Madison, World's Largest Cheese Board

Madison goes for the World’s Largest Cheese Board Wednesday


Madison, World's Largest Cheese BoardMadison is getting busy this week. The Reebok Crossfit Games start Wednesday, and that evening, Wisconsin’s capital city is going for the world record with one of our favorite foods in the World’s Largest Cheese Board!

Taking place this Wednesday night at Concerts on the Square, Wisconsin Cheese is going to attempt a Guinness World Records achievement for the World’s Largest Cheese Board, which will feature more than 200 square feet of Wisconsin Cheese, weighing two tons and offering up over 100 different specialty Wisconsin cheeses. It will be set up Wednesday, August 1st, in Downtown Madison at the corner of Main and King Street. This amazing, osteoporosis-fighting custom cheese board will be housed inside a life-size, digitally fabricated barn, which individuals will be able to physically enter.

World Championship Cheese Contest, Madison

This is technically from the World Cheese Championships, also held in Madison this particular year, but it gives you an idea of the Cheese Heaven that awaits…

Of course, this cheese will be judged – and not just by the Guinness Book of World Records. Judging and unveiling at 5 p.m. will be open to the public on Wednesday, where the public will be able to view the cheeseboard until 7 p.m. The first 2,000 attendees will receive personally curated to-go cheeseboards.

Before you start thinking you’ll be able to devour most – or all – of it, know that the cheese from the event will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. But you can still witness it, be part of a world record, and then enjoy Concerts on the Square in Madison and/or the multitude of bars and restaurants around it!

Find out more on their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter, @WisconsinCheese. Of course, U.S. 151/Washington Avenue brings you to the Capitol Square, with U.S. 12, 14, 18, and Highways 30 and 113 bringing you into town. I-39, I-90, and I-94 skirt Madison to the east.



World’s Largest Cheese Board / Concerts on the Square Address (as of Wednesday)

King Street Concerts on the Square
115 King Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 836-8820
Website




Oshkosh EAA Air Show

EAA AirVenture underway in Oshkosh!


This is an amazingly cool thing in Wisconsin: the World’s Largest Experimental Aircraft Fly-In – aka EAA AirVenture – is underway in Oshkosh! Check out all types of planes, from experimental aircraft to military jets and more – they’re flying in and out of Wittman Regional Airport for seven straight days of aerobatics, history, music, camaraderie, and plenty more.

EAA AirVenture militaryCheck out current military aircraft like the B-1B, C-5M, C-17, A-10, E-4B, E/A-18G, KC-135R, KC-10, B-52, F-35, F-22 Raptor, HC-130N, and many more.

An incredible array of air shows will showcase some of the world’s best acrobatic pilots over one of the most aviation-savvy crowds on the planet at EAA AirVenture. Shows will take place Monday 7/23 – Sunday 7/29 at 2:30 pm through 6 pm; Sunday the 29th will also feature air shows from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Night air shows will take place Wednesday 7/25 and Saturday 7/28 during the hours of 8 pm – 10 pm. Enjoy precision aerobatics, rare and unique flying examples, and history through warbird and vintage showcases. The night shows will feature over 100 illuminated drones, lighting up the skies over Oshkosh, EAA AirVenture, and Lake Winnebago!



The Royal Air Force is celebrating their 100th anniversary, and a variety of their aircraft will be arriving and on display at various times, including the Argus III, Curtiss P-40, deHavilland Mosquito, Gloster Meteor, Sopwith Pop, and more!

EAA AirVenture smoke signalGet a ride in a B-17 Aluminum Overcast, an old-school Ford Tri-Motor, or a Bell 47 Helicopter.

Check out the American Barnstormers Tour, which will feature the largest gathering of Travel Air biplanes in the modern day. This is the culmination of a tour of barnstormers that began in Jefferson City, Missouri, back on July 5th and continued through a number of stops including Eau Claire before the trip to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture. See the show, take a ride, and more.

The Airbus Fly-In Theater is like a drive-in, but you fly-in! From the comfort of your lawn chair or blanket, enjoy Hollywood classics illuminating from a five-story-high projection screen, with free popcorn. Show begin around 8:30 pm (9:30 pm on Wednesday and Saturday) with an introduction by a presenter, followed by a classic film – weather permitting, of course.

There’s also skydiving, the Lindbergh Innovation Forum, World War I Centennial Activities, the Spirit of Aviation Mobile Experience, KidVenture, the Seaplane Base on Lake Winnebago,  even the One Week Wonder, where a complete airplane is built over the seven-day period of EAA AirVenture!

You can get to Wittman Regional Airport and the site of EAA AirVenture via I-41, right between Highways 26, 44, and 91 along the western outskirts of Oshkosh. The skies will be plenty busy above you!

