harrodsburg will be open Friday through Oct 31, when it will be the Field of Horror for Halloween. Attractions include the 10-acre corn maze, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, bonfires, a petting area, a hay maze, a giant slide, tube swings, a trike track, a corn hopper, zip lines and more. It’s $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger. Admission includes a pumpkin and all activities except zip lines. Concessions, extra pumpkins and more will be sold.
▪ Culver’s and Bi-Water Farm, 877 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown, will honor farmers with a corn maze that says Thank You. Admission is $10, free for ages 2 and younger. Open daily Saturday through November. The farm has 20 acres of pumpkins and activities, including Bunnyville, Spooky Farmhouse, Lost Pumpkin Mine, hayrides, the Sky-High Slide and People Spinners.
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▪ Bleu Plate Tours, a food walking tour of Lexington, kicks off the 2016 fall tour season at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tours are every Saturday through Oct. 29. Explore the cityscape while dining at seven iconic local restaurants and some hidden gems, and gain insider knowledge into Lexington’s cuisine. Tours are $59; book a tour or learn more at Bleuplatetours.com. Call 855-563-6464.
▪ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The event is free, with lots of nibbles and Grimes Mill wine. Live music is by Laurel Branch from 2 to 4 p.m. and by Cathy Lavender, Blind Vic and the Broken Band from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 859-543-9691.
▪ Christ The King’s annual Oktoberfest will be Sept. 9 and 10 behind the church at 229 Colony Boulevard. Activities, which include German food and other vendors, Celebrity Cake Wheel and more, begin at 4 p.m. Friday. The musical headliner on Friday is Gin Blossoms; on Saturday, it’s Fastball. Admission is free.
▪ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Main and Rice in Wilmore, will have seasonal vegetables, local honey and eggs, cut flowers, perennials and trees.
▪ Chevy Chase Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 316 South Ashland Avenue, will have cut flowers, beer cheese, muffins, seasonal produce, meat and eggs.
▪ Bluegrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3070 Lakecrest Circle and 1837 Plaudit Place, will have seasonal produce, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, flowers, eggs and meat. Fall produce will include butternut squash, pumpkins, gourds, spaghetti and acorn squash, sweet potatoes, and red and white potatoes.
▪ Lexington Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have seasonal produce, meats and eggs, bread and honey, plants and flowers.