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December 14, 2019
A Pinecrest Christmas brings holiday cheer to Pinecrest Historical Village, a beautiful and attractive 19th century village featuring actual historic – and generally relocated – original Manitowoc County buildings. A Pinecrest Christmas takes place Saturday, December 14th with a ton of events.
Help decorate the tree with the Sorenson family and participate in their holiday traditions. Head on over to the Print Shop to learn the art of printing while making your own holiday cards! In the Two Creeks Town Hall, enjoy decorating Christmas cookies and sipping hot cider during breaks from dancing to live music. While the kids visit Santa in the decorated Visitor Center, adults can shop for unique gifts in the Museum Store. Pinecrest Village is the perfect place to enjoy the simple traditions of the holiday season!
Kids can enlist in the American Junior Red Cross, print their own postcard, view the latest camera technology, and more! Check out the historic buildings too, from an original bank, tavern, and schoolhouse to a town hall – all originals from around Manitowoc County.
Pinecrest Historical Village will be trimmed for the holidays, and wood-fired stoves will beckon with the promise of warmth and good cheer. Be sure to meet their 20th-century Santa and his reindeer for your one-of-a-kind holiday photo from noon to 2 p.m.
Timed Performances for A Pinecrest Christmas, at Niles Church:
Lincoln Singers, Noon – 12:30 pm
Mishicot Soundwave, 1pm – 2pm
Baked goods, hot cider, and hot chocolate will be for sale, in support of youth education programs. The Museum Store will offer historically themed gifts for all ages.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 5 is free
To get to Pinecrest Historical Village, follow County JJ west from I-43 and U.S. 10/Highway 42 (Waldo Drive) about six miles. Or follow County S to JJ north from US 151 just east of Valders. And of course, there’s plenty to explore in Manitowoc and Two Rivers, and throughout Manitowoc County any time of year!
Address for A Pinecrest Christmas:
Pinecrest Historical Village
924 Pinecrest Lane
Manitowoc, WI 54220
October 12, 2019
Hudson was the last Wisconsin stop for westbound travelers on the iconic Yellowstone Trail. The city celebrates 107 years of history for the Trail on Saturday, October 12th this year with Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day.
The year was 1912 and the auto was gaining popularity. It wasn’t uncommon for horse drawn wagons to share potholes with the automobiles that also traveled the country roads and passed through everything the horses left behind.
A few ambitious folks got together and decided to connect county roads which resulted in the first transcontinental road – The Yellowstone Trail. From “Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound!”
Check out Hudson on October 12th for family fun around town with a Vintage and Class Car Show, Cemetery Walk, Pie and Ice Cream Social, Children’s Activities and a drive on the Yellowstone Trail!
Other activities planned include a Car Show, Children’s Activities, a Pie & Ice Cream Social at First Baptist Church, Historic Downtown Hudson Walking Tours, Cemetery Walk @ Willow River Cemetery, Octagon House Tours, Ciranda Garden Fair, Non-Profit Community Fair, Coco’s Heart Rescue, and more. Check out their website for details.
Hudson is right along U.S. 12 (which follows portions of the original Yellowstone Trail) and Highway 35. I-94 runs along the south side of town, and Highway 64 is just a few miles north. Check out this beautiful city on the St. Croix River, and for great waterfalls and trails be sure to hit Willow River State Park nearby!
Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day Address:
Various locations in downtown Hudson
Hudson, WI 54016
August 8, 2019 – August 11, 2019
The beautiful city of Chippewa Falls celebrates its sesquicentennial this year – that means 150 years (to put it more simply!) and the city is celebrating all year long. The weekend of August 8-10 though, is the biggest party: the Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Birthday Bash Weekend!
You don’t have to be able to pronounce it, much less spell it, but you sure can celebrate it as we mark the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Chippewa Falls. There are four days of events for all to enjoy, many of which are free to the public!
Thursday & Friday, August 8 & 9:
THE SWAMPERS – “Today in the Valley” Heyde Center for the Arts/Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, 7:30pm each night
Get Your Tickets Here
Friday, August 9:
CF 150th Birthday Bash
FREE Concert at Riverfront Park Chippewa Falls
4:00p – 10:30p
Music | Food Trucks | Beer Tents | Fireworks
5:00p – 7:00p | Them Coulee Boys
8:00p – 10:00p | Phil Cook
10:15p | Fireworks
Riverfest at Pure Water Days!
