Columbia offers family-friendly weekend events

Thursday, September 19, 2013 | 7:10 p.m. CDT; updated 6:14 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 20, 2013

COLUMBIA— Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these fun events happening in Columbia:

South Farm Showcase:

Explore MU South Farm’s laboratories and research centers at no charge on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This kid-friendly event includes an exotic animal petting zoo, Missouri wine tasting and rides from the MU Mule Team, among many other exciting activities. MU South Farm is located at 3600 E. New Haven Road, Columbia. For more information, see the farm's website.

36th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show:

An event filled with music, food, dancing and storytelling. The main attraction showcases craftsmen dressed in 19th-century fashion demonstrating their arts and selling their wares. Children are invited to craft, take a hayride and stay for ghost stories from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. It’s located at Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St., Columbia. For more information, see the City of Columbia's website.

Mutton & Ham Supper:

Englewood Community Clubhouse will host its annual mutton and ham supper 4 p.m. Saturday. Mutton has been off the menu for the past two years, but due to popular demand, it is back on the menu. Cheesy potatoes, brown beans, coleslaw and bread will also be served along with various homemade desserts. The supper is open to anyone, and the proceeds will go toward building maintenance for the clubhouse, which has been around since the 1930s. For adults, it costs $12 per plate, for children ages 6 to 12 it costs $6 and children ages 1 to 5 its free. Take U.S. 63 South to Route H, and then follow that to the junction of East Johnson Cemetery Road and South Clinkenbeard Road to enjoy delicious food and socialize at the clubhouse.

Pumpkin Fun Run:

The Show-Me State Games and CenturyLink are giving children in elementary schools in all Boone County school districts a chance to raise money for their physical education departments Saturday at the Pumpkin Fun Run. The Show-Me State Games encourages families across Missouri to participate in activities that promote health, fitness, family and fun. The 1-mile walk or run takes place starting at 9 a.m. at A. Perry Philips Park . The three elementary schools with the highest percents of participation will receive $500 for their physical education departments. There is a $10 entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, pumpkin coupons and other prizes. Parents and teachers can participate at no additional cost, but if they wish to receive a T-shirt, they must register and pay the entry fee. Second Chance Columbia, Earl the Clydesdale, the Boone County Fire Department and Hy-Vee Nutrition will also be at the event. Families who want to participate can register at the event.

Missourian reporter Carlin Wagner contributed to this report. 

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