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Paynesville Press - June 12, 2002

Lake Henry ready to celebrate Hay Raze

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Lake Henry a farm community located eight miles north of Paynesville on Highway 4 will hold its seventh annual Hay Raze celebration on Saturday, June 15.

A kiddie parade kicks off the festivities at 9:45 a.m. The parade has a patriotic theme this year and is open to kids who are eighth graders or younger. The parade begins at the city ball park and goes down Janette Court to the Lion's Park.

Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call Julie Schlangen at 320-243-4143.

This year's grand marshal is Father Walter Bednark. He recently celebrated his 55th year as a priest and calls Lake Henry home. Though retired, Father Bednark still holds mass every weekday in Lake Henry.

A co-ed volleyball tournament begins at 10 a.m. The tournament will be held throughout the morning at the park. The entry fee is $60 per team. To register, call 320-243-4546.

A little league tournament will be held at the softball field at the Lion's Park and at the baseball field starting at 10 a.m. Teams from Lake Henry, St. Martin, Spring Hill and Regal are scheduled to play.

A lawn tractor pull also starts at the park at 10 a.m. Lawn tractors will be divided into three classes light, medium and heavy weights for the competition. Lawn tractors must be stock, and weight may be added. The registration fee for the tractor pull is $10.

At 11 a.m., kids from sixth through tenth grades can participate in the Junior Hay Raze Olympics. The Junior Olympics is a new event and will be similar to the Hay Raze Olympics. This is a team event, and each team must have two girls and two boys. Call Kristi Wessel at 320-243-7846 to sign up.

At 1 p.m., a kickball game will feature city residents against country residents at the softball field.

The Hay Raze Olympics start at 3 p.m. at the park. This rib-splitting event will include an obstacle course, a chipping contest, a costume race, a bat spin relay, Polish drill team, and more.

Teams for the Olympics must include at least four females and four males. The registration fee for this event is $75 per team, and there will be cash prizes. For registration, call Amy Bast at 320-243-7846.

Finally, the day will wrap up with an outdoor dance, also at the Lion's Park. The dance will start at 8 p.m. with Kid Hollywood providing the music.

In addition to the scheduled events, kids games are scheduled at the park all day. A food and beer stand will be on site, and a raffle drawing will be held in the evening.

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