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Hayward Days returns

Published 10:19am Thursday, July 10, 2014

HAYWARD — After shrinking to one day of events last year, Hayward Days is back to a two-day celebration Saturday and Sunday.

The first day starts with the April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon in front of the Green Mill restaurant in Albert Lea at 7 a.m. and ends on Main Street in Hayward. The course will close at 11 a.m. The event is for runners only. Bicycles, rollerblades, pets and strollers are not allowed, but audio listening devices have been approved this year. Go to for more information.

Sorensen was murdered in her home in Rochester on April 17, 2007. Her killer has never been found. She was 27 years old. The event attracts competitors from Iowa, Minnesota and other states.

Registration for a car and bike show will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voting will close at 3 p.m. and awards will be presented an hour later. Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 registered cars.

Julio’s Bar & Grill will also get in on the action at 11 a.m. with a beer garden.

A citywide rummage sale will last all day.

Afternoon events will start at 1 p.m. with mud bog races across from Hayward Cemetery.

A street dance sponsored by Julio’s Bar will begin at 8 p.m. The band “Drama Queen” will perform.

Hayward Lutheran Church will host events on both days. It will have a bake sale with two quilt raffles at 8 a.m. Saturday, and an outside service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday will be the second day of the softball tournament and the rain date for the car and bike show.




All day: Rummage sales in town, Softball tournament and 4H face painting

7:30-11 a.m.: April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon

8-11 a.m.: Bake sale with raffles at Hayward Lutheran Church

11 a.m.-3 p.m. car and bike show

11 a.m.: Beer garden starts at Julio’s bar and Grill

1-5 p.m.: Mud bog races

8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Street dance featuring and “Drama Queen.”



9:30 a.m.: Outdoor church service at Hayward Lutheran Church

— Rain date for car and bike show

— Softball tournament continues