A super Saturday in Austin

Published 10:49 am Friday, June 17, 2011

It certainly won’t be boring in Austin Saturday.

There’s plenty of activities to do June 18. Austin residents can enjoy the Downtown Rummage Sale and Flea Market, which will take up Main Street N. from Second Avenue to Fourth Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It is awesome,” said Josh Diaz, owner of Piggy Blues. Although Diaz may be a little biased (he’s in charge of the rummage sale this year), there’s plenty of businesses and residents who offer odds, ends and great deals for a quick look and a dollar or two. From artisans and craftsworkers to people who are cleaning out their garage, there’s plenty to find. Since the event is put on by the Downtown Business Association, each business will have their own specials and free giveaways, like the free snow cones and cotton candy at Piggy Blues and the chair massages at Healing Palms. Flaherty Paints, Higgins Books and Hastings Shoes will also be participating, but the street won’t be blocked off near those businesses.

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People who want to set up a sale table still have time: contact Josh Diaz at Piggy Blues and have $5 on hand for registration fees.

Perky puppies will be barking for joy over by Jerry’s Other Place, as the Dog Days by the River fundraiser will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their pets and come by for some special events, including a police dog demonstration. All proceeds will benefit the Mower County Humane Society.

There’s going to be plenty of attractions ready at the Austin Family Fun Day, where the Mower County Historical Society, Paramount Theatre, Hormel Historic Home and Hormel Institute will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free. The SPAM Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free SPAM samples as well.

Residents looking for a little fresh air can swing by the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Summer Solstice Ecoblitz, a free event although pre-registration is required for some activities.

Finally, local seniors can wind the day down at the Mower County Senior Center with the first annual Senior Prom, from 4:30 p.m. to whenever the music stops. It’s the first time a Senior Prom has been attempted, and there’s going to be plenty of memories with “A Moment in Time,” the evening’s theme. Residents are encouraged to bring their prom photos.

“It’s a really good thing,” Diaz said.

Most events are rain or shine, although National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for overcast skies and scattered thunderstorms Saturday.

Events for Saturday

— Downtown Rummage Sale and Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Dog Days by the River at Jerry’s Other Place: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— Austin Family Fun Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s Summer Solstice Ecoblitz: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Mower County Senior Center’s Senior Prom: 4:30 p.m. to whenever.