5 things to do this weekend

Published 10:20 am Thursday, February 2, 2017

1. The Big Freeze

The Big Freeze, an annual winter festival, will take place Saturday at Edgewater Bay Pavilion on Fountain Lake.

The festival, in its eighth year, kicked off Monday with a medallion hunt.

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Saturday events include open snowshoeing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free rentals with donation of nonperishable food items.

Also starting at 11 a.m. is the Big Freeze Ice Bowl for disc golfers. This event requires a nonperishable food donation as an entry fee. Registration is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Starting at noon will be snowmobile radar runs, and the Blue Ice Plunge. Fee is $5 for the radar runs and free with nonperishable food item for the polar plunge.

The Shinefest polar tractor ride begins at noon, and the chili cookoff runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. It is $6 for a spoon. There will be cash prizes for first-, second- and third places chili.

Geocaching bingo starts at 1 p.m., along with horse drawn sleigh rides.

The Albert Lea Parks and Recreation Department will have games and crafts available for children from noon to 4 p.m., and the Albert Lea Figure Skating Club will present an Outdoor figure skating Club.

Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the day.

2. Tiger City Farm, Toy and Truck and Collectibles Show

The 27th annual Tiger City Farm, Toy and Truck and Collectibles Show will be on Saturday and Sunday at Northbridge Mall.

Southern Minnesota’s largest toy show, the event will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free.

Scale tractors, antique toys, hot wheels, dolls, comics, Barbies, trains and models will be available.

3. Aebleskiver fundraiser

Trinity Lutheran Church will host an Aebleskiver fundraiser on Sunday at the church, 501 S. Washington Ave., with all proceeds going toward the youth mission trip.

Menu includes Aebleskivers — which are round Danish pancakes — eggs, sausage, homemade muffins, coffee, juice and milk.

The fundraiser will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

4. Archery tournament

The Full-Draw Archery Club will host a 3-D tournament on Saturday and Sunday upstairs in the Knutson building, 131 S. Broadway.

Three-dimensional animals will be placed at unmarked distances, and three will be on a moving rail. Three additional animals will be pop-up targets.

The tournament goes from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

5. Ruby’s Pantry

Ruby’s Pantry will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Assembly of God Church, 1540 S. Shore Drive.

People are asked to bring two baskets, along with $20, for a donation of food. There are no income or residency requirements.