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March 4, 2020 – March 8, 2020
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show runs March 4-8 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, where State Trunk Tour Highways 59 and 181 meet just south of I-94 in West Allis, Wisconsin. Hundreds of vendors, displays, showcases, special events, and more are available for the outdoor sports lovers across the entire family!
February 28, 2020 – March 1, 2020
In 2017, the Wisconsin Fishing Expo expanded for additional fishing- and hunting-related wildlife art and goods. In 2018, a new wing opened focusing on kayaks and other silent watercraft. This year, the Wisconsin Fishing Expo continues to add vendors and booths both upstairs and downstairs to further expand what you can explore!
You can still expect mom-and-pop fishing vendors with gear that anglers can’t find at box stores. There will also be a tremendous presence from some of the leading national brands in the fishing industry, including Clam, Berkley, Beaver Dam, ACME, Fenwick, Okuma, Gamakatsu, Ray Marine, Garmin, St. Croix, Fishing Hot Spots, Stren, and many, many more. Check out and meet
For boats, over 20 brands will be ready to sell from top bets like Crestliner, Alumacraft, Bass Cat, Yar Craft, Tracker, Ranger, Triton, Smoker Craft, Bennington, and others.
Plenty of Youth Activities will be available, bigger and better than ever. Check it out!
- Kids mock Fishing Pond (brown bags .50 a try)
- Free Face Painting
- Free Balloon Animals
- Free Rods, Reels and Gear at Youth Fishing Seminars (limited supply!)
- Free Bow Fishing (Shoot at Fish Targets)
- Minnow Races
- Trout Pond with Tagged Fish for EXTRA PRIZES!
- Kids Casting Competition
The Alliant Energy Center is easily accessed via Madison’s Beltline (U.S. 12/18) off John Nolen Drive (Exit 263) or Rimrock Road (Exit 262). U.S. 14 & 151 are close by. You can also come through downtown via U.S. 151 and follow John Nolen Drive down the causeway. There’s so much else to see and do in Madison, too!
Friday – 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Saturday – 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Sunday – 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
$10.00 for Adult (Kids 12 and under are FREE)
A parking fee is charged per car by Dane County. (fee subject to change by Dane County, it’s usually $7 cash.)
Here’s a previous ad for the Wisconsin Fishing Expo:
Wisconsin Fishing Expo Address:
Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53703
February 19, 2020 – February 22, 2020
The “Birkie” returns to Hayward, providing year-round, healthy, active lifestyle events for thousands of adventurous spirits of all ages and abilities. Their slogan is SKI . RUN . BIKE . LIVE! It all began in 1973, when 35 determined skiers gathered on the starting line for the American Birkebeiner. Little did they know…they were about to change everything. Today, the Birkie provides year-round, healthy, active lifestyle events for thousands of adventurous spirits of all ages and abilities.
The official name of this main event is the Slumberland American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Event. It’s North America’s largest and most prestigious X-C ski marathon; 12,000 skiers of all ages, genders and nationalities participate in the 51K Birkebeiner, the 24K Kortelopet, Prince Haakon 13K, the children’s Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, Elite Sprints, and Family Fun Ski.
Other fun events include the Barkie Birkie Skijor and Giant Ski Competition (six people on one pair of skis. What-what?? Find out more here.) The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race, the legendary American Birkebeiner–Title Sponsor, Slumberland Furniture–the Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 107-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars.
The Slumberland American Birkebeiner®:
- Spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers
- North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
- Attracts over 10,000 Birkie/Korte skiers
- Part of the Worldloppet circuit of 20 international ski marathons and part of the American Ski Marathon series of 13 races.
American Birkebeiner (the Birkie) Event Address:
10527 Main Street
Hayward, WI 54843
Check out a recap from last year here!
February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020
Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is one of the upper Midwest’s most unique winter events, open to over 4,000 skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route!
This is a point-to-point race that starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn. Please plan your transportation accordingly. They strongly urge you to park your car in Washburn near the finish area at Thompson’s West End Park just off Highway 13, and catch a shuttle to Ashland before the race. Buses will run from Washburn to Ashland from 1:00–5:00 pm prior to the race.
The race itself starts in waves, from competitive skiers and snowshoers to recreational, and then walkers who may prefer not to be timed. The start area is at Maslowski Beach, which is located along U.S. Highway 2 at the far west end of Ashland. The finish line is in Washburn, on the bay near Thompson’s West End Park. A heated tent will be set up there for the post-race chili feed, beer and soda, music and awards.
