Weekend Planner: Cochran, band fest, Freeborn Days on tap

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 13, 2002

There’s no shortage of events in Albert Lea and Freeborn County this weekend, with the annual Festival of Bands, Eddie Cochran Weekend, the Minnesota Festival Theatre production of &uot;The Sunshine Boys&uot; and Freeborn Days activities planned.

Following is a roundup of area events for the weekend.

Friday, June 14

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– Youth for Christ will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rock, 116 W. Clark St.

– The historical museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is $2.

– Cruise-in social at Country Inn and Suites on East Main, Albert Lea from 6-9 p.m. There will be a catered meal by Hy-Vee, with a cost of $3. KATE radio will be playing oldies music and three trophies sponsored by KATE will be awarded to vehicles present.

– The Pelican Breeze will hold a Friday night pizza cruise at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 507-383-2630.

– The Minnesota Festival Theatre production of &uot;The Sunshine Boys&uot; will be presented at the Albert Lea Civic Theatre at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 377-4371.

Saturday, June 15

– Crossroads Community Hospice will hold its 2002 Walk/Run beginning at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. Registration and welcome are from 7-7:30 a.m. with the walk/ run from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

– The annual Freeborn Days celebration begins with a free pancake breakfast at the Freeborn Legion, serving from 7-10 a.m., sponsored by the Freeborn Business Boosters. Rummage sales will be held throughout the city from 8 a.m. to noon. A four-man best-shot tournament will be held at Oakview Golf Course in Freeborn at 11 a.m. A kid’s carnival will get started with a coin hunt in the park at 1:30 p.m. Following the hunt will be various games and activities including: cupcake walk, mini-golf, money booth, moon walk, face painting, duck pond, bingo, and weather permitting, kids water games and tournaments with the firemen. A $5 wristband may be purchased to enjoy all the activities from 1:30-4 p.m. There will also be an antique tractor show and tractor rodeo at 2 p.m. The Freeborn Fire and Ambulance Departments will sponsor a grilled pork chop supper at the fire hall, serving from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment will be by Dunnell Lenort and Al Batt. DJ, &uot;Uptown Sound,&uot; will hold a teen dance at the Freeborn gym with entertainment and music 8:30-11 p.m. A street dance will be held, sponsored by the PowerHouse, with music by &uot;The Flashers.&uot;

– The Albert Lea Farmers’ Market will be held in the parking lot at the corner of Broadway

– A pancake breakfast served up by Chris Cakes will be at the fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to noon. The price is $4 for adults and $3.50 for kids 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds are going to support the Eddie Cochran Scholarship Fund.

– A city-wide rummage sale begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. Shoppers can pick up maps listing all registered sales at the Historical Museum or the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday, June 14.

– Youth of Salem Lutheran Church will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hy-Vee parking lot. Free will donations accepted, proceeds will go towards sponsoring youths attending bible camp.

– A two-day craft sale begins in Floral Hall at the fairgrounds and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– Children ages 5 through 10 are invited to a free Kid’s Sawdust Money Pit, from 1-2 p.m. at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. Participants dig into the pit of sawdust and get to keep all the money they can find in the time allowed.

– The Freeborn County Historical Museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $2. Root beer floats and popcorn will be for sale.

– The Minnesota Festival Theatre production of &uot;The Sunshine Boys&uot; will be presented at the Albert Lea Civic Theatre at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 377-4371.

– The Blind Man’s Obstacle Course for adults will be held from 2-3 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Using a golf cart, a team must maneuver a course with the driver blindfolded and receiving instructions from the passenger. The competition is free, but people must participate in teams of two. Drivers must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.

– A benefit in memory of Rodney Leegaard will be held at the Emmons Legion from 3-7 p.m. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and door prizes in addition to the meal of sloppy joes, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans. All proceeds and donations benefit the Rodney D. Leegaard Memorial Fund.

– The Low Bucks Car Cruise will set out from the fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m., with cruise check-in, line up and a social starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m.

– The Pelican Breeze is hosting a ’50s “cruise” starting at 6 p.m., including karaoke. The cruise costs $10, and people need to call 383-2630 for reservations by noon on Saturday.

– The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Two Albert Lea youths, Stuart Ness and Carl Samuelson, are part of the choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

– The Minnesota Festival Theatre production of &uot;The Sunshine Boys&uot; will be presented at the Albert Lea Civic Theatre at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 377-4371.

– Security State Bank of Minnesota is sponsoring a dance featuring “LD Cruiser and the Tones” from 8 p.m. until midnight at the fairgrounds. Admission is $3 for singles, $5 for couples. Food, commemorative T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase.

Sunday, June 16

– An ecumenical worship service will be held at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Freeborn County Historical Museum. The museum itself will be open from 1 to 5 p.m., $2 admission, and they will be offering root beer floats and popcorn for sale.

– The 16th Annual Low Bucks Car Show will be all day at the fairgrounds, with prizes awarded at 4 p.m. Admission for the public will cost $2. Live music will be provided by LD Cruiser and the Tones and Friends.

– The Full House Band of Glenville will present its weekly free program of live music in the park beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Edgewater Park bandshell. The band plays waltzes and polkas and features Kevin Walton, Terri Jo Walton, Renae Herr and Jim Berg. The program is sponsored by the Albert Lea Federation of Musicians Local 567 and the city of Albert Lea.

– The Albert Lea Festival of Bands begins in downtown Albert Lea at 2 p.m.

– The Pelican Breeze will hold a public cruise at 2 p.m.