One of our favorite events from last year, the Kansas Relays shot put, is coming back this week!

Join us this Wednesday on our block- 8th St. between Mass and New Hampshire- for a fun time. Officials will set up a throwing area, platform and spectator viewing area during the day. The shot put event will begin at 6 p.m. and it's pretty much right in front of the Sandbar.

Some of the top throwers in the world will participate, and there will be prizes and inflatable games for kids.

We're also pulling out our St. Patrick's Day float and setting it up as a stage for several bands- the Magentlemen for sure, and maybe another one- to play after the event.

Alcohol will be allowed in the street (only on that particular block, not all over downtown) and a bar will be set up outside.

Don't miss this! It's one of the marquee events of the 85th annual Kansas Relays. Come back downtown on Thursday for the long jump event, also on 8th Street on the other side of Mass, and head to Memorial Stadium this weekend for additional track and field events. And the world's largest plate of nachos.

Read about last year's shot put event here.