Participate, or just marvel at it. It’s a fun party and the area is beautiful this time of year – as long as you’re bundled up properly!
U.S. 2 and Highway 13 are the main highways to and from Ashland. U.S. 63 guides you there from western Wisconsin, and local Highways 112 and 118 help you navigate the area. More things to do for this event in Ashland are available below.
Book Across the Bay Address:
Maslowski Beach Park
U.S. Highway 2 West
Ashland, WI 54806
Book Across the Bay Events:
HHG on Valentine’s Day Concert: Friday, February 14
The group Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will perform at the big Book Across The Bay tent in Washburn Friday night, February 14th (yes, Valentine’s Day), while you enjoy a variety of craft beers from local craft breweries! Doors open at 5pm and the music starts at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at $15 per person with BATB registration, or $20 for the concert only.
Featuring great brews from:
White Winter Meadery, Cidery & Distillery
Castle Danger Brewery
Earth Rider Brewery
South Shore Brewery
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Numerous “Book Across the Bay” Events Saturday, February 15, both in and near Ashland:
Check out the Northern Pines Sled Dog Race, Saturday morning at 9am at Northern Pines Golf Course and Event Center located at 69420 Airport Road, Iron River, just down U.S. 2. More info at 715-372-8558.
Glidden Snobears Annual Fundraiser Toilet Seat Races, Chinese Auction/ Chili & Soup Cook Off at Roxy’s Bar in Glidden. Registration 11am, race at 12noon, Chinese auction starts at 12noon, and drawing at 3pm. Get a chance to win Las Vegas Package, casino getaways, and gift certificates! Soup Chili Cook-off from noon-3pm. Judging at 3pm. Meat & Bucket Raffle to benefit the club. For rules and regulations or more information, contact Jeff at 715-264-6242.
Bar Stool Races in Drummond on Brian Miller Hill behind the Black Bear Inn on Hwy. 63, Drummond. Registration is at 11am, race starts at 12pm. For more information, call 715-739-6313 or visit www.drummondwi.com.
The Main Event: the Book Across the Bay Race! Join them in their heated Start Line tent on Race Day. The pre-race Expo hosts 20 local businesses & vendors ranging from Food & Beverage to Outdoor Sporting Goods and Crafts & Photography. Free admission and Family friendly! Have your skis waxed, browse gear, art, and mingle while you wait for the 24th annual Book Across The Bay race. Start gun at 6pm!
Sunday, February 16: Bike Across the Bay
Bike Across the Bay at 10am, hosted by North Coast Cycling Association. The race will start from the Washburn Shore. Registration will be from 8:30-9:30am at the Harbor View Event Center, 130 Harbor View Dr, Washburn. Get more info at www.northcoastcycling.com.
October 18, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Wisconsin’s largest snowmobile show and sale takes place at the State Fair Park Expo Center with the Snowmobile USA Show & Sale. Happening Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, the show features snowmobile manufacturers, dealers, trailers, clothing, accessories, resorts and other lodging all providing information and offering discounted pricing.
Across the 200,000 square feet of the Expo Center, the Snowmobile USA Show & Sale features 2020 factory displays with new Polaris & Ski-Doo snowmobiles. Get the best pre-season deals and check out all that is snowmobiling all under one roof. (Wear comfortable shoes; There’s A LOT to see here!)
This year’s show features model year 2020 ATVs & UTVs from Can-Am, Polaris, Textron & Yamaha on display along with aftermarket ATV/UTV parts, accessories & clothing. Other displays & vendors include: high performance parts, open & enclosed trailers, graphics, resorts & lodges, snowmobile clubs, racing associations, magazines, maps, antiques, Midwest, Western & Canadian snowmobiling destinations, swap meets & safety classes. Special show prices & discounts on all snowmobile-related items including helmets, boots, suits, gloves, trailers, performance parts, belts, oil, decals, clothing, accessories, resort packages, magazines, lodging, tours, trail maps & more!
Friday 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
$10 adult admission
Ages 12 & under admitted FREE
You’ll find the Snowmobile USA Show & Sale at Wisconsin State Fair’s Exposition Center, which is at the corner of Highway 59 (Greenfield Avenue) and Highway 181 (84th Street), just south of I-94 and about 1 1/2 miles east of I-41/894 & U.S. 45, and two miles east of Highway 100. U.S. 18, Blue Mound Road, is about a 1 1/2 miles to the north. Plenty of ways to access the place!
