Fun for all ages is what Septemberfest is all about.
The young, old and young at heart will find something entertaining in the four-day festival.
>> The stilt-walking, balloon-making Poppin Penelope will be on hand during the Labor Day Parade Monday; Comedian/magician Amazing Arthur Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.; Magician Jered the Incredible Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Richard Holmgren and The Flying Debris street juggling show three times Saturday and Sunday.
>> Various princesses will be on the grounds throughout the weekend to chat and pose for pictures with children. On Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., Cinderella will stop by, followed by Snow White from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Sleeping Beauty will be in the Kids Zone from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Bell from “Beauty & The Beast” from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Rapunzel will let down her hair from 2 to 4 p.m. and the Little Mermaid will visit Septemberfest from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
>> Two Red Alien Power Skip gymnasts will be showing off some stunts Saturday and Sunday at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. and during Monday's parade.
>> Web-slinging superhero Spider-Man will swing into the Kid Zone Sunday for a meet and greet from 2 to 8 p.m.
>> Mexican folklore ballet troupes from The Mexican Cultural Arts Center will perform authentic traditional Mexican dances Monday starting at 1 p.m.
>> Cooper Racing 55 MADD/RAD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving/Race Against Drugs) will host a booth Monday from noon to 5 p.m. Children and teens can sign a pledge for RAD and receive a souvenir picture of the race car.
>> Members of the Omaha Wild Clown-Dum will be entertaining in the Kid Zone tent all weekend long. Kids can participate in face painting and arts and crafts.
Septemberfest will be jam-packed with intense competitions this year. From fierce fighting in the rink and the ring to trying to win big with cooking and card-playing, Septemberfest is filled with opportunities to take home trophies and cheer on some take downs.
>> Omaha's Ring Wars take place Friday at 8 p.m. with both amateur and pro muay thai kickboxers. The matches are an effort to help erase autism. Ten bouts of kickboxing are planned. Live music before the matches and during intermission will be by the John Doe band.
>> The Septemberfest BBQ and Rib Eye Cookoff Challenge, hosted by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, returns for the third year on Saturday and Sunday. First round Rib Eye competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with Side Dishes following at 7 p.m. On Sunday, judges will decide who barbecued the best chicken, ribs, pork and brisket and baked the best dessert beginning at noon and will award a total of $7,000 in prize money at 4:30 p.m.
>> New this year is the Septemberfest Slam Nebraska State ArmWrestling Championships Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Men's, women's and kids and teens' competitions will take place throughout the day in the big tent. Weigh-ins for all brackets begin at 11 a.m. Men's first division costs $20 to compete, second division is $10. Women's divisions cost $10 and kids & teens' divisions are $5.
>> The Omaha Rollergirls, Omaha's premiere all-female roller derby team, will compete in exhibition games Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. “A Night of Roller Derby” is free with gate admission and will showcase the Omaha Rollergirls battling the Big O Roller Bros. and Omaha Junior Rollergirls.
>> The Big O Texas Hold 'Em Poker League will host the Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on Sunday at noon. Lots of prize will be awarded to anyone 21 and older who enters the competition.