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Gary Knowles - Getaway Sampler

A selection of events loaded with Real Wisconsin Fun!


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AUGUST 2015
by Gary Knowles
Gary Knowles is a freelance travel writer who is the author of the Garys Getaways feature for the Journal & Topics Newspapers
serving 16 Chicago suburbs, a consultant to travel businesses, and the author of The Great Wisconsin Touring Book- 30
Spectacular Auto Tours. FOLLOW GARYS TIPS ON TWITTER: @TravelWisconsin

BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading to events. For more eventsfour good sources: www.WisTravel.com, www.Wisconline .com, www.TravelWisconsin.com or
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WISCONSIN August Yes, its a Fair Month!


This is the season for local, regional, state and county fairs and there are dozens of them! Put
one or two on your calendar Heres a link to a big list searchable by fair name or date:
http://www.wifairs.com/wifairs.asp

WISCONSIN What the Heck? What is this?!


31- Aug 1 Evansville Inside Out Citywide Garage Sale Days!
This is Evansville's busiest shopping weekend with bargains for everyone! It's the community's
famous garage sale extravaganza. Averaging 150-plus locations, this is a trash-to-treasure
hunter's dream. For folks who pay to advertise their garage sales, there is a hand-drawn map that
pinpoints all the locations; just wander along the sidewalks and Downtown Main Street & City
Wide, Evansville, WI 53536 -- you're sure to find many more unadvertised specials. 608-882-5131
http://www.evansvillechamber.org/
2 Tour to the Top! Lighthouse Climb Racine
Climb to the top of the 108-foot lighthouse (144 steps) for spectacular views of Lake Michigan.
One of just five days each year the lighthouse and museum are open. Guides available to answer
questions. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, 6-12 years old. Children under six not
allowed in tower. Reservations required. Closed toe shoes required, no flip flops. Must be able to
climb 144 steps each way, no elevator Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Racine ,
WI 53400, PH:262-880-8266 http://windpointwi.us/
5 Loonie Day Mercer, WI
35th annual art & craft show with more than 250 exhibitors. Loon calling contest (trophies
awarded), food, music, dancing, demonstrations, sidewalk and bake sales, face painting for kids
and a flea market. You wont want to miss the live performance of the The Award Winning
Lakeland Barbershop Chorus between 11am-Noon in front of Heart of the North followed by The
Famous Loon Calling Contest at 12: contestants of all ages and skill level step up to emulate their
best cry of the loon. 5150N Highway 51, Mercer, WI 54547 PH:715-476-2389
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5-6 Tombstones Talking Green Bay - Allouez Cemetery Walk Meet some of Green Bay's
famous and not-so-famous departed citizens as they describe their lives on the Wisconsin frontier.
Outdoor walking tour with costumed actors. Sponsored by the Brown County Historical Society.
Allouez Catholic Cemetery 2121 Riverside Drive, Green Bay - $7 per person/$14 for families with
2 adults and up to 4 children under the age of 17. 6:30 8:30 p.m. each day PH: 920-437-1840
http://www.browncohistoricalsoc.org/bchsociety/upcoming+events/default.asp
6-16 Wisconsin State Fair West Allis Going to the Wisconsin State Fair? You have to try a
cream puff! Its not quite a law, but it might as well be. This delicious treat is a long-standing
Wisconsin tradition. And, of course, youll want to visit the animal barns, see the new Sea Lion
Splash show, the bunny-hopping competition, the dock diving dogs at the K-9 Arena, the House
of Moo milking demonstration, and for sure (Aug. 11 at 7PM) see famous tightrope-walking
daredevil Nik Wallenda attempt his longest walk ever! There are thirty music stages as well as
national acts like The Turtles (Aug. 9 at 7PM) Casting Crowns (Aug. 10) Hermans Hermits
(Aug.13 at 8:30PM) and Kenny Rogers (Aug.16 at 6 PM)
PH: 414-266-7000; www.wistatefair.com
15-16 Muckwanago Maxwell Street Days Flea Market
One of the pickers favorite flea markets. More than 650 vendors of crafts, produce, plants, tools.
Food and refreshments. 8am-5pm Hwy 83 & Cty NN, Mukwonago, WI 53149 PH: 262-363-1501
22 Tongue Twister Contest Burlington
Spectators & participants welcome to this unique fun & funny contest! How many twisters can you
say in 10 seconds, successfully? Classic & modern phrases twist the tongues of everyone. Adult
and Kid's Divisions with appropriate prizes- like a portion of "a peck of pickled peppers," or "sea
shells you can sell." Contest tongue twisters are not given out ahead because we are afraid you
will get laryngitis practicing. Door prizes for all audience members, plus more prizes for all
contestants. Logic Puzzle Museum, 533 Milwaukee Av, downtown Burlington, Wisconsin Doors
open at 1:45PM, Contest 2:00 PM Promptly! Parking is free. Admission charge to contest $6.00
PH:262-763-3946 http://www.logicpuzzlemuseum.org/15.html

