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From food and music to a motorcycle ride for a cause, there will be plenty to see and do in the area this weekend.

The fun starts today with the Lincoln County Fair. Members of the fair’s board of directors said they were delighted to welcome fair visitors to Tyler.

“It looks like the weather is going to be good for us” said Lincoln County Fair Board Member Curt Madsen.

In addition to exhibitions and events, the fair has a friendly and fun atmosphere.

“We’re proud of the fact that we’re kind of like a big family reunion,” Madsen said.

Madsen said there will be a variety of fun events and hands-on activities like make-and-go craft projects at the fair this year.

“Friday night we are thrilled to have Church of Cash on stage,” Madsen said. “They’re a country band, and they play a lot of Johnny Cash.”

On Saturday there will be a ranch rodeo and a free performance by hypnotist Freddie Justice. And on Sunday afternoon, the demolition derby returns to the fair. “It’s usually huge,” Madsen said.

There are also opportunities to enjoy good food for a low cost at the fair, Madsen said. Saturday morning, the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association will hold a “Agriculture Awareness Breakfast.”

“What they do is they charge you exactly what a farmer gets from the meal,” Madsen said. That means diners can have breakfast for just 80 cents, he said.

Later Saturday, the Southwest Cattlemen Association will hold a free burger giveaway, until the burgers are gone, he said.

Hit the road for a cause

On Saturday, motorcyclists will gather in Amiret for the start of the 30th annual Southwest Minnesota Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Fun Run. The event, organized by the Sinister Brethren motorcycle club, will raise funds and collect toy donations for the benefit of the county of Lyon Heart To Heart.

Registration for the ride starts at 9:30am in Amiret and the ride starts at 11am. Riders will head to the hitch station in Marshall to drop off toys and have lunch. After that, they will have the choice of a route east or west of Marshall, which they can take at their own pace. Both routes will end in Balaton, for dinner and raffles.

The Loose Gravel Music Festival returns to Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove’s outdoor amphitheater is best known as the site of the annual Wilder Pageant. But this weekend it will be the venue for performances in a range of musical styles, from folk to bluegrass to rock. The second annual Loose Gravel Music Festival kicks off Friday afternoon and runs through Saturday.

This year’s concert lineup includes performances by Minnesota bands Nate Boots & the High Horses and 4onthefloor on Friday. Saturday’s lineup includes Maple Street, singer-songwriter Kayla Daniels, and bluegrass and string bands like the High 48’s, Monroe Crossing, Fish Heads, and Arkansauce.

More information about the festival program and ticket sales is available online at https://loosegravelmusicfestival.org.

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