Hayward Days has mug bog, dancing and more

Published 9:43 am Friday, July 12, 2013

HAYWARD — This small community east of Albert Lea has lots going on for its town festival Hayward Days.

According to Nick Semple, president of the Hayward Booster Club, there are still activities such as the citywide rummage sales and happenings at the church that are planned today and Sunday, but for the most part, the town festivities will take place on Saturday.

Semple said the unofficial re-opening of Julio’s Bar brought more people out to the festivities last year because they were curious about the bar. This year, there will be a street dance on Saturday at Julio’s Bar from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. that features the H.O.G. band. Live music also starts at 4 p.m. outside Julio’s, and food stands will start serving at 5 p.m.

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The two big events going on are the car show and the April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon.

The car show will be on Front Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m with registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last year about 50 cars were brought to the event. Trophies, plaques and prizes will be given away to car owners and more than 100 door prizes will be given away to attendees.

The half marathon will begin at Green Mill in Albert Lea at 7:30 a.m. and end in Hayward on Main Street near Hayward Lutheran Church.

A bake sale and brunch will be held at the church from 8 to 11 a.m. Root beer floats will be served at the 4-H tent.

Other events planned for Hayward Days include a mud bog on the south side of town from 3 to 7 p.m. and a softball tournament at the softball fields. The softball tournament starts on Saturday, and will finish on Sunday.

Also on Sunday will be a coffee hour at Hayward Lutheran Church at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is invited to that event, and an outdoor community worship service will follow at 10 a.m. in the church’s west lawn. Participants are asked to bring their own chairs.