WISCONSIN GOT ART? Count on it!


1 Mineral Point Gallery Night Now in its fifteenth year, Mineral Point galleries are open until
9 pm. You will always find a remarkable assortment of fine art and quality hand-made craft:
ceramics, collage, furniture, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fiber,
and woodworking much of it made right in town. Most of the galleries are located in the
downtown business district filled with historic architecture, delicious dining venues, and engaging
gallery owners. Walking from gallery to gallery on these evenings is one of the best ways to enjoy
Mineral Point. MAP http://www.artsmp.org/gallery-night/
AUG 28-30 34th Annual Artstreet Green Bay
Now in its 34th year, Artstreet is recognized as one of the premier art festivals in the Midwest,
featuring original work from 200 artists from throughout the country. Located in downtown Green
Bay, this event attracts more than 80,000 visitors annually. This year, experience Poets Alley,
culinary arts demonstrations like edible art, childrens art activities and a community art gallery
featuring Mosaic Arts members. On Friday night, visitors can enjoy a special sneak peek of more
than 100 fine artists.920-435-5220; www.mosaicartsinc.org
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WISCONSIN NATURALLY!
AUG 8 Cranes of the World Festival
The Cranes of the World festival in Baraboo is the only place in the world where visitors can view
all 15 distinct species of cranes in one place! This unbeatable opportunity is paired with guided
crane and prairie hikes, tours, special programs, arts and crafts and much more.
608-356-9462; www.savingcranes.org
8 - 9 West Bend - Mother Earth News Fair The Mother Earth News Fair is a family-friendly
sustainable living event that features 200 hands-on workshops and demos by experts on real
food, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building, DIY projects, smallscale livestock, green transportation, and more. Notable speakers include Joel Salatin, John
Ivanko, and Will Allen. Washington County Fair Prk 3000 Pleasant Valley Rd. For more
information call (800) 234-3368.

WISCONSIN COMPETITION CAPITAL!


25 Aug 1 The 2015 North American Unicycling Convention and Championships (NAUCC)
will be held in Madison, WI. After last hosting in 2011, the Madison Unicyclists are eager to once
again host this group, as competitors square off in the various and exciting disciplines of street,
freestyle, track and Cyclocross. Events are scheduled to take place all over Madison throughout
the 7-day period. http://uninationals2015.com/ PH:608 255 2537
1-Sept 3 Green Bay Packers Pre-season Practice & Game (vs. NO Saints Sept 3)
Green Bay Packers training camp has been an event to experience, but now fans can take in
action beyond the field during their visit to Titletown. Activities include daily themed activities, onsite interactive games, sponsored giveaways and community events. Any practices moved inside
to the Don Hutson Center will be closed to the public due to space limitations. Schedule & type of
practice subject to change without notice. Ray Nitschke Field, Armed Forces Drive, Green Bay, WI
54301 PH:920-496-7722 Visit web site for practice schedule. http://www.packers.com/news-andevents/training-camp/practice-schedule.html
6-9 IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Elkhart Lake
Head to Road America's 4-mile circuit for what will be one of the most incredible weekends of
sports car racing. Fan activities include an open grid, autographs, tech talks, fan forums, car
corrals, and Tour de Road America bike event. 920-892-4576 www.RoadAmerica.com
6-9 U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championships Eau Claire
This August, Eau Claire will host the worlds best chainsawers as they combine the ruggedness of
logging with the creativity of artistry to create a wooden masterpiece using a single wood log and
chainsaw. The competitors will work 20 hours over four days to create stunning pieces of art.
Guests can watch the masterpieces come to life and also enjoy family-friendly entertainment,
activities, food, an auction and more. 715-835-6200; www.uschainsawchamps.com

