Brownsdale events, ice fishing lead way into Paint the Town

Published 10:28 am Friday, February 7, 2014

Two major events this weekend will lead into Austin’s official Paint the Town Pink festival, with the 12th annual Fishing for a Cure contest at East Side Lake and a flurry of events in Brownsdale.

Fishing for a Cure will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; registration is $10 and includes drilled holes, prize drawings and a meal afterward at the Eagles Club. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded for biggest fish. Door prizes and auction items will be given at the Eagles.

Last year, Fishing for a Cure raised nearly $14,000 as part of Paint the Town Pink.

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In Brownsdale — where the community already is decorated in pink — organizers are gearing up for their first PTTP weekend, with events scheduled for Friday through Sunday. Brownsdale hosted its first 5K run/walk in August to support The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research and has been doing pink fundraising for PTTP since October for the same cause.

On Friday, First Farmers and Merchants Bank in Brownsdale will offer coffee and cookies from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A family movie night, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Brownsdale Elementary School, with a free-will donation for admission. Popcorn and drinks will be provided, and families are encouraged to attend the movie in their pajamas as well as bring chairs and blankets.

Also on Friday, Brownsdale’s Rohler Rink will host its own version of “Paint the Rink Pink” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the Brownsdale Roller Derby girls.

On Saturday, a snowmobile run will start at 11 a.m. at Brownsdale’s Frontier Lounge and then travel to Waltham, Hayfield, Dexter and Grand Meadow. Signup is at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Frontier Lounge also will host a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Iblings Family Farm, next to IBI Data, also will offer sled rides from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with hot apple cider and treats.

Brownsdale’s events will conclude Sunday with a painted bowl soup supper at the elementary school from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The PTTP button drawing will be held between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the Mower County Fair Board’s demolition car raffle winner will be drawn at 6 p.m. The winner will drive a pink car in the fairgrounds’ first winter demo derby Sunday, Feb. 16.

For a comprehensive list of 2014 PTTP event details, go to The Hormel Institute website — — and “Click for Pink” at the top of the homepage. Anyone who has ideas or is interested in participating in the 2014 PTTP is encouraged to contact PTTP director Kathi Finley at 507-460-0259 or by email at