Kickball Carnival 

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10 a.m., Interstate Park. $5 donation.

Few subcultures in Little Rock have thrived in the last several years like the kickball community. Last spring, 100 teams competed in three different leagues in the 3-year-oldLittle Rock Kickball Association. Under the guidance of founder Larry Betz, AKA The Grand Poobah of All Things Kickball, or, as hes mostly known, just plain Poo, LRKA has become not just the default way to spend Sunday afternoons for hundreds, its become a vibrant fundraising organization. This weekends Rockn Kickball Carnival hints at Betzs grand vision for the league.

On Saturday and Sunday, 24 teams, split into competitive and non-competitive brackets, will square off in a tournament at Interstate Park. During the action, over the course of both days, 11 different acts will perform including 607, Epiphany, the 4X4 Crew, Brian Frazier and impressive young rappers Blockade. Also, nearby, a kids carnival features an inflatable jumping room, games and prizes. Suggested donation is $5. On Sunday, the event includes a grown-up track-and-field contest, with sack and three-legged races. Like kickball Sundays, the tournament is BYOB. (Beer is often an integral part of kickball.) Proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters and to K.I.C.S. for Kids, a start-up youth kickball league. Also, the weekend is dedicated to the memory of Jeff May, who was one of the founding fathers of LRKA. Betz says he hopes to make this tournament and carnival a nationwide event in the future.


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