Clowns, polka and horses this weekend

There will be a lot of clowning around and music going on at the Coming Home Days in Cottonwood this weekend.

The Lighter Side Clowns will join Buster the Clown in entertaining children as well as adults today and Saturday in Cottonwood. While the clowns are entertaining the children, young and old can put on their dancing shoes and check out the Larry Olsen Band at Lakeside Park 6 to 8 p.m. today.

The weekend also features the Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show today, Saturday and Sunday.

The Lighter Side Clowns are first scheduled to appear at the Kids Carnival at the Lakeview School playground in Cottonwood this evening. According to their Facebook page, the two clowns have been performing throughout southwest Minnesota since 1997 and typically appear in parades and parties. They provide balloon art and face painting.

Buster the Clown will join the Lighter Side Clowns in Saturday’s parade, which starts at 4 p.m. According to his Facebook page, he has two personalities — Buster the Reading Clown and Buster the Magical Clown.

The Larry Olsen Band from Lake Benton have been performing polka music since the 1980s. Olsen was inducted into the Legends of Dakota Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and is famous in many southwest Minnesota towns for providing polka music entertainment.

According to Teather Bliss with the city of Cottonwood, the kiddie carnival will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today on the Lakeview School playground. It will feature bouncy houses and an inflatable obstacle course.

Adult yard games and a beer garden are scheduled for Saturday at Central Park.

Saturday starts with a 5K walk and run at Lakeside Park with registration at 7:30 p.m. The day ends with a street dance at LeRoy’s with the Honey Badgers providing the music. Founded in 2000, the Central Minnesota cover band plays classic country, classic rock, country, pop, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today’s hits.

Meanwhile in Slayton, today’s show for the 13th annual Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Murray County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Old time farming operations start at 10 a.m. Saturday with the draft horse show starting at 2 p.m. The draft horse show on Sunday starts at 12:30 p.m.

Nearly 100 horses are expected for the weekend.