Snowmobile USA Show & Sale Address:
Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center
640 S. 84th Street (Highway 181 at Highway 59)
West Allis, WI 53214
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 13, 2019 – July 14, 2019
Racine welcomes the only Pro Watercross Tour stop in Wisconsin this summer July 13-14!
Watercross is basically motocross on Personal Watercrafts (PWCs or jet skis) – but these athletes compete on an unpredictable liquid track, varying from oceans, lakes and rivers. Competitors challenge the notion of what’s possible, utilizing the most advanced equipment reaching speeds of over 85 mph against a full line of competitors to the extreme freestylist landing a double back-flip in surf. This sport is driven by their passion, creating a lifestyle that combines adrenaline and pure enjoyment of being on the water.
Each race begins with one of the most gut-wrenching experiences in motorsports the side-by-side gated start. Similar to horse racing, a watercross racing start features 20 riders exploding off the line, each thinking to themselves “I’m going to be the first one to that buoy.” Surviving the first-turn is just the beginning. Speed, technique and racing ability will all come into play over the next 20 minutes, as the riders begin to negotiate a series of left and right hand turns.
This exciting event is part of a national tour with stops in Panama City Beach and Pensacola Beach in Florida; Hartwell, GA; and the National Championship in Charleston, WV.
Round Three takes place on the waters of Lake Michigan at Racine’s nationally-recognized North Beach, with plenty of action in Closed Course, Freestyle, Freeride, and Hydrodrag Racing both Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th.
2019 Pro Watercross Tour Racine Address:
100 Kewaunee Street
Racine, WI 53403
Schedule for spectators for the 2019 Pro Watercross Tour in Racine:
Saturday, July 13
Team Faith Devotional Practice: 9:30 am
Racing: Following practice
Pro Show: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (moto 1)
Post Pro Show: Amateur racing continues (motos 1&2)
Saturday Night Pit Party: 8:00 pm | TBA
Make sure you have your wristband on for entry into the “Saturday Night Pit Party”
Sunday, July 14
Amateur Racing: 9:15 am (moto 3)
Pro Show: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (motos 1&2)
Post Racing: Awards
July 13, 2019 – July 21, 2019
Racine’s annual Salmon-A-Rama is a popular tournament open to all anglers on Lake Michigan, with nine days of entertainment for the whole family! Now one of the largest freshwater salmon and trout tournaments in the world, Salmon-A-Rama features participation categories like the off shore/Boat division, on shore, youth, kayak, Two-In-A-Boat and Super Sweepstakes.
The Grand Prize is a combination of $25,000 cash and a 9.9-horsepower Yamaha outboard motor or the choice of a 2018 GMC Canyon, Buick Encore or Chevrolet Camaro. There’s an additional $70,000 in cash and prizes in several categories. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lake Michigan fishery for future generations to enjoy.
Salmon-A-Rama is not only a fishing tournament, it’s also a festival. There will be something for everyone. There will be bands, raffles, a bags tournament, pig roast, smelt fry, fish boil, kids entertainment and so much more.
Salmon-A-Rama kicks off at 12:01 am Saturday, July 13th (so you might also say late Friday night) and it runs through 11 am on Sunday, July 21st. Tournament headquarters are at Pershing Park, 500 Pershing Drive, on Racine’s lakefront. You can stop by the tent every day to check on the leaderboards and/or explore the variety of vendors, the fish weigh-in, and numerous fish cooking and smoking demonstrations.
500 Pershing Drive
Racine, WI 53043
June 15, 2019
Racine’s award-winning North Beach hosts EVP Beach Volleyball once again on Saturday, June 15, 2019! EVP is calling this the “$3,000 Beach Sports Festival” as they seek to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach. At each event, spectators will not only see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors, they also have the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions.
Real Racine officially presents the EVP Beach Sports Festival. The volleyball courts will be set up on North Beach, adjacent to the Oasis. All events are free to spectators. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Two-person men’s and women’s volleyball teams will compete in pro and amateur divisions.
The pro and amateur teams that finish in first and second place are awarded a big to compete in the 2019 EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship held at Hampton, VA in August.
