Megan Grebe, the local cordinator for Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties, is getting ready for the March Meltdown fundraiser on March 3 at Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony. The event will include a snowmobile fun run, chili and dessert cook off, bean bag tournament, meat raffle and DJ Guido. She is shown in front of the lot in Harmony where a Habitat for Humanity house will be built, starting later this year.	 <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(Bluff Country Reader photo by Melissa Vander Plas)
Megan Grebe, the local cordinator for Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties, is getting ready for the March Meltdown fundraiser on March 3 at Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony. The event will include a snowmobile fun run, chili and dessert cook off, bean bag tournament, meat raffle and DJ Guido. She is shown in front of the lot in Harmony where a Habitat for Humanity house will be built, starting later this year.

(Bluff Country Reader photo by Melissa Vander Plas)
Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is preparing for a March Meltdown.

It's probably not the kind one would expect for the last weeks of winter. Instead, the local volunteers are planning a fundraiser that celebrates snow and, more specifically, fun in the snow!

Habitat's Fillmore County coordinator, Megan Grebe, explained that the committee was looking to host another fundraiser following successful events in November and December, including a bowl-a-thon and a night at the Commonweal Theatre. These winter events helped the Fillmore County group raise over $40,000, which included a $13,000 fundraising match from F&M Community Bank.

To carry on that fundraising momentum, as well as to create an event to get people out and having fun this winter, the local Habitat steering committee has planned March Meltdown, to be held on Saturday, March 3, at Wheeler's Bar and Grill in Harmony. The day will begin with a snowmobile fun run, continue with a bean bag tournament, a chili and dessert cook off and meat raffle. The day will conclude with a dance with DJ Guido.

Snowmobilers will register at Wheelers between 10 and 11 a.m. and will be able to travel to five locations in the surrounding region, collecting punches to a card at each stop. The snowmobilers with a completed punch card will be entered into a drawing for winter-related or snowmobile-related prizes.

Cost for registering is $15 per snowmobiler before Feb. 24 and $20 after. This fee includes a punch card and a soup supper at Wheelers.

The route will be a loop that will take snowmobilers to Preston, Fountain, Lanesboro, Mabel and Canton before returning the riders to Harmony.

"Fillmore County has many beautiful snowmobile trails," Grebe noted. "We wanted to plan an event to highlight these trails as well as to bring all the snowmobilers together to support a great cause."

The committee added several other activities to the day's schedule to include as many members of the community as possible.

One can gather together the kids and join the Habitat volunteers to build snowmen on the future building site, just a block from Wheeler's, and meet the Kohn family who is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build their new home in Harmony.

The best "chefs" in Fillmore County are tweeking their chili and dessert recipes for the cook-off, beginning at 4 p.m. at Wheelers. Try 10 different kinds of chili and 10 desserts and help determine the winners. Eat a whole bowl of your favorite soup with some cornbread for a free-will offering.

The double-elimination bean bag tournament will begin at 3 p.m. in the roller rink of Wheeler's. Registration is $20 per team and prizes will be given to the top three teams.

The committee is also organizing a meat raffle to be held at 5 p.m. that same evening. One will be able to buy $1 chances to win bundles of meat that are being donated by local beef and pork producers.

End the day by dancing the night away, beginning at 7 p.m., at Wheeler's with the musical programming of DJ Guido, also known as Guy Soland.

To register for the snowmobile fun run or the bean bag tournament, please call Grebe at (507) 459-4199.

All proceeds from the March Meltdown fundraiser will go toward funding the Harmony Habitat for Humanity build, scheduled to begin later this spring. These funds will also be eligible for the F&M Community Bank match, which was again offered for 2012.

"We want everyone to feel welcome to join us," Grebe concluded. "Get out and enjoy the last days of winter and join us for some fun activities."