FREE Event at Riverfront Park Chippewa Falls
2:00p – 8:00p
Music | Food Trucks | Beer | Antique Car Show | Kids Games | Inflatables | Kubb | Art | Crafts
2:00p – 5:00p | Contradiction
5:00p – 8:00p | Contingency
Chippewa Falls 150th Birthday Bash Pure Water Days Music Celebration at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Saturday, August 10 5pm-Midnight
Admission is $20 (Tickets), Parking is FREE
Food Trucks On Site, Leinie’s Beer Garden Open and Serving Beverages
8:00-10:00p | Arch Allies
10:30p | Chris Kroeze
Find out more about these events for the Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Bash here from GO Chippewa Falls!
Chippewa Falls is easy to get to! Freeway access via U.S. 53 or Highway 29 brings you in from the south, north, east, or west. A scenic ride along the Chippewa River from the northeast on Highway 178 is always a great drive, and Highway 124 (the old U.S. 53) also brings you in from the north via Highways 40 and 64. Following the old Yellowstone Trail brings you in, too!
August 1, 2019 – August 3, 2019
Hayward hosts the 60th annual Lumberjack World Championships August 1-3, 2019! The Lumberjack World Championships began in 1960 as a way to acknowledge the rich history of the logging industry across the United States. Once again, over 21 events will offer international competition showcasing the best sawing, chopping, speed climbing, log rolling, boom-running & more! It’s great family fun.
More than 100 lumberjacks and lumberjills vie for more than $50,000 in prize money, making this one of the largest paybacks for lumberjack competition in the world – and of course, world records in these events could be set – they often have!
Opening night – Thursday, August 1st – is Mountain Dew Family Night, with special family pricing for admission ($45 for two adults and up to four children) and other specials. Other ticket packages run around $53 for three days’ worth of admission.
Tickets can be purchased online here!
|Child (12 & under)||$20||$20||$25-30||$55|
|General Admission||Thu||Fri||Sat||3-Day Pass|
|Child (4 or under)||FREE||FREE||$20||$45|
Getting to Hayward means a beautiful drive through the North Woods – just what we like! Hayward is along U.S. 63 on the drive from Spooner to Ashland; it’s also where Highways 27 and 77 meet up. While in town, check out the great trails, shopping, the World’s Largest Musky at the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, the Angry Minnow Brewpub, and more!
Hayward Lumberjack World Championships Address:
15670 West County Road B
Hayward, WI 54843
Lumberjack World Championships Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 1, 2019
11:30am LWC Festival Grounds Open to Ticket Holders
All Day Family Fun! Obstacle Course for Kids,
Face Painting, Meet Smokey the Bear,
Hear Lumberjack Tales, Try Log-Rolling!
12:30pm Qualifying Competitions: Chopping, Sawing,
Logrolling, Boom Running.
5:00pm Smokey The Bear’s Birthday Party!
6:00pm Main Show – Professional Quarterfinal Competition
Friday, August 2, 2019
11:30am LWC Festival Grounds Open to Ticket Holders, Wood Carving Demonstration
12:30pm Professional and Novice Qualifying Competitions
3:30pm Happy Hour – Swinging Axe Beer Garden
Live Music by Steve Beguhn – American Idol Finalist!
6:00pm Main Show – Professional Semi-Final Competition
Saturday, August 3, 2019
8:00am Lumberjack Run 5K Run/Walk
11:30am LWC Festival Grounds Open to Ticket Holders
1:00pm Novice Finals and Axe Throwing Competition throughout the afternoon.
3:30pm Happy Hour – Swinging Axe Beer Garden
Live Music by Molly & the Danger Band
6:00pm Main Show – Final World Championship Competition
July 25, 2019 – July 27, 2019
Marshfield is known as “Hub City” and its 15th annual Hub City Days celebrates the city’s heritage, present, and future. Check out a weekend of fun, including a big screen movie shown right on Central Avenue and the new Wenzel Family Plaza!
There are two Duathlons, one for kids and one for adults; Food & Craft Vendors, a 3 on 3 Youth Basketball Tournament, a Pork Cook-Off, Martial Arts and Dance Demonstrations, and a Street Dance with live music.