Friday’s event schedule
8:30 a.m., juniors tournament begins (open to ages 8 through 18).
Saturday’s event schedule
8 a.m. pro matches begin
9 a.m. men’s and women’s amateur tournament begins
11 a.m. center court contest
2 p.m. juniors playoffs begin
4 to 6 p.m, amateur finals.
Sunday’s event schedule
9:30 a.m., co-ed 2s and juniors sign in
10 a.m., men’s pro finals
11 a.m., women’s pro finals.
EVP Beach Sports Festival Address:
About EVP Beach Tours
The EVP® Beach Volleyball Tour’s primary aim is to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach. At each event, spectators will not only see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors, they also have the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions at hosting venues.
Teams who finish 1st and 2nd are awarded a bid to compete in the 2019 EVP® World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship in Hampton, VA at Paradise Ocean Club on: Friday, August 9 (Juniors 12U & 14U) Saturday, August 11 (Pro, Adult & 16U, 18U)
June 1, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Carp Fest is held at Central Park in Two Rivers, where you can enjoy live music, food and refreshments through out the weekend. The annual Carp Fest is a family fun event centered around the prized Golden Carp, which is found in the East and West Twin Rivers that make up why Two Rivers has its name.
The Wisconsin Carp Championship catch and release fishing tournament is held over the weekend, where World Class Carp Anglers are fishing not only to be the WI State Carp Champion, but earn a spot on Team USA and fish the World Carp Championship.
Come out and cheer for one of the Anglers at pegs found at Vets Park, Paddlers Park and Washington Park locations on the East and West Twin Rivers. Bring the kids out to meet Cliff Cousteau the Carp Fest Mascot!
You can find Central Park along Washington Avenue in Two Rivers; Highways 42, 147, and 310 all bring you there.
Sat. June 1st:
Fishing Tournament Begins
Tent at Carp Fest opens – 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Conscious Pilot performs from 3:00 to 6:00
Annex performs from 7:00 to 11:00
Sun. June 2nd:
The tent at Carp Fest opens – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Out of Time performs from 3:00 to 7:00
Fishing Tournament Awards Ceremony
Two Rivers Carp Fest Address:
1750 Washington Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241
February 23, 2019
Why use a 12-pound bowling ball when you can use a 12-pound turkey? Mountain’s Riverview Fire Department hosts its 9th annual Turkey Bowling event Saturday, February 23rd. The action happens right along Highway 32 at the Town of Riverview’s Ice Rink & Pavilion.
Turkey Bowling will consist of four-person teams, any age is cool. You can register your group for turkey bowling the day of for just $30. Of course, you can just watch, too. There will also be food, beverages, raffles and more, and of course the heated pavilion to warm up in!
For more information or to Pre-Register, call or text Barry @ 715-850-0364.
Register for $30 at the Half-Way Bar or at the event itself the day of. Enjoy chili, sandwiches, beverages, raffles and more throughout the day! Ice grippers are encouraged.
You’ll find the turkey bowling action along Highway 32, just north of Highway 64 in Mountain in Oconto County. Should be a fun time, and then check out the beautiful snowmobile trails, hiking trails, fishing lakes and flowages, forest lands, even Larry the Logroller in nearby Wabeno! Or head east to Crivitz, south to Gillett (the “ATV Capital”), or Oconto itself for history in Copper Culture State Park and some great dining options!
Turkey Bowling Address in Mountain:
Town of Riverview Ice Rink & Pavilion
15471 State Highway 32
Mountain, WI 54149
February 22, 2019 – February 23, 2019
Battle on Bago is the Midwest’s largest ice fishing tournament and the family and fishing event of the year! The 12th annual Battle on Bago (winter version, there’s a summer one in June) takes place on Lake Winnebago February 22-23, 2019. There’s a Friday Fish Fry on the ice – weather permitting – with live music. Saturday’s Ice Fishing Tournament features over $275,000 in cash and prizes!
The Tournament starts Friday, February 22nd at 6:00 am; scales will be open from 4pm to 8pm. On Saturday February 23rd, scales will open at 9am; the tournament ends at 2:00pm. Tournament ticket sales END at 6am Friday, Februrary 22nd. You must be in line by 2:00 pm at Menominee Park in Oshkosh. Contestants will be allowed to fish Lake Winnebago and the Upper River Lakes: Lake Poygan, Lake Winneconne, and Lake Butte des Morts. Ice Fishing Permitted ONLY. You can weigh 1 fish per fishing ticket of any of the following species: Walleye (minimum length 14”), panfish (perch, bluegills, crappies), or whitebass. Any other fish not listed here will not be eligible for registration. Fish may be taken with tip-ups or by rod and reel. There is no age requirement on tournament participation.
