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Paynesville Press - June 13, 2001

Town and Country Days starts Saturday

By Linda Stelling

Town and Country Days festivities kick off on Saturday with the road race by Lake Koronis.

Interested runners can still enter. To register, contact Jay Thompson at 320-243-3887. Registration fees are $7 per person in advance and $10 on race day. All entrants will receive an official race t-shirt.

On Sunday evening at 7 p.m., a social and light dinner will be held at the Paynesville Area Center featuring the Greenwood Tree Duo. They will perform Irish and folk music.

The new Miss Paynesville will be crowned on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Paynesville Area Elementary School gymnasium Five girls are vying for the honor. Queen candidates' profiles.

On Tuesday, pets take the forefront as their owners dress them in bows and hats for the annual pet show starting at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the Good Samaritan Care Center. Every pet is a winner and receives a ribbon. All entrants will receive tickets to the carnival.

At 1 p.m., Premier Shows, a new carnival, will begin on the downtown streets. The carnival is bringing some new rides and games with them.

At 3 p.m., the kiddie parade will start at the Good Samaritan and head south on Washburne Avenue to the Gazebo Park. All entrants receive tickets to the carnival. The Consortium of Creative Arts the will host a chalk contest Tuesday on the downtown sidewalks. Businesses are encouraged to draw in front of their businesses during the day. A family chalk contest will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the remaining sidewalks. Entry fee for the chalk contest is $3, and participants gets to keep the bucket of chalk. Registration forms are available at Pianos Plus in advance and at the kiddie parade and pet show that day.

The Creative Consortium is also sponsoring a children's painting booth from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the public library.

The kiddie pedal tractor pull is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night on James Street. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. The pull is open to youth ages 4 to 11 and is sponsored by the Paynesville Community Club (formerly the Paynesville Area Jaycees). No other games will be held this year.

On Wednesday night at 7 p.m., the grand parade will be held with over 100 units. Grand marshals for this year's parade are Harry and Nettie Paul. Besides Paynesville's award winning band, bands from Albany, Benson, Cold Spring, Montevideo, and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg will march in the parade.

The parade, using the same route as last year, will start at the Industrial Park and head south on Washburne Avenue. It will turn west on Mill Street by the elementary school and then turn south on Maple Street. The parade will end at the St. Louis Catholic Church. An awards ceremony will follow by the church. Anyone interested in entering a float in the parade should contact Mark Leverington at 320-243-3618.

On Sunday, June 24, the 13th annual Peeper's Family Picnic will be held at the Gazebo Park. The only requirement for the picnic is to bring an item for the food shelf. At 2 p.m., the Little Miss Dairy Queen and Dennis the Menace Look-a-Like pageant will be held at the park.

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