Kid’s Duathlon, Hub City Days Duathlon, Food & Craft Vendors, Brew Fest, Car Show, Beer Garden, 3 on 3 Youth Basketball Tournament, Pork Cook-Off, Amazing Rage Marshfield Edition, Martial Arts and Dance Demonstrations, and a Street Dance featuring a live band.
The Hub City Brew Fest will feature craft beers from all over Wisconsin and the Midwest! The Car Show will be right on Central Avenue (Historic Highway 13).
Hub City Days Schedule:
Thursday, July 25th
5:00 pm – Hot Time in the City
Join the kick off of Hub City Days!
• Business After 5 hosted by Main Street Marshfield
• BMO Harris Bank Parking Lot
• Beer Garden and Cookout
• Bean Bags & Free Throw Contest
• Door Prize Giveaways
Friday, July 26th
• Kids Duathlon
• Movie on Central – starting at dusk.
• Concessions available on Central’s 300 Block
Saturday, July 27th
7:00 am Hub City Days Duatholon at UW-Wood County
9:30 am Registration; 10am Start: Personal Development Center’s Amazing Race
10:00 am – ? Hub City Hoops – Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. City Hall Parking Lot
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Karate and Dance Demonstrations. 5th & Central
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Hub City Car Show. 100-400 Block
All Day: Beer Garden. 600 Block
All Day: Food Vendors
All Day: Choo-Choo Train Rides
12:00 pm Marshfield Area Pet Shelter – Dunk Tank. 6th & Central
12:30pm-4pm Brew Fest $25 in advance or $30 at the door. 600 Block
1 pm-3:30 pm Live Music on the Main Stage. 600 Block
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Central Wisconsin’s Got Talent Auditions. Pre-Registration Required. 6th & Central
7:00 pm-11:00 pm Street Dance featuring Johnny Wad on the Main Stage! 600 Block
7:00 pm-11:00 pm KLM Entertainment presents Electr-City from 7-11pm. Enjoy Electric Dance Music (EDM), Pop, and RAVE Music. Located in the Milwaukee Parking lot off of Chestnut & 5th Street.
Check out our State Trunk Tour Marshfield Podcast with Matt McLean, where we talk Hub City Days, the city and all the things to do and see in it, here or stream it below!
June 15, 2019
The Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine in Fort Atkinson has its annual Dairy Day at the “MOOseum” Saturday, June 15th, 2019. It’s a celebration of all things dairy!
Learn about the dairy industry—both past and present—from the cow to the final products of cheese, yogurt, and milk. Booths featuring dairy-related businesses, groups, and dairy samples available throughout grounds and Museum.
Inga from PBS’ Around the Farm Table will be here to talk about dairy tourism and hold a cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s Dairy Cook-off theme is grilled cheese sandwiches, and you can buy a grilled cheese sandwich from Jefferson County Agribusiness or a Root-breed float in honor of your favorite dairy breed for lunch!
Family friendly activities include as barn games, dairy trivia, and the Cow Parade, which gets “moooo-ving” at 1:30 pm.
In addition, the Hoard Historical Museum and the National Dairy Shrine Museum will be open for visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dairy Day at the MOOseum Address:
401 Whitewater Avenue (U.S. 12 & Highway 89)
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
June 8, 2019
Well, THIS is an interestingly-named event: the Roofing of the Goats Parade takes place in Sister Bay on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 10:30 am right along Highway 42.
All goats are invited to participate in the 7th annual Roofing of the Goats parade! Don’t have a goat? Then line up and watch the famous Al Johnson’s goats while they head down the streets to climb up onto the sod roof. They will be joined by many of their local Door County goat friends who will also be at the festivities. Goat costumes, goatees, Viking hats, and other creative endeavors are encouraged. The parade begins at the corner of Mill Road and Highway 42 in downtown Sister Bay, and goes a trot, kick and a leap down the road to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The parade culminates with the roofing of the first goats of the season at Al Johnson’s (weather permitting – the goats don’t go on the roof in rain or snow). The Goat Parade will be followed by Al Johnson’s 3rd Annual Goat Fest, located at Stabbur Beer Garden, next to the restaurant. Goat Fest will feature all day festivities including: live music, kid’s games, various beverages, great food, and a Swedish Pancake Eating contest. Other businesses throughout town will also be celebrating with specials.
