Outdoor fun and inspirational concerts are this weekend’s best bets

Published 7:40 am Thursday, July 20, 2017

The National Wild Turkey Federation will host the 12th annual JAKES/PF Day at the Cedar Valley Conservation Club from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“The purpose is to get kids outdoors and get them interested in outdoor events,” said Doug Bergemann, treasurer of the Mower County Cedar River Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship)/PF Day is a day of shooting events, including archery, trap shooting, .22 rifles, BB and pellet guns. Bergemann said this year’s program is a joint effort with the Mower County Pheasants Forever chapter and that instructors will be there to provide hands-on training.

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“It’s a great way to get kids outside,” Bergemann said. “Most kids don’t have access to the equipment or area to do the shooting events.”

The JAKES/PF Day is for kids ages 5 to 17. The event is free and includes lunch, but officials encourage youth to purchase a $10 JAKES membership to help support the program. There will be door prizes for the participants with a special door prize for those that purchase a membership. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children.

For more information, call Doug Bergemann at 507-420-8328 or Linden Anderson at 507-993-3109.


The third annual WorshipFest will be held at Bandshell Community Park at noon on Saturday. This year’s concert features six local Christian bands and artists and will run into the evening hours.

“People of all ages have come previous years and enjoyed it,” said WorshipFest organizer Jacob Bentley.

This years schedule will be:

•Angie Kelly, Noon

•Bentley & Company, 1 p.m.

•Faith Music, 2:10 p.m.

•License to Live, 3:30 p.m.

•Mark Nesse, 4:50 p.m.

•Breakthrough, 6:20 p.m.

•Light45, 8 p.m.

All bands and artists are from the southeast Minnesota area, with Angie Kelly, Bentley & Company and Faith Music coming from Austin. Although he now lives in the Twin Cities, Mark Nesse is an Austin native.

Concessions will include Dominos Pizza, cold beverages and snacks. All proceeds from concession sales will go toward supporting the performers.

The concert is free of charge.

“It’s a family friendly event where you can meet some local musicians,” Bentley said.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/250380368779488/.

Weekend at a glance


•Shaping History for Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hormel Historic Home. Specially designed tour of the historic home with crafts and snacks. Activities designed for kids ages 2-10. Cost is $2 per child. Tours and activities will run concurrently so guests may come at anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m.

•Monarch Magic (Session One), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Come learn about the amazing life of the Monarch butterfly and search for Monarch eggs and caterpillars around the Nature Center. Space is limited to 10 children. For ages seven to nine years old. Cost is $8 ($3 for Friends Members).

•Minnesota State Swim Championship, at the Austin Municipal Pool. For more information, call 507-433-1881.


•JAKES/PF Day, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cedar Valley Conservation Club, Highway 218 North of Austin. For more information, see above or call Linden Anderson at 507-993-3109 or Doug Bergemann at 507-420-8328.

•Fifth Annual Austin American Legion Bike and Classic Car Show, noon to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 91. Bike and classic car show sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 91. Open to the public. Food, dunk tank, music by Dee Randall and more. For more information, call Tom at 507-438-9358, Kirk at 507-319-2762 or Roe at 507-438-5804.

•WorshipFest, noon at Bandshell Community Park. For more information, see above or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/250380368779488/.

•Mower County Relay for Life, 2 p.m. at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Annual relay walk with funds raised going to cancer research. Includes silent auction, kids’ activities and entertainment, along with a luminary ceremony at dusk. 2017 Honorary Chairman is Skip Mayhew.

•Minnesota State Swim Championship, at the Austin Municipal Pool. For more information, call 507-433-1881.


•First District Minnesota American Legion Picnic, noon to 3 p.m. at Todd Park. All members of Minnesota American Legion posts in First District are invited to this free potluck picnic. The Legion will provide and cook the meat; you bring a side dish to share, your choice of drinks, plates, and utensils. For more information, call 507-319-2762.

•Family Nature Photography with John Duren, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Come learn the basics of nature photography. Gain new skills about cameras and the techniques for an awesome picture. Cameras will be provided (bring a disc or flash drive to take your photos home) or bring your own. Space is limited to six families. Cost is $10 per family ($5 for Friends Members).

•Minnesota State Swim Championship, at Austin Municipal Pool. For more information, call 507-433-1881.