10-16 This One is Major! 2015 PGA Championship Kohler


It could be Scotland, or Ireland or Wales but its not. The rugged and windswept terrain of
Kohlers spectacular Whistling Straits Golf Course is the Wisconsin venue for the 2015 PGA
Championship, Aug. 10-16. This is the much anticipated fourth major contest of the annual progolf tour. More than 150 of the worlds best golfers, (likely including back-in-action defending
champ Rory McIlroy of Ireland) will take on the Pete Dye designed course set along the beautiful
Lake Michigan shore. This is the third PGA Championship to be held here. The first two ended in
dramatic sudden death playoffs. The winner takes home the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Tickets
have sold quickly, but some day passes are still available. PH: 920-547-4977;
www.pga.com/pgachampionship
15-16 Midwest Freestyle Whitewater Championships Wausau
Annual freestyle event with freestyle paddlers showing off the latest moves and competing to win
top place in a variety of classes from beginning to expert, open to recreational paddlers as well as
competitors. 10am. Whitewater Park, 200 River Dr., Wausau, WI 54403 PH: 715-551-2405
http://wausauwhitewater.org/
21-22 Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Superior
Theres no Loch Ness Monster living in Lake Superior, but there are dragons dragon boats, that
is! Each summer at the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, teams of 22 paddlers race each
other 450 meters in colorful and beautifully decorated dragon boats. Visitors can cheer on from
the shores and enjoy fantastic food, music and a craft fair.715-395-6169;
www.lakesuperiordragons.com
27-29 The NASCAR XFINITY Series, SCCA Pro Trans-Am Series and Mazda MX-5 Cup
Elkhart Lakes Road America - intense door-to-door racing action to the nation's most intimidating
road course. Road America is one of the final three road courses on the NASCAR XFINITY Series
schedule and the event could prove to be a pivotal race for drivers looking to improve their
standing in the championship points. The event has also been known to draw an influx of
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars and various sports car series veterans, eager for seat time and
a chance to capture a win at one of the nations most storied circuits. PH: 920-892-4576
http://www.roadamerica.com/

HISTORY LIVES IN GOOD OLD WISCONSIN


1 Northwoods Classic Car Show Park Falls
Car show, 50s & 60s music, trophies for top cars in 22 classes, dash plaques to the first 75
entries, cash prizes during the show, shuttle bus, and food booth by the Fifield Lions - 8am2:30pm. This event is held in conjunction with Flambeau Rama.9 a.m. 3 p.m. - Tourist Park
50 Sherry Ave., Park Falls, WI 54552 PH:715-762-2467 http://parkfalls.com/flambeau-rama/
1 - 2 New London - Heritage Days and Rail Fest. Featured show at New London Historical
Village. Climb aboard a 1942 Diesel locomotive, Soo Line boxcar and two caboose. Explore the
Octagon house, chapel, one room school, log cabin and train depot. Buckskinner encampment
depicts fur traders in early 1800s. Trackless train ride, raffles, food on site. Wheelchair accessible.
Montgomery Street at Memorial Park. For more information call (920) 419-8602.

