Best Bets: A seriously stacked SaturdayPublished 10:20am Friday, June 21, 2013
Mower County is set for a Saturday to remember. Hardly anybody would be able to attend all of these events, so choose wisely.
1. Breakfast in the country
Get up bright and early this weekend, and try a little country breakfast. The annual Breakfast on the Farm, sponsored by the Mower County Farm Bureau, will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Adams. Jim and Connie Sathre opted to host this year’s event at their crop and hog farm, 17513 680th Ave., Adams. The morning will be jam-packed with tractors, technology, animals, education … and food. Tickets are $3 per person, $12 for families and free for children 6 and younger.
2. Blitzing through nature
Haven’t had enough outdoor activity yet? Sign up for the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s Summer Solstice Ecoblitz, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. Listen to naturalists, storytellers; scoop the pond, and check out the trails. Preregistration is required, but all events are free. The nature center is located at 1304 21st St. NE.
3. Spruced-up Saturday
It’s also the time of year to spruce up Austin again. Or check out the hard work others have already done from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tour five beautiful gardens. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the tour, available at Berg’s Nursery, Dolan’s Landscape, The Hardy Geranium and Super Fresh.
4. Mixed signals
Calling all Ham radio operators: The Amateur Radio Club’s annual Field Day begins at noon this Saturday. The 24-hour event is held at the Mower County Historical Society, 1303 Sixth Ave. SW. Do you copy? There will also be a public demonstration of emergency communication.
5 . Country showdown
Return from the farm, and prepare for a showdown. The Texaco Country Showdown will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE. Tickets are $12 and offer a chance to see some of the best talent around vying for a chance to move onto the next round. Those who qualify for the national competition will have a shot at $100,000.
Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and the AustinDailyHerald.com homepage.