Live auction is new attraction
by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
It’s that time again — time to gather in Bowlus for the annual Fun Day, Sunday, July 7. The all-day event, sponsored by both the Bowlus Fire and Rescue and the Bowlus First Response teams, will have something for everyone.
Bowlus is located on Highway 26, five miles west of Royalton.
The day begins with an outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. on the grounds of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Following is the parade on Main Street at 11:15 a.m., that some say is the best in Central Minnesota.
At noon, great quantities of food and beverages are available for people will surely be hungry and thirsty by then.
All day, refreshments, games and activities will be available for the entire family. The Bowlus train will be taking people around town and bingo will go all day.
“Gene Retka and Kid Polka” will be playing from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
There will be games for kids and adults, including a pedal-pull and a pony ride for the kids.
Co-ed teams from area fire departments will challenge each other in various water competitions, a sure crowd-pleaser.
A country store will be set up south of the community center, offering donated items.
New this year will be a live auction to benefit the St. Stanislaus building fund for a handicapped-accessible addition with elevator and restroom.
Some of the wide variety of donated items and packages include a new child’s John Deere pedal tractor and six hours of cleaning and/or indoor house painting by Royalton’s “Red-Hot” Red Hatters.
Also to be auctioned are a 2000 Honda Civic and an historic school desk, airplane rides by Joe Wensmann and a night’s stay at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Other choices include a pool party at the AmericInn in Little Falls and a two-room carpet cleaning package from Breeze Cleaning by Wes Beack.
Four handmade bed-size quilts, homemade wood crafts and a variety of gift certificates are also on the auction block.
Jordie’s Trailside Cafe donated a biking package that includes bike rental, a light breakfast and lunch buffet with dessert.
An 8-foot by 100-foot ag-bag setup and machine rental will be auctioned as well.
The music continues into the evening with “Loss 4 Words” playing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., both in the shaded city park.
Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. put on by Precocious Pyrotechnics of Belgrade.
The four co-chairs of the planning committee are Tim Jendro, Marvin and Rita Trettel and Brenda Yorek.
“There will be something for everybody,” Rita said.
For more information, call Arnie “Punky” Benusa at (320) 584-5405.