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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
March 6, 2019 – March 10, 2019
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show runs March 8-12 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 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 24, 2019
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 is adding even more 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.
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 – 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 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 last year’s ad for the Wisconsin Fishing Expo – we don’t have the embed code for the new one yet!
Wisconsin Fishing Expo Address:
Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53703
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 21, 2019 – February 24, 2019
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 Birkie recap here!
February 15, 2019 – February 17, 2019
Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, 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!
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:
Polka Party: Friday, February 15
Book Across the Bay is starting early this year with a 2018 polka party on the bay! Join your friends and neighbors in the big tent at Maslowski beach for an evening of hometown fun on the frozen shores of Lake Superior. 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Polka Party on the Bay is a community celebration open to absolutely everyone. There is no admission charge. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of Music, Food, Drinks, and Dancing! For updates and information visit their Facebook page.
Live Music with Barefoot Wonder at Freehands Lakeside from 6-9pm. For more information call 715-685-2583.
“Ice is Nice”, Friday-Sunday. February 15-17
North Coast Cycling Association presents, “Ice Is Nice” and Art/Photo exhibit celebrating the beauty of ice of Lake Superior and the Surrounding Area. In conjunction with Bike Across the Bay Ride. On Friday, February 15 reception from 5-8pm. Saturday, February 16 from 2-6pm. Sunday, February 17 from 12-4pm. Free. Open to all artist/photographers. Registration information available at www.northcoastcycling.com.
Numerous Events Saturday, February 16, both in and near Ashland:
Register your kiddos for the Book It – Kids’ Race! On Lake Superior, Saturday morning before Book Across the Bay on February 16th. Book It is a free, fun, race for children 12 and under. Registration and Bib pick up for Book It will be at Solstice Outdoors starting at 10am. The race starts at 11am for 8-12 year olds and 11:30am for 8 and under. All participant will receive a commemorative medal, hot chocolate, and cookies! If you have questions, please call 715.682.3590 or http://www.solsticeoutdoorstore.com
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.
Go Fly a Kite at Maslowski Beach from 1-4pm before Book Across the Bay! This is a free family event. Just bring a kite and dress warm. Hot Cocoa will be served.
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 BATB Chapter 23 Start gun at 6pm.
Bad River Casino presents, “Diamond Live! The Steve Richards Tribute to Neil Diamond” Doors open at 8pm. Show Starts at 9pm. Free admission. For more information, call 715-682-7121 or visit www.badriver.com.
Sunday, February 18
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. Fees: $15 by Feb 8-$20 day of ride, family of 3 or more-$10 each. For more information, visit www.northcoastcycling.com.
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
Fond du Lac literally means “Bottom of the Lake” or “Foot of the Lake” in French, so it’s fitting that this synchronized skating classic takes place here. The city’s Blue Line Family Ice Center hosts nationally competing synchronized skating teams performing all day in both exhibition shows and competition for awards and prizes. Come and enjoy this exciting and beautiful team sport on Saturday, January 5th! This competition will host approximately 85 synchronized skating teams from the East Coast to the West Coast, and of course our favorite places in between, like, you know, Wisconsin. During the rest of the year, the Blue Line Family Ice Center offers other events, hockey, and plenty of opportunities for public skating.
More details on Foot of the Lake are below, including teams and the schedule. You can get to the Blue Line Family Ice Center via Fond du Lac Avenue, the original U.S. 45 through southeastern Fond du Lac. It’s between downtown and the U.S. 151 bypass, not far from the county fairgrounds. I-41 and Highway 23 also bring you close!
Foot of the Lake Synchronized Skating Competition Address:
SYNCHRO SKILLS 1 “A”
Glenview Blades 1 8:40 AM 8:55 AM 9:00 AM 9:06 AM 9:16 AM
Fond du Lac Blades 2 8:46 AM 9:01 AM 9:06 AM 9:10 AM 9:20 AM
Starfire 3 8:50 AM 9:05 AM 9:10 AM 9:14 AM 9:24 AM
SYNCHRO SKILLS 2
Dazzlers 4 8:59 AM 9:14 AM 9:19 AM 9:24 AM 9:34 AM
SwanSyncsation 5 9:04 AM 9:19 AM 9:24 AM 9:29 AM 9:39 AM
Chicago Jazz 6 9:09 AM 9:24 AM 9:29 AM 9:34 AM 9:44 AM
Arctic Edge Unity
Kansas City Illusion
Capital Ice Chips
Fond du Lac Blades
Arctic Edge Unity
JUNIOR SHORT PROGRAM EXHIBITION
Fond du Lac Blades
Capital Ice Connection
October 20, 2018
TIMMMMBERRRRR! Power Pac Equipment busts out the axes this weekend with Marshfield’s Lumberjack Fall Fest, happening Saturday, October 20th.
