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Best Bets: There is something for everyone

Published 10:28am Thursday, July 17, 2014

This weekend is brimming with things to do. With the Water Festival, learning to cook Paris favorites, and a triathlon, there is sure to be something for everybody.

1. Austin Water Festival

All day, Thursday through Saturday at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

This new event highlights the importance of water to the Austin community and reinforces the connectedness with water and the environment. Activities will include canoeing, pond scooping, water testing quality, water survival, water geo-caching, kayaking, fishing, crayfish hunting, dunk tank, river clean-up, sewage treatment tours, the opportunity to earn prizes and more. For more information, call 507-437-7519 or email

2. LeRoy Summerfest

All day, Friday through Sunday in LeRoy

There will be games, sporting events, entertainment, food and vendors, along with events for all ages and interests.

3. Madeline Goes to Paris Cooking Seminar

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, at the Blue Belle Inn B&B and Tea House, St. Ansgar, Iowa

Madeline Goes to Paris Cooking Seminar; take a trip to France as we utilize fresh produce, garden fresh herbs and edible flowers to make bouquet garni, herbes de Provence, French favorites like brandy braised beef, herbes de provence chicken with roquefort cream sauce, garlic sage roast pork, country pate, tomato zucchini provencal, and parisienne tomatoes, and decorate delicate sweets like creamy pear pastries and gateau au chocolat. The cost is $40.

4. Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat Film

7 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center Ruby Rupner Auditorium

A special program as part of Water Festival. Kenny Salwey presents his film Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat. There is no cost. For more information, call 507-437-7519 or go to

5. Spamtown Triathlon

7 to 9 a.m., Saturday at the YMCA of Austin

The YMCA is excited to host its second ever sprint triathlon. The swim portion of the triathlon will take place in the Y pool while the bike and run portions will take place outside. Participants may complete as individuals or as two or three person teams. This event will be chip timed. Register online at or at the Y Front Desk. Registration will be open on race day from 5 to 6:30 a.m. This year’s event will include prizes for the top three individuals for men and women. First place is $125, second place is $75 and third place is $50. You do not need to be a Y member to participate.

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