Brian’s picks – September 28

1) The tap of the craft beer craze currently shows no signs of running dry anytime soon. The second annual Columbus Craft Beerfest is slated for 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mill Race Park on Fifth Street in the shade near the Round Lake. Proceeds benefit the Columbus Park Foundation and Just Friends Adult Day Services. Tickets are $35 and up (not counting $10 for designated drivers) for the food-and-drink extravaganza with about 40 vendors. Information:

2) The title in the name says plenty: The Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash 2017. How can you argue with the “incredible” portion of the moniker when it generally has raised $60,000 for youth programs annually in recent years? The event, which literally involves thousands of small, rubber ducks being dropped into the Round Lake at Mill Race Park with several winners quickly being fished out (for a chance to win a new car or $50,000 as the grand prize), is slated from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 14. A free magic show will be presented at 1 p.m. Ducks are available at for purchase from any local Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions, and from any participating “Duck Buddy” youth organization listed on at

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.