For more details, check out our EAA AirVenture page, or get a direct line on admission and tickets here. And enjoy the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration! Or watch the video below:



EAA AirVenture Address:

3000 Poberezny Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902
(920) 426-4800
Website

STT Podcast Marshfield

STT Marshfield Podcast: Heading to the Hub

Marshfield is Wisconsin’s “Hub City,” located close to the geographical center of the state. Famously home to Marshfield Clinic, this healthy, bustling town of 20,000 sports everything from race tracks, art galleries, breweries, and unique galleries and shopping to one of the few zoos in the nation that’s home to Kodiak bears. In a city known for hospitality and welcoming visitors, doctors, and researchers from around the world, the amenities to be seen and experienced in Marshfield surprises many.

Hub City Days, Marshfield

Marshfield’s broad Central Avenue during Hub City Days, coming up again in July.

Our own Eric Paulsen, “head tourer” at StateTrunkTour.com, caught up with Matt McLean, Director of the Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau to get up to speed on everything “Hub City” has to offer. You can stream our Marshfield Podcast right here:

You can also link to STT’s Marshfield Podcast here.

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Visit Marshfield via State Trunk Tour

Summerfest 2018 crowd

Summerfest 2018 final day in Milwaukee!


Summerfest 2018 Uline Stage and downtownThe “World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest 2018 has its last day and evening of the year today and tonight along Milwaukee’s lakefront with great music and lots of fun all around!

Today (July 8th)’s Summerfest Headliners include:

American Family Insurance Amphitheater:
Arcade Fire, with Manchester Orchestra, 7:30pm

BMO Harris Pavilion:
Bad Boy, 7:30pm
Cheap Trick, 9:45pm

Miller Lite Oasis:
Timeflies, 9:45pm

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse:
Victor Manuelle, 10pm

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage:
High Valley, 10pm

Summerfest 2018, skyline and US Cellular Stage Sign

Part of Milwaukee’s skyline hovering above the northern part of the Summerfest Grounds, including the new US Cellular Connection Stage sign. The stage was completely redone for 2018.

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard:
Spoof Fest (Missing Persons, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, CCR, Tom Petty), 4pm
Steely Dane, 8pm
Boz Scaggs, 9:45pm

Uline Warehouse Stage:
Sevendust, 9:45pm

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage:
Savannah Conley, 6:45pm
Walker Lukens, 8pm
Anderson East, 10pm

Check the Event page for Summerfest for the rest of the lineups and activities.

Summerfest dates back to 1968 and has since become the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting. Running along Milwaukee’s lakefront nestled within downtown, Discovery World, I-794, and Lake Michigan, Summerfest 2018 offers not only music but over 45 food and beverage vendors, four marketplaces offering crafts and wares from all over the world, interactive exhibits, and just cool general fun.

Summerfest itself runs through today, July 8th. For future reference, tickets run $21 per day, but two discount options exist. One involves a “Weekday admission” ticket, which gets you in any time before 4pm weekdays and runs $13; the other is the 11-Day Power Pass. For frequent festival-goers (we average 9-10 days at this thing), the Power Pass is a great deal: $90, and you get admission each day. You can purchase and print tickets online here. Parking lots are available just to the west of the grounds and throughout downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. The Milwaukee County Transit System also offers “freeway flyer” express buses to and from the grounds from numerous Park & Ride lots in the metro area.

The Summerfest Grounds can be accessed directly via I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32. I-43/94 and Highways 38, 59, and 145 also bring you within a mile of it – which is how far away some people park! Either way, Summerfest 2018 is one of the greatest music festivals on the planet and a definite State Trunk Tour recommendation.

 



Sheboygan and City Green: the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the State Trunk Tour Podcast

STT Podcast: Sheboygan & the new City Green

Sheboygan Podcast for State Trunk TourSheboygan has a lot going on right now! The city’s busy harbor and increasingly vibrant downtown is now being supplemented with City Green, a new outdoor space downtown opened up on the grounds of a former department store. Located on the corner of New York Avenue & 7th Street, City Green is a unique arts and entertainment green space that’s designed as meet-up space for family, friends, and neighbors. From yoga classes to outdoor concerts, it’s becoming a gathering place for this city of 50,000 on Lake Michigan. We decided to discuss it in our new Sheboygan podcast on STT.

Sheboygan’s lakeside location, beautiful harbor, and proximity to everything from Kohler-Andrae State Park to Kohler the village to Whistling Straits Golf Club to its variety of shopping, restaurants, and fun activities for kids and grown-ups alike downtown makes it a very cool destination to check out and spend a weekend. Enjoy a variety of art at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, make the kids’ day at the Sheboygan Children’s Museum, explore the Harbor area, shops, and more near Blue Harbor Resort, hit North Beach and play in Lake Michigan, imbibe in a few craft beers at 3 Sheeps Brewery… it’s all up to you.

I-43 and Highways 23, 28, and 42 bring you to Sheboygan. In fact, the three state highways all meet (and end) at one intersection just west of downtown!

W This Sheboygan Podcast on State Trunk Tour Podcast Radio get into more detail and highlights the new City Green downtown, along with what’s happening all around the area, with Shelly Harms of Visit Sheboygan. You can stream right here:

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Sheboygan Harbor, near the new City Green

Sheboygan Harbor, just down the street from downtown and City Green.