Barbecue and the Rice Harvest Festival: 4 things to do this weekend around Katy, Oct. 13-15

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This weekend’s warm weather is welcome news for several outdoor events around Katy this weekend. See what food and family-friendly activities are happening Friday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 15:

Friday-Sunday

Pumpkin Patch at First Christian Church
The church hosts a pumpkin patch with family activities, including a pumpkin carving contest, throughout the month of October. Pumpkins are available for purchase starting at $1. The event features lunch, photo opportunities and games. Free. noon-7:30 p.m. (daily). 22101 Morton Ranch Road, Katy. 281-492-2693. www.fcckaty.com

Saturday

Bootcamp & BBQ
Life TIme Fitness at Cinco Ranch gives fitness fiends a chance to get in an hour-long cardio and strength workout then switch gears for some barbecue afterward. Preregister through www.register.chronotrack.com or at the gym’s front desk. 10-11 a.m. (workout), 11 a.m.-noon (food). $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers).  23211 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-644-5300.  www.lifetime.life/life-time-locations/tx-katy-cinco-ranch.html

Saturday-Sunday

37th annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival
The event occurs between First and Fourth streets and Avenues A and D in Katy. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Saturday), noon-6 p.m. (Sunday). $10, free (ages 9 and younger, ages 62 and older, and first responders with ID). 281-391-5289. www.riceharvestfestival.org

Sunday

Willowfork Fire Department open house
The department has open houses at both of its fire stations featuring tours and a junior firefighter obstacle course. 1-4 p.m. Free. Station 1, 24655 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. Station 2, 26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-395-0011. www.willowforkfire.com

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R. Hans Miller joined the Community Impact team in June 2017. He is a recent graduate of Texas State University's College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a U.S. Army veteran, husband and father. He is originally from Montana. He has written for VoiceBox Media and the San Marcos Daily Record, among others. He covers city government, emergency services, local business development and other topics for the Katy area.

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