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1. Can't make it to Munich for Oktoberfest? Then oom-pah at Six Flags Darien Lake from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 29 and 30.

There will be Irish high-steppers, German bands and polka dancing to work off all that bratwurst, schnitzel and strudel. Beer sliding and grape stomping, to boot.

Along with Oktoberfest activities, available rides and attractions include Superman Ride of Steel, Looney Tunes Seaport and the Batman Thrill Spectacular stunt show.

Tickets are $12.99 at the park or $10.99 at Tops Markets.

2. Is air hockey played by air heads?

Miniature golf by wee folk?

Not at the Buffalo Sabres carnival from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at HSBC Arena.

Current and former Sabres will participate in carnival games, as well as question-and-answer sessions, with fans of all ages.

In addition, those in attendance can bid in a silent auction, purchase surprise boxes and buy raffle tickets for autographed jerseys.

Tickets are $10 at the HSBC Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets, at www.sabres.com and can be charged by phone at 1-888-223-6000.

3. It was the best-attended day of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, "Buffalo Day," when the world came calling on our city.

This weekend, the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society revisits the celebration with "Bflo. Days!" from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day event will feature a tug-of-war between the Buffalo fire and police departments, walking tours of the grounds, and mammals and raptors from Hawk Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

And don't forget the ongoing exhibit, "Spirit of the City: Imagining the Pan-American Exposition," featuring original film footage of the exposition shot by Thomas Edison's company.

4. In tortoises we trust.

Long live the anaconda!

The Western New York Herpetological Society is at it again, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Creative Arts Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

Discover a world that slithers and crawls, and if the mood is right, check out the Hookbill show as well. What is the Hookbill show?

Find out.

Admission is $3 for each show, or visit both shows for a discounted admission of $5.

5. Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts

A new Doug Flutie fan club?

We wish.

The organization for those interested in making and collecting miniatures and dollhouses is sponsoring its annual show and sale.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Admission: $4, adults; $2, children under age 12.

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