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Paynesville Press - June 13, 2001

Hay Raze set for June 16 in Lake Henry

By Michael Jacobson

The sixth annual Hay Raze will be held on Saturday, June 16, in Lake Henry. The one-day community festival in the small town eight miles north of Paynesville on Highway 4 features a kiddie parade, youth baseball tournament, and popular and hilarious Olympic games.

The celebration starts with the kiddie parade at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts at the baseball field and ends at the Lions Park. Call Julie Schlangen at 320-243-4143 to register.

The co-ed volleyball tournament starts at 11 a.m. in the Lions Park. Entry fee for six-person teams is $60. Call 320-243-4546 to register.

Also starting at 11 a.m. is a youth baseball tournament. This round-robin tourney features little league teams from Lake Henry, Regal, St. Martin, and Spring Hill. Games will be played on the baseball field and on the softball field in the Lions Park. Last year, Spring Hill won the championship, and Lake Henry was the runner-up.

No Old Timer's game will be held this year, but two new events will be staged instead. A lawn tractor pull will be held by the Lions Park starting at 1 p.m. Tractors must be 18 horsepower or less and must have factory tires. There are no weight limits, and no chains will be allowed on the tires.

People interested in finding how far their lawn tractor can pull a weighted sled can register that day for $10. At least 75 percent of the money will be paid back in prizes.

A fiddler's contest, another new event, will be held at 1:30 p.m.

A radar gun to clock throwing speeds will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The annual Olympics will start at 3:30 p.m. and should run until around 7:30 p.m. The Olympic features individual skill tests and team events like an obstacle course, bat spin relay, and hay bale roll. Instead of a toilet race, a bed race will be held this year.

The day will be capped with a street dance with Maggie James from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Lions Park. Entry before 8 p.m. is $3, and after 8 p.m. $5.

Proceeds from the event go to St. Margaret's Catholic Church, the Lake Henry Fire and Rescue Department, the Lake Henry Lions, and the Lake Henry Lakers baseball team. Last year, the organizing committee also made a donation to cancer care at the Paynesville Area Health Care System.

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