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column Dean S. Acheson

Food, fun and excitement await you in the Northwoods Living in the far, far Northwoods (yes, we can see Canada from here ... on a clear day from atop Copper Peak’s famed ski flying facility), many of our daytrips revolve around the natural features, including waterfalls, Lake Superior, star gazing, and trail walks through the forests. But community celebrations such as Beef-A-Rama in Minocqua, the Blues Festival in Alpha (near Iron River, MI) or the Fall Harvest celebration in Hayward are also attractions that we don’t want to miss if we are nearby or, if not, as an overnight destination. Organizers of these small-town events pour their hearts and souls into them; ensuring visitors enjoy the food, the games, the music

(did we mention the food!), and much more. All three of the above mentioned events are waiting in the wings for you, and of course, many others across the splendid Northwoods’ landscape. Our many thousands of clear and pristine lakes and rivers invite boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and even scuba diving. Coupled with fine dining, vibrant nightlife, shopping, county fairs, races, and visits to museums and historical sites, the possibilities are endless for a memorable family vacation or daytrip to the Northwoods. We leave you with this observation: There’s still a big chunk of summer left and when August surrenders to September, still plenty of warm days to enjoy a trip to the land they call Up North!

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Map & Index

NORTHEAST REGION Florence 6 Forest 9 Marinette County.............................. page 13 Oconto County................................... page 17 Shawano Country.............................. Page 19 NORTHWOODS REGION Iron County.......................................... page 23 Langlade County............................... page 26 Lincoln County................................... page 28 Oneida County................................... page 29 Price County........................................ page 45 Vilas County......................................... page 47

NORTHWEST REGION Ashland/Bayfield Counties............. page 54 Barron County.................................... page 57 Burnett County................................... page 58 Polk County......................................... page 60 Sawyer County................................... page 62 Washburn County............................. page 73 WESTERN U.P. REGION U.P. Michigan................................. page 79-82 EASTERN U.P. REGION Iron County, Michigan..................... page 83 |




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Aug. 24-26 Florence – Florence County Fair Aug. 26 Florence – Classic Car, Motorcycle & Tractor Show: 9am to 2pm, County Fair Park.

Florence County boasts waterfalls, scenic roads Florence County’s amazing wild scenery is best viewed up close, and autumn is a perfect time to do just that. Located in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, Florence County boosts seven waterfalls, all located along the magnificent Pine and Popple rivers – both officially designated Wisconsin’s Wild Rivers. Spend a day exploring the sights on two designated road tours and take in a few of the waterfalls. (For a relaxed and leisurely pace the clockwise trek round the county to all seven falls should be split into a two-day excursion. Trails to the falls are hilly and rustic and require you to be in good physical shape.) The list encompasses Meyers and Bull Falls, Jennings Falls, LaSalle Falls, Big and Little Bull Falls and Washburn Falls. You can also take a relaxing drive on the county’s two designated rustic roads, which |

combine to form a circular and picturesque drive (Rustic Road74) among beautiful hardwood forests. Autumn colors fairly explode on the forest canopy and at their peak are amazing. The roads cross the Popple River several times and pass near Morgan Lake Campground, a National Forest semi-wild campground. You can also see the former Civilian Conservation Corps’ Camp Newald, which operated from 1933-42, from nearby Highway 139. It takes about an hour or so to drive the approximately 36 miles of Rustic Road-74. Rustic Road-74 is located between WIS 139 and Cty. C near the Town of Fence. From Hwy. 101 take Cty. C west through Fence about 2 miles to Morgan Lake Road (Forest Rd 2159). Travel northwest on #2159 for 5 miles then turn right on Forest Rd. 2161. Drive approximately 7 miles until reaching Twin Rivers Road (Forest Rd. 2398). Turn southeast on Forest Rd. 2398 and travel 5.7 miles until reaching Newald Road. Turn east on Newald Rd. for 1.5 miles then northeast on Newald Tower Rd. for 2.9 miles. Here travel southeast on Rock Creek Rd. for 6.4 miles until once again reaching the junction with Cty. C

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Florence County Fair – ‘A Fair to Remember’ The fairgrounds is located at 5505 County Hwy. N, a third mile south of U.S. Hwy. 2.

This family event has something for everyone, including exhibits by county residents, animals, horse pull, mud bog runs, great music all weekend, food, games and contests, a magic and science show, and a classic car, cycle and tractor show. They plan on having a kids coin scramble, old-fashioned kids games, cricket-spitting contest, pie eating contest and many more. The events are free to enter and to watch. The garden tractor pull is on Friday; mud bog runs and bean bag tournament are on Saturday; with speed horse show, draft horse pull and classic car and motorcycle show all on Sunday. There is a $5 admission fee for ages 13 and up. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Admission fee covers the full weekend. Visit online for more information and new attractions at florence- |


FLORENCE – The Florence County Fair celebrates its 115th year on Aug. 24-26 and remains as popular as always.



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Aug. 18 Crandon – Trump Lake Walleye Fundraiser Aug. 25-26 Crandon – Footstock Barefoot Water Ski Tournament Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Crandon -- World Championship Off-Road Races Sept. 7-9 Crandon – Forest County Fair Sept. 22-23 Wabeno – Big Woods 200 Dual Sport

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CRANDON – The National Championship of Figure Eight Endurance Barefooting – dubbed by Water Ski Magazine as the “craziest tournament in America” -- returns to Crandon Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26. Competition begins at 9:25am Saturday with the finals on Sunday.

talking from the announcers. Guys who lose to a girl have to wear a pink t-shirt that says so for the rest of the day. Nearly 120 barefooters competed last year. There are divisions for juniors, seniors, masters (55 plus), open and women’s.

Known simply as “Footstock,” it’s the largest figure eight endurance barefoot championship in the world. Held on Peshtigo Lake, just outside of Crandon along Highway 32 & 55, it pits the world’s best professionals against amateur barefooters from across the U.S. on a grueling mile and a half course. Competitors go head to head as they battle wind, waves and each other to see who can barefoot the furthest before surrendering to exhausted calf and arm muscles and, for some, for a face plant at 40 mph. The last skier standing wins in this double elimination free-for-all. Winner or loser, there are blistered feet to treat in many cases. There are also costume contests, leech eating, and incessant trash |


World’s best barefoot skiers descend on Crandon



Forest County

Fall Festival next stop at Camp 5 Museum

LAONA -- There is still time to ride the Lumberjack Steam Train during their summer season at Camp 5 in Laona. Their summer season runs through Aug. 18. More opportunities to ride the historical train comes during their Fall Festival, with runs on Sept. 1, 22, and 29. On Sept. 29, the Cowboys return to rob the Lumberjack Steam Train, riding their beautiful horses, dressed in vintage clothing and sporting traditional firearms. It is a chance to witness the Old West with all the action but without the danger! Fall Festival is a special time to ride the Lumberjack Steam Train, with the colored leaves enhancing the view on the two later runs, plus the corn maze, the haunted slaughterhouse (Halloween is just around the corner!), and all of the other attractions that make a visit on the train to the Camp 5 Museum complex a special event. This includes the Green Treasure Forest Tour, the exceptional logging museum, the petting zoo, the Crackerbarrel Gift Shop and the Choo Choo Hut Restaurant. Don’t forget your camera, and drone hobbyists should bring their aircraft for some great pictures of the corn maze from aloft. The Lumberjack Steam Train leaves the vintage depot on U.S. Hwy. 8 & 32 beginning at 11am and every hour on the hour, with the last run at 2pm. For more information on this extraordinary experience, visit |

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For those of you who love to hunt, Heritage Hunt Club stocks pheasants in the many fields that surround Camp 5, and a great sporting clays course is also available.

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Back to the Past on Rustic Road-34

ALVIN – Located in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is a rustic road that has changed little over the years. Designated R-34 in the state’s inventory of official Rustic Roads, this scenic route includes the Old North Road, the very first road in the Town of Alvin. Rustic roads are great routes to travel any time of the year, but especially so during the fall colors. They are lightly traveled and the maximum speed limit posted is 45 mph. Unique brown and yellow signs mark the routes of all officially designed rustic roads. Of course, there are many other roads in Forest County that are worthy of a drive as many go through the national and county forests and along sparkling blue lakes. R-34 is no exception as it threads its way nearly nine miles through a heavily wooded area, including a 50-year-old pine plantation abundant with wildlife. The entire teems with possibilities for hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling. Length: 8.6 miles Surface: Paved and gravel portions Location: Forest County: From the Village of Alvin, follow portions of Lakeview Drive, Carey Dam Road and Fishel Road to Highway 70. |





Celebrate Oktoberfest in Crivitz

Festivities begin at 11am and end at 11pm with all things German, including, of course, the beer and food. There will be bratwurst, kielbasa and wieners along with homemade German potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels. Enjoy the imported beer and wine along with your favorite domestic brands. The official tapping of the keg is at 11am.

Whether you are in the listening or dancing mood, enjoy the live music by the area’s favorite bands. There will be bouncy houses, face painting and pumpkin decorating for kids and much more. There will be games for the older brunch, too. Last year’s events included the Fraulein’s Beer Stein Race, Starken Mann Stein hoisting contest, yodeling contest, and sauerkraut eating contest. All proceeds benefit the Crivitz Fire Department. Take a peek at Facebook for all the updates as they become available. |


CRIVITZ – Celebrate an outstanding fall tradition by attending Oktoberfest in Crivitz on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Crivitz Community Veteran’s Park, 510 Louisa Street. Admission is free.

Aug. 11 Menominee – Auto and Cycle Show: Historic waterfront. Aug. 15 Peshtigo – Prairie Walk: 6-8pm, Harmony Arboretum. Aug. 23-26 Wausaukee – Marinette County Fair: Fairgrounds. Sept. 1 Marinette – Car Show: Moose Lodge. Sept. 15 Crivitz – Oktoberfest in Crivitz: 11am to 11pm, Community Veterans Park. Sept. 22 Crivitz – Chili Fest & Soup Contest: 11am to 4pm. Sept. 28-30 Peshtigo – Peshtigo Historical Days: Badger Park. Sept. 29 Crivitz – Fall Harvest Fest and Craft Show: 8:30am to 2pm, high school. Sept. 29 Peshtigo – Peshtigo Historical Day


Marinette County

Turn the wheel to Auto and Cycle Show

MENOMINEE – The annual Auto and Cycle Show sponsored by the Marinette and Menominee Auto Club will be Saturday, Aug. 11 at Menominee’s Historic Waterfront, next to the band shell and Marina Beach. Spectator admission is free with the show opening at 8am. Auto and motorcycle registration is from 8-11am. Cost is $5. Dash plaques will be given to the first 150 vehicles registered. Nearly 80 trophies in 21 auto and four motorcycle classes will be award-

ed. Best of Show in both motorcycle and auto will also be awarded. For more information call 715-582-0347. There will be a silent auction with vehicle related items located by the registration table, benefiting the club’s vehicle related college scholarship program. There will be a small auto swap space set up on the south side of the grounds. Russes Golden Oldies will DJ starting at around 10am.

Willow Bend Shoppes


Willow Bend Shoppes have a great selection for different shopping needs. We have breakfast/ lunch/gelato/clothing/gifts, wine/party goods, furniture/home decor, specialty cheese/ homemade & novelty candies. Each shop is unique in itself, so visiting them all is definitely a must. |

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Vacation at Picha’s Pine Beach Cottages CRIVITZ – Discover Picha’s Pine Beach Cottages, W6820 Lakeview Rd, Crivitz, located in the heart of vacationland on beautiful Lake Noquebay. You’ll find it’s a very quiet and relaxing place to vacation, whether with your fishing buddies or your family. Some mornings an eagle or two will be hanging out on the trees in front. The lake itself has a solid reputation among the fishing fraternity for its excellent largemouth bass and panfish (bluegills and crappies). Lake Noquebay is one of the lakes benefitting from the state’s recent “Walleye Initiative” stocking program.