1-2 Pike River Rendezvous Kenosha


Reenactors encamped on Simmons Island recall Colonial, Pioneer and Western Fur Trade era of
the 1650s through 1850s at the 16th Annual Pike River Rendezvous. This family-friendly event is
free and open to the public. Step back in time to an era when Native Americans and fur traders
gathered to exchange goods and services and to celebrate. Costumed reenactors talk about what
life was like at a rendezvous during the fur-trading era and demonstrate crafts and trades of the
time. Period foods, snacks and souvenirs will be available at a rendezvous market. Participate in
games, crate crafts and try your hand at period household chores. Simmons Island Park
5001 4th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140 PH:262-653-4140 http://www.kenosha.org/wp-museum/
8 - 9 Iola Vintage Military Vehicles Show
Military Vehicles & Equipment, Professional Vehicle Exhibits, Tractors and Machines. Swap Meet,
re-enactor encampment and battles. Camping available. 130 Jenson Drive. For more information
call (715)445-4005.
8-9 Buffalo Bill Wild West Show Manitowoc
The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show event is like no other in Wisconsin! What really brings this event
to life at the Pinecrest Historical Village is the setting and the wonderful history lesson that it is
able to provide. We are able to share the fanfare and excitement of Buffalo Bills trip into the city of
Manitowoc for a new generation that wasnt able to experience the original spectacle when the
group visited our community in the year 1900. 10am-4pm each day - Pinecrest Historical Village
924 Pine Crest Lane, Manitowoc, WI 54220 PH:920-684-4445
http://www.manitowoccountyhistory.org/#!buffalo-bill/cb6t
21 - 23 Fremont - Fremont Yellowstone Trail Festival. 100 year Yellowstone Trail anniversary
coming through Wisconsin. Vintage, classic car, bikes & tractor show, 5K Friday Night Glow Run,
horse drawn wagon rides, pan fried Fish fry, kid's games, Sunday church service in park, arts &
crafts, farmers, market, music, street dances, street parade, venetian boat parade, raffles,
Downtown Fremont. For more information call (920)446-3236.

WISCONSIN: MUSIC TO OUR EARS!


31-1 Prairie Dog Blues Fest Prairie du Chien
The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the
Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age!
One of the most beautiful venues anywhere. Music by Devon Allman, Girls with Guitars, Larry
McCray, Owen Campbell, Sugar Ray Rayford, Moreland and Arbuckle, and Davy Knowles. Blues
and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast, Mississippi Hill Country, New Orleans horns,
Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock Prairie Dog has it all! St. Feriole Island, 100 Water
Street, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 - PH:608-326-0085 http://www.prairiedogblues.com/
31-Aug 2 - Blues on the Chippewa Durand
Each year, the first weekend in August, numerous musicians and music lovers from all over the
country gather in Durand. 2015's Blues on the Chippewa will be held July 31 through August 2 Durand's Memorial Park is located in the heart of downtown, only one block off Main Street. The
park is within walking distance of the business district and right off the main drag. Music by BLUE
ROOSTER, CHARLES WALKER BAND, THE CLAUDETTES, CODE BLUE W/ CATYA & SUE, DON SCOTT, ERIC
GALES BAND, JIMMI & THE BAND OF SOULS PH: 715-672-4491 http://www.bluesonthechippewa.com/