Returning this year is the Goat Drop Contest. You can help support the Northern Door Food Pantry and have some fun. With a purchase of a goat drop sticker, you will be entered in to win a Trek Fat Tire Cruiser bike from Husby’s and Flanigan’s Distributing, a $100 gift card from Al Johnson’s, or a Lunch and Farm Tour from Door County Creamery. Stickers will be placed on the street along the parade route. To win, a Goat must make a deposit on your sticker during the Goat parade. All proceeds will go to the Northern Door Food Pantry at the Sister Bay Baptist Church. Stickers will be available for purchase at the parade, or if you can’t attend you can still join in on the fun and purchase your stickers online. You do not need to be present to win! Buy your stickers HERE.
Parade line up begins on the southeast corner of Highway 42 (N. Bay Shore Dr.) and Mill Road, and begins at 10:30 a.m. Don’t be late…the goats walk fast!
After the parade, Goat Fest at Al Johnson’s will begin, and includes Live Music, Kids Games and Crafts, a Swedish Pancake Eating Contest and more.
Sister Bay Roofing of the Goats Parade Address:
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik
10698 N. Bay Shore Road (Highway 42)
Sister Bay, WI 54234
June 7, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Copperfest, June 7-9 2019
Copperfest celebrates Wisconsin’s “Copper Country” in Oconto, and this year Copperfest is celebrating 37 years! Come join the fun on June 7, 8 and 9, 2019.
Great music will includes performances by Subject 2 Change, Pretty Naughty, Spitfire Rodeo, Johnny Wad, and Aaron Socha Livewire.
Grilling enthusiasts Mad Dog & Merrill are back, plus Duke Otherwise, Brayson’s Bouncers, Cassady’s Critters, UTL wrestling, a trout pond, horseshoe tournament, fireworks, children’s games, and much more!
The Artist Village with roughly 120 artists and crafters from all over the state runs Friday from 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.
The Car Show takes place Saturday 10am-4pm. It’s a judged show with People’s Choice, Children’s Choice, Copperfest Committee Pick, Best of Show and more!
Advanced wristbands are $5 for all weekend and $2 for seniors/youth. Kids under 5 are free. Otherwise, daily admission prices are:
The Friday Kick-off Breakfast is catered by Wayne’s Family Restaurant starting at 6:30am-8:30am, with the crowning of Miss Copperfest at 8:00am. This will happen at the Copperfest grounds (Ner Park), at the corner of Madison & Arbutus.
Saturday’s Parade starts at 10:00am with a “Celebrating our Heritage” theme. The Parade route is from the corner of Chicago and Farnsworth to Main Street down to Park Ave and ending at Monroe and Park Ave.
Fireworks will kick off at 9:30pm Saturday night at Ner Park.
Oconto Copperfest Address:
709 Madison Street
Oconto, WI 54153
You’ll find Oconto at the eastern end of Highway 22, right at U.S. 41. It’s about eight miles east of U.S. 141 and 10 miles south of Highway 64. Copperfest is in town, and just east past downtown is the shores of Green Bay, with lakeside parks and piers and a view across the bay to Door County. It’s only about half an hour from the city of Green Bay and twenty minutes from Marinette.
October 5, 2018 – October 6, 2018
Black River Falls and the Jackson County Fairgrounds get into the Gemütlichkeit spirit with Black River Area Oktoberfest! This 12th annual music, beer, food, and fun-filled event takes place Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th.
The Kick-Off Party is Friday evening from 6-9 pm at Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls, with live music and plenty of food and locally-brewed craft beer to kick off Black River Falls Oktoberfest.
Saturday features tons of music and entertainment at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, from 10am – 10pm. Artists and bands include Dave Kiral, Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen, and evening headliner Copper Box. The “Tapping of the Golden Keg” will happen at 1pm. There will be plenty of food and drink vendors, a caricature artist, children’s inflatables, games and face painting, a photo booth, horse-drawn wagon rides, alpacas from Fevolden Farm, a giant pumpkin you can guess the weight of to win prizes, and of course plenty of German celebrations and bier specialties. Free shuttles will run from Sand Creek Brewing to the Jackson County Fairgrounds throughout the day Saturday from 10am – 5pm.
The “Things That Roll” Car Show also takes place on the Jackson County Fairgrounds Saturday, with cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, classic RVs, ATVs and more. Many are classics; some are sport; all are fun to explore. It’s a motor paradise as part of the Black River Falls Oktoberfest.