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715.854.2173/summer 352.628.2626/winter

W6820 Lakeview Road, Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114

Outside, there is a fish cleaning facility with running water, campfire pit (bring your own wood), outdoor grills and picnic tables. There is a private sandy beach with no drop-offs and children playground equipment. Rental boats (14-footers with good motors) are available, or you can bring your own and tie it up at one of their piers. Being where they are, TV reception is very limited; bring a DVD player and movies is suggested. Golfing, shopping, white water rafting, museums and water ski shows are all nearby if you want a break from fishing. For more information, call 715-854-2173 (summer) or 352-6282626 (winter) or e-mail Directions: One mile north of Crivitz (traffic light) on Highway 141, then turn right on to Lake Noquebay Road, and follow Picha’s Pine Beach Cottages signs (approximately 4 miles) to the resort. |


The eight all-modern housekeeping cabins are very clean and come equipped with electric refrigerator, gas range, gas heat and microwave. Your hosts provide blankets and bed pillows. Linen rentals available if you don’t bring your own; plus bring your own towels. Basic dishes, coffee pot and cooking utensils are available.

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Aug. 11-12 Gillett – Oconto Co. Fair: Fairgrounds. Aug. 18 Mountain – Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club Fundraiser: Animal’s Bear Trail Inn. Aug. 25 Oconto – “Fall into Fun” Family Day Aug. 25 Oconto – Benefit Motorcycle/Car Ride: Pig roast, raffles, live entertainment. Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Suring – Labor Day Celebration: Parade, carnival, 5K/10K, tractor pulls. Sept. 1 Riverview – Fire Dept. Corn Roast: Free corn. Sept. 1 Townsend – Red Arrow Club Corn Roast and Parade: Corn roast, parade, music, raffles. Sept. 2 Lakewood – Lakewood Firefighters Picnic: Town pavilion. Sept. 8 Lena – Lions Dairy Fest: Parade, 5K walk/run, music, tractor and trucks pulls. Sept. 15 Lakewood – Festi-Fall: Music, crafts, vendors. Sept. 15 Oconto – EAA Warbirds Fly-In: Oconto Airport. Sept. 29 Oconto – Harvest Fest


Octonto Airport to host EAA Warbirds Fly-In & Car/Tractor Show OCONTO – Spread your wings and discover the fun to be had at the 10th annual EAA Warbirds “Badger Squadron Six” Fly-In at the Oconto’s J. Douglas Bake Municipal Airport on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9am to 5pm. An opening ceremony to honor veterans will be at 10:30am. Previous events have witnessed the arrivals of Yaks, WACO, L 19 Bird Dogs, a TBM Avenger and various others, including civilian aircraft. The remote controlled (RC’s) aircraft will fly throughout during the day with a one-hour show scheduled at 2pm The antique and classic car and tractor show held in conjunction with the Fly-In will include Model A’s and Model T’s, muscle cars, and tractors. Previous shows have had over 100 vehicles on display.

Other attractions will include the popular Army encampment, as well as artisan and craft vendors. A wide variety of food, beverages and desserts will be available. Airplane and helicopter rides will be available for a fee. Ages 12 and under admitted free. Parking is also free. The airport is located at 2983 Airport Road. |



Oconto County

Explore all that Festi-Fest offers

LAKEWOOD – Downtown Lakewood will be buzz’n’ with the sounds of happy shoppers during that community’s seventh annual Festi-Fall celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15. The free event will be ongoing from 10am to 4pm. Artisans, crafters, antique dealers, and food vendors will be set up at various locations throughout the town. Last year’s event drew dozens of vendors featuring hand-made items such as jewelry, rugs, jams, painting, photographs, ceramics, wood carvings |

and more. There were artist demonstrations demos, wine tastings, food and more. Local musicians will play throughout the day at various venues. Presented by the Lakewood area Enchanting Shops and the Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce. The town of Lakewood is located in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, which offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation.





Fall in love with ‘Miles of Art’ Fall Festival

“Shawano Country” Miles of Art is a fall celebration of the arts and nature throughout Shawano and Menominee counties. The event will include free, self-guided tours of area artists’ studios. Most of these studios are open only for this event, providing a unique opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their work. These artisans include painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, weavers, jewelers, woodworkers, mixed-media artists, fiber artists, and at select locations, live music and dancing Host artists include David Aschenbrener, David Rand Memorial site and Simon Levin. Other locations on the tour include the WOWSPACE Gallery in Wittenberg, Old Feed Mill on Pleasant Street in Gresham and the Yoga Room & Art Gallery, also in Gresham.

Additional locations feature American Indian and other area artists. Woodlands Studio in downtown Shawano will feature three artists from the Grignon family and a guest photographer. As visitors drive the scenic routes to the artists’ studios they can view over 300 “barn quilts” on display throughout Shawano County. These colorful 8’x8’ squares hanging on historic barns have been hand painted to replicate traditional quilt patterns as well as original designs. Also on display are numerous exterior “quilt squares” in and around the Village of Gresham and over 20 large exterior wall murals in the Village of Wittenberg. For more information on the artists, maps and complete schedule of events, visit For additional information on the area contact the Shawano Country Tourism Council at 800-235-8528 or visit

Oktoberest and more reasons to visit Shawano County SHAWANO – Germans around the world – and those who love the German Oktoberfest -- are celebrating in September and October with their own versions of this popular festival. Among those in Wisconsin is Shawano, which has set aside Saturday, Oct. 6 for its 13th annual Oktoberfest celebration. The event will be held in the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street, in the heart of Shawano downtown. From 9am to 4pm, enjoy German-themed music, food, art and crafts from local and area vendors, games for kids, and sidewalk sales. Be sure to vote for your favorite scarecrow. It promises to be a fun time!

Free admission to the public; held rain or shine; free parking. Oct. 6 is also the date for the eighth annual “Miles of Art” in Shawano County. From 10 am to 5pm you can visit studios of working artists. Special emphasis will be on the works and themes of local/regional artists. Many events and self-guided tour opportunities throughout the weekend include farmers market in Franklin Park, Walls of Wittenberg murals, Shawano Country barn quilts, Gresham Area Advancement quilts, Menominee Heritage Day and lumberjack breakfast at the Menominee Logging Camp Museum over in Keshena. |


SHAWANO – The greater Shawano area is opening its doors on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6 & 7 and inviting visitors to get a glimpse of local artists at work, as well as colorful murals, barn and community quilts, and fall foliage. Hours are 10am to 5pm both days.

Aug. 10-11 Aniwa – Central WI Military Show: Motorama Auto Museum. Aug. 10-12 Bowler – Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Pow Wow Aug. 10-12 Shawano – Shawano Folk Music Festival: Mielke Arts Center. Aug. 11 Shawano – Richmond Thresheree: N6780 Basswood Road. Aug. 11 Green Valley – Firefighters Picnic Aug. 18 Cecil -- Firemen’s Festival Aug. 25 Shawano – Mountain Bay 5K Run/Walk Aug. 25-26 Tigerton – Tigerton Lumberjack Days Aug. 29-Sept. 2 Shawano – Shawano County Fair Sept. 9 Shawano – Custom & Classic Car Show Sept. 15 Wittenberg – Circus Sept. 22 Tigerton – “Taste of Tigerton” Apple Fest



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Embarrass River Campground and ATV Park

TIGERTON -- The Embarrass River Campground and ATV Park was developed in 1998 as a model multi-purpose ATV park, which also now welcomes UTVs. The multi-use park offers about 20 miles of terrific ATV trails that wind through the 504-acre park. Trail hours are 8am to dusk. The trails are marked and are mostly hard-packed. There are some rugged sections with rocky climbs to test veteran riders, along with mud pits and deep ponds for those hankering to get down and dirty! There are a total of 48 scenic campsites, many scattered along the banks of the calm and winding Embarrass River. Some of the amenities are electrical hook-ups, new shower, flush toilets and laundry facility, an RV dump station, potable water and firewood. (Remember, state law forbids firewood being brought into Wisconsin.) The trails are open year-round, but the campground closes around late November. The Marathon Off-Road ATV Club holds motocross races each year at the ATV Park. For more information regarding the park facilities and hours call 888-947-2288 or visit The ATV Park is located one-half mile east of Tigerton, just off County Road M. Tigerton itself is located on Highway 45 |




Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally showcases state’s largest ATV/UTV trail system

Riders will enjoy the scenic trails during the peak of Colorama when the woods are ablaze in the autumn colors of red, yellow and orange. In addition to riding the great trails, Pumpkin Run’s schedule includes the weekend-long poker run with over 20 stops in Iron County, food, games, prizes and more. Events take place in both Mercer and Hurley.

The Great Pumpkin Parade on Saturday, Oct. 6 will start at the Ranger Station in Mercer and make its way through downtown to the ATV/UTV trail and then on to the wrap-up party at The Pines Restaurant. The parade lineup begins at 4pm, the parade starts at 5pm, and the wrap-up party begins at 6pm. The party includes live music, games, and the drawing of the poker hands. That leaves Sunday open for additional trail riding, or maybe a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant or café before the trip home.

New this year will be an ATV/UTV Pull, similar to a tractor pull, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 5. The event will take place at Liberty Way Tap House, 2040W Saarnio Road Mercer, off trail 17. Prizes will be awarded by vehicle classes. The poker run registration is $20. You can register online at Participants can pick up their rally packet with an ATV/UTV map and commemorative bandanna at either the Mercer Chamber of Commerce or Hurley Chamber of Commerce. After riders get their poker run sheets stamped at participating business, the completed sheets are turned in for riders to draw poker hands for a chance at cash prizes. |


MERCER & HURLEY – Outdoor enthusiasts can explore 250 miles and more of ATV/UTV trails in Iron County during the 16th annual Pumpkin Run Rally, hosted and sponsored by the Mercer and Hurley chambers of commerce and set for Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 4-6.

Aug. 11 Hurley – Paavo Nurmi Marathon Aug. 11 Mercer – Pig and Corn Roast Aug. 18 Saxon – Snowmobile Grass Drags: Fairgrounds. Sept. 1 Hurley – Festivale Italiano



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Dates announced for ‘Mercer Muskie Madness’ Tournament

Iron County


MERCER – The seventh annual “Mercer Muskie Madness” Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 with headquarters at the sponsor, Gateway Lodge and Resort in Mercer. Eligible tournament lakes are Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Fisher Lake, Spider Lake, Oxbow Lake, Echo Lake, Grand Portage Lake, Pike Lake, Mercer Lake, Lake of the Falls, and Trude Lake, according to tournament director Wayne Riebe of Gateway Lodge.


Tournament entry fee is $175 for each two-member team ($200 after Oct. 1), which includes the Friday lunch and the banquet dinner and awards ceremony Saturday night. There will be a number of raffles with quality prizes. Tournament anglers are encouraged to check in and register Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-7pm at Gateway Lodge. The rules briefing immediately follows. Another rules briefing and check-in will be at 6:30am Friday at Gateway Lodge. Fishing hours are 7am to 5pm Friday and 7am to 4pm Saturday. A unique feature of this catch-and-release tournament is that each team member may have two lines in the water using one artificial bait and one live bait. But no trolling is allowed. Based on a full field of 60 registered teams, the total prize money is $5,400. For more information and registration, or to become a sponsor or donate to the tournament, call 715-476-7878 or visit thegatewaylodgecom. Last year’s tournament raised $4,220 for Wounded Warriors In Action. Ten veterans and one Gold Star father fished it. |






Aug. 10-12 Antigo -- Northwoods Tri-

ple Crown: Bulls & Barrels competition, food. Fairgrounds. Aug. 18 Polar – Polar Fest: Music, food, activities, vendors. Timber Haven Bar & Grill. Aug. 19 Antigo – Badgerland Classics & Customs Car Show: Peaceful Valley Park. Aug. 25 Antigo – Sustainable Farm Tour Sept. 2 Pearson – Labor Day Picnic Sept. 6-9 Antigo – Stumble Stump Rendezvous Sept. 8 White Lake – Wolfman Triathlon Sept. 8 Antigo – Ice Age Trail Hike Sept. 15 Summit Lake – Lakes and Leaves Bike Ride

Badgerland Classics & Customs Car Show ANTIGO -- The 33rd annual Badgerland Classics & Customs Car Show will be Sunday, Aug. 19 from 8am to 4pm. The show features classic and custom vehicles, snowmobiles, tractors and motorcycles. The event will take place at Peaceful Valley Park & Festival Grounds located at 420 Field Street in Antigo. There will be a swap meet, craft show, model car contest, music and food on the grounds. The Northwoods Tractor Club will have antique tractors on display. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will have a mobile classroom for motorcycle riders from 8am to 2pm. Bring in non-perishable food for a special drawing.

