It is spring in southern Minnesota and that means showers, flowers blooming and chicks hatching. A new event is also hatching this year in Blue Earth the Chick's Spring Fling.
Blue Earth will hold its first Chick's Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, in downtown Blue Earth. The event is sponsored by the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce Business Improvement Committee (BIC).
The Spring Fling is similar to the Holiday Sampler held in November in that it is a way to get community members out to see what Blue Earth businesses have to offer. It is held to demonstrate that entire rooms can be decorated without leaving the city.
Everyone will have a chance to win a garden "room" valued at more than $1,000 and comprised of items donated from local businesses. There are two ways to register. Visit the Facebook pages of participating businesses and click "Like" on the Giveaway tab at the top of the page, or visit the businesses in person to submit a name into the drawing.
Registration boxes can be found at Ankeny Furniture, Armon Decorating, Dikken's Furniture and Decorating, Eighth Street Framing, Heartland Embroidery, Rainbow Food Co-op, The Prairie Chick and Gartzke's Greenhouse. Visit these businesses' Facebook pages to enter as well. There is no limit on entries.
There will be Baby Chick Games held at Gazebo Park from noon until 3 p.m. which is sponsored by the Blue Earth Area Mentors (BEAM).
According to Katy Gonzalez, a Spring Fling committee member and the director at BEAM, there will be chick and duckling races as well as a chick scavenger hunt that incorporates all participating businesses.
A "Chick Flick" will also be held at 4 p.m. at Ankeny's Furniture that is sponsored by Ankeny's Furniture and The Prairie Chick and is free to the public. The drawing for the room giveaway will be during the intermission of "Mama Mia," the "Chick Flick" being shown.
Aside from those happenings, participating businesses will also be offering trunk shows and demonstrations throughout the day.
Shelly Greimann, owner of The Prairie Chick and member of BIC, has offered a similar spring event for the past two years.
"It's something I did for my business and it worked for me," Greimann says.
Dikken's Furniture and Decorating has also offered a Mother's Day luncheon in the past. The Chick's Spring Fling is a combination of the two events that is geared toward giving women a day out.
The spring event falls on Mother's Day weekend, so businesses wanted an occasion for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to get out and enjoy the holiday and the coming of spring.
"It's been a long winter, and we need a change. We all have spring fever," says Julie Loge, another BIC member and owner of Dikken's Furniture and Decorating. "We want people to get out and celebrate the special women in their life and see what our town has to offer."
"It's fun to go out of town as an excursion, but we want people to look here first," Greimann adds.
Sixteen businesses in Faribault County donated to the room giveaway this year, either by donating items for the room, or with monetary donations.
"We've had some very generous donations for the room. A great variety of things," Loge says. "It's been really fun to see all that everyone has to offer so we can show it to the public."
According to Lissia Laehn, another member of the Spring Fling committee and owner of Heartland Embroidery, one person randomly selected from those who have "Liked" the event on Facebook, and one person from each of the nine businesses with registration boxes, will be put into a smaller pool of names. One final name will be drawn during intermission of the "Chick Flick."
"It'll be suspenseful," Laehn says. "You could be one of the 10 names but have to wait until the last name is drawn."