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Big trucks, trees & cornhole

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COVINGTON, Ky. - We tried to find a theme for a weekend that features a cornhole tournament ... a tree planting ... a scary movie in a cemetery ... a huge show-and-tell event for public works and public safety trucks ... roller derby ... a candidates' forum ... a Masquerade pub crawl ... and a stage reading of a local playwright's work.
 
But then we just gave up.
 
Suffice to say that there are a lot of very different things to do in #LovTheCov this weekend, so take your pick ... (tho come to think of it, there IS a Halloween theme to several events. Hmm, too soon?)
 
Acres of trucks
Want to get up close and personal with a fire truck, police cruiser, medical helicopter, tow truck or back hoe?
 
The Latonia Shopping Center will be filled with public safety and public service vehicles of all shapes and sizes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the City of Covington's first-ever "Touch a Truck" event.
 
More than a dozen agencies are bringing vehicles for people to climb in, on and around.
 
(We're anticipating a lot of selfies.)
 
Info, HERE.
 
Latonia tree planting needs volunteers
Over 80 trees will be planted along sidewalks on Ashland and Rosina avenues in West Latonia on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
 
Come join the fun and do something for the public good.
 
Bring a shovel if you have one. Meet at Barb Cook Park for coffee, doughnuts and instruction starting at 8:30. Info, HERE.
 
Tourney time: Corn in the hole
If you're better at cornhole than, say, lawn darts, Saturday's your chance to make $200.
 
Sign your team up for the 1st annual Covington Corn Hole Charity Tournament & Block Party, to be held on 7th Street in front of Braxton Brewing Co. and ALTO Pizza, from "noon until a champion is crowned."
 
Proceeds will benefit the UC Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease. Drinks, food, raffle, magicians, music etc.
 
Info and sign-up, HERE.
 
The multi-themed Karnivale
The first-annual Kovington Karnivale takes place Friday and Saturday in the Roebling Point District with three unrelated events: 
  • A Masquerade Bar Crawl on Friday night, with masks, questions and tasks, beginning at Lil's Bagels and ending at Molly Malone's. Info, HERE
  • A panel featuring candidates for Covington City Commission on Saturday afternoon at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House. Info, HERE
  • And a free staged reading Saturday evening of "Bro'Kin River," a new work by local playwright Kareem A. Simpson that reenacts the court trial of Margaret Garner, an escaped slave who took the life of her child rather than see her forced back into slavery. It's also at the Scholar House. Info, HERE.
Movie among the graves
Not to creep you out or anything, but Tim Burton ... at night ... in a cemetery?
 
Yeah, spines will be tingling Friday night when this week's Cinema in the Cemetery kicks off just after dusk with the spooky classic, "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
 
Or come early to Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum for a mini tour of historic graves conducted by experts from the Kenton County Public Library.
 
No dogs. Info, HERE.
 
Don't fear 'the jammer'
Speaking of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," dress up as your favorite character or wear any Halloween costume to watch the Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls in their final bout of the season Saturday evening.
 
BBRG takes on the Silver Bridge Bruisers with the BBRG juniors taking on Huntington. Big Hits and Big Hearts is the featured charity.
 
Info and tickets, HERE.
 
Halloween Block Party
To continue the theme, residents of E. 26th Street will hold their annual neighborhood party Saturday evening, featuring a chili cook-off, costume contest, music and food.
 
The street will be blocked off beginning at 4 p.m. from short Greenup to Madison.
 
BYOB. Info, HERE.
 
Art in the (Barb Cook) Park
Halloween is the theme of the second of the free Art in the Park events, this one starting at noon Saturday at Barb Cook.
 
Brought to you by Covington Parks & Rec and Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, kids of all ages can follow step-by-step demonstrations on creating Halloween-inspired cartoon characters and their back stories.
 
Info, HERE.
 
Yoga, pet adoption at Farmers Market
Covington's Farmers Market features a veritable cornucopia of local produce, meats and eggs, and things like soaps and lotions, teas, baked goods, sugar scrubs, jams, honey, prepared soups and salads, fermented foods, and lots more.
 
This Saturday, Covington Farmers Market also features yoga at 9 a.m., live music, and a visit from Greyhound Adoption of Greater Cincinnati.
 
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Third & Court streets. For info, HERE.
 
Miscellaneous
Then there's Circus Mojo for kids at the Covington library on Sunday, HERE ... the Kenton County Historical Society's antique appraisal event on Saturday, HERE ... Swine & Wine at Crafts & Vines on Saturday, HERE ... and the October Bourbon Expert Series on Saturday at FIRE at RiverCenter, HERE.

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