Black River Area Oktoberfest Address:
Jackson County Fairgrounds
388 Melrose Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615
October 14, 2017 – October 15, 2017
A fun weekend can be enjoyed – in lederhosen among other outfits – with Cedarburg Oktoberfest. Bursting with gemuetlichkeit, it runs Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, October 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission and parking!
A huge tent in the Community Center parking lot covers the bands, the dance floor and tables, lending a true Oktoberfest feel. Cedarburg Oktoberfest means authentic German music and the entertainment features Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers, Tuba Dan, the Alte Kameraden Band, D’Lustig’n Wendlstoana Dancers and the Cedarburg Civic Band plus a wooden dance floor for Polka fans. And, if you’ve never seen a live Glockenspiel Show (Cuckoo Clock), this delightful, goofy event will make you laugh as it reappears every two hours.
There will be plenty of German foods and beers, wines and German desserts. Festivals of Cedarburg will dish up authentic German dinners, classics like Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, German Sausage Platter, and other delights. Cedarburg Lion’s will serve Currywurst, Bratwurst and Hotdogs. You’ll also find specialty beers such as Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr, Leinenkugel Oktoberfest and Bluemoon. They will also have award-winning wines from Cedar Creek Winery and specialty beer from The Fermentorium.
Silly contests with prize awards include Saturday’s Best Lederhosen/Dirndl Judging Contest, and Sauerkraut Eating Contest and Sunday’s German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z).
There will be a merchant’s marketplace on the Cedarburg Oktoberfest grounds. Around town, arts will be highlighted all weekend long with the Cedarburg Artists Guild Covered Bridge Studio Tour. While in Cedarburg, tour the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s art exhibits, Cedarburg History Museum and Visitor Center, the historic Kuhefuss House (1849), Paul J. Yank Cedarburg Brewery (1843), Cedar Creek Winery in the Wittenberg Woolen Mill or better known as the Cedar Creek Settlement (1864), the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts and the Cedarburg Art Museum. Most are within walking distance from the Festival.
For the automobile aficionados – and what State Trunk Tourer isn’t – members of the Milwaukee Area Volkswagen Club will be displaying their cars during Cedarburg Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Come back on Sunday, October 15 from when approximately 20 members of the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club of America will be showing their cars from noon to 3:00 p.m. A variety of Porsches is expected at this event, including some of the earliest models.
Stroll along Washington Avenue absorbing the charm and historic ambiance of thriving downtown Cedarburg, chock-full of unique retail shops and restaurants. Founded in the 1840’s, Cedarburg was declared a National Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city is home to more than 100 restored and intact buildings of historic significance.
Cedarburg Oktoberfest Address:
Cedarburg Community Center
W63N641 Washington Avenue (Historic Highway 57)
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Check out some great fall fun in historic Cedarburg, along Historic Highway 57 (Washington Avenue) just north of Highway 167 and south of Highway 60. Highway 181 is just to the west. It’s only about 10-12 minutes off I-43/Highway 32, and it’s a great little town!
September 9, 2017
Check out Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars as they get celebrated on Saturday, September 9th! These beautifully restored electric streetcars travel a 2-mile loop throughout the year, providing easy access and a scenic tour of the Lake Michigan shoreline, HarborPark, two historic districts, downtown business district and the METRA train station.
Kenosha Streetcar Day features tours of the “streetcar barn” (Joseph McCarthy Transit Center), interactive displays, vendors, a streetcar trivia game, and more. The Streetcars will be in operation and of course they’ll be available for photo-ops. Spend the day riding as many of Kenosha’s streetcars as you want, explore the downtown area with its shops, museums, restaurants, and bars. Two cars will be running at a time, with others out for display.
You can easily get to downtown Kenosha via Highway 32 along the lake, or using Highways 50 or 158 from I-41/94 or Highway 31. Downtown is about seven miles east of the Interstate (or from the Brat Stop or Mars Cheese Castle, if we’re measuring from State Trunk Tour favorites!)
Kenosha Streetcar Day Address:
Streetcar Day is presented by Kenosha Streetcar Society, Kenosha Area Transit, and more. Activities center around the Joseph McCarthy Transit Center
724 54th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
August 20, 2016 – August 21, 2016
Heirloom Garden Weekend takes place the weekend of August 20-21, 2016 at Old World Wisconsin, a beautiful place that documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest in the southwestern corner of Waukesha County.
