Austin businesses fire up grill for annual cookout

Published 7:07 am Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Austin Chamber of Commerce is firing up the grill for the 24th annual Ag Appreciation Summer Cookout, set for Tuesday, July 20 at the Mower County fairgrounds.

The event, hosted by the Chamber’s Agri-business Committee, is held each year to emphasize the importance of those involved in the area’s agricultural sector.

With an expected 1,000 guests, the Chamber is planning on serving each person a grilled Windsor chop, along with coleslaw, beans and ice cream.

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“It’s kind of a picnic atmosphere,” said Sandy Forstner, executive director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds from the event will benefit committee activities, such as the Mower County 4-H Ribbon Auction, Mower County Dairy Princess and Pork Ambassadors, and the annual “Day on the Farm” student event.

In addition to raising funds for area activities, the event offers an opportunity for locals to get together and socialize, according to Forstner.

“It’s a social event,” he said. “It’s a good way to hang out with your friends and neighbors and catch up a little bit — talk about how the corn’s doing.”

The cookout is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the Plager Building on the Mower County fairgrounds.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $9 at the Chamber on North Main Street. Tickets will also be available for $10 at the door of the cookout.