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Update: Seven Things To Know About the Winter Walkabout Feb. 27


Want to plan a fun weekend? Then look no further: the 7th annual Winter Walkabout event is coming up this Saturday, Feb. 27, at Vinland Center in Loretto, Minn. Here’s seven things to know about this year’s event:

1. Registration and sign up begins at 10 a.m. You get a T-shirt at this time. A short program is at 10:30 a.m. and you can go for a walk on our beautiful trail starting at 11 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and you can enter to win numerous raffle prizes starting at 12:30 p.m. until the end of the event at 1 p.m.


2. You can never predict the Minnesota weather any time of year! So whether it’s sunny or snowy, we’ve got you covered for the Winter Walkabout. Since predictions are coming in for nice weather, snowshoes will not be available. You can enjoy our paved walking path that winds through beautiful scenery next to Lake Independence. Enjoy the nice weather and take a leisurely walk. If it feels like spring, you’ll be able to tell on our beautiful grounds in Loretto!


3. Or maybe you like to stay warm and cozy indoors? We’ve got you covered! As a participant of the Winter Walkabout you will also get a delicious lunch to enjoy inside our lovely accommodations that include our facility and a heated tent. You are welcome to relax and enjoy the view of the spacious cafeteria looking out at the landscape while listening to some music.


4. Bringing the family? Great! We have some fun activities and games planned for all ages. We will have kids’ games and prizes as well as face painting. Remember, kids ages 12 and under are free to attend!


5. Want to win some money or great prizes? Look no further than the Winter Walkabout! Our 50-50 raffle drawing guarantees the winner at least $1,000. The entire pot is split half between the winner and Vinland Center. Last year, the winner won more than $1,500!


6. You can also enter to win a number of raffle prizes including event tickets to Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Paul Bunyan Land, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Guthrie Theater, Ordway Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and more! Plus, our creative staff and generous business donors continue to amaze with the raffle prize basket donations they supply each year. Seriously, you don’t want to miss out on these prizes. There’s something for everyone!


7. You could win a Go Pro Camera by playing our Heads or Tails game. Who will win? Come find out! Sign up here, today and don’t miss out on this fun-filled day!