Austin CVB rolls into the weekend with a full slate

Published 4:12 pm Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau is rolling to an early start to a busy weekend.

Classic car groups were scheduled to visit the Spam Museum, 1101 N. Main St, Thursday and Friday.

“It’s very unique, and we’re very excited to have the honor to bring them into town,” CVB Executive Director Nancy Schnable said.

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The Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM) tour then comes to town on Saturday. The public is invited to stop out to all events to check out the vehicles and the bike riders.

First, about 30 classic ambulances and hearses with the Professional Car Society were scheduled to be at Spam Museum Thursday morning before going to the Mower County Historical Society for a lunch catered by Steve’s Pizza.

Then on Friday, a Willys-Overland Jeepsters group will stop at the Spam Museum at 10 a.m. before eating lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home.

The busy weekend caps off with the BAM tour in LeRoy and Austin on Friday and Saturday. About 275 bicyclists will pedal into LeRoy on Friday and Austin on Saturday for the annual ride.

Many will stay overnight at the Mower County Fairgrounds, while others will stay at local hotels.

The riders should arrive in Austin between 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, and they’ll be able to tour Austin attractions. Reminisce will perform at the fairgrounds from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., dinner will be at 5:30 a.m., and Addition II will perform at 7 p.m.

There will also be lawn games and other activities Saturday night. The riders will eat breakfast and have a nondenominational blessing before leaving town on Sunday.

Schnable called the trio of events a great way to showoff Austin.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to showcase Austin with so many people rolling in,” she said.