6-9 Mile of Music Festival Appleton


The Mile of Music Festival will serve up hundreds of original singer-songwriters, combos and
multi-piece bands showcasing Americana music at both its most colorful and its very best from
roots and indie rock to country, gospel, soul, r&b, jazz and folk. Includes Milk Carton Kids,
Steelism, Son Little, Lily and Madeline, Charlie Parr, Brian Wright, Holly and Plastic, Oedipus Tex,
Red River Line, Semi-Twang and The Ghost Wolves plus dozens of others! PH: 920-750-5029
http://mileofmusic.com/
6- Les Paul 100th! A Musical Celebration of the Wizard of Waukesha!
Five bands, 25 musicians - from rising stars to legendary pros - and the Les Paul faithful will
assemble to honor for one night only the Les Paul Centennial in Les Paul's home turf. Headlining
is the Les Paul All-Star Guitar Tribute Band featuring Greg Koch and the Tone Controls band,
Johnny A (Boston), JD Simo (Nashville), and Willy Porter (Milwaukee). Also performing is The
Sam Llanas Band, the "Les & Mary Tribute" performed by Chris Hanson & Robin Pluer,
Guitar4Vets Five-Star Band, and the 2015 Wisconsin Launchpad high school band contest
winner. Bring a guitar and join in a mass guitar play along at 5:30. (Free guitar lock up is
available.) Also see Les Paul treasures from the Wizard of Waukesha exhibit, get a free guitar
lesson, see electronic wizardry from the Waukesha Robotics Club, and get a commemorative
shirt, sticker and poster. All proceeds benefit the Waukesha County Museum home of the Les
Paul Wizard of Waukesha exhibit. Tickets $25 Free parking. Kids 12 free if accompanied by an
adult. Gates open at 5PM Tix: Waukesha State Bank and White House of Music locations or by
phone Naga-Waukee Park, 651 S.T.H. 83, Hartland, WI 53029 PH:800-366-1961
www.waukeshabluesfest.com
7-8 WAUKESHA BLUESFEST- American Music and Art Festival
Naga-Waukee Park in Hartland
Waukesha BluesFest is a celebration of the Roots of American Music which includes blues, rock
and roll, country, gospel, soul, jazz, folk and so much more! Our mission is to present a widely
diverse line up of musical styles that will thrill and entertain any lover of good music and the
history behind the music. Headl;iners are Rick Derringer (7th) and Rev.Peytons Big Damn Band
(8th) Naga-Waukee Park, 651 S.T.H. 83, Hartland, WI 53029 PH:800-366-1961
http://www.waukeshabluesfest.com
14 Plymouth - 12th Annual Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl.
Enjoy an evening strolling along Mill Street listening to various jazz musicians. Food and
beverages from the different eating establishments are available. A silent action featuring many of
local artists and businesses will be going on through most of the evening. This jazz extravaganza
attracts music lovers every year to downtown Plymouth. Purchase a wristband $10 in advance
and $13 night of and enjoy music, trolley rides and so much more! 520 E. Mill St. For more
information call (920) 892-8409.
17 Fitchburg - Concerts at McKee Park
Features "Miles Nielsen". Mark your calendar for the third Monday in August for this lively party in
the park! Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine or have dinner at one of our many food carts and brew
carts. Food and drink carts open at 6pm and concerts begin at 7pm. 2930 Chapel Valley Road .
For more information call (608) 288-8284.

WISCONSIN THATS THE SPIRIT!


14-15 Grand Opening of Wollersheim Distillery - Prairie du Sac
Wollersheim Winery will celebrate the grand opening of its new distillery Aug. 14 and 15, from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Construction of Wollersheim Distillery, located on the Wollersheim
Winery grounds, has been in the works since groundbreaking last August. This is not the first time
spirits were made on the winerys property; brandy-making took place as early as the 1870s,
paused around the turn of the century, and resumed with the creation of Wollersheim Winerys
popular Coquard Brandy in 2010. For the grand opening, Wollersheim Distillery will release the
third batch of Coquard Brandy, a grape brandy made with 100 percent Wisconsin-grown grapes
and aged in Wisconsin-oak barrels. Other offerings will include an aged apple brandy, a clear
apple brandy (also known as eau de vie), and possible limited supplies of gin and absinthe. The
Wollersheim Distillery Grand Opening event is open to the public, and will feature a self-guided
tour, tastings of Coquard Brandy and other distilled spirits, and music on Saturday. A National
Historic Site, this regional winery has gained recognition as one of the leading wineries in the
Midwest with multiple Double-Gold awards for its premium grape wines. Wollersheim Winery is
open for tours and tastings from 10 am to 5 pm daily, year-round. For more details, visit
www.wollersheim.com PH: 608-643-6515
22 Potosi 7th Annual Brewfest
The 7th Annual Potosi Brewfest includes samples from more than 35 vendors of craft beer, wine,
specialty meat & cheeses. Try your hand at the Beer Stein Holding contest or enjoy music - all in
the beautiful setting of the Holiday Gardens across from the historic Potosi Brewery. Limited
tickets Bussing available check the website. All proceeds go to the Potosi Foundation, in
support of the National Brewery Museum & Library. 608-763-4002 http://www.potosibrewery.com/

