Ah, Winter Storm Fun!

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(Photo courtesy of WITI-TV (FOX 6), Milwaukee.)

WELL, it’s a messy day across Wisconsin. And we’re not just talking about yesterday’s Packer game. A Winter Storm Warning dominates today, with ice, sleet, and moderate snow to the southeast and heavier snow to the northwest. We love road trips, but hold off today!

Of course, plenty of great events are happening as we approach New Year’s and welcome 2016, and we’ll be building out more road coverage on the new State Trunk Tour site as we go. The cooler weather is making downhill skiing a good option now, too! Check out the Snow Report here. And we await some cool New Year’s events, including the “Droppin’ of the Carp” in Prairie du Chien and the Cheese Drop in Plymouth!

We keep adding more material on our new platform and are covering more new highways across the state, with our favorite quirky bits, photos, and more to help you maximize the fun of roadtripping around Wisconsin. Come back often, and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@statetrunktour) for more, then Pick Some Roads and GO!!

New Year's Eve Droppin' of the Carp in Prairie du Chien

Forget the Ball: Wisconsin drops cheese and carp on New Year’s Eve.

At New Years’, New York drops a ball. Two Wisconsin cities drop cheese and a carp.

This is why we love Wisconsin.

Plymouth, in Sheboygan County, has its annual “Cheese Drop” on New Year’s Eve and has been dropping cheese since 2007. Laying claim to the title “Cheese Capital of the World,” Plymouth takes a giant wedge of cheese, hangs lights on it, and lowers it from a ladder truck to help usher in the New Year. Sponsored by Plymouth-based Sartori, the cheese dropped is actually metal replica of a wedge of Bellavitano but real cheese is also there to enjoy, compliments of the company.  There’s plenty of food, beverages, plus champagne and more cheese at midnight.

Bucking tradition, this year the cheese will drop at 10pm to allow kids and families to celebrate the ringing in of 2016. The Plymouth Cheese Drop event starts at 8:30pm. with entertainment, bonfires, and more at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill Street in Plymouth. You can call them at (920) 893-5242 for more info. Highways 23, 57, and 67 bring you into Plymouth.

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Meanwhile, on the west side of the state, Prairie du Chien has its annual “Droppin’ of the Carp.”

Yep. A real carp, caught in the Mississippi, named “Lucky”, and then frozen until New Years’ Eve. Lucky is then adorned with makeup and lights and lowered via crane to count down to midnight. As soon as they ring in the New Year, people can kiss Lucky for good luck.

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This counts as a midnight kiss at New Year’s… right?

How lucky can a fish get?

The party takes place on the west edge of downtown PDC in St. Feriole Island Park by the Mississippi River. It starts at 9pm and culminates with the “Droppin’ of the Carp” at 11:59pm and ringing in 2016.

A earlier version of the carp drop for children and families takes place indoors with food, hot chocolate, games, music and more inside nearby Hoffman Hall (1600 Wacouta Street) from 6:30-8:30pm. Admission for that is $3/person or $10 for a family. The later outdoor event is free.

Hit U.S. 18 or Highways 27, 35, or 60 and check this out!




Full swing winding down 2015!

Elf Storage at Armour Self Storage in Milwaukee

Happens every year around this time! Although – wouldn’t one store elves AFTER Christmas when the busy season is over?

Despite the relatively mild December overall, we’ve a full complement of the holidays across Wisconsin with fun events happening over all the place. The cooler weather is making downhill skiing a good option now, too! Check out the Snow Report here. And we await some cool New Year’s events, including the “Droppin’ of the Carp” in Prairie du Chien and the Cheese Drop in Plymouth!

We keep adding more material on our new platform and are covering more new highways across the state, with our favorite quirky bits, photos, and more to help you maximize the fun of roadtripping around Wisconsin. Come back often, and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@statetrunktour) for more, then Pick Some Roads and GO!!