Along with fishing, check out the heated tent and enjoy a great fish fry and other food from 5-10pm, plus live music from 7:30pm-11pm Friday night. The Raffle will be held on Saturday at 5pm. FREE Admission to all non-fishing events!
You can get tickets here. Fishing tickets are $30. You can also buy tickets are various locales in the Oshkosh area, as well as Fleet Farm stores statewide. You also need a valid fishing license from the Wisconsin DNR (888-936-7463).
More info on tickets, tournaments, entertainment, and more can be found on their website, BattleonBago.org.
See more details on their poster below!
Battle on Bago Address:
Menominee Park/Millers Bay
Irving Avenue & Hazel Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(Click to enlarge to full size!)
February 9, 2019
Get your ice fishing gear ready!! The Burlington Jaycees are hosting their 8th Annual Off the Hook Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Fischer Park in Burlington, WI. With over $5,000 in prizes and raffles up for grabs, you can take your chances on raffle prizes in our heated tent, or compete in the always exciting fishing derby and reel in the largest fish. Fishing competition opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Registration, Beer, Food, Coffee, Restroom Facilities, Judging and Raffles are all located on the Boat Launch at Fischer Park located Hwy 11 in Burlington. Parking is free in Fischer Park.
Registration to the derby is $5.00, and there will be awards for first place and second place Bass, Northern and Walleye. All fish must meet legal requirements, and must be alive to register in the derby which runs from 8am – 1pm. All fishermen must practice good judgement regarding ice fishing and its associated risks.
This event is not weather dependent; they’ll be serving food, beer, meat raffles and music in the heated tent on the Fischer Park boat launch.
Raffle drawings begin at 2:30 p.m. and include,
– Gun raffles
– 50/50 drawings
– Jiffy ice auger
– Yeti coolers
– Vexilar products
– Beaver Dam products
– Meat raffles
– Gift Certificates to local businesses
Fischer Park is along Browns Lake, home of the Browns Lake Aquaduck Water Ski Team during the summer. The Jaycees’ Off the Hook Ice Fishing Derby is a great winter event on the lake when it’s in its solid form. You can reach the park along Durand Avenue (City Highway 11) east of downtown and just west of where the Burlington Bypass is now, which officially carries Highways 11, 36, and 83 now. Highway 142 is close by.
Off the Hook Ice Fishing Derby Address:
30326 Durand Avenue (City Highway 11)
Burlington, WI 53105
Before you can have the Birkie, you have to have a Pre-Birkie, right? Well, here it is, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, right in Hayward.
The Hayward Lions Club hosts this qualifying race for the Birkie and Kortelopet with proceeds going to local community projects of the Hayward Lions Club. This Lions Club Fundraiser and FUN race has no equal when it comes to preparing one mentally and physically for the American Birkebeiner. In other words, once you have completed the Pre-Birkie you will have the confidence to take on the mother of all XC marathon races, the American Birkebeiner.
And, if 16 miles/26 kilometers of those beautiful hills were not enough, back by popular demand are the 42K skate/classic races! There are four food stations on the 26K course and six on the 42K course, which are manned by local youth groups who are eager to serve you along your way to the finish at County Highway OO. There, you’ll find refreshments and their famous doughnuts.
Every skier will receive a special Pre-Birkie sweatshirt. Come and enjoy the day – whether participating or just observing – with the Hayward Lions at our Pre-Birkie the “Best Birkie prep race in the Midwest”!
Hayward Lions Pre-Birkie Address:
American Birkebeiner Trail
Hayward, WI 54843
This Pre-Birkie is a great prelude to the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, which also begins in Hayward. That event runs February 21-23 this year, but Birkie-related events in skiing, biking, running, and more are held all year ’round for those who like to be healthy and vibrant regardless of the season. But let’s face it: this is needed most in winter when the weather can be its most trying!
February 8, 2019 – February 10, 2019
The Fox Cities Golf Expo runs the weekend of Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 10th because – let’s face it – golfing conditions outside aren’t the greatest this time of year. So it’s the perfect time to check out exhibitors from local golf shops, golf equipment companies and golf courses, demonstrations and door prizes. All attendees of the expo will receive a free copy of the latest issue of The Golf News.
