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Paynesville Press - June 14, 2006

Town and Country Days coming to town this week

Town and Country Days - with the theme "Waves & Shades" - is coming to Paynesville this week. The annual town celebration will last from Saturday, June 17, to Wednesday, June 21.

On Saturday, June 17, a mini triathalon will be held with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Veterans' Memorial Park on Lake Koronis and with the race starting at 9 a.m. The mini triathalon will feature a two-mile kayak/canoe on Lake Koronis; followed by a 13-mile bike race - helmets required - around Lake Koronis, circling the lake in a clockwise direction, starting at Veterans' Memorial Park; and a four-mile run - along Old Lake Road - beginning and ending at Veterans' Memorial Park.

Also, a kids' micro triathalon will start at Veterans' Memorial Park (also known as Van's Beach) at 10 a.m. The triathalon will include an experienced division and a recreational division; it is also open to individuals and teams, where athletes can divide the legs among team members. Cost is $15 per individual. Registration info is available under T&C Days. Or by calling Jay Thompson at 320-243-3887.

The Peepers Picnic has moved to Saturday at Veteran's Memorial Park, starting with kids' games from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The meal will be served from 12 noon to 1 p.m., with donations to the local foodshelf being taken.

The Little Miss and Mister Dairy Queen Contest will also move to Veteran's Memorial Park and will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday, June 17, the Paynesville Area Center will host a chicken and ham supper from 4:30 to 8 p.m. And a street dance (with a beer garden) will be held on Augusta Avenue (by Queen Bee's Bar and Grill). The 12 Miss Paynesville candidates will be introduced at 7 p.m., and the Chelsea Hartmann Band (led by Paynesville native Chelsea Hartmann) will start at 8 p.m.

An open house at the Paynesville Area Historical Museum will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, and the Paynesville Radio Controllers will stage a demonstration of remote-control airplanes at 4 p.m. at their field on Co. Rd. 33, a couple miles north of town.

On Monday, June 19, a seniors' dance (with polkas and old-time music) will be held at the Paynesville Area Center from 2 to 5 p.m. And the Miss Paynesville pageant - with 12 contestants vying for the title - will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Paynesville Area High School. (Biographies of the Miss Paynesville contestants.)

On Tuesday, the pet show will be held at 10 a.m. at the Koronis Manor, the carnival will start in downtown Paynesville at 12 noon, and the kiddie parade (from the Koronis Manor to the Gazebo Park) will start at 3 p.m. Please note that the pet show will be held and the kiddie parade will start at the Koronis Manor this year, not Washburne Court.

Advance tickets for the carnival are available at the local grocery stores and financial institutions. On Tuesday evening, at 7 p.m., the pedal tractor pull (for kids ages 4-11) will be held on James Street.

On Wednesday, the carnival and food booths will open again at 12 noon in downtown Paynesville, and the grand parade will start at 7 p.m. This year's parade will follow much of the usual route, with a slight detour on Highway 23 and Augusta Avenue, due to street construction. Parade map

Grand marshals for the parade this year will be Bill and Pat Ryan.

There will also be a medallion hunt - for $200 in Chamber bucks and a one-year subscription to the Press - during Town and Country Days with the first clue in this issue of the Press (6/14). More clues will appear in the Press Plus this weekend (6/18) and in the Press next week (6/21).

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