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Best Bets: A country breakfast on the farm; Free airplane rides

Waltham farmer Gene Anderson will host the Mower County Farm Bureau’s annual Mower County Breakfast on the Farm from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

Now in its 13th year, 2019 marks the fifth time Anderson has put on the breakfast with the Mower County Farm Bureau. Prior years were 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2016.

“I’ve milked cows all my life,” Anderson said. “I’ve always been a believer in promoting dairy. The big thing is to educate people from the town and city about where their milk comes from.”

The menu consists of “Chris Cakes” pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.

Other activities include a scavenger hunt, petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, milking “Star” the cow, and many more activities to educate kids and parents.

The cost is $3 per person with family rates of $12. Children aged six and under are free. Breakfast will be served rain or shine.

Over 700 people attended last year’s event, according to Anderson. He hopes to see 700-800 people this year.

“It’s a good learning experience for everybody and gives them a chance to socialize with farmers,” he said. “Various groups and organizations will have displays set up and kids can see machinery and animals they don’t get to see everyday.”

Anderson’s farm is located at 30111 620th Ave. in Waltham.


Logan Hillman begins getting out of a plane after being taken for a short flight by Ken Schambergerlast year during the Young Eagles Flight event, hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association at the Austin Municipal Airport. Herald file photo

Free airplane rides with EAA Chapter 386

Ever wondered what your neighborhood looks like from the sky?

Maybe you’re curious how airplanes work or you might even dream of being a pilot.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 386 be offering free airplane rides for children ages 8-17 from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, at the Austin Municipal Airport, weather permitting.

Parent/legal guardian permission and signature is required. Everyone is welcomed to come out and watch.

For more information call 507-438-8759 or email timhansen@hotmail.com.


Schedule of Events

Friday

• The UNITY Project, noon to 6 p.m. at the Austin Public Library. Be part of this creative response to the divisiveness in our world – add your bit of yarn to this representation of how we all intertwine with each other and create a web of interconnectedness. Project will be open through Saturday, June 15. Sponsored by the Austin Public Library as part of the annual 4th Avenue Fest. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Grey Minnow Vintage and Handmade Revelry, noon to 8 p.m. at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Two days of makers, refurbishers, vintage sellers and food vendors – so awesome it can only be called a Revelry. For more information, go to www.greyminnow.com.

• Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Meet at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center to carpool. Preregistration required at 507-437-7519 or info@hormelnaturecenter.org.

• Salad Bar Party, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Come early if you want to play bingo. Enjoy a full salad bar with all sorts of goodies – lettuce with all the toppings and at least 2 other salads and breads. Small bowl, one trip – $2, salad plate, one trip – $4, or all you can eat for $8 (clean plate every time, soup included with “all you can eat” option). For more information, call 507-433-2370.

• Second Floor Gallery Opening – Michael Veverka, 5-7 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Open House celebrating the opening of the Second Floor Art Gallery show featuring the work of Michael Veverka. Exhibit goes through Aug. 17. Free and open to the public. Refreshments available. For more information, go to www.austinareaarts.org 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, Mini Mod.   Admission $10 for adults, $5 for pre-teens, free for under 5. For more information, call 507-440-8238.

• Austin Greyhounds vs. Dodge County, 7:30 p.m. at Marcusen Park. Go Greyhounds! For more information, go to www.austingreyhoundsbaseball.com.

• Water Festival Week: Clean Water – We All Live Downstream, at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Celebrate the importance of clean water with free, family-friendly water fun throughout the week. Programs, activities, and field trips TBA. For more information, go to www.hormelnaturecenter.org or call 507-437-7519.

Saturday

• The UNITY Project, 9 a.m. to noon at the Austin Public Library. Be part of this creative response to the divisiveness in our world – add your bit of yarn to this representation of how we all intertwine with each other and create a web of interconnectedness. Project will be open through Saturday, June 15. Sponsored by the Austin Public Library as part of the annual 4th Avenue Fest. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Grey Minnow Vintage and Handmade Revelry, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Two days of makers, refurbishers, vintage sellers and food vendors – so awesome it can only be called a Revelry. For more information, go to www.greyminnow.com.

• Youth Tech Programs – Circuits and Hour of Code, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin Public Library. For youth in grades 4 to 12. Free monthly program that meets in the Programming Room. For more information, call 5070-433-2391.

• Austin VFW Post 1216 vs. Stars, 11 a.m. at Marcusen Park.

• Water Festival Week: Clean Water – We All Live Downstream, at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Celebrate the importance of clean water with free, family-friendly water fun throughout the week. Programs, activities, and field trips TBA. For more information, go to www.hormelnaturecenter.org or call 507-437-7519.

• Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball Twister Tournament, at North Todd Complex. For more information, call 507-433-1881.

Sunday

• Mower County Trailblazers Horse Show, 8 a.m. at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Enjoy a day of equine beauty, strength, and grace, rain or shine. Free admission to the public. Food truck on site. For more information, call 507-433-4066, 507-440-8300, or 507-438-0167.

• Austin Greyhounds vs. Winona, 2 p.m. at Marcusen Park. Go Greyhounds! For more information, go to www.austingreyhoundsbaseball.com.

• Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball Twister Tournament, at North Todd Complex. For more information, call 507-433-1881.