WISCONSIN Celebrate! Food, Ethnic Fests


31- Aug 1 - Johnsonville Brat Days - Sheboygan
The traditional king of Sheboygan's summer festivals. This annual event pays homage to a grand
culinary tradition-the bratwurst. Sample the bratwurst in many nontraditional ways...brat taco, brat
pizza, brat fleishbrot, brat gyros, New York style brat and of course the traditional double brat. A
variety of free entertainment on three stages, with national entertainment on the main stage. A
huge parade takes place on Saturday morning and is followed by a Brat Eating Contest and
activities for the entire family including the Brat Trot run. 920-457-9491 http://brat-days.com/
31 Aug 3 63rd Annual Flambeau Rama Park Falls
Four-day festival with free live music each day, food court, and carnival rides by Happy World
Shows (Cedar Park, TX); Sidewalk Sales and retail promotions Thurs.-Sat.; Saturday activities
include an arts & crafts fair, car show, Evergreen 5k Road Run/Walk & kids fun run, flea/farmers
markets, pageant and a parade at noon. Contests include a youth casting, chalk drawing, frog
jumping, bean bag toss, 4 x 4 BB tournament, free swing dance lessons & dance contest. Plus
family fun day, sawdust dig, hula dancing, softball tournament & much more! Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 2,
2015 Thur 9am-12am; Fri 9am-1am; Sat 8am-1am; Sun 8am-6pm PH:715-762-2703
http://parkfalls.com/flambeau-rama/

1 Follow that Weinermobile! Middleton Celebrates National Mustard Day #25


Barry Levinson is the mustard loving founder and grand poohbah of the National Mustard Museum
in Middleton, Wisconsin. This year on Aug. 1 the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary and
everyone is invited. Admission is free and there are free Oscar Mayer hot dogs, while they last!
Hear great music by the Evan Riley Band and Red Hot Horn Dogs. Monroe, Wisconsins specialty
cheese purveyor, Emmi Roth, will sell award-winning grilled cheese sandwiches to dip in mustard.
Therell even be Painting with Mustard, Mustard Ring Toss a visit by The Oscar Mayer
Weinermobile, and a chance to dance with the Duchess of Mustard!! PH: 608-831-2222;
www.mustardmuseum.com
1 Cookie Daze Ripon
Cookie Daze is a fun, mostly free festival for kids of all ages. In its 20th year, the festival features
such favorites as the Cookie Drops, Cookie Decorating, Cookie BINGO, Bake & Taste Cookie
Competition, Cookie Blaster Rocket Shops and TONS more! Celebrating all things Cookie!
10:30AM 1:30PM Barlow Park, Griswold & Watson St., Ripon, WI 54971-0305 PH: 920-748-6764
2 Volksfest New Glarus
Swiss Independence Day celebration with music and dancing. Swiss choral folklore music,
yodeling, flag throwing, alphorn playing, and accordion music Telling Shooting Park, County Road
O, New Glarus, WI 53574, PH:608-527-2095 http://swisstown.com/
1 AUG African World Festival Milwaukee
Celebrate African-American heritage and culture along beautiful Lake Michigan during the annual
African World Festival. For more than 30 years, this festival has promoted and shared the culture
and heritage of all people of African descent with ethnic foods, a cultural village and live music
ranging from gospel and R&B to old-school hip hop and jazz.
414-291-7959; www.awfmke.com
1 - 2 Columbus - The Old Rock'n Pig & Corn Roast & Events. The Old Rock outside of
Columbus by Astico has event consisting of a Pig & Corn Roast-Dunk Tank (Sign Up now)-Blind
Volleyball Tourney-Chicken Tourney-Dizzy Bat Contest-Lots of giveaways-Beer tent,outdoor bar,
and Shot Gun Jane Band to take the outdoor stage! All event proceeds going to WI Cancer
Research. Hwy 16 & 60 (corner of Cty Rd T & Hwy 60). For more information call (920)623-9910.
2 - Chocoholic Frolic Appleton Love chocolate? Feeling a little competitive? Appletons
Chocoholic Frolic combines the best of both worlds with this unique 5K and 10K race. Take your
sweet time by running, jogging or walking through each course. Competitors are rewarded for their
hard work with chocolatey treats and race swag at the finish line. Register online and dont miss
this sweet race! 507-664-9438; www.chocoholicfrolicrun.com
6-16 Pass the Cream Puffs! Its the Wisconsin State Fair West Allis
Wisconsin State Fair? You have to try a cream puff! Its not quite a law, but it might as well be.
This delicious treat is a long-standing Wisconsin tradition.Youll want to visit the animal barns, see
the new Sea Lion Splash show, the bunny-hopping competition, the dock diving dogs at the K-9
Arena, the House of Moo milking demonstration, and (Aug. 11 at 7PM) see famous tightropewalking daredevil Nik Wallenda attempt his longest walk ever! There are thirty music stages as
well as national acts like The Turtles (Aug. 9 at 7PM) Casting Crowns (Aug. 10) Hermans
Hermits (Aug.13 at 8:30PM) and Kenny Rogers (Aug.16 at 6 PM) PH: 414-266-7000;
www.wistatefair.com
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7-9 Hamburger Fest and Balloon Rally Seymour


