Roundup is highlight of the weekend in Albert Lea

Published 9:44 am Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekend Planner

The 22nd annual National Red Power Roundup starts today at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. It is open today, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a three-day pass; children 12 and under are free with an adult. Many International Harvester and Farmall tractors will be on display.

At 1 p.m. today and Friday a parade is scheduled throughout the fairgrounds. Saturday’s parade is at 10 a.m. Food vendors, tractor toy collectors and more booths are set up for viewing by the public. Each day at 9 a.m. children’s activities are scheduled.

Special demonstrator tractors can be found throughout the Roundup; look to the Front Page for more information about some of these special demonstrators. A quilt show will be held each day as well as a silent auction for a Farmall-themed quilt.

Bob Clark, father of Kevin Clark, owner of this 1966 Farmall 1206, cleans the tractor Tuesday afternoon. Clark is from Wisconsin and said owning Farmalls runs in the family. -- Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

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Billy Steers will give an interactive storytelling and speed-drawing presentation at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and at 11 a.m. Friday. More activities for all ages are available at the Roundup; look to the Tribune for more coverage of the event on Friday, Sunday and Monday.


• A Cub Scout day camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Edgewater Park. Cost is $5. An overnight camp starts at 5 p.m. with registration going overnight until noon Saturday. Cost is $35 for son/adult pair.

• See a country music and ’50s and ’60s variety music show at 7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Event Center on Marshall Street. Cost is $12.


• The Albert Lea Farmers Market starts at 9 a.m. and goes until noon in the North Broadway Avenue parking lot.

• Tour gardens and raise money to send kids to camp in Clarks Grove. Tour goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets can be bought at Sonshine Gardens in Clarks Grove. Cost is $18 on the day of the event and includes lunch.

• Help raise funds for scholarships at the “Bikes for Barker” event. A breakfast will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $5. There’s an option for bicycling or riding motorcycle, and both rides end in Lanesboro for a lunch, with a suggested donation of $5. Cost for the ride is $10 per bicycling family or $20 per motorcycle. A youth fishing contest will start in the afternoon at City Park in Lanesboro, and raffle tickets are also available.

• Enjoy free butterfly yoga as part of the Sample Saturday Series at Edgewater Park at 10 a.m.

• Head to the Geneva Bar & Grill for a basketball fundraiser. There will be a silent auction, bean bag tournament and Texas hold ’em tournament.

• A Pirate and Princess Pelican Breeze II cruise begins at noon on Albert Lea Lake. Call 507-383-2630 by Friday for reservations. Cost is $15.

• The Danish Brotherhood will hold a “St. Hans Aften” picnic at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Courts on Maple Hill Drive. Bring eating utensils and a dish to pass.

• See a country music and ’50s and ’60s variety music show at 7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Event Center on Marshall Street. Cost is $12.


• The American Legion in Albert Lea will host a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. where proceeds will benefit the church youth group of your choice. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, potatoes, fruit, coffee and juice. Cost is $7, with $1 going to the youth group of your choice.

• A Czech and English Festival worship will be held at 10 a.m. at the Bohemian Brick Hall on County Road 30, three miles north of Myrtle. The Rev. James Krikava, missionary to the Czechs, will preside. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Join a Pelican Breeze II cruise narrated by Al Batt at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Call 507-383-2630 for reservations.