Prizes and giveaways include hourly door prizes, a putting contest, and more. The Grand Prize in a 4-day, 3-night Stay-and-Play Package with unlimited golf from Tuscumbia Golf Course in Green Lake!
1pm – First 500 attendees receive a free 18 hole round of golf courtesy of Reid Municipal Golf Course.
10am – First 500 attendees receive a free 18 hole round of golf at both Shamrock Heights Golf Course and High Cliff Golf Course.
1pm – First 500 attendees receive a free 18 hole round of golf courtesy of Branch River Golf Course.
10am – First 500 attendees receive a free 18 hole round of golf courtesy of Irish Waters Golf Course.
12:30pm – First 500 attendees receive a free 18 hole round of golf courtesy of Thornberry Creek Golf Course.
Interactive Demo Area
Buy tickets online for $5, which we recommend because admission at the gate is $7. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult. The first 500 to buy online for each daily session will get a FREE 18-hole round of golf.
Fox Cities Golf Expo Address:
Players Choice of the Fox Cities
W3035 Edgewood Trail (Hwy JJ)
Appleton, WI 54913
Appleton is a fun city with a lot to see and do. I-41 and U.S. 10 bring you there via freeway, and Highways 15, 47, 96, and 125 bring you into the heart of town. While there, check out the Houdini Museum, the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Fox River Brewing, Stone Arch Brewpub, the bustling strip on College Avenue downtown, and so much more!
February 8, 2019 – February 10, 2019
3 Days. 24 Rinks. Nearly 300 Teams. 4-on-4 Pond Hockey. Check out the 14th anniversary of the Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships! It all takes place Friday, February 8th though Sunday, February 8th on Dollar Lake in Eagle River.
Fans can download the USA Hockey Adult Events Tournament App to connect with other participants and follow all the action, including real-time scores, standings and results. For schedules and more tournament information, click here.
Have questions? Hit up Becky or Jake at (715) 479-4486. The hosting resort, the Chanticleer Inn offers plenty of natural beauty and old-school charm. Built in 1922 and updated numerous times since, the Chanticleer Inn was home to the 1st and 2nd World Championship Snowmobile Derbies and, now since 2006, the annual USA Pond Hockey Championships.
The grounds are lovingly preserved and visitors enjoy watery excursions on the famed Chain of 28 lakes and the private beach on Dollar Lake which is nestled in the woods where deer, loon, eagles and owl are often seen and heard. Located on the snowmobile trail, the Chanticleer Inn’s Lakeside Lounge & Dining Room Will Be Open for Lunch on Friday & Saturday (the 8th & 9th) and for Dinner on Thursday, Friday & Saturday (the 7th, 8th & 9th)! When You Get Cold On Dollar Lake, Come on Up To The Lodge!
Labatt Blue Pond Hockey National Championships Address:
1458 E. Dollar Lake Road
Eagle River, WI 54521
February 7, 2019 – February 10, 2019
Fond du Lac hosts the Sturgeon Spectacular Thursday-Sunday February 7-10, 2019 on and along the south shores of Lake Winnebago. After all, the Sturgeon’s evolution dates back over 200 million years, haven’t they earned a multi-day celebration? The city at the “bottom of the lake” celebrates these famed “bottom feeders” with a top-drawer weekend of fun for all.
This quirky and fun take on a winter festival features events on the ice and off the ice. Enjoy activities indoors, outdoors and throughout the community. Highlights include a kick-off parade, live musical performances including Boogie and the Yo-yo’z, the hottest party band in Wisconsin, ice and snow carving, comedy shows and the hilarious Guys on Ice show. Whether you love outdoor hockey, kids zones, fat tire bike racing, chili crawls or warming up near a toasty bonfire, you and your family will NOT run out of things to do at this year’s Sturgeon Spectacular.
FREE EVENTS ALL WEEKEND LONG!
Friday events include the Sturgeon Stampede, Shantytown Fun at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, the Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition, the Running of the Sturgeon Parade, and the Sturgeon Spectacular Kick-off Celebration and Concert. Get more info and details here!
