There's a Tour de Ranch Tricycle Race. There's lots of food. And there's a carnival that includes a beer pong contest, a beer bottle ring toss game and something called "ultimate cornhole." (We're adopting a don't-ask-don't-tell policy about that last one.)
But for almost everyone who buys a ticket, a main reason to go to this weekend's Lakewood Ranch Beer Festival is going to be the craft beer.
The festival, which is set for 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sarasota Polo Club, will feature more than 80 craft and specialty beers from around the world. The price of admission -- it's $37.92 for a regular ticket -- gets you unlimited samples. (If you want to bring along a designated driver, tickets that don't include the free beer are available for $11.54.)
The ticket price also includes unlimited food, two 16-ounce domestic drafts and some tokens for the carnival that you might use to play ultimate cornhole.
The entertainment is provided by an area band called Pitbull Toddler, which is best known for its bassist, radio personality Mike "Cowhead" Calta of 102.5 The Bone.
If you want to spring for a VIP ticket -- an extra $22 -- you also get to go to a catered party that starts at 2 p.m., and you get to take home a few lagniappes.
Details: 3-7 p.m. Sept. 27, Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. Tickets: $11.54-$69.57. Information: 941-907-0000, lakewoodranchbeerfestival.com.
-- Marty Clear