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Paynesville Press - June 15, 2005

Town and Country Days coming to town this week

Town and Country Days - with the theme "Small Town Pride" - is coming to Paynesville this week. The annual town celebration will last from Saturday, June 18, to Wednesday, June 22.

On Saturday, June 18, a mini triathalon will be held with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Veterans' Memorial Park on Lake Koronis and with the race starting at 10 a.m. The mini triathalon will feature a three-mile kayak/canoe race - starting at 10 a.m. - from the public access on the south shore of Rice Lake down Mud Lake to the public access by the five-mile bridge on Lake Koronis. Around 10:45 a.m., competitors will start a 12-mile bike race - helmets required - around Lake Koronis, circling the lake in a clockwise direction, starting at the public access and ending at Veterans' Memorial Park. The four-mile run - along Old Lake Road - will start at Veterans' Memorial Park around 11:30 a.m.

Also, a two-mile Fun Run will start at Veterans' Memorial Park around 10 a.m. Awards will be given in the park at 12:30 p.m. with a catered pork dinner to follow.

The triathalon will include an experienced division and a recreational division, where groups of athletes can participate as a team. Cost is $15 per individual. Registration info is available at Or by calling Jay Thompson at 320-243-3887.

Also on Saturday, June 18, the Paynesville Area Center will host a meal 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) with the Chelsea Hartmann Band (led by Paynesville native Chelsea Hartmann) starting to play at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Peepers Picnic and the annual car show will be held at the Gazebo Park from 12 noon to 4 p.m. featuring food, kids' games, and old cars. The Little Miss and Mister Dairy Queen Contest will be held in the park at 2:30 p.m.

An open house at the Paynesville Area Historical Museum will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and the Paynesville Radio Controllers will stage a demonstration of remote-control airplanes at 6:30 p.m. at their field on Co. Rd. 33, a couple miles north of town.

On Monday, 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 six contestants vying for the title - will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Paynesville Area High School. (See page 3 for biographies of the Miss Paynesville contestants.)

On Tuesday, the pet show will be held at 10 a.m. at Washburne Court, the carnival will start in downtown Paynesville at 12 noon, and the kiddie parade (from Washburne Court to the Gazebo Park) will start at 3 p.m. 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 (from the Industrial Park, down Washburne Avenue, in front of the elementary school, and ending at St. Louis Catholic Church) will start at 7 p.m. Grand marshals for the parade this year will be Jerry and Jane Burr.

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 (6/15). More clues will appear in the Press Plus this weekend and in the Press next week.

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