Wisconsin Weekend: Holiday Fairs a’plenty before Thanksgiving!

The last weekend before Thanksgiving is on deck, with holiday parades, festivals, even the final Badger football home game of the season Saturday! Keep track of conditions (just look to the right on this page) and checking your local radio stations as you drive around. There are plenty of good events to check out, and it’s a great weekend to get away and explore Wisconsin! Here are a few picks:

West Allis: Holiday Folk Fair International

Holiday Folk Fair International dancersThe annual Holiday Folk Fair International, “America’s Premier Cultural Festival,” explores the customs and traditions of the world’s diverse cultures. They all come together at the Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. Check out regional cuisine, enjoy lively music and dance and purchase beautifully handcrafted goods. Experience the sights sounds and tastes of the world during this 3-day event from Friday, November 17th through Sunday the 19th! It’s right at the corner of Highway 59/Greenfield Avenue & Highway 181/84th Street. I-94, I-41, U.S. 45, and Highway 100 all bring you close!

La Crosse: Holiday Fair at the La Crosse Center

La Crosse Holiday FairThe La Crosse Center in the largest Wisconsin city on the Mississippi hosts the 54th Annual La Crosse Holiday Fair Thursday-Sunday. South Hall will be filled with over 125 arts and crafts exhibitors hailing from all over the Midwest. The Holiday Fair is designed to be an enjoyable time for everyone. South Hall is decked out with a Christmas/Winter Theme and Holiday music will be playing throughout the hall. Explore the city while you’re there and check out Grandad’s Bluff this time of year, too! I-90, U.S. 14/61, U.S. 53, and Highways 16, 33, and 35 all bring you to La Crosse.

Menomonie: Fine Arts & Crafts Fair at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

Wisconsin Weekend, MenomonieThe Menomonie Fine Arts & Crafts Fair lets you enjoy the finest in arts and crafts shopping when original work takes center stage on all three floors of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts downtown. Treat yourself to Victorian holiday decorations, jubilant music, and the magic of the season! The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair features the work of more than 30 local and regional artists and fine craftspersons. Their work includes jewelry, painting, pottery, photography, sculpture, woodwork and more. Enjoy a variety of food, and check out the town while you’re there! You can easily get to Menomonie via I-94, U.S. 12, or Highways 25 & 29.


More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out, including Holiday on the Lakeshore in Manitowoc, UW-Parkside’s Annual Arts & Crafts Fair between Racine & Kenosha, the Madison Women’s Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, and of course home football games at Camp Randall for the Badgers against Michigan and the Packers taking on Baltimore at Lambeau. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend, explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, trails, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!

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Wisconsin highways, road trips, attractions, quirks… just what IS the State Trunk Tour?

The State Trunk Tour is all about Wisconsin highways, drives, road trips and celebrating the fun of the Badger State by selecting state highways and riding them end to end, reporting everything along the way.

Wisconsin’s state highways – the first system of numbered highways in the world (first done in 1917 – which means 2017 marks its 100th anniversary!) – connect all sorts of points of interest, attractions, cities, towns, recreation trails, scenic byways, lakes, rivers, bridges, historical sites, geographic markers, taverns, antique shops… you get the idea.

Wisconsin is one of the most fun and unique states in the country. We’re in the smack dab in the middle of the northern and western hemispheres. We have plenty of “world’s largest” entries: the musky, the corkscrew, a talking cow, an indoor water park, a six-pack, and a can of chili are just some of them. Wisconsin also claims a number of “world’s firsts” and inventions including the snowmobile, malted milk, the hamburger, hydroelectric power, outboard motor, rail-to-trail, and a bunch more.

We have two Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, and beautiful drives along all of them. Dynamic cities like Milwaukee and Madison offer incredible options for things to do. Vacation hot spots like Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Door County, Minocqua, Eagle River, and Hayward draw people from all over the country. Quaint, relaxing towns like Ephraim, Shullsburg, Hudson, Bayfield, Princeton, Green Lake, Oconomowoc and more offer great boutique shopping and plenty of charm.

Follow one of our Wisconsin highways end-to-end – or in sections – and enjoy everything along the way. Sample Featured Routes below or pick your own from the State Trunk Tours menu. We’ll help guide you, provide fun history, insight, and trivia, and welcome your feedback and additions as we continue to build our web and mobile sites. We’re on a new platform, adding and updating more routes, attractions, photos, points of interest and more constantly, so check back often. Updates will be sent out via Facebook and Twitter, of course!

"Wind around from a Genoa lock through the Driftless Area"

State "Trunk" Highway 56 runs through the beautiful Driftless Area from the Mississippi River to the middle of Richland County, near Richland Center. The hilly landscape makes for beautiful vistas and it's very pleasant drive through farmlands and small towns like Viola and Viroqua - and even some places that don't start with the "v."...

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"Coast to Coast covering Circuses, Canoes, and Coulees (and more)"

State “Trunk” Highway 33 is a "coast-to-coast" state highway, connecting La Crosse on the Mississippi with Port Washington's scenic harbor on Lake Michigan. From the big blue waters of the Great Lake to the beautiful coulees framing La Crosse, you encounter hairpin turns in what seems like a mountain range, Baraboo's famous Circus Museum, ski slopes of Cascade Mountain, the natural wetlands of Horicon Marsh, and some of the best canoeing in the nation along the Kickapoo. It's a great cross-section of southern Wisconsin....

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Historic Mindoro Cut on the original route of Highway 108

"'Cutting' between West Salem and Melrose"

State “Trunk” Highway 108 is a short but very scenic ride through Wisconsin's "Driftless Area". A popular motorcycle ride as well as drive or bike ride, Highway 108 is best known for the "Mindoro Cut", which cuts through a particularly beautiful area where the highway twists, turns and zigzags. Highway 108 has essentially been the same route since 1919...why mess with such a great drive?...

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LaCrosse Brewery

La Crosse To Lake Country

A former U.S. highway, State “Trunk” Highway 16 comes in from Minnesota at La Crosse and works its way toward Milwaukee through routes so popular they were supplanted by Interstates in most areas. Paralleling I-90 and/or I-94 much of the way, Highway 16 goes through many of the towns the interstate highways bypass. Highway 16 used to continue into downtown Milwaukee and across Lake Michigan on a ferry to Muskegon, where it then ran all the way to downtown Detroit just short of the Canadian border, hey. Today, though, it ends at I-94 in Milwaukee's western suburbs, but not before passing by a ton of interesting things along its almost 200-mile journey....

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