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Blue Earth Tour of Homes set for Saturday, Oct. 12
October 6, 2019

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Autumn is the time of sipping hot cider, enjoying hot soups and now, for Blue Earth, a time to tour homes around town.

Trinity Lutheran Church has teamed up with the Blue Earth Area Mentors to bring back a long-held tradition of a tour of selected homes in town.

Long ago in Blue Earth's history, a tour of homes was a yearly fundraiser for a local group. Now, Julie Blagg, Sue Olson, and Peggy Olson have teamed up to bring the fan favorite back to the streets of Blue Earth.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church and BEAM present the Fall Tour of Homes and accompanying soup luncheon. Five homeowners throughout the city of Blue Earth have kindly opened their doors for walking tours throughout the afternoon.

John Huisman, Paul and Dawn Leland, Jeff and Theresa Eckles, Roger and Tammy Davis, as well as members of the Faribault County Historical Society who watch over the Etta C. Ross Memorial Library, have all graciously opened their homes to tours this year.

"We wanted to bring a combination of new homes, like the Eckles', as well as a number of more familiar and historical homes, like the Etta C. Ross Memorial Library and the Davis' home, to not only showcase some very beautiful homes in our town, but to help people reconnect with the history of the town," says Sue.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Trinity Lutheran Church or the BEAM office for $20, and tickets can also be purchased the day of the tour for $25. Guests are also welcome to luncheon-only tickets for $10. It is requested that no children under the age of 10 go on the tour. Proceeds from the Fall Tour of Homes will benefit the Blue Earth Area Mentors group for a variety of future projects and endeavors.

"We have a great group of mentors who work hard at building strong relationships with their mentees, and we want to be able to provide as many opportunities to them as possible," says Peggy, BEAM's director.

The luncheon held at Trinity Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature four delectable soups as well as barbecue sandwiches, and ?Trinity's famous brownies to munch on.

"It's going to be a delicious meal for anyone who is interested," says Julie. "We will be serving a chicken and wild rice soup, a tomato basil soup, a white chicken chili, and one of Paula Nuessmeier's homemade soups that we are keeping a secret. But I'll be honest, my mouth is watering just thinking about it."

These tours are "come and go" tours, meaning anyone can start at any one of the numerous locations and peruse through the tour at their leisure. Folks who have yet to purchase tickets are also able to buy their tickets at any of the five locations on the tour, which have designatedsigns in each of their yards to distinguish which homes are participants.

"Yes, come and go as you please," says Julie. "We want guests to be able to really enjoy the day. Apple cider will be available along the tour, as well as some other snacks. We really hope everyone will come and support the Blue Earth Area Mentors."

It should be noted, however, that though the titles may be similar, this is not BEAM's yearly Tour of Tables event.

BEAM's Tour of Tables luncheon will take place on Oct. 26, at Hamilton Hall.

"That is our yearly fundraiser and a different thing altogether," says Peggy. "Which is great because if someone can't come to the Fall Tour of Homes, perhaps we will be able to see them at our Tour of Tables. It's a different focus, entirely. This Tour of Homes is brand new and we are very excited to see what the community thinks."

So, whether you're in it for the homes, or you're in it for the soup luncheon, the sights and smells and tastes of autumn are calling, and the people at Trinity Lutheran Church and Blue Earth Area Mentors are going to help you get there.

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