Antigo rolls out a traditional Oktoberfest ANTIGO – Come “roll out the barrel” and celebrate as the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce presents the 12th annual Oktoberfest heritage festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. There will be lots of mouth-watering German food, beer tasting featuring over 40 specialty beers, fun photo booth, souvenir beer mugs and more. Authentic German music will make this event fun for everyone. Human foosball begins at 4:30pm. Get your teams registered prior to event. Activities will be held at the Langlade County Fairgrounds from 4-9pm. |

Vehicle registration is 8am to noon. There will be first, second and third place trophies for all classes, along with special trophies including Best of Show. For more information on the show, call Jeff at 715-623-7351 or visit The organizers are also sponsoring a “Rods and Hogs” poker run on Saturday, Aug. 18. There are 10 stops in the 80-100 mile route. The poker run’s headquarters is Rick’s Roadhouse 45. Call 715216-3692 for more information.

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Stop by Stumble Stump Rendezvous ANTIGO – Take a stroll back in history Sept. 6-9 when the annual Stumble Stump Rendezvous welcomes visitors to the camp full of re-enactors of the fur-trapping era of the 1800s. It brings to life an era when trappers, Native Americans and mountain men gathered at the end of the season of trapping and trading to swap tales, discuss the past season and establish partners for the next season.


The camp will be set up along Springbrook Trail boardwalk just east of North Elementary School on Second Avenue. Here, you will find volunteers dressed in period clothes and demonstrating candle making, leather working, cooking, hawk and knife throwing, and black powder firearms. In the evening enjoy the glow of campfires. Friday is Kid’s Day. |






Aug. 11 Tomahawk – Thrilla-on-the-Grilla: downtown. Aug. 15-19 Merrill – Lincoln County Fair: Merrill Festival Grounds. Aug. 19 Gleason – Antique Tractor Pull and Show Aug. 25 Merrill – Ride the River: Bike ride. Sept. 3 Merrill – Lion’s Car Show: Festival Grounds. Sept. 3 Merrill – Labor Day Parade & Celebration: Main St. parade; then music, food, more at Merrill Festival Grounds. Sept. 8 Merrill – Sawmill Race to the Taps: 5K and family run at 11am. Music, kids tent, more. Sawmill Brewing Co. Sept. 8 Merrill – Airport Days: Aircraft, skydivers, flea market at airport. Sept. 8 Gleason – Tractor/Truck Pull Sept. 13-16 Tomahawk – Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA: Motorcycle rally. Live music, food, street dances, demo rides. Sept. 15 Merrill – Pork in the Park Ribfest: Merrill Festival Grounds. Sept. 22 Town of Pine River – Fire Dept. Pig Roast Sept. 22 Merrill – Colorama Bike Ride: Kitchenette Park. Sept. 29 Merrill – Chili Blast: Downtown.

Lincoln Co. Fair to welcome thousands of visitors

MERRILL – Bull riding and monster trucks will be big grandstage draws to the 2018 Lincoln County Fair set Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 15-19 at the festival grounds in Merrill. Theme of the 130th annual fair is “Back to the Wild West.” Admission to the fair is free, with some 30,000 people stopping by on an average five-day run. The midway features favorite carnival rides by Spectrum (more rides are scheduled for this year), games and food. The hard work and loving care of the past year are featured in the 4-H and adult exhibits, ranging from flower arrangements to woodworking, along with cattle, sheep, poultry and other animals judging. There

will be educational and commercial vendors galore The grandstand entertainment kicks off Wednesday of fair week with the 4-H horse show at 5pm, with free admission. The Rice Bull Riding Company brings its “bull and barrels” performances to the arena at 7pm each night on Thursday and Friday nights. The LCFA Demo Derby will start the crush’n’ action at 6pm Saturday. Then on Sunday, at 6pm, the All Star Monster Trucks will give you pause if you ever double park on their turf! Don’t miss the live music and other acts set for the entertainment and activity tents.

‘Ride the River’ event set for River Bend Trail MERRILL – Combine your love of free flowing water with spinning spokes by taking part in the “Ride the River” bicycling event on Saturday, Aug. 25 in Merrill. The Friends of the River Bend Trail is sponsoring the fundraiser to support the Agra Pavilion. The bike rides on the scenic River Bent Trail along the Wisconsin River includes an opportunity to bike the Council Grounds State Park. Riders will have the option to travel either 5.5 miles or 12 miles on this self-guided, leisure bike ride. The longer route will loop through Council Grounds State Park. A map of the courses is posted on the website |

Check-in begins at 9am and the ride starts at 10am. The course will be open until 1pm. Both courses will start and end at the Agra Pavilion at 400 S. Park Street, Merrill. It’s suggested that riders either bike to the pavilion or park off-site as parking is limited at the pavilion. The event will be held rain or shine. The cost for the ride is $15 per person or $30 per family. If you have a membership as a Friend of the River Bend Trail there is a discounted registration fee of $10 per person. Refreshments, snacks and lunch will be available with registration. Afterwards, there will be music and food at the “Pork Out for the Pavilion” event at the River Bend trailhead on Park Street.





Smoking the competition! Dragon Boat Festival will rule Lake Minocqua

MINOCQUA -- The colorful and fast-paced Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 18 on Lake Minocqua, with headquarters at Torpy Park, downtown Minocqua. More than 15 teams are on tap to compete in the 2018 event. Spectator admission is free.

There’s an opening ceremony at 8am to awaken the spirits of the dragon boats, followed by the races beginning at 9am. Teams in 45-foot long boats race 300 meters from east to west, finishing in front of Torpy Park’s swimming beach. The final race is at 3:15pm with awards following. The festival features live entertainment, food from St. Germain

Primetimers, beer from Lakeland Noon Rotary, and fun merchandise. “Dragonlings” of all ages can enjoy free activities in the children’s tent, sponsored by the Northwoods Children’s Museum of Eagle River. Souvenirs will be available for purchase. Dragon boating is the ultimate team sport. Each team has 16 to 20 paddlers, plus a drummer. There’s still time to form a team. Visit or call 715-439-4005. When you participate as a paddler, a spectator or volunteer, you are helping the Howard Young Foundation deliver top technology for area emergency medical teams, Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and Ascension Eagle River Hospital. |


Aug. 11 Woodruff – See Me Tri Triathlon: Clear Lake. Aug. 11 Three Lakes – Art on Main: 40-50 artists, live music. Aug. 12 Three Lakes – Running Bear Triathlon: Aug. 18 Minocqua – Dragon Boat Festival: Torpy Park. Aug. 19 Hazelhurst – Car Show: (flea market Aug. 18 & 19). Aug. 25 Minocqua – Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser: Yacht Club. Sept. 1 Minocqua – Pride and Joy Car Show: TJ’s Butcher Shop. Sept. 1 Minocqua – Pig Roast: Torpy Park. Sept. 1 Three Lakes – Nicolet Wheel-A-Way Bike Ride: Sept. 8 Minocqua – No Frills Marathon & Half Marathon: Bearskin State Trail. Sept. 8 Three Lakes – Affair of the Arts Ball: Reiter Center. Sept. 15 Lake Tomahawk – Fall Harvest Festival: Snowshoe Park. Sept. 15 Three Lakes – Oktoberfest Sept. 21-23 Rhinelander – Hodag Musky Challenge Sept. 28-29 Minocqua – Beef-A-Rama: downtown. Sandwich sales, craft show, music. Sept. 29 Minocqua – Rump Roast Run: Veterans Park.


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Reserve your date and time by ordering your tickets online at or purchase your tickets at the gate the day of the show.

• Shows last approximately one hour & een minutes • Open seating - arrive early in peak season

2 miles north of Minocqua at Hwys. 51 and 47, 1 block right 1126 Hwy 47 | Woodruff, WI | 54568 (715) 634-6923

or purchase your tickets at the gate the day of the show. |

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It’s sharp – just axe a lumberjack WOODRUFF -- The logging of northern forests is a significant part of Wisconsin’s history. At Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows in Woodruff and Hayward visitors can learn about the logging history of the state and see current lumberjacks compete in events that were part of the competitions held during that era. Logging was difficult work and several of the events visitors will see at the show demonstrate just how dangerous the activity could be. Not surprisingly, the two most dangerous events of the show include swinging an axe. Axes used in Scheer’s Lumberjack Show, and in all lumberjack competitions, aren’t purchased at a local hardware store. Axes preferred by the professional competitors are made in New Zealand or Australia. Ask a lumberjack in Scheer’s Lumberjack Show why his chopping axe had to make such a long journey to get into his hands, and he’ll respond – “SHARP.” The axe has to be extremely sharp and able to hold an edge. It costs about $100 to get an axe sharpened and after it’s done a guy could use it to shave his face – really. Lumberjacks combine that edge with physical strength in two of the events featured in Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows.

Swinging an axe while standing on a springboard can be a scary event. - Contributed Photo

The Spring Board Chop is an interesting event that also requires an accurate swing of the axe. It demonstrates the primitive method of climbing a tree that was used to get above the fanning root system at the butt. Using his axe, the lumberjack notches a vertical standing log and wedges a board into the notch. The lumberjack then climbs up onto the board and chops a vertical-standing log in half. This is very dangerous because the lumberjack is chopping six feet in the air on a very narrow board. Strength, accuracy and balance combine to prevent an accident and to make the lumberjack a winner. These and eight other events are featured in Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows in Woodruff and Hayward. The show is educational and combines athleticism with comedy -- a great family adventure. |


In the Underhand Chop the lumberjack stands on top of a platform called a log dog and straddles a 12-inch diameter aspen log between his legs. He then chops the log in half with swings of the axe, being very careful to avoid his feet and legs. Accuracy prevents him

from losing a toe and upper body strength will make him a winner.




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Minocqua’s Beef-a-Rama keeps getting bigger

MINOCQUA – Beef-A-Rama -- of the most popular community celebrations in the Northwoods -- will fill the streets of the Island of Minocqua with thousands of people and the aroma of roasting beef on Saturday, Sept. 29. It’s actually a two-day celebration, sponsored by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, with live music and beer garden Friday night at Torpy Park. You can stay on top of the events by downloading the chamber’s Beef-A-Rama app. Come early Saturday morning the cooks – some seasoned with many years at the grill, others donning their chef’s aprons for the first time – and their helpers will begin to set up the grills and to decorate their assigned spaces. Not only are they vying for the coveted best taste award, but also the best decoration award. From pirates and zombies to cow-themed costumes, it’s a sight to behold! During the long roasting process, the cooks take time out to answer questions about their “secret” seasonings and sauce and other tips that will guarantee a mouth-watering roast beef sandwich. Speaking of (sand)which, the roast beef sandwich sales start at 10am. Last year, they served over 5,000 pounds of beef! Those looking to stretch their calf muscles can do so at the Rump Roast Run/Walk at 9am from Torpy Park. Options are 5K and 10K distances and a “Calf Mile” for kids. Making this event a complete outing, there is the Prime Choice

craft show with over 70 vendors at Torpy Park, beef eating contest at 11:30am, live music on two stages, beer sales, the cow plop guessing contest, petting zoo and much more. And what’s the point of cooking if you can’t show off what you created! So the cooks and their crews will head down Main Street in the famous “Stampede of Roasters” at 3pm en route to Torpy Park. There, announcement of various awards are made. Tips: Avoid the hassle of parking downtown (parking stalls fill quickly) and take a shuttle bus. Shuttle stop businesses: Northwest side -- Trigs (overflow parking behind the Chinese restaurant), and Lakeland Union High School; south side -- Hribar/ Truck Country, and Builders First Source (formerly ProBuild). Shuttle is free; small fee for vehicle parking.

