Odds and ends
There’s an almost unbelievable amount of things to do this weekend, from the opening of the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Rochesterfest (see this week’s 507 magazine) to more than a half-dozen strong community festivals (see today’s Life section). In all the hubbub, you might’ve missed things such as the 60-mile garage sale, all Saturday at homes along the Root River and Harmony-Preston state trails. Info: 507-765-2153.
Spring Creek track near Millville hosts the annual ATV National this weekend. Some of the world’s best motocross riders compete; you won’t believe how high they can fly. Or drive south to Deer Creek Speedway, near Spring Valley, and wear pink to honor breast cancer survivors and bring awareness to the cause.
Run in the mud, toss a tomahawk, fire an arrow. It’s the Coyote Games Outdoor Challenge, 8 a.m. Saturday at Coyote Creek Gun & Archery, 3600 S. Broadway, Rochester. Your physical fitness will be tested, or you can just come as a spectator. Registration is $25; admission to watch is $10. The money goes to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research. Info: www.coyotegamesoutdoorchallenge.com.
There’s so much live music this weekend, it’s hard to pick just one show. But it’d be hard to top Mantorville’s Stagecoach Days on Saturday night, when Six Mile Grove (4:45 p.m.) opens for the Cactus Blossoms (7 p.m.), which opens for Luke ‘n’ Bob Texas (8:30 p.m.), all at the Mantorville Saloon.
Up there where the air is rarefied, you’ll just glide, starry-eyed … or maybe I’ve just gone all syrupy. Sunday morning’s EAA 100 pancake breakfast, at the Dodge Center Airport, is just the place for it. Come out from 7 to noon and chat with pilots, see some planes on display, maybe get a ride in one, and hey — pancakes.
— Jeff Pieters, Post-Bulletin