Best Bets: Celebrate Armed Forces Day

Published 8:01 am Thursday, May 16, 2019

VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91, both in Austin, will be celebrating Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18.

The VFW will host the 13th annual Armed Forces Day Classic Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the VFW Post 1216 parking lot and surrounding area. Registration will be held from 8-11:30 a.m.; the entry fee is $10 for one car and $5 for each additional car.

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Music from the 50s and 60s will be playing during the show. There will also be food, door prizes, and more.

This is a rain or shine event. For more information, call 507-433-6039.

The American Legion will hold and Armed Forces Day dinner to celebrate current military personnel and veterans beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at American Legion Post 91. Diners can choose between chicken Kiev and rice or beef stroganoff over noodles, with salad, roll, broccoli, dessert, and coffee or water.

Cost is $16 per person or $30 for two. Reservations are required – call Kim at 507-437-1151 to make reservations.

The dinner is sponsored by Spam Post 570. All proceeds raised go towards Spam Post 570 community programs.

Rummage sales to benefit the community

Mower County residents will have two opportunities to get good bargains on items while helping benefit local community members this weekend.

Lyle City Hall will host a Spring Fling rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees can look for bargains as well as buy from local vendors. Hungry patrons can get rolls and lunches for $5, available both as eat-in or to go.

All proceeds will benefit Lyle’s Independence Day Celebration. Anyone interested in renting a spot can call 507-438-9918.

St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin will also host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees can choose from a variety of items household goods, kids clothes, collectibles and exercise equipment.

All proceeds will be used to fund the summer youth mission trip to Nashville.

For more information, call 507-433-8857.

Schedule of Events


• Second Floor Art Gallery Opening – James Wegner, 5-7 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Gallery opening of the Second Floor Art Gallery show featuring the work of local artist James Wegner, who has received awards for his works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and fiber. He has exhibited at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Art Institute, Tweed Gallery in Duluth, Mason City McNider Museum and Rochester Art Center as well as in the Albert Lea Art Center and Naeve Hospital. He also taught in the Austin schools for nearly 30 years. Exhibit goes through June 8. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to or call 507-434-0934.

• Chateau Speedway – Points Night, 7 p.m. at Chateau Speedway in Lansing. First green flag at 7:15 p.m. with USRA A Mod, USRA B Mod, WISSOTA Midwest Mod, WISSOTA Street Stock, Hobby Stock, Hornet and Mini Mod. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for pre-teens, free for under 5. For more information, call 507-440-8238.

• Midwest Myotonic (Fainting) Goat Show, at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Sanctioned show as part of the ongoing effort to promote the myotonic breed. For more information or for registration material, go to


• Open Auditions – “Mamma Mia!” 9 a.m. to noon at Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College. Open casting call for Summerset Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia.” No experience necessary. Roles available for adults. For more information, visit

• Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon at the Mower County Senior Center. Sponsored by the Mower County Horticultural Society. Includes perennials from member’s gardens, clematis, blooming annuals and a “dirt cheap boutique.”

• 2019 Austin Police Department Spring Auction, 10-11:30 a.m. at Packer Arena. Vehicles, bikes, and miscellaneous items. For more information, call 507-437-9400 or go to

• Community Day with CanoeMobile, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mill Pond. Free activity in conjunction with the “We Are Water MN” travelling exhibit at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. For more information, call 507-434-2603.

• Tech Program for Youth – Circuits, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Austin Public Library. Monthly program held in the Programming Room for grades 4 – 12. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Tech Program for Youth – Hour of Code, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Austin Public Library. Monthly program held in the Programming Room for grades 4 – 12. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• King’s Wood Dinner, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home. A special dinner emulating the experience of the King’s Wood Restaurant from the 50s and 60s, with a French-inspired meal featuring King’s Wood’s Prize Center Cut Pork Chop from the original King’s Wood menu. Tickets $35 per person, include social hour, music, and dance. This is a joint fundraiser benefiting the Gerard Academy and the Hormel Historic Home. For more information or for tickets, go to or call 507-433-4243.

• Midwest Myotonic (Fainting) Goat Show, at the Mower County Fairgrounds.