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Best Bets: Area readies for the Fourth of July

Published 10:40am Friday, June 28, 2013

Cars, brats and American flags — it’s all pretty obvious what’s quickly approaching. The culmination of summertime fun is upon us.

1. Love America in Lyle

The County’s oldest Fourth of July get-together will continue in Lyle this weekend. Check out Lyle Independence Days from Friday through Sunday. The event features food and drink specials at Lyle Liquor, beanbags, music, trucks, tractors and more. A staple, classic cars, will line the streets on Saturday, and it all ends Sunday with Little Miss Lyle, a talent show and fireworks. Admission to all events is free.

2. Meander over to Meadowfest

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. But it’s also all fun and games during Meadowfest in Grand Meadow. The big-time, small-town event Friday through Sunday features kids’ game, mud bogs, another car show and music every night. Hey, you guys want to see some base ball? The Grand Meadow Nine will take on the Rochester Roosters again this year in an 1860s, no gloves base ball game (yes, it used to be two words). The Union soldiers will also make an appearance on Sunday. They’re getting up there in age, I’m sure.

3. We have a winner

Who’s had enough of cars? Likely not those with deep pockets, as Gregg “Bud” Johnson’s legacy is up for bid. More than 50 classic cars, some worth more than $50,000, are all up for auction starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW. Going once, going twice…

4. Block party

Didn’t win a car? Didn’t have enough money? You can still celebrate — at the block party at Marcusen Park 6:15 p.m. Saturday. This one’s only $5.

Other events

This weekend is only the beginning, people. Check out all the events at Austin’s Freedom Fest and Blooming Prairie’s Fourth of July celebration next week.

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 homepage.

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