Every Friday

Stop by & Enjoy TJ’s Butcher Block afternoon

“Brat Cookout” 11 am - 2 pm W/ all the trimmings! Check out the specials inside also! |

SAVE 6% by booking on-line and using Promo Code: UpNorthAction

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Find lots of ‘Krazy Day’ bargains in Minocqua MINOCQUA– The locals undoubtedly have the date for Minocqua’s 2018 Krazy Day already circled on their calendars, and if you haven’t been to this shopping extravaganza you’re in for a treat on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Sponsored by the Minocqua Island Business Association, the street sale begins at 9am. Along with goods from Island merchants, the event is open to other businesses, local groups, artists and performers. During Krazy Day, merchandise from clothing to fishing and camping equipment and much more fills the tables lined along the sidewalks to overflowing. Many shoppers arrive early to snap up the bargains, but don’t fret if you arrive later as the merchants regularly replenish tables.

LAKE TOMAHAWK – With so many fun festivals this fall, where do you start? One suggestion is the 28th annual Fall Harvest Festival & Auto Show at Lake Tomahawk’s Snowshoe Park on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9am to 3pm. The Lions Club sponsors the event and will also showcase their fifth annual car show, which opens at 8am. Entry fee for cars is $10. The Fall Harvest’s hours will be filled with exploring the arts and crafts booths, along with vegetables and other produce at the farmers market. You can also buy raffle tickets. The “Pumpkin Patch” crew will help youngsters decorate wooden pumpkins to take home. Prizes will be awarded in various age groups. Legion Post 318 and the Lions will be serving food with pie available at the concession stand. The Lake Tomahawk Bible Church will have children’s activities as well. This is truly a fall feast as apples from Hauser’s in Bayfield will again be sold, along with the famous Snowshoe Park pies by the slice or whole pie, along with fresh, crisp caramel and turtle apple slices. |


The shopping frenzy goes until 4pm so there’s plenty of time to take a break and to replenish the body with good eats and refreshments that can be found at the downtown restaurants and pubs.

Fall Harvest Festival & Car Show on tap at Lake Tomahawk


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ildwood Wildlife Park is home to exotic animals from around the world including endangered and threatened species. Prepare to be amazed viewing giraffes, tigers, monkeys, hyena, sloth, binturong, kookaburra, capybara, serval, lynx, anteater, bobcat, toucan, and kangaroo, and so much more.


Experience our interactive exhibits including a unique interactive free-flight aviary allowing zoo guests the opportunity to feed hundreds of parakeets. Get eye-to-eye with the tallest animals in the world during the giraffe feeding. Enjoy feeding a bottle of “bear juice” to the bears.

Touch and feel an amazing array of animals including: armadillo, bunnies, ferret, skunk, woodchuck, chinchilla, porcupine, and so much more in our Petting Zoo. Learn about your favorite animals during our Zoo Chats held at the amphitheater. Ride the NEW Safari TRAM with a narrated journey winding through the safari seeing a diverse group of animals including, Eland, Wildebeest, Big Horn Sheep, Dall Sheep, Addax, Nilgai, Kudu, Nyala, Ostrich, Scimitar Oryx, Emu, Beisa Oryx, Emu, and Arabian Oryx. Be sure to catch one or more of our scheduled animal feedings, presentations or encounters to enhance your zoo visit. Wildwood Wildlife Park is a place for families to make special memories that will last a lifetime.

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Hand-feed goat, sheep, pig, aoudad, and camel – an experience for all ages. Stroll leisurely through our park, where the deer roam among you and have them eating right out of your hand.

An Unforgettable Adventure


• Hundreds of mammals, birds, reptiles & primates • Baby animal encounters • Easily walked landscaped trails • Otter colony with pools & slides • Beaver pond • Budgie Buddies Parakeet Encounter • Nature boardwalk • Exotic bird displays NEW Safari • Koi pond Tram Ride • Trout pond • Musky pond • Wildlife programs “Explore & Learn”


• Feed Bears Giraffe Feeding “Bear Juice” Encounter • Whitetail Deer Encounter • Tamarin & Marmoset Hut • Wild Den Gift Shop • Hungry Bear Hut & Jambo Hut • Safari Train & Paddle Boats • Giraffe Serengeti • Dino Dig • Flamingo Cove Dino Dig • Educational Center • Living History Center • Safari Tram Ride


Open 7 days a week, May 1st - mid October E-mail:

715-356-5588 / 10094 Hwy 70 W, Minocqua, WI



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Visit Rhinelander Café & Pub in Historic Downtown Rhinelander

RHINELANDER – Newly-remodeled Rhinelander Café & Pub, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Rhinelander, is a family owned-and-run restaurant rich in tradition and history for over a hundred years (since 1911). Rhinelander Cafe & Pub specializes in breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a nod toward casual restaurant dining during the day, and upscale fine dining in the evening. There are seasonable specials as well as traditional favorites. They have a great cocktail lounge where you can relax and enjoy your favorite cocktail with friends. In addition to cocktails, the Rhinelander Cafe & Pub is also home to the Rhinelander Tap Room, featuring a wide selection of 24 craft beers on tap, a perfect place to gather after work. They are one of the few Rhinelander restaurants that make their own baked goods including pies and breads, along with their famous cheesecake. All of the food and soups is made from scratch, with the finest seafood and hand-cut steaks in the Northwoods. Explore their different cuisines from American contemporary and traditional to Cajun/Creole to Greek and Italian. They’re located at 33 N. Brown Street. They accept all major credit cards. For more information, call 715-362-2918, or visit |



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Hodag Musky Challenge

RHINELANDER – Musky anglers from around the country will come to Rhinelander this fall to compete in one of the most historic musky tournaments in the nation – the Hodag Musky Challenge – set for Sept. 22-23. Last year’s event attracted nearly 100 two-person teams. The 37th annual catch-and-release tournament will be headquartered at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander, and fishing will take place on area lakes. Registration will take place Friday. Cash purse to the winning teams as well as prizes for the first 50-inch musky, the largest musky, the largest northern pike, and more. For more information, go online at or stop by at the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Nicolet Wheel-A-Way offers scenic tours of national forest THREE LAKES – Looking for a bicycling outing in early fall for the family? Then you’ll want to register them (and yourself) for the 27th annual Nicolet Wheel-A-Way family bike event on Saturday, Sept. 1 in Three Lakes. This is not a race, but a casual, self-guided ride for individuals of all ages, and is suitable for families and bikes pulling trailers. Children do need to be accompanied by an adult. The ride begins at 9am at Don Burnside Park, 6931 Stanzil St., Three Lakes. Riders can choose either the 18.1-mile route or the 36.5-mile route, both on paved roads identified with road markings and directional warning signs. Both also offer great views of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. For registration fees and other information, see Check-in is between 7:30 and 8:30am at Don Burnside Park, located off County Hwy. A in Three Lakes. “Blessing of the Bikes” will be available starting at 8am. Food will be available for purchase at the end of the ride at Don Burnside Park. Riders will receive a chance to win door prizes, including a new bike.

Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 795 • 450 W. Kemp St. • Rhinelander, WI 54501 (715) 365-7464 •

73% of registration Money is Paid Out!!


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Thunder Parade ...................................................................................................... 4 MDA Events At SARA Park .................................................................................. 5 VFW Post Downtown Events ............................................................................... 8 MW Fire Dept. Bike Raffle .................................................................................. 11 Pork In The Park ................................................................................................... 12 MDA Bike Raffle ................................................................................................... 13 Chamber Welcome/Bonfire ................................................................................ 15 Demo Fleet ............................................................................................................ 15 Billy Bob’s............................................................................................................... 16 Copper Peak Adventure Ride ............................................................................. 17 Harley Davidson Open House ............................................................................ 18 Fall Ride For MDA Gives Hope To Local Families .......................................... 21 Vietnam Trail Tour ............................................................................................... 22

Owner/Publisher Al Hanley


Let’s get ready to rumble...


Published By: 5 Star Marketing & Distribution 409 Southpark Drive P.O. Box 10 Tomahawk, WI 54487 715-453-4511 E-mail:

he 2018 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA is shaping up to be another huge event for the community and for others miles away from Tomahawk. The ride brings in tens of thousands of bikers over the course of several days to experience the joy of riding in the great Northwoods. An untold number of spectators also converge on Tomahawk to share in the fun and excitement. From Tomahawk, numerous events across the landscape in all directions coincide with the Tomahawk Fall Ride. A core value of the event is helping others less fortunate. Since 1981, Tomahawk Fall Ride has raised over $2 million for MDA to support individuals and families throughout the Northwoods region area with life-enhancing resources and services that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits. The annual celebration puts money into the pocketbooks of small businesses and non-profits as well. That money is circulated several times over in those communities. As a rider, as a spectator, your contributions and your purchases are greatly appreciated. From all of us in the Northwoods, welcome to the land they call Up North!

Editor Dean Acheson Accounting Jackie Blodgett Marketing Associates Al Hanley Jeff Eberle Distribution Jeff Safranek Brian Wiedeman Production Office Lori Morris Graphic Designers Danelle Pretasky Brittany Hazelquist Rachel Wood

© 2018 5 Star Marketing & Distribution, LLC. All material in this publication is copyrighted and may not be reprinted in any form without the written consent of 5 Star Marketing & Distribution. |


Thunder Parade welcomes all riders

Thunder Parade – Sept. 14 –


Tomahawk – An open invitation


goes out to all motorcycle riders, from the big Harleys to other brands, to take part in the annual Thunder Parade on Friday, Sept. 14. Not only will you enjoy the ride through the countryside and downtown Tomahawk, but it will be a blast for the thousands of spectators gathered along the 18-mile route. If you plan to be a spectator, you’ll want to bring a lawn chair and or blanket, along with a camera to record the procession. The Wisconsin State Patrol and local police officers lead the parade, as well as being the final riders. The Tomahawk Fire Department’s trucks signal their arrival with a wail of sirens. Dignitaries from Harley-Davidson Company, members of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) and Harley-Davidson Employee Riders Association are among the first riders. |

The route

– Participants will line up at the Tomahawk School District complex starting at 5pm. The goal is to have everyone ready for the parade by 5:30pm or so. After a 5:55pm blessing of bikes by the local clergy and the playing of the National Anthem, the riders start rolling out of the school parking lot at 6pm. The riders go east on Kings Road to County Road D, then to County Road H, north on H to County Road A. From A, the bikers turn south on North Fourth Street en route to Wisconsin Avenue. Their journey ends in Historic Downtown Tomahawk for the start of the street dances. The Tomahawk Lions and the Northern Lights Harley Owners Group pair a number of people with visual imparities with their members. The Lions also welcome those on Medicare or Medicaid disability in the 54487 Zip Code to request a ride. A limited number of seats are available. Riders under age 18 require helmets. Those interested in riding should contact Kevin Koth at

MDA invites riders to enjoy activities, food at SARA Park The dedicated folks at Central Wisconsin MDA want you to know that all activities at SARA Park in Tomahawk and the Harley-Davidson plant’s open house benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The three days at SARA Park include a wide range of food and refreshments, merchandise, souvenirs, children’s activities and of course tickets to win the 2018 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle or a oneweek getaway. (Plus, there’s a few reminders of other events elsewhere that help support MDA’s mission.) Thursday, Sept. 13, noon to 7pm at SARA Park

• Raffle Bike Ticket Sales – Win a 2018 Harley-

Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle or a second place prize of a one-week getaway.

• Merchandise Vendor Displays & Sales

– Leather, clothing, motorcycle products, airbrushing, pin striping, Harley-Davidson dealers, jewelry, leather sewing, Sturgis souvenirs, plus a variety of other products.

