Best Bets: Run with the cops, or through the pumpkin patchPublished 8:47am Friday, September 20, 2013
Stretch those hamstrings, then sit back and enjoy the presentations this weekend and next week. There’s still opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and tackle another 5K, stroll through the farmyard or enjoy another history lesson in Austin.
1. Running … with the law
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m., Todd Park, 2400 11th St. NE, Austin.
Want to see if you can outrun the cops? OK, I’m mostly kidding, but the Austin Police Officers Association 5K Run/Walk begins 9 a.m. at Todd Park in Austin. The event pits Austin’s public and Austin High School cross country runners against Austin’s best. Register at the Austin Police Department. The fee is $25 and helps the cross country team.
2. Cuddly cattle
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m., Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW, Austin.
The cutest cattle on earth are headed back to Austin this weekend. The North Central Scottish Highland Cattle Regional Show will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the fairgrounds. These woolly cattle will be sure to wow. The event is open for more exhibitors and the public. Call Mark Schulz at 507-582-1073 for more information.
3. Pumpkin pickin’ prime
Saturday, Sept. 21, through the end of October, 90537 273rd St. Austin, west of Highway 251 and 270th St.
Twenty-five years of pumpkin picking is upon us. Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch kicks off its 25th anniversary season this Saturday at noon. Visit John and Jan and their chocolate lab, Inga, while you mill about the pumpkins, gardens, raspberries, old barn and straw-filled silos. Stop by any day from noon to 6 p.m.; otherwise, group tours are available by reservation.
4. ‘Jamaican’ a difference at Church of Christ
Sunday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., Austin Church of Christ, 103 Second St. SW.
Get a flavor for Jamaica during “Taste of Jamaica” at Austin Church of Christ. After a 6 p.m., listen to Drs. Carriel and Donna Graham of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and how mission trips are making a difference there.
5. Better pack a lunch…
Thursday, Sept. 26, noon to 1 p.m., Lunchbox History Series at the Mower County Historical Society, 1303 Sixth Ave. SW.
The final installment of the 2013 Lunchbox History Series will be held at the Mower County Historical Society next Thursday. Pack a lunch, and find out how World War II affected operations at Hormel and shaped the company’s future.
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.