Best Bets: Beat the heat with Dairy Days

Published 4:24 am Friday, June 8, 2012

Rachel Heller, 4, works at powering down the lane during a pedal pull competition in Adams during Adams' Dairy Days last year. -- Herald file photo

Get ready for a scorcher this weekend. Though some may be more inclined to turn on the AC and stay inside, some of these events may persuade otherwise.

1.) Face it people, we live in dairy country, and Adams is the center of it. Adams’ annual Dairy Days kicks off this evening and goes through Sunday. And aside from the usual fun like dances and a parade, organizers have created a youth wrestling tournament and more. So moo-ove it to Adams.

2.) There’s no fishing inside, unless you’re playing video games. This weekend-long event aims to get people outside, especially kids. Friday through Sunday is Take a Kid Fishing weekend, when parents who don’t have a fishing license can still take their kids fishing for free. And The Austin Jaycees have a special event lined up for Saturday, too; take a kid fishing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Side Lake. There will be hotdogs, root beer and prizes for aspiring, young anglers. Register by 1 p.m. for prizes. Remember, it’s about the kids.

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3.) Event coordinators aren’t holding the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day inside some shack, either. The event, beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. will be held at Swensrud Park in Northwood, Iowa. Among the potluck picnic, organizers will showcase a traveling exhibit of Vietnam history, as well. Bring lawn chairs.

4.) Now that the youngsters are out of school, they can enjoy their free time. But that doesn’t mean the discovery and learning abruptly stops. Check out the reptile and amphibian discovery zoo at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin Public Library. It’s one of the first free perks of the library’s summer reading program and events. A second showing will be held at 6:30 p.m., as well.

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.