• Food Vendors – Selling a variety of food items. • Refreshments – Miller Beer products & Pepsi soda products.

• Children’s Area – Variety of activities for children of all ages hosted by the Christian Motorcyclist Association.

• Official Fall Ride Merchandise Sales –

Official Tomahawk Fall Ride Merchandise including T-shirts, Sweatshirts and pins.

• Tomahawk Operations Harley-Davidson

Merchandise – Official Harley-Davidson Motor Company clothing including sweatshirts, T-shirts—(men’s and women’s clothing.)

• Fun Runs – Take a ride on one of the fun runs


through the area to win prizes. |


Friday, Sept. 14, 9am to 6pm at SARA Park

• Raffle Bike Ticket Sales – Win a

2018 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle or a second place prize of a one-week getaway.

• Merchandise Vendor Displays &

Sales – Leather, clothing, motorcycle products, airbrushing, pin striping, Harley-Davidson dealers, jewelry, leather sewing, Sturgis souvenirs, plus a variety of other products.

• Food Vendors – Selling a variety of food items.

• Live Music – Under the tent from 10am until 4:30pm.

Davidson Merchandise – Official Harley-Davidson Motor Company clothing including sweatshirts, T-shirts, and women’s clothing.

• HOG Pin Stop – Official HOG event pin stop.

• Raffles – Buy tickets to win exciting prizes.

• Demo Fleet – Take a ride on any

one of the 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Registration 9am to 5 pm.

• Fun Runs – Take a ride on one of three fun runs through the area to win cash prizes.

• Refreshments – Miller Beer

• Pick your Pins & Merchandise Sale. • Thunder Parade -- The parade

• Children’s Area – Variety of activities

• Scavenger Hunt – Explore SARA

products & Pepsi soda products.

for children of all ages hosted by the Christian Motorcyclist Association.

• Official Fall Ride Merchandise


Sales – Official Tomahawk Fall Ride Merchandise including T-shirts, sweatshirts, and pins.


• Tomahawk Operations Harley- |

will start at 6pm at the school. Park through a fun scavenger hunt to win prizes! This is an activity for people of all ages.

• Harley-Davidson Open House – Tour the Somo Plant from 10am to 3pm.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 9am to 6pm at SARA Park

• Raffle Bike Ticket Sales – Win a 2018

Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle or a second place prize of a one-week getaway.

• Merchandise Vendor Displays & Sales

– Leather, clothing, motorcycle products, airbrushing, pin striping, Harley-Davidson dealers, jewelry, leather sewing, Sturgis souvenirs, plus a variety of other products

• Food Vendors – Selling a variety of food items. • Live Music – Under the tent from 10am until 4:30pm.

• Refreshments – Miller Beer products & Pepsi soda products.

• Children’s Area – Variety of activities for children of all ages hosted by the Christian Motorcyclist Association.

• Official Fall Ride Merchandise Sales – Official Tomahawk Fall Ride Merchandise including T-shirts, sweatshirts and pins.

• Tomahawk Operations Harley-Davidson Merchandise – Official Harley-Davidson Motor Company clothing including sweatshirts, T-shirts, and women’s clothing.

• HOG Pin Stop – Official HOG event pin stop. • Demo Fleet – Take a ride on any one of the 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Registration 9am to 5pm. • MDA’s Spinning Wheel – Spin the wheel to win hundreds of prizes

• Fun Runs – Take a ride on one of the runs through the area to win cash prizes! Fun Run rides end at 4pm on Saturday, and Fun Run Cards need to be turned in by 4:30pm. • Pick Your Pins & Merchandise Sale.

• Harley-Davidson Open House – Tour the Somo Plant 10am to 3pm. • Bike Raffle Drawing – 5pm.

• Live Auction – Here’s your chance to win some great Harley-Davidson hard to find collectibles and memorabilia at 5:30pm under the tent.


• Scavenger Hunt -- Explore SARA Park through a fun scavenger hunt to win prizes. This is an activity for people of all ages. |


Tomahawk Veterans Fall Ride

‘ ’ focuses on Historic Downtown Tomahawk Tomahawk—Wurl-Feind-Ingman


VFW Post 2687 welcomes all riders to “Tomahawk Veterans Fall ride” in Historic Downtown Tomahawk. Post 2687 is again organizing the downtown scene for a memorable visit for riders and the general public. Money earned by and given to Post 2687 will be presented to The Never Forgotten Honor Flight and local Wounded Warriors in Action (Purple Heart recipients) welcomed at

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Camp Hackett located near Phillips. For more information about these groups stop at the MASH tent. Be sure to have “Breakfast with a Vet” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept 13-15 at the VFW Post at 203 S Fourth St. from 8-11 am. You won’t leave hungry! Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice served -- all for $8. There is a “MASH” Blood Drive on Friday, Sept 14, 8am to 2:30pm in the VFW upper hall. The draw helps ensure adequate supplies are there for the needs of veterans, accident victims, emergency surgeries and planned medical procedures. Appointments for draws can be set up by calling Monica at 715-612-3459. Visit downtown Tomahawk on N 2nd and N 3rd Streets for homemade food by non-profit groups, beverages and entertainment. The food will be available at food stands and bars from noon to close.

The music beat

The big draws to the downtown are the bands and street dances. They have you covered, as admission is free! Listed are the places, the bands/musicians and times. Thursday, Sept 13 • Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce welcome – SARA Park – Brian Mclaughlin – 6 pm until after the bonfire • Pik’s Pub – Tuck Pence -- 8 pm – midnight

Friday, Sept 14 • Fusion – Louisa And The Messenger from 1-3 pm • Rodeo Deck – Brian Mclaughlin from 1:30-5:30pm

• Pik’s – Big Bang from 2-6 pm

• Fusion – Bad Downs from 3:30-6:30 pm

• West end of Wisconsin Ave (street dance) – Cherry Pie from 7:00-11:30pm

• East End of Wisconsin Ave (street dance) – Vada’s Rockhouse from 7:30 – 11:30 pm


Saturday, Sept 15 • Fusion -- Brian Mclaughlin from noon to 3 pm

• Rodeo Deck – Too Deep from 1:30-5:30pm • Pik’s – Incruptables from 2-6pm

• Fusion – Tuck Pence from 3:30-6:30pm

• East end of Wisconsin Ave (street dance) – Rising Phoenix from 6-10pm

• West end of Wisconsin Ave (street dance) – Hyde from 7-11pm

The “Swamp” and “Rosie’s” will be open to quench your thirst and add to the enjoyment of homemade food from the stands. All tips from the bartenders will be applied to The Never Forgotten Honor Flight and Wounded Warriors in Action from Phillips. If you haven’t found a “cot” for the night there’s camping available at SARA Park. Check with Tomahawk City Hall at 23 N 2nd St., Tomahawk or call 715-453-4040 for reservations. Space is limited. Got questions? Call 715-453-0854 and leave a message for a return call or e-mail vfwpost287@ Wurl-Feind-Ingman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2687 located at 203 S 4th Street (at corner of Rice Avenue), is a 501(c)19 non-profit entity working in the community for the support of veterans and their families; providing educational programs in the schools; providing family support with social, financial and emotional needs; and participating with the Tomahawk Honor Guard at funerals and public events. The VFW as a service to the Tomahawk area manages this Veterans Fall Ride event. Donations may be sent to VFW Post 2687 Fall Ride, PO Box 103, Tomahawk, WI 54487.

Your Area Northwoods Real Estate Specialists, Ed & Chris Raasch

Chris Raasch, Broker Owner 715-612-7926

Ed Raasch, Broker Owner

303 N. 4th Street Tomahawk, WI 54487 Office: 715-224-3800


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Everyone, especially veterans, are encouraged to stop by the MASH tent to meet other veterans and to learn about veteran programs. If you haven’t picked up past Veteran Fall Ride Pins, you may do so at the tent. There are some 2016 and 2017 pins still available and the 2018 version is a beautiful POW pin. |



from the Wurl-Feind-Ingman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2687. Located at 203 S Fourth Street, Tomahawk

For Information Call: 715-453-0854


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sept. 13, 14, 15 at the VFW from 8 to 11 am daily at the VFW lower hall at 203 S Fourth


Friday, Sept 14, 8 am-2:30 pm at VFW upper hall at 203 S Fourth St. FOOD STANDS DOWNTOWN OPEN 11 AM, ROSIE’S AND THE SWAMP BEER TENTS AT NOON


“MASH” TENT on S Second St for obtaining pins, veteran info. Learn about The High Ground and meet other veterans

THUNDER PARADE LINE-UP at Tomahawk School complex on Friday at 5 pm, leaves at 6 pm and arrives downtown 7 pm

MUSIC FRI SEPT 14: CHERRY PIE 7:00-11:30PM & VADA’S ROCKHOUSE 7:30-11:30PM MUSIC SAT SEPT 15: RISING PHOENIX 6:00-10:00PM & HYDE 7:00-11:00PM The Veteran Fall Ride pins are available at the “MASH” tent, Rosie’s and The Swamp. Home cooking provided by non-profit vendors. Music at either end of Wisconsin Avenue. Camping is available near downtown by contacting the City of Tomahawk at 715-453-4040.

Manitowish Waters FD Open House/Bike Raffle Photo by Dean S. Acheson

Fire department to raffle off ‘Fat Boy’ Bill Dietz, contact person 543-2144

annual raffle of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with the drawing set for the fire company’s open house on Sunday, Sept. 16, noon to 3pm at the fire hall. Only 4,000 tickets are being sold for this raffle of a 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. It’s the 115th anniversary limited edition with the 114 engine. It was purchased from Harley-Davidson of Madison, according to a fire company contact. Tickets are $10 each, and they are available at Dietz’s Phillips 66 and other local businesses. The Harley can be seen at Dietz’s, although it may be at other locations on special occasions. All proceeds benefit the fire company. Tickets will also be available during the open house. Brings the kids and enjoy the open house at the fire department on U.S. Hwy. 51, which is just north of the Manitowish Waters Community Center. Fire trucks and department equipment will be on display. They will be selling brats, hot dogs, beer and other refreshment. There will be activities for kids, numerous other raffles and paddle games. The drawing for the cycle takes place right at 3pm. The winner need not be present. To purchase tickets by mail, make the check payable to the Manitowish Waters Fire Company and send it to: P.O. Box 367, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545. Include your name and mailing address so that the tickets can be sent back to you.


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New site announced for Pork in the Park Ribfest By Debbe Kinsey

Merrill – Merrill should be one of your des-


tinations during the 2018 Fall Ride To Tomahawk, as this community is going all out for their sixth annual on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Merrill Festival Grounds. Note to visitors: The Festival Grounds is a new site this year, as previous years the event has been held at the MARC (Merrill Area Recreational Center). Ribfest hours are from 11:30am ’till sold out (but no later than 4pm). There’s also a craft and vendor sale going on that day (opens at 10am) at the Festival Grounds. And there will be a gun show happening that same day in the Expo Center on the grounds. Food is the main draw of this event of course. They served more than 1,000 pounds of finger-licking ribs last year! Food tickets are $2 each. You can try all the

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different ribs and vote for your favorite, as this is a cook-off competition for the grill masters also. Along with ribs they will have sweet corn on the cob, steak and chicken sandwiches, and ribbon fries. Ed and Sharon’s will be serving their famous cheese curds. Merrill Youth Hockey Association will be selling cold beverages. Plus, desserts will be available for purchase. Rib cook winners will be announced later in the day, along with People’s Choice award. From Tomahawk you can take Hwy. 51 south to Merrill (best and fastest way if your stomach is yelling for food!). For those looking for a more scenic route, we suggest taking Hwy. 107 from Tomahawk to Merrill. The road offers great views of the famed Wisconsin River (and a couple of hydroelectric dams along the way) and has enough twists and turns to wrap a snake into a knot. For more information, contact the chamber at 715-536-9474 or visit

MDA raffle bike is a 2018 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Tomahawk – Will this be your lucky


year? Not unless you buy a ticket for the bike raffle sponsored by MDA during the 2018 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA. This year’s top prize is a 2018 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle, which the company describes as the “essential touring machine.” Second prize is a week’s getaway package. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which funds research into a cure for neuromuscular disease, as well as supporting those struggling with the disease. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets are available at SARA Park until the time of the drawing. (5pm Saturday). They are also available at the Harley-Davidson Tomahawk Operations during the open house at the Somo facility and at select local businesses. You don’t have to be present to win, but you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a ticket or claim the prize. And of course taxes and license will be the responsibility of the winning ticket holder. |


Enjoy a brat by a bonfire

Music and food will all start at 6pm and go until 9pm. Come enjoy a brat hot off the grill, cold beer or soda and a huge bonfire and live music featuring Brian McLaughlin. The music is free; food and drink available by purchase.