Head to Seymour, Home of the Hamburger, to honor one of Americas favorite foods.
Hamburger enthusiasts can enjoy the worlds largest hamburger parade, a hamburger eating
contest, the popular ketchup slide, a car show, live music, the serving of a 190 lb. giant
cheeseburger and much more! Hamburger Fest takes place on Saturday and guests staying for
the whole weekend can enjoy the Hot Air Balloon Rally on Friday and hot air balloon ascensions
all weekend long. PH: 920-833-6688; www.homeofthehamburger.org
8 - Stevens Point - Taste of the Town. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central annual Taste of the
Town fundraiser! Enjoy the freshest local cuisine, beer & wine, live entertainment, silent auction
and more! Your support makes a BIG impact on the lives of our youth. Tickets: $40 in advance,
$50 at the door. Pfiffner Park. For more information call (715) 341-0661.
13-16 35th Annual Irish Fest - Milwaukee
Break out your green attire for Milwaukees Irish Fest, celebrating its 35th year. Home to the
worlds largest celebration of Irish music and culture, the four-day festival showcases more than
100 entertainment acts on 16 stages. The fest includes tradition Irish fare, a Celtic cultural village,
family-friendly activities and emerging international musicians. 414-476-3378; www.irishfest.com
14-16 Holemen Kornfest
Enjoy Fri night fireworks & a parade on Sat at 11am. Fresh corn on the cob, chicken BBQ and
other food, live music, carnival, water fights, tractor pulls, horseshoe tournament, PH: 608-5264444 Halfway Creek Park & American Legion, 419 W. 1st Ave, Holmen, WI 54636
14-16 Wild West Days Viroqua
1880's Bustling Boom Town with many authentic buildings. Rodeo, vendors, concert, parade, hog
wrasslin' and many events throughout the week-end. Friday, 6:00 pm Wild West Days All Horse
Parade (downtown Viroqua) Sat: Hog Wrastlin'- Bull-Riding, Barrel Racing, Ranch Rodeo &
Mutton Bustin' Sun: Cowboy Church Service, Ranch Rodeo Preliminaries,Boomtown, Barrel
Racing, Ranch Rodeo & Mutton Bustin' -925 Nelson Parkway Viroqua, WI 54665
PH: 608-637-2666 http://www.thewildwestdays.com/
15 Coffee Break Festival - Stoughton
Small town fun in the place where the coffee break was born. Sample coffee from a host of coffee
vendors, check out the art & craft show, the car show, bean spit contest, music, food, beer and
participate in the 1-mile and 5k run. 9am-4pm. 608-873-7912 http://www.stoughtonwi.com/
15-16 Blindhorse Winery Gourmet Foodtruck Festival
Gourmet Food Truck Festival at The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery. Food trucks represent
local talents and some all the way from Madison and Chicago. The cost is $5 for entry (Free up to
16 years old) and you receive a free wine glassenjoy live music on the patio bar and of course
buy food from the great culinary purveyors. 6018 Superior Ave.,Kohler, WI 53044
10am-5pm daily - PH: 920-287-3313 http://www.theblindhorse.com/