Lumberjack Fall Fest is definitely a festival for the whole family! To kick off fall, Power Pac is hosting the Timberworks Lumberjacks, a high-energy lumberjack show. Feel the rush of adrenaline as competitors race up poles at lightning speed or saw through twelve inches of aspen with the speed of a modern-day chain saw. Then move to the edge of your seat as they show off their fancy footwork while running on logs or throw axes with the precision of a dart board champion. The show includes numerous entertaining demonstrations including:
• Log rolling
• Pole climbing races
• Ax throwing
• Fast paced log chopping and sawing
• Chainsaw carving
Timberworks will perform 3 shows at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 Saturday. You won’t want to miss it!
FALL FAMILY FUN
In between shows, kids can have inflatable fun in our bouncy house and free face painting while you grab lunch from Hewitt’s Meat Processing, browse our fall sales or enter to win a New 2018 Suzuki King Quad 400 4×4.
You can also WIN a 2018 SUZUKI KING QUAD 400 4X4
PowerPac Equipment is even giving away a brand new ATV to (1) lucky winner! Winner must be 18+ and present to win. The drawing will be held between last 2 shows. No purchase necessary to win! Find out how to enter here, or stop down at Power Pac.
You’ll find PowerPac Equipment on the south side of Marshfield, right along the main drag: Central Avenue. It’s “Business” Highway 13, just north of U.S. 10 and the northern end of Highway 80. Highway 97 approaches downtown Marshfield from the northeast (just keep going south of Central) and of course, Highway 13 comes close via the “Through-pass” in the city. While there, check out the Blue Heron BrewPub, the beautiful Wildwood Zoo, the World’s Largest Round Barn at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, and more!
Lumberjack Fall Fest Address:
3802 S. Central Avenue (Business Highway 13)
Marshfield, WI 54449
October 13, 2018 – October 14, 2018
Ready for some Footy?? That’s the nickname for Australian Rules Football, and the US wing of the Aussie League is bringing the Australian Football National Championships to Racine County!
This is the world’s largest Australian football tournament, taking place October 13-14, 2018 at the Soccer Complex of Racine (SCoRe) in Franksville, just northwest of Racine proper.
Australian Football (nicknamed “Footy”) has some significant differences with American Football. The field is oval-shaped and about twice the length of an American football field. Teams of 18 players can move the ball using any parts of their bodies. They’re not wearing the football pads and uniforms that American football players do – they dress like soccer or rugby players. Any player can score by kicking, hitting, or running the ball through the goal. Aussie Football games consist of four 20-minute quarters, time continues to roll and more time is “added on” if play is delayed – similar to soccer – and players can move freely around the field and sub in or out at any time. Oh, and a player advancing the ball must bounce the ball or touch it to the ground every 15 meters. So in a sense, there’s a basketball move involved in this too. Get more details on Australian Rules Football here.
The USAFL (United States Australian Football League) governs the sports in the US and sanctions men’s and women’s competitions among over 35 clubs across the country, with over 2,000 players participating. About a dozen of these teams have advanced to play in this championship tournament in Racine County; teams from Houston, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and more will be descending here to compete for it all.
Matches start at 9am Saturday, October 13th; finals are scheduled to begin around 5:30pm. Spectator admission is FREE!
Australian Football National Championships Address:
Soccer Complex of Racine (SCoRe)
9509 Dunkelow Road
Franksville, WI 53126
August 17, 2018 – August 19, 2018
The 33rd Annual National Championship Musky Open Tournament runs in Eagle River August 17-19, 2018, sponsored by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, Inc. It’s the World’s Largest amateur Musky tournament!
The Grand Door Prize is a 2018 Mercury Powered Ranger Boat with a RangerTrail trailer. Other prizes have been supplied by Shimano, PowerPro Line, G Loomis Tackle, Lowrance, St. Croix Rods, Shoeder’s RV & Marine, Super Slayer Tackle Company, Musky Hunter Magazine, Minn Kota, Fittante Taxidermy/Replicas, H3O Polarized, Musky Bumper, Days Inn of Eagle River, Enticer Tackle, General Beer Northwoods, Suick Lure Company, Waterworks Specialists and Z Leaders Fishing Rigs.
Tournament headquarters will be at Vilas County Fairgrounds on Highways 17/70 West, just blocks from downtown Eagle River. Fishing will take place across lakes in the area.
A portion of the proceeds always goes for fish stocking and habitat improvement. If you have any questions regarding the Musky Open tournament, please call the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 800-359-6315.
National Championship Musky Open Address:
Vilas County Fairgrounds
164 Forest Street
Eagle River, WI 54521