Demo ride

the new Harleys Tomahawk

– Harley-Davidson will bring a lineup of their 2019 models for licensed motorcycle drivers to take a free demo fleet ride on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 & 15 at SARA Park in Tomahawk. Register for the demo rides from 10am to 5pm each day. Harley-Davidson representatives can answer any questions you may have about the new bikes. No reservations are required; first come, first ride. To demo the bikes, riders must have a valid motorcycle operator’s license, be at least 21 years of age, sign a waiver form and follow a prescribe route of about a dozen miles. The 2018 event is also an official H.O.G. pin stop where members can pick up the free commemorative pins.


The Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual bonfire and brat fry on Thursday night, Sept. 13 at SARA Park along the waterfront of Lake Mohawksin. The party serves as a welcome to the early arrivals of the many thousands of riders, as well as the general public, expected for the 2018 Fall Ride to Tomahawk event. |





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Billy Bob’s is the

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Tomahawk – Put the kickstand down and kick

back at Billy Bob’s Sports Bar & Grill located on Hwy. L, just north of Tomahawk, during the Fall Ride to Tomahawk. If you appreciate motorcycles, cold beer and rock’n roll, you won’t want to miss out on their Fall Ride celebration, the biggest one of the year. Don’t miss the three bands playing during Fall Ride -- Thursday, Hyde; Friday, Boombox; and Saturday, Last Bullet. Billy Bob’s is owned and operated by Kari and Kevin Atchison. Their mission is simple: to provide a unique Northwoods dining experience that you’ll want to tell your friends about. Until Labor Day, the smoker is out for Thursday’s “Ribs on the Deck.” Chill out on the deck with delicious baby back ribs, smoked chicken and live music by Jeff Calhoun. Fridays mean one thing at Billy Bob’s – ll day long fish fry. Saturday enjoy the prime rib dinner special. They will offer a breakfast buffet from 9am to noon on Saturday (Fall Ride weekend only) followed by their usual Sunday breakfast buffet, both all-you-can-eat. With six large screen plasma TVs located throughout the bar, and the NFL football package from Direct TV, you’re sure to find just about any professional or collegiate sport you’re looking for. Football, baseball, basketball, racing, and hockey are all right here for the watching. You won’t have to miss a snap, a pitch, a lap, or a shot at Billy Bob’s. When fall rolls around, look for their daily specials. During the Packer game, there are giveaways, wheel prizes and at halftime free pizza. Get there early on game day, because with their game-time food and drink specials, this place fills up quick!

Copper Peak Adventure Ride


clouds with a trip to Copper Peak just north of Bessemer where the Adventure Ride lets visitors rise to the same heights as the athletes who have “flown” down the giant skill hill jump in years past. This iconic, cantilevered, engineering marvel rises 26 stories above the hilltop. You can take the chairlift or drive up to the crest of the hill (a 360-foot copper-bearing volcanic outcrop), where an 18-story elevator takes you to the main observation deck. From there, the truly fearless can walk an additional eight stories to the top starting gate. The view is spectacular no matter the season, but once the fall color is at its peak – just breathtaking! Enjoy the highest, most awe-inspiring, unobstructed vista in the Midwest overlooking over 2,500 square miles

of the Lake Superior Basin, three states (Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota) and even Canada on a clear day. Points of interest include the Apostle Islands, the Porcupine Mountains, Isle Royale, and numerous historic sites. The Copper Peak Museum & Gift Shop offers a variety of gifts and souvenirs, as well as artifacts illustrating the rich history of ski flying. The building also includes restroom facilities.

Copper Peak Trails Fest

On Saturday, Sept 9, you can join a fun mountain biking race that is set on the beautiful trails at Copper Peak. The course navigates down to the Black River and then climbs up 500+ vertical feet up to the historic Copper Peak ski jump. The downhill is a super fun and bermy with intermittent jumps and bridges. There will be race options of 8 miles and 18 miles. The event starts at 10am at the main entrance. Copper Peak is located ten miles north of Bessemer on County 513 in the Black River Scenic Byway. Call 906-9323500, or visit


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See where they're made

Open house set at Harley-Davidson’s Somo plant

Tomahawk – Harley-Davidson Tomahawk

Operations will host its annual Open House from 10am to 3pm on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15 at its Somo Avenue facility, 426 E. Somo Avenue. The Tomahawk Open House features self-guided tours of the Somo Avenue facility. To ensure the safety of guests, factory tour participants must be at least 12 years old and wear fully enclosed shoes.


Additional activities • Purchase Muscular Dystrophy Association motorcycle raffle tickets during the Open House. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 • Demo rides featuring the complete lineup of new 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycles (valid motorcycle license required) will be offered at SARA

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Park, 900 W. Somo Avenue. Demo rides will be available Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm. About Tomahawk Operations • Harley-Davidson Tomahawk Operations consists of two facilities, one on Kaphaem Road and one on Somo Avenue, which include 192,000 square feet on 96 acres used to support production. • Employees at Tomahawk Operations paint components that are shipped to York, Pa., and Kansas City, Mo. These parts are then assembled on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. • At the Kaphaem Road facility, windshields for both current production models and Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories are produced. Hard Candy Custom painting is also completed at Kaphaem. • At the Somo Avenue facility, employees fabricate, paint and prepare motorcycle parts and accessories for final assembly at Harley-Davidson facilities in York, Pa. and Kansas City, Mo. Employees also ship parts and accessories orders directly to dealers to fulfill customer orders. This facility includes a high-volume paint facility currently running four high-volume robotic paint lines, buffing and final paint inspection and parts and accessories production.


Tomahawk Operations History The original plant in Tomahawk was purchased from Tomahawk Boat Manufacturing Co. in 1961, and Harley-Davidson began producing parts in 1963. In 1965, Tomahawk Operations became the sole supplier of the fiberglass parts including sidecar bodies, saddlebags and windshields. In 1995, the North Plant was added to accommodate increased production of sidecars, windshields and the painting of starter motors. In 2002, Harley-Davidson added a 60,000-square-foot facility on Kaphaem Road. A few years later, a 35,000-square-foot addition was built to house injection-molding operations. Shortly after that, windshield operations also moved to the Kaphaem Road plant. In 2014, Tomahawk Operations started painting Hard Candy Custom parts. This complex painting process required a new, innovative sanding cell and work process. The following year also saw several new process developments, including a new silkscreen machine, new router and state-of-the-art oven in the windshield department. |




ast year’s Tomahawk Fall Ride at SARA Park for MDA raised over $117,000 for our organization. We are seeing progress from the dollars that are raised, and those supporting the event have a lot to do with that progress. Many of our kids with a life expectancy of their teens are now living well into adulthood. We are constantly working for treatments and cures, while providing supportive services to help quality of life and maintain independence. There are two MDA offices in the state of Wisconsin. The MDA Green Bay office covers 39 different counties in Wisconsin and up into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and serves over 800 clients living with muscular dystrophy, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s), and other muscle debilitating diseases. Seventy-seven cents of every dollar goes directly to the clients we serve. SARA Park is the only location where 100% of the proceeds raised, goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. All proceeds of bike raffle tickets purchased at the MDA tent downtown, BP in Tomahawk, and at SARA Park go directly to MDA. The money that is raised for MDA at SARA Park stays local to Northern Central Wisconsin.

Fall Ride for MDA to local families

gives hope

By Abby Forcey MDA fundraising coordinator

Where does the money go?

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All money raised stays in the area to help local individuals and families living with one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases represented under the umbrella of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Here’s a look at some of the programs and services those donations help support: • MDA Summer Camp -- to send Wisconsin children to MDA Summer Camp for the “best week of the year.” Children ages 8-17 have the opportunity to go to MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their family. Summer Camp is a time for these children to live unlimited and barrier free. They get to swim, fish, play, go on Harley sidecar rides, make new friends and memories and much more. • MDA care centers -- MDA clients are able to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and equipment specialists all in one appointment. • Educational seminars- Kids are living longer, going to college and starting careers. These seminars coach them how to navigate higher education and the workforce as someone living with a disability. • Support groups -- MDA wants not only clients to have support, but support for the families that love them too. • Donations also go to research to find a cure, provide resources and care for individuals living with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases. |



Commemorative Trail

Vietnam Veterans

Price County

– The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Trail is located entirely in Price County with 13 markers at various parks and monuments to represent the 13 years of service and sacrifices of the brothers and sisters in arms for each year of the war. Each was chosen by Vietnam veterans to mark a significant event that occurred during the war. This scenic drive is a commemorative project to remind the public of the sacrifices made by Vietnam veterans, an unheralded group of soldiers. Price County is a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. The trail runs from southwest to northwest Price County starting in Big Falls Park south of Kennan. The markers are all reachable via paved roads. Stops along the scenic route include Big Falls County Park in Kennan, the Ogema Veterans Monument, Timm’s Hill County Park in Ogema, and the Prentice VFW Hall. In Phillips stops include the Wisconsin Concrete Park, Phillips VFW Hall, Veterans Park, and Solberg Lake County Park. Traveling north markers are located at the Old Town Hall Museum in Fifield and in Park Falls at Smith Lake County Park, the Old Abe Monument, and Hines Park. The last marker is located at the Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield.

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Park Falls to host Flambeau 40 Bike Race & Time Trial

The on-road bike race (professional chip timing) on Saturday is a 35-mile loop consisting of beautiful rolling hills along the Flambeau River. Start time is 10am. New this year, juniors have the choice to ride the full road race or the new juniors road race. The junior race will be a six-mile loop on mostly level roads. Start time is 8:30am.

(first rider out at 9am). Professional timing will be available. Special awards to the top overall male and female finishers. Mark your calendar also for the Fall 4 Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Park Falls. There will be food vendors, crafters and family entertainment this year. The four-mile fall color run/walk event takes off at noon from downtown Park Falls. Go to the above website for details.

Starting line for both races will be at the intersection of 5th Avenue S and 4th Street. Check the website for detailed course information or call 715-762-2703 with questions. Free lunch afterwards to all racers. Special awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers. There’s also a kids race for those six and younger. The Time Trail on Sunday is a 12-mile out and back ride with the majority of the terrain being flat and straight. Registration is 7:308:30am at the Chequamegon High School, 420 9th Street N. Start times will be assigned sequentially as registrations are received |


PARK FALLS – The 10th annual Flambeau 40 Bike Race in Park Falls will be Saturday, Sept. 1 with the Time Trial event the following day, Sunday, Sept. 2. The Park Falls Chamber of Commerce sponsors both events.

