Town and Country Days begins June 13

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 6/2/98.

Paynesvilleís annual Town and Country Days are fast approaching. The theme for this yearís festivities, June 13 to 17 is ďTreasure Island.Ē

On Saturday, June 13, the 10K and two-mile walk/run will start at 9 a.m. with runners starting at the Regional Park on the south side of Lake Koronis and finishing up at Veteranís Memorial Park on the north side. Rollerbladers are also encouraged to participate.

Anyone interested can contact Jay Thompson, 320-243-3887. Registration fees (including t-shirts) are $10 in advance, $14 race day and $25 per family.

Sunday, June 14, will feature the annual Peepers Family Picnic and antique car/tractor show. The events are tentatively schedules to take place at the Gazebo Park and elementary school playground. The cost of the picnic which starts at noon is an item for the Paynesville Area FoodShelf.

On Monday, June 15, the annual queen pageant to select Miss Paynesville 1998-99 will be held at 7 p.m. (note time change) at the Paynesville Area Elementary School. Watch next weekís Paynesville Press for the contestants.

Tuesday morning, June 16, at 10 a.m., the annual Pet Show will be held on the Good Samaritan Care Center lawn. The Merriam Midway will open at noon in downtown Paynesville on James Street and runs through Wednesday night. At 2:30 p.m., the annual Kiddie Parade will line up at the Good Samaritan Care Center. The parade will get underway and head down Washburne Avenue and turn on Mill Street and end in front of the elementary school.

On Tuesday night, June 16, will feature games for all ages on James Street. Besides the games, Little Miss Dairy Queen and Dennis the Menace Look-a-Like pageant will be held at 7 p.m. A new item this year is a ďKiss The PigĒ contest as a fund raiser for the Paynesville Area Transit system. Watch next weekís Paynesville Press for the contestants and exact times.

The grand parade will be held Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. with 10 bands scheduled. Bands coming include Willmar, Bertha-Hewitt, Paynesville, Sartell Junior High, Albany, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg, Becker Marching Band, Foley, Milaca, and Princeton

The parade route will start at the Industrial Park and head south on Washburne Avenue, turn west at Mill Avenue by the elementary school and then turn south on Maple Street and end at the St. Louis Catholic Church. (Note the parade route has been changed due to street construction).

A four-team baseball tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 18 to 20 with Roscoe, St. Martin, Paynesville and Regal competing against each other. On Thursday at 8 p.m., the Paynesville Pirates will face the Roscoe Rangers. On Friday at 8 p.m., St. Martin Martins and the Regal Eagles will play.

On Saturday, the losers of these games will face off at 5 p.m. with the winners playing at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, check out the Town and Country Days schedule located on the Paynesville Press website: Paynesville Area Online.

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