5 things to do this weekend

Published 10:20 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1. 10th Annual April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon

The April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon will host its 10th and final race this year on Saturday.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. near Country Inn & Suites, 2214 E. Main St. in Albert Lea, and finishes in Hayward.

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The 13.1-mile race is in memory of April Sorensen, an Albert Lea High School graduate who was found dead in her Rochester home on April 17, 2007, in an apparent homicide. Sorensen was 27 at the time of her death. The case is still unsolved.

April Sorensen’s father, Jon Larson, holds fond memories of going to Boston with his daughters so they could watch him run the Boston Marathon in 2005.

For those who have not registered yet but hope to participate, same-day registration will be allowed. The cost is $60 per individual and $120 per team.

Larson encouraged those who enjoy the same things as Sorensen to come out and run the race.

“It gets everyone together,” he said. “It celebrates April.”

The event is open to all men and women who have trained for the 13.1-mile foot race. The race course will close at 11 a.m. Bikes, rollerblades, pets and strollers will not be allowed in the race.

For more information on the run, visit www.livelaughloverun.com.

2. Hayward Days

The annual Hayward Days celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday in Hayward. This year’s event will feature a car, bike and tractor show sponsored by Beck Auto and Transport. Nick’s Meats of Hayward, which will provide meat for grilling, will be a featured business at the event.

Mayor Mike Hansen said last month there should be a better turnout at the events this year because it does not compete with other events like it has in years past. There will not be a mud bog at the event this year.

Hayward Days schedule


All day: Rummage sales throughout town

All day: Softball tournament in City Park

7:30 a.m.: April Sorensen Half Marathon

8 to 11 a.m.: Bake sale with quilt and other raffle items, refreshments served at Hayward Lutheran Church

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Hayward Booster Club Car, Bike and Tractor Show, food and music provided


All day: Softball tournament in City Park

10 a.m.: Outside church services at Hayward Lutheran Church

3. 4-Person Best Shot

Wedgewood Cove Golf Club is hosting a four-person best shot golf tournament from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The format for the event is four people per team playing the best ball. Flights will be determined after play is completed.

The cost of the event is $55 per player for the public, which includes a golf cart and range balls.

There is only a $30 entry fee for season pass holders. There will also be an optional skins game for $20 per team.

Call the golf shop to sign up for the event at 507-373-2007 ext. 1.

4. Pork chop dinner

The Conger Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual pork chop dinner Friday at Conger Fire Hall.

The dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.

Pork chops, potato salad, coleslaw, beans and dinner rolls will make up the meal. The pork chops will be grilled by Conger Inn Victory Catering and served by the fire department.

The cost of the meal is $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under.

The fire hall is at 51 School St. in Conger.

5. Albert Lea Farmers Market

The Albert Lea Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday along Bridge Avenue in the parking lot of Herberger’s at Northbridge Mall.

The market will run Wednesdays and Saturdays until the end of October.

Peas, cabbage, beets and carrots will be likely products to find at the market this Saturday.

Visitors of the farmers market can expect more products available in the coming weeks, such as broccoli, potatoes, craft items, plants and farm-fresh eggs, canned products from jellies and jams to salsa and pickles, as well as maple syrup.

About Evelyn Seffinga

Evelyn Seffinga covers education and arts and culture for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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