Weekend best bets (Aug. 16-18)

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It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend.

1. Utah County Fair

The Utah County Fair is the perfect way to spend your last weekend before school starts again next week. With a Ranch Rodeo planned in the Grand Arena at 7 p.m. Friday night and Demolition Derby planned for Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the same place, the Utah County Fair couldn’t get any better. But then again, it does with a ventriloquist show, Kids Korner and more fun for everyone. Visit Utah County Fair’s website to view a full schedule and learn more about available activities.

2. Summer of Sounds

The Village at University Mall is hosting “Summer of Sounds” on Friday night from 7-8:30 p.m. This week’s performance includes Ryan Innes, recent contestant on Team Usher for “The Voice,” and Brian Bingham, a folk rock musician from Salt Lake.

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3. Utah Rides for Cancer

The Central Utah Clinic Foundation is holding a bike ride to raise money for families that can’t afford the transportation and accommodations to travel to cancer treatments centers. The ride is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $15 if you sign up beforehand or $20 for day-of registration. The course starts and ends in Exchange Park. Everyone is welcome, and a trail for people who would rather walk than ride a bike is available. A bake sale will follow the race to replace those lost calories.

4. Pig ‘n Pork Days

Gather your piglets for a celebration of pigs at Thanksgiving Point. Make a pig mask, guess the weight of a full grown pig and learn interesting facts about pigs in Thanksgiving Point’s Farm Country. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children but are free to Thanksgiving Point members.

5. Bittersweet Bluegrass

This trio of five women will have you slapping your knee along with their bittersweet melodies. Get a taste of this fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass  and mandolin combination for some bluegrass family entertainment. Bittersweet Bluegrass is part of Orem Concerts in the Park. The free show begins at 7 p.m. at Stage at City Center Park in Orem.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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