20-22 Cornfest Sun Prairie Festival begins with a parade down Main Street on Thurs evening.
Event includes craft show, carnival rides, concessions, family stage, beer tent with live bands,
kiddie korner activities, petting zoo, and lots of sweet corn on Sat & Sun. The second annual
Prairie Pull-Off Tractor Pull, Sat 4-8:30pm featuring South Central Tractor Pullers and Tri-County
Pullers. Thurs & Fri 6-10pm, Sat noon-mid, Sun noon-10pm. Angell Park, 100 Park St., Sun
Prairie, WI 53590 PH: 608-837-4547 http://www.sunprairiechamber.com/?q=Sweet-Corn-Festival
21-23 Mexican Fiesta Milwaukee Experience Mexican culture without having to leave
Wisconsin! Each summer the authentic aroma, sounds and songs of Mexico visit Milwaukees
lakefront for a three-day fiesta. Guests can
enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, a cultural pavilion and more.414-383-7066;
www.mexicanfiesta.org
28-30 - West Bend - Germanfest 30th annual Germanfest! Continuous music! Great Food! 215
N Main St. For more information call (262) 338-3909.
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FREE TRAVEL GUIDES:


WISCONSIN DEPT. OF TOURISM- Free: 800-432-8747 (TRIP) http://www.travelwisconsin.com
FREE GUIDES: Activity Guide Campground Directory, Lodging Directory, Highway Map, Golf, Birding, Attractions

OTHERS IN WISCONSIN: (all free)


Calumet County Guide 920-849-1442 www.travelcalumet.com
Chippewa County Travel Guide 866-723-0331 www.ChippewaCounty.com
Door County Visitors Guide 800-527-3529 http://www.doorcounty.com/web/contact.asp
Fox Cities Area Guide 800-223-6667 www.foxcities.org
Grant County Travel Guide 608-348-8888 www.Platteville.com
Green Bay Visitors Guide 888-867-3342 www.GreenBay.com
Green County Travel Guide 888-222-9111 www.GreenCounty.com
Kenosha Area Visitors Guide 800-654-7309 www.KenoshaCVB.com
Kewaunee County Guide 800-290-4299 www.VisitKewauneeCounty.com
Madison Area Visitor Guide 800-373-6376 http://www.visitmadison.com
Mineral Point Travel Guide 888-764-6894 www.MineralPoint.com
Minocqua Area Destination Guide 800-44-NORTH www.minocqua.org
Racine Real Racine Guide - 800-272-2463 www.realracine.com
Sauk Prairie Visitors Packet 800- 683-2453 http://www.saukprairie.com/visitorspacket.html
St. Croix Valley & Polk County Guides (ask Sue for both) 800-222-7655 www.VisitrSCF.com
Superior & Douglas Country Travel Guide - 800-942-5313 www.VisitSuperior.com

OTHERS NEIGHBORING STATES, REGIONAL, ETC


Chicago Office of Tourism: Free Guide & App - http://www.choosechicago.com
Illinois Travel http://www.enjoyillinois.com/brochures/
Iowa Tourism http://www.traveliowa.com/ 888.472.6035 or 515.725.3084
Lake Michigan Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map 1-800-442-2084 or at www.WMTA.org
Lanesboro, Minnesota Visitor Guide 800-657-4972
Michigan http://www.michigan.org/
Minnesota Tourism Travel Counselors at explore@state.mn.us, or 1-888-TOURISM (1-888-868-7476).
Minnesota Mississippi Valley Bluff Country (on-line) http://www.ExploreMississippiBluffs.com
Mississippi Valley Partners (WI-MN) www.mississippi-river.org 1-888-999-2619
Red Wing, Minnesota www.redwing.org 1-651-385-5934 800-498-3444
Wabasha-Kellogg, Minnesota www.wabashamn.org 1-800-565-4158
West Michigan Travel Guide - 616-245-2217 www.wmta.org/publications-24/
Winona, Minnesota Visitor Guide (800) 657-4972 www.VisitWinona.com

BEFORE YOU GO: Avoid disappointment. Always check for schedule changes before heading to events. For
more events- four good sources: www.WisTravel.com, www.Wisconline .com, www.TravelWisconsin.com or
http://hwy23events.wordpress.com

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