Aug. 10-11 Spirit – Spirit-Hill-Ogema 4-H Fair: town hall. Aug. 11-12 Park Falls – Butternut Lake Musky Tournament Aug. 18 Phillips – Charity Classic Musky Tournament Aug. 18 Phillips -- Avon Avenue Street Dance Aug. 22-26 Phillips – Price Co. Fair Sept. 1 Phillips – Jonesfest Music Festival Sept. 1-2 Park Falls – Flambeau 40 On-Road Bike Race & Time Trial Sept. 1-2 Prentice – Prentice Progress Days Sept. 2 Park Falls – Pike Lake Chain Firefighters Fun Day Sept. 8 Brantwood – A Country Afternoon Sept. 22 Phillips – Fall Harvest Festival Sept. 22 Phillips – Celebration of Arts in Action Sept. 29 Park Falls – Fall 4 and Fall Color Festival Sept. 29 Ogema – Christmas Tree Festival



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Price County Fair sure to entertain all PHILLIPS – For more than 130 years, the Price County Fair has been entertaining families, friends and couples with a full schedule of fun activities and exhibits. This year’s fair dates are Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 22-26 at the fairgrounds, N9130 Forest Ln., Phillips. Wednesday is set up and entry day, exhibit judging for youth entries – no carival rides or entertainment (free gate admission). Enjoy non-stop, fun carnival rides and games provided by K&M |

Amusements, delicious food, agricultural displays, exhibits from school children, 4-H and open class; competitive horse show, antique farm displays, the old log school, musical bands, kiddie tractor pull, antique appraisals, lawnmower and ATV pulls and bands playing Friday and Saturday nights. The carnival rides are free with each admission ticket, though you can pay a lower admission fee if you are not interested in the rides. Carnival rides open on that Thursday.




Get down and dirty! Northwoods Bad-Dash coming your way

The Bad-Dash is a 4-mile adventure run that features 12 obstacles, including a mud crawl, cargo net, fish crib climb and much more. Participants will “fondly” remember their names: “Log Slog,” “Triple Threat,” “Icy Hell,” and the “Lambeau Leap” finale. The event starts at 10am (staggered starts) at the North Lakeland Discovery Center and ends at the Manitowish Waters Community Center.

Spectators are invited to cheer on the runners and take part in the post-race party, which features live music, ice-cold beer, food and raffles. Awards for the top finishers and for these categories: Most Flair, Best Superhero, Best Lumberjack Couple, Best Team Getup and Truest Wisconsinite. Register online at or on race day. If you have a team of five or more, there’s some cash to be saved. Open to all 12 years and older. Go to for complete details. |


MANITOWISH WATERS –The Northwoods Bad-Dash returns Saturday, Sept. 1 to Manitowish Waters.

Aug. 9-12 Eagle River – Vilas County Fair Aug. 10-12 Boulder Junction – Musky Jamboree Aug. 12 Phelps – August Fest Aug. 15 Eagle River – Paul Bunyan Fest Aug. 17-19 Eagle River – National Championship Musky Open Aug. 17-19 Phelps – Old-Timers Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament Aug. 17-19 Eagle River – World Championship UTV/ ATV Derby Aug. 25 Phelps – Phelps Twin Triathlon Sept. 1 Manitowish Waters – Bad-Dash Sept. 2 Manitowish Waters – Sno Skeeters Summer Fest Sept. 2 Phelps – Swen Musky Tournament Sept. 5 St. Germain – Woods & Water Paddle Races: Lynn Ann’s Campground. Sept. 7-8 Boulder Junction – Vintage Vilas Sept. 7-9 Boulder Junction – World Championship Musky Classic Sept. 8 Boulder Junction – Colorama Arts & Crafts Fair Sept. 8 Eagle River – SepTimber Ride Sept. 8 Phelps – Twin Lakes Musky Tournament Sept. 15 Phelps – Scarecrow Fest Sept. 15 Lac du Flambeau – Wild Rice Fest Sept. 15 Boulder Junction – Colorama Dinner Sept. 22 St. Germain – Colorama Festival: Community Park. Sept. 22 St. Germain – Pints in the Park: Community Park. Sept. 22 Presque Isle – Fish and Lure Rally Sept. 22-23 Land O’ Lakes – Colorama Weekend



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Vilas County rolls out the red carpet for Colorama

From mid-September to mid-October experience the subtle shift of air as the foliage bursts into a colorful array of reds, purples and yellows – and watch as the seasons change before your eyes. Communities in Vilas County – in the far northern part of Wisconsin’s Northwoods – welcome you as they celebrate the fall harvest and beauty of the autumn landscape.

Boulder Junction Colorama – Sept. 8

BOULDER JUNCTION – The 26th annual Colorama Arts & Crafts Fair will be Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9am to 3pm. The craft show, farmers market and wild game sandwiches serving will be at the Community Center. Then join others at the annual Colorama Dinner Saturday, Sept. 15 at historic Nash Lodge located at Camp Manito-wish YMCA in Boulder Junction. Enjoy appetizers and silent auction starting at 4:30pm. The traditional dinner of wild game stew and chicken will be at 6:30pm. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation sponsors the event as a fundraiser. For tickets call the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 715-385-2400.

Lac du Flambeau Wild Rice Fest – Sept. 15

LAC DU FLAMBEAU – This celebration of Native American heritage on Saturday, Sept. 15 starts with a 5K Run/Walk Event at 10am. There will be wild rice harvesting demonstrations, wild rice and Indian fry bread cooking contest, pie eating contest, pow wow and educational displays. There will be vendors and crafters and games all day.

Phelps Scarecrow Fest – Sept. 15

PHELPS – Lots of free family fun at the ninth annual Scarecrow Fest on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11am to 5pm in downtown Phelps. There will be “pumpkin chuckin,” old-fashion wagon rides, sea plane rides, kids games, arts and crafts show (40+ vendors), quilts and fine arts display, live entertainment and food. Free chili from the Women’s Club, the event sponsor. |

St. Germain Colorama – Sept. 22 ST. GERMAIN – It’s a big year to celebrate Colorama at St. Germain on Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 9am. For 60 years St. Germain has proudly boasted being the “Birthplace of Colorama.” Experience beautiful fall colors and celebrate bountiful harvest at the craft show and farmers market. Enjoy free horse drawn wagon rides through wooded trails, pumpkin painting with the kids. You can decorate your home with mums from the “Mums the Word” mum sale and sample regional microbrews at the “Pints in the Park” beer tasting. Sign up a team today for the Human Foosball Tournament, a unique family friendly event you are sure to love. Live musical entertainment and concessions all day. At 8am, the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the HELO 5K Walk/Run K-9 fundraiser. For race information visit County Sheriff’s Office or contact Captain Gerard Ritter at 715-479-4441. You can also register online.

Land O’ Lakes Colorama Weekend – Sept. 22-23

LAND O’ LAKES – Enjoy fall family fun in downtown Land O Lakes on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 22-23. See the fall decorating efforts, enter the pie baking contest, enjoy games at the Snowflake Building, as well as sales throughout town and other fun activities, including a craft sale and bingo throughout downtown Land O’ Lakes. Take a fall horse drawn wagon ride and enjoy the colors. For more information call the chamber at 715-547-3432. On Saturday, Sept. 22, celebrate the beauty of the autumn harvest during the Land O’ Lakes Art’ free Art Harvest. Hours are 10am to 3pm. This celebration will feature art exhibits and demonstrations, including plein air painters painting in the Land O’ Lakes Community garden and local artists demonstrating fiber arts: rug twining and spinning yarn. There will be a quilt exhibit curated by quilt historian, Sandra Hodgman and the North Country Quilters, all of Watersmeet; a bonfire, tours of the LOL Community Garden and other surprises

Vilas County will occur throughout the day. Seasonal treats will be provided. This free event will occur rain or shine. Art Harvest will take place at The Land O’ Lakes Community Garden and VFW Post 8400 grounds, located at 4493 Co. Hwy. B, downtown Land O’ Lakes. For more information, visit or call LOLA at 715-547-3950.

Presque Isle Fish N Lure Rally – Sept. 22

PRESQUE ISLE – The Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its second annual “Fish Lure & Rally” auto tour on Saturday, Sept. 22. It’s being described as an accuracy race with a scavenger hunt component. All cars welcome to participate, from classic cars to the family station wagon. Participants will be chasing a “lure,” as they travel the scenic roads in and around Presque Isle. Same day registration begins at noon at the community center. There will be a group welcome and information session at 12:45pm, just prior to the rally’s kick off at 1pm. (The rally may be postponed to Oct. 22 in event of severe storms. Contact the chamber to confirm if questionable or check Facebook.)

Manitowish Waters Cran-A-Rama – Oct. 6

Pontoon rides of the legendary 10-lake chain. Drive to the Blue Bayou -- about 2 miles south of the MW Community Center – and board the pontoons from the restaurant’s docks. The Manitowish Lake cruises will leave every half-hour from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Each cruise lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. The Manitowish Waters Lakes Association sponsors them.

Eagle River Cranberry Fest – Oct. 6-7

EAGLE RIVER – Celebrate with cranberry-themed foods, the world’s largest cheesecake, over 300 arts and crafts booths, run/walk, entertainment, antique market, farmer’s market, cranberry marsh and winery tours at the 39th annual Cranberry Fest on Oct. 6-7 in Eagle River. |


MANITOWISH WATERS -- From 9am to 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 6 you can enjoy the arts and craft fair, free lake tours, Lioness bake sale, fresh cranberry sales, self-guided fall color tours, cranberry samples and more!


Buses for the cranberry marsh tours leave from the Community Center every half-hour from 9am to 2:30pm. These one-hour round-trip tours are courtesy of the Manitowish Waters Chamber and the Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association.



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Discover all the fun you can have at Rocking W Stable & Kartway

Vilas County



EAGLE RIVER – Rocking W Stable and Kartway theme park in Eagle River team up to give families the most fun together this summer. Open every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Kartway offers go-kart racing, Naskart racing, slick track, bumper boats, water wars, zip line, miniature golf and an entire zone dedicated to kids with a bouncy house, mini-“Jeeps” and mini-bumpers. Big Track is their most competitive track, a circle-8 with varying karts suited for both double and single riders. Ride the Slick Track and you’ll be a pro at drifting before you know it. Head over to the oval track if you’re a real speed demon or a NASCAR-wannabe. Mini-“Jeeps” suit those not quite ready for full size go-karts. Cool off in the wet and wild bumper boat pool. (Mini-bumpers available for the smaller set.) Or take part in water wars! Each player gets a bucket filled with water balloons. Little Falls Miniature Golf course spans its way throughout Kartway and borders Rocking W, giving you a great view and sounds of waterfalls while you play The zip line takes you on a flying journey, great for both first-timers and experts. There’s also a concession stand with numerous picnic areas to watch the action.

Horse and pony rides At Rocking W Stables riders can go on a guided 3-mile trail ride or catch a ride on the horse-drawn wagon. Both single and double rider horses and pony rides for young children are available. The two attractions are located one mile north of Eagle River at 1890 Pleasure Island Road, near the intersection of Highways 45 and G. For more information, call Kartway at 715-479-4450 or Rocking W Stable at 715-617-6779. |



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Those who pursue giant muskie with a side dish of competition should check out two upcoming muskie tournaments that will be held in Vilas County. One is held in August; the other in September; so there’s no having to choose one over the other. Fish them both!

World Championship Musky Classic

MANITOWISH WATERS -- The 42nd annual World Championship Musky Classic fishing tournament will be Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9. The communities of Presque Isle, Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters and Winchester each have a designated number of lakes available for the tournament. There will be a fly rod division again this year. The money raised from the Musky Classic goes towards scholarships for students from the North Lakeland area. Registrations are now being accepted. In-person registration on Friday begins at 8am in the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Hwy. 51N, with free coffee and donuts available. Sunday’s awards ceremony will be at the Winchester Community Park with raffles and food at 11am and the awards ceremony at 1pm. They will award 19 trophies and raffle off many prizes. There will be a special drawing for a $450 rod and reel combo (must be present for drawing). To request an entry application or for more information, call Beth Kebl at 715-543-2657 or Beth Meyer at 715-499-3245 or go online at .