Saturday events include the Girls Outdoor Hockey Tournament, Snow-ga, the Sturgeon Spectacular Fun Run & Dog Jog, the Winter Softball Classic, Lakeside Park Winter Fun Zone, “Spear the Fatty” at Lakeside Park, the Downtown Chili Crawl, Paint your own Sturgeon, ComedySports, and more! Get details here.
Sturgeon Spectacular Address:
71 Promen Drive (and locations throughout town)
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
February 1, 2019 – February 2, 2019
The Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament brings in international competition for ski jumpers to Westby in Vernon County. Held Friday night and Saturday, February 1-2, 2019, competitors from five countries will compete on the Olympic-sized hill. Entertainment, food, and live music will also be part of the festivities both nights at the Snowflake Rod & Gun Club adjacent to the hill.
Thursday, January 31st
Hospitality Night: Rod & Gun in Timber Coulee: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 1st
Kick-off breakfast at Borgen’s Cafe: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 7:00 p.m.
Competition: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2nd
Opening Ceremonies: 12:00 p.m.
Competition: 12:30 p.m.
Long standing jump and awards ceremony will follow competition.
Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament Address:
Snowflake Ski & Golf Course
E7940 County Road P
Westby, WI 54667
January 26, 2019
Bloomer’s rope jumping boom began in 1960 when a former coach named Wally Mohrman became the physical education teacher in the schools. Knowing the value of the exercise, he decided to stir some interest with a contest. The emphasis was on speed jumping: how many times a student could whip a rope under his feet in a given period.
Each year interest grew. Champion jumpers emerged, and records were established to shoot at. The finals are held each year on the last Saturday in January. Each year, students from Grades 1 through 8 train hard and come to Bloomer to compete.
To add to the contest, Mohrman formed a group called the “Swinging Safari”. Its girls do precision rope jumping routines to various types types of music. Their appearances highlight the rope jump event.
Bloomer has made itself into America’s swingingest town. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, and signs at the city limits all proclaim their fame. Many other schools are sponsoring speed jumping contests and sending their winners to the big world championship in Bloomer. Each year the Bloomer contest is bigger and better with records constantly being challenged.
2019 Bloomer Speed Rope Jump Contest Schedule:
Saturday January 26, 2018
Registration will begin for each division at 8 a.m. at Bloomer Senior High School. All entrants must be registered by 9:30 am.
Preliminaries will begin promptly at 10 am. We will take a break
between each division. Preliminaries should be completed by approximately 2 pm.
The Hospitality Room will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 pm. Coffee, pop, chips and sandwiches will be served at very reasonable prices.
Finals will start at 3 pm with the finals competition lasting an estimate of 2 hours.
All finalists are asked to be back by 2:30pm for the Finals Competition.
Bloomer is along Highway 40, right by Highway 64 and the U.S. 53 freeway just a short distance north of Chippewa Falls. It’s a jumpin’ good time – and definitely a unique one!
January 5, 2019
On Saturday, January 5th and/or February 2nd, 2019, spend a night with family and friends at Blue Mound, the highest point in southern Wisconsin. From high atop, they welcome 2019 with the Blue Mound Candlelight Ski, Hike, and Snowshoe event hosted by the Friends of Blue Mound State Park.
A 1 and 2-mile candlelit, wooded loop will be available to ski and a separate 0.75-mile candlelit wooded trail will be available for hikers, snowshoers and leashed pets. Warm up with free hot drinks inside the heated shelter. Hot refreshments, baked goods and shirts will be available for sale. Enjoy the bonfire and free marshmallows for roasting. Guided hikes through the illuminated woods with the park Naturalist will be held at 6 and 7 p.m. The only cost for this fun-filled family event is a daily or annual park sticker, which may be purchased upon entry to the park. For more information or trail conditions, contact the park at 608-437-5711.
Blue Mound Candlelight skis, snowshoe, and hike events are very popular; some attract thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and cool sites like StateTrunkTour.com, and the department’s responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached.
To reach Blue Mound State Park – which is amazing any time of the year – follow U.S. 18/151 either west from Madison or east from Dodgeville and follow the signs. In the daytime, Blue Mound is easily seen! The park is great to visit throughout the winter, with over 20 miles of trails and breathtaking views across several counties from the lookout towers.
Address for Blue Mound Candlelight Ski, Hike, and Snowshoe Event:
Blue Mound State Park
4350 Mounds Park Road (off U.S. 18/151)
Blue Mounds, WI 53517