Throughout Heirloom Garden Weekend you can participate in special programs, walking tours, mini-workshops, family activities and sampling of heirloom plants in and about Old World Wisconsin’s historic gardens. Learn about the gardening practices of early immigrant settlers and get tips for growing and enjoying plants in your garden. Feel free to contact them at 262-594-6301 for more information and times.
Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall enjoy a talk by Jennifer Jordan, UWM Professor and author of “Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods.” She will discuss “How Tomotoes Became Heirlooms and Apples became Antiques.” Ms. Jordan will be available to sign books following her talk. Books will be available for sale.
Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall hear Ellen Penwell, former curator of Collections at Old World Wisconsin, talk about “Dig In! The History of Garden Tools.”
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Bill Stone of Brightonwoods Orchard will present, “Heirloom Apple Tees in WI” with a tree grafting demo.
For Heirloom Garden Weekend, the cost for adults (18-64) is $19; children (5-17) are $10; children 4 and under are free; Senior citizens (65 and over) are $16. Fees include an all-day tram transportation pass. Parking is free.
You’ll find Old World Wisconsin along Highway 67 on its beautiful drive through Kettle Moraine near Eagle, just south of the junction with Highway 59. U.S. 12 and Highway 20 meet Highway 67 about seven miles to the south.
August 19, 2016 – August 21, 2016
“Where Old West Meets New” is the theme of Viroqua’s Wild West Days, which takes place in town August 19-21 this year in Viroqua. It’s a whole throwback to the frontier days with events happening across the weekend.
Daily Events Include:
* Main Street Performances
* Old Time Barber
* Childrens Games & Crafts
* Pony Rides
* Stage Coach Rides
* Petting Zoo
* Great Food Vendors
* Saloon To Wet Your Whistle
* Wild Rose Cafe
* Old West & New West Vendors
* Period Displays In An 1800’s Boomtown Setting
Other Special Events include a Western Concert, Rodeo Competitions, Cowboy Church, and – yes – Hog Wraslin’. A Horse-Drawn Parade will klip-klop through downtown Viroqua Friday evening.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday August 19th
6:00 pm Wild West Days All Horse Parade (downtown Viroqua)
7:00 pm Horse Pull
7:00 pm K.G. and The Ranger Concert (Temple Theater)
7:30 pm Maggie Mae & the Heartland Country Band with Eric Nofsinger Concert (Temple Theater)
Saturday August 20th
9:00 am Ranch Rodeo Preliminaries
9:00 am Boomtown Opens
11:00 am Horseshoe Contest
1:00 pm Hog Wrastlin’
6:15 pm Mutton Bustin’
7:00 pm Hell on Hooves Rodeo
Sunday August 21st
7:00 am – 11:00 am Cowboy Breakfast Sponsored by Bethel Home (Hockey Arena across from Wild West Days Grounds)
9:00 am Boomtown Opens
11:00 am Cowboy Church Service
1:15 pm Mutton Bustin’
2:00 pm Bulls & Barrels Rodeo
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for kids 12 and under. If you collected a plastic water bottle in the area with a special Wild West Days label on it, you can bring it to the festival and receive ONE FREE Kids Admission! The Rodeo is extra, a $15 admission for adults and $5 for kids 6-13. Hog Ras – er, Wrestling is also extra, $3 for adults and $1 for kids (and note: the winner is responsible for processing the hog.)
925 Nelson Parkway
Viroqua, WI 54665
June 25, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Celebrate Dairy Month, and Wisconsin’s dairy heritage, at Wade House by taking part in cheese, butter and ice cream making in the fashion of the 1860s.
Wade House is an 1850s stagecoach inn built to serve traffic along the plank road that connected Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, tells the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family during the Civil War years. In addition to the inn, the historic site includes the recently reconstructed Herrling sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation. Wade House is also home to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses the state’s largest collection of antique carriages and working wagons.
Adults $11; children (5-17) $5.50; students and senior citizens (65 and over) $9.25; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $30. Horse-drawn transportation on the site included in ticket cost.
Wade House is along Highway 23 between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, just west of Plymouth. Highways 57 and 67 come close too! All the details on this event and more on Wade House can be found on their website HERE.