Francis Lauer Youth Services hosts eighth annual "Man Cave Crawl"

Man caves represent different things to different people. 

The name usually describes a room inside the house or a shed outside a dwelling where men are supposed to be able to do as they please.

On Saturday, the term man cave will take on a whole new meaning.

Mason City residents can expect to see four buses of around 50 people each driving around the North Iowa area as they bounce from man cave to man cave.

The so-called "Man Cave Crawl" kick starts at 3 p.m. and winds through Steve Minert’s Harley Davidson, Shannon and Courtney Wooge’s Walking Eagle Marsh, Harvey Patterson’s Classic Cars, and Bill and Jan Evans’ Ahoy Matey cave before trekking out to the Mason City Airport for a hog roast, live auction and live entertainment.

It's all a part of an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Francis Lauer Youth Services organization which helps approximately 2,000 youth and families each year through prevention, treatment and transition health programs.

According to Francis Lauer's Haley Nichols, the Man Cave Crawl first premiered in 2010 as a lighthearted way to get folks invested in their communities.

Nichols added that the previous four iterations of the event have sold out and that the crawl often has repeat attendees. 

Anyone who has a man cave – or "lady cave" as Nichols clarified – can apply to feature it on the daylong crawl. 

Nichols said that occasionally people will attend the event one year and then submit their own cave the next. All of the caves this year are new to the festivities.

In its half-century of health-service work, Francis Lauer has also helped to set up fundraisers after destructive flash floods and raise awareness about drug abuse.

Man Cave Crawl participants will start to gather at 2:30 p.m. at the Todd Kyle airport hanger at the Mason City Airport and is slated to run from 3-10 p.m. The event is for people 21 and older and remaining tickets can be purchased for $50.

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