Best Bets: See the new Mayo Clinic Ambulance; Fair fun continues

Published 8:06 am Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mayo Clinic Ambulance is inviting the public to visit their new home in Austin.

A public open house will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mayo Clinic Ambulance’s new location at 1815 Fifth St. NW.

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Paramedics and EMTs will be offering free blood pressure checks. There will also be activities and information from Community Public Safety partners, including an impaired driving simulator. Refreshments will also be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-434-1304.

Fair fun continues

The Mower County Fair will run until Sunday, Aug. 11. Don’t miss out on any of the fun this weekend.


  • BBQ Chicken Contest , 4-H Building, 9 a.m.
  • 4-H Cat & Pet Show, 4-H Garden, 10 a.m.
  • 4-H Performing Arts, Fair Square, noon
  • 4-H Fashion Review, Fair Square, 2 p.m.
  • The Piano Man” Terry Schmidt, Fair Square, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • 4-H Lama Show, Crane Pavilion, 3 p.m.
  • Light 45, Fair Square, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Pit Party, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monster X Tour, Grandstand, 8 p.m.
  • “Funktion Junction,” Purple Ribbon Plaza, 9 p.m.


  • 4-H Auction Buyers Breakfast, 4-H Hall, 8 a.m.
  • 4-H Ribbon Auction, Crane Pavilion, 9 a.m.
  • Austin Big Band, Fair Square, noon and 2 p.m.
  • State Fair General Project Meeting, 4-H Garden, 1 p.m.
  • Morgan Deickman Trio, Fair Square, 4 p.m.
  • State Fair Livestock Meeting, Crane Pavilion, 4 p.m.
  • 4-H Supreme Champion Showmanship Contest, Crane Pavilion, 6 p.m.
  • Ian Hilmer & Drivestation, Fair Square, 7 p.m.
  • Great Frontier Bull Riding, Grandstand, 7 p.m.
  • 4-H Dance, Crane Pavilion, 7:30-11 p.m.
  • “Hillbilly INC.” Purple Ribbon Plaza, 9 p.m.


  • 4-H Dog Agility Class/Dog Obedience and Showmanship Show, Crane Pavilion (North Arena), 9 a.m.
  • Snow River Band, Fair Square, noon and 4 p.m.
  • Bean Bag Tournament, Purple Ribbon Plaza, 1 p.m. (registration noon to 1 p.m.)
  • “The Planet’s Funniest Hypnotist” Freddie Justice, Fair Square, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • 4-H Round Up, 4-H Building, 1:30 p.m.
  • St. Andrews Sisters, Fair Square, 2 p.m.
  • Demo Derby, Grand Stand, 2 p.m.
  • 4-H Livestock Exhibits Released, 4 p.m.
  • 4-H Building Exhibits Released, 6 p.m.
  • 4-H Building Closes, 7 p.m.

Schedule of Events


• Roll Back to the 50s, noon at the Mower County Senior Center. Dig deep in your closet for that favorite outfit from the 50’ and join us at Daddy-O’s Diner. Meal will be hot beef commercials with peas and carrots, and fun desserts. Cost is $9 for members, $10 for non-members. Photo op available. To sign up or for more information, stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 507-433-2370.

• Matchbox Children’s Theatre Cast Visit – “Yankee Doodle: A Musical Review,” 1 p.m. at the Austin Public Library. Meet the cast of Matchbox Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “Yankee Doodle: A Musical Review.”  For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Chateau Speedway – Pack the Stands 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 and Hornet. Special admission $5, free for under 5. For more information, call 507-440-8238.


• 2019 Summer Reading Program – Saturday Morning Fun Time, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin Public Library. Free program for kids of all ages. Check the library monthly calendar for details. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Kids’ Craft – Water Bottle Lightning Bugs, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin Public Library. Free program for kids of all ages. Check the library monthly calendar for details. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Family Art Studio, 1-3 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Drop in as a family and get creative with materials provided. Free program, all ages encouraged to attend and create together. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Funded by the Austin Area Foundation. For more information, go to or call 507-434-0934.

• Sola Fide Observatory, 9-11 p.m. at the Sola Fide Observatory. For more information, call 507-437-7519 or email