National Championship Musky Open Tournament

EAGLE RIVER – The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, will be hosting the 33rd annual National Championship Musky Open Tournament on Aug. 17-19. Tournament headquarters are at the Vilas County Fairgrounds on State Hwy. 70 West, just blocks from downtown Eagle River. The tournament is a total catchand-release tournament and is a great family event. Entry fee is $60 per angler if registered by Aug. 1. All other registration is held at the event headquarters on Aug. 16-18 at an entry fee of $65. Register by Aug. 1 to ensure a fishing spot on your favorite lake family and a correct t-shirt size. To register or for more information, call 1-800359-6315 or visit featured/musky-open. |


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Ashland/Bayfield county CALENDAR

Aug. 6-19 Marengo – Ashland County Fair Aug. 9-12 Iron River – Bayfield Co. Fair Aug. 17-19 Butternut: Butternut Community Fair Aug. 18 Seeley – Seeley Lions Pre-Fat Bike Race Aug. 18-19 Herbster – Studio Art Tour Aug. 28-Sept. 15 Various sites -- Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration Sept. 8 Ashland – Mural Fest/Car Show: Downtown. Sept. 15 Cable – Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival: Events also Sept. 14 & 16. Sept. 28-29 Cable – Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek Sept. 28-29 Cable – Cable Area Fall Fest Sept. 28-29 Ashland – Red Clay Classic: Oval dirt track races.

Cable Fall Festival comes to life CABLE – The fall colors won’t be the only things bursting to life this fall. The Cable Area Fall Fest, set for Sept. 28-29, offers visitors of every age entertaining opportunities.

breakfast, art and craft vendors, 4K color dash; car, motorcycle, and truck show; live music, bounce houses and carnival games, and much more.

Cornstalks, hay bales and pumpkins line the roads throughout the Cable community. Live music, car, motorcycle and truck show, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors fill the streets.

Main Street is where the art and craft vendors are set up, some doing demonstrations. Pick up the seasonal harvests at the farmers market. Talk “shop” with owners of the classic and antique cars, and help judge the People’s Choice Award.

Activities kick off Friday with local stores offering sidewalk specials and a Fall Harvest dessert contest. The evening concludes with a corn and pig roast, beer and wine garden and live music. Saturday kicks into high gear with a pumpkin pecan pancake

The food court has many different cuisines to tempt visitors, including a tent featuring local restaurants’ best selling pies, burgers, turkey legs and more.

Port Wing goes big on Labor Day weekend PORT WING – The big Labor Day weekend is extra special in Port Wing, where the community is hosting their 29th annual Arts & Crafts Show, a fish boil (Wisconsin’s largest) and the Lions Club’s classic car show. Events start out Saturday, Sept. 1 and conclude Sunday, Sept. 2. The Arts & Crafts Show is held both days at the park across the street from the town hall and pavilion. Saturday’s fish boil dinner features lake trout, potatoes and more at the Port Wing town hall and pavilion, with serving from 2-5pm. |

Two bands will be playing throughout the day and into the night until 9pm. There will be games, beer and other food also. Come Sunday, you won’t want to miss the South Shore Lions Club’s 67th annual Fall Festival, which includes the classic car show. On tap also -- the flower show; 5K/10K runs and 5K walk, all at 8:45am; kids race at 8:30am and more games and food. The kiddie parade at 1:30pm is followed by the full parade at 2pm. Then at 4pm they will draw the winners of the grand prizes offered in the raffles.

Ashland/Bayfield County


From easy to tough: Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome trails

Located on the western end of the Penokee Range that was formed 1.8 billion years ago, these popular trails are located in a non-motorized area of the Chequamegon National Forest. Highlights include the 70-foot high Morgan Falls and the overlook at the top of St. Peter’s Dome, which, on clear days, rewards climbers with an excellent view of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands to the north. Morgan Falls is the state’s second highest falls and water cascades down a series of rocks steps in the canyon. These trails are popular also for snowshoeing. Morgan Falls Trail: 1.2 miles round trip. The trail to Morgan Falls is accessible for people with disabilities. The trail is graveled and the slopes are fairly flat. Once you cross Morgan Creek, you will come upon an old campground built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The remnants of the campground include stone fireplaces, an artesian well and a round cistern.

The view is well worth the climb but don’t let the 3.6-mile round trip fool you in thinking it’s an easy hike – you should be in good physical condition to attempt the hike to the top. Wear sturdy climbing shoes or boots and use a walking stick to keep you from a nasty fall on the way back down, especially if the trail is Telemark Golf muddy. Bottled water is recomCourse mended for the trip. Halfway 18 holes up the trail is a wooden bench 41885 Valhalla where you can take a breather. Directions: From Cable, drive north on Highway 63 about 22 miles to Highway E. Turn right (east) on Highway E and drive 6 miles to Ashland-Bayfield Road. Turn right (south) on Ashland-Bayfield Road and drive 4.2 miles to the parking lot. There is a $3 fee to park a vehicle.

Townhouse Rd. Cable, WI


Then turn south to the falls (east to St. Peter’s Dome). You won’t find a thundering falls because the volume of water cascading over it isn’t large, even in the spring. What you will find is a waterfall that’s so pretty that professional photographers use it as a backdrop for high school senior pictures and engagements, such as what was occurring the day we visited it. St. Peter’s Dome Trail: 3.6 miles round trip. The trail to St. Peter’s Dome (or Old Baldy) is fairly rugged with exposed rocks and tree roots in the trail and steep climbs. Old Baldy is a red granite formation that rises to an elevation of 1,565 feet. |


ASHLAND -- Outdoor enthusiasts looking for opposite extremes of the hiking spectrum should check out two adjacent trails known as Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome, about a half hour drive north of Cable. One trail offers easy walking and the other is a strenuous hike/climb.





Aug. 10-11 Chetek – Lake Fest Aug. 11 Cameron – Classic Car Show: 8am to 3pm, Pioneer Village Museum. Aug. 11 Rice Lake – Fly-In Celebration: Rice Lake Air Center. Aug. 11-12 Haugen – Haugen Fun Days Aug. 11-12 Rice Lake – Gem & Mineral Show Aug. 18-19 Cameron – Old Fashioned County Fair: Pioneer Village Museum. Aug. 23-26 Cumberland – Rutabaga Festival Sept. 7-9 Cameron – Bluegrass Festival Sept. 8 Chetek – Harvest Fest Sept. 15-16, 22-23 Rice Lake – Parade of Homes

Celebrate summer with Haugen Fun Days

To get you in the mood for the weekend, there’s a Friday night street dance with live music in the downtown from 5pm ’till midnight. Don’t worry with making breakfast Saturday, as there’s an allyou-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Haugen fire hall Saturday morning. Still hungry? Check out the kolache and bake sale at the village hall. The senior citizens group is hosting a sloppy Joe plate lunch at the village hall beginning at 11am. Hungry for bargains? Then it’s off you go to the village-wide ga-

rage sales. Both the breakfast and garage sales get underway at 7:30am. Other events Saturday include a fire safety demonstration at 12:30pm, volleyball tournament, strong man competition and a kids water ball. Enjoy live music at the street dance again from 9pm ’till midnight. The fun wraps up Sunday with Family Fun day. You won’t want to miss the pie and ice social at the village hall, hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. There will be fresh peach, blueberry, raspberry and lemon pies, ice cream cones and sundaes. Sunday’s parade begins at noon followed by the garden tractor pull. Raffle drawings take place at 3pm.

Threshing bee steams into view TURTLE LAKE – The Moon Lake Threshermen’s Association’s 34th annual Threshing Bee will be the weekend of Aug. 18 & 19 in Turtle Lake. It’s a weekend of stepping back in the past with lots of demonstrations and displays of how farmers tilled the soil and harvested crops using early generation farm equipment and tractors, including steam-powered versions. The association members restored these interesting and in some cases, very complex machines. Gates are open from 8am to 5pm at the threshing bee site, the George Sollman’s farm, five miles south of Turtle Lake on Hwy. K at 862 2-3/8 Street, Clayton.

On display will be antique tractors, cars, trucks and snowmobiles. The Clayton Fire Department will have its “smoke house” available for demonstrations on safely escaping a burning house. Company C 8th Wisconsin volunteers will set up a Civil War camp. Saturday’s events include a sawdust pile for kids, live music, sanctioned pedal pull, slow tractor race, tractor tug-of-war and tractor parade. Sunday’s schedule includes an antique and classic tractor pull (starts at 11am), live music and raffle drawings. There will be train rides for kids, face painting and lots of food, including a pancake breakfast both days, along with a chicken dinner Sunday.

Among the on-going demonstrations will be steam threshing, stone flourmill, steamed powered sawmill, rock crushing and rope making. |


HAUGEN – The community of Haugen will have a weekend of fun for the entire family during Haugen Fun Days set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12. They are adding a children’s area for this year’s festival.






Aug. 18 Danbury – Oktoberfest: Noon to 8:30pm, ballpark. Aug. 23-26 Grantsburg – Burnett County Fair Sept. 15 Siren – Siren Nationals Sept. 21-23 Webster – Central Burnett Co. Fair Sept. 22 Grantsburg – Grantoberfest Sept. 27-29 Siren – Harvestfest

Wildlife area receives high marks from users WEBSTER – Just northeast of Webster is the Keizer Lake Wildlife Area, offering 1,352 acres of outstanding habitat that supports a full range of wildlife. Trails take visitors into the area, including up a hill where they can look at two lakes on either side of them. Visitors can fish, hunt, canoe, bird watch, cross-country ski or just soak in the serene beauty of this special place. Its wild inhabitants include deer, black bear, wild turkey, snowshoe hares, wolves and other small game, including pheasant, grouse, partridge and American woodcock. Mostly water, marsh and forested upland, Keizer Lake Wildlife Area also includes fishing opportunities. Fishermen go after stocked trout in Banach Lake and bluegill, bass and northern pike in Big Lake and North Lake.

Bird watchers should note that Keizer is on the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail list for the “Lake Superior – North Woods Region.” There are bald eagles, osprey and songbirds to add to your personal list. A new mountain bike trail is being developed in the wildlife area. The network includes logging roads, double and single-track trails. Most are gated or bermed, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The sate-owned wildlife area is located 5 miles northeast of Webster on Hwy. A, 4 miles east of Hwy. 35. The boat landing is on the southern end of Big Lake, along Hwy. A. Parking areas can be found on the south, north and west sides of the property.

Harvest some fall fun at Grantoberfest GRANTSBURG – You won’t want to miss the 10th annual • Tractor Pedal Pull -- 11am (registration begins at 10:30am). Grantoberfest set for Saturday, Sept. 22. Admission to this famiFor ages up to 12 years old. ly fall festival is free and many of the activities are also free. • 4th annual Car Show (featuring classic cars, truck and moFestival hours are from 10am to 4pm at the Grantsburg Fairtorcycles). grounds (914 South Pine Street – 1/2 mile south of Hwy 70/87/48 In addition to the above, there will be a Great Pumpkin Contest, stop light intersection). lawn games, women’s nail driving contest, bounce houses, mini Among the activities are these: •

golf, water balloon toss, petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, Kubb Tournament – Instructors will be there to explain how pumpkin bowling, and of course lots of food. to play the lawn game. Visit for Many of the vendors will have games, giveaways, and prizes at more information. their booths. |

Burnett County

Bike the scenic trails of Burnett County


COUNTYWIDE -- Summer can be a wonderful time to explore Burnett County by bicycle. All the bike trails double as hiking trails. Some are well known, such as the Gandy Dancer Trail, but other lesser known ones have unique charm of their own as well. The Gandy Dancer Trail stretches from St. Croix Falls to Danbury and beyond. A trail pass is required for anyone 16 years and older who bikes the Gandy Dancer Trail.


There are other trails in Burnett County worthy of your attention. Kohler-Peet Trail winds through the forest north of State Highway 70 and near County Road F. It passes by the St. Croix River and runs through a brush prairie called the “barrens.� The barrens are home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly. Northwest Wisconsin is home to one of the largest populations of the Karner blue butterfly that is rare almost everywhere else. The trail will also take you near a large cedar swamp. A breathtaking view of lowland forests can be viewed on the Cedar Interpretive Trail. The lowland forests include sections representative of the more northern regions; others of the more southern regions. Also recommended for bikers is the Benson Brook Trail located south of State Highway 70. It starts a short distance from Raspberry Landing and meanders very close to the St. Croix River. Benson Brook takes hikers to Lagoo Creek Hiking Trail. Majestic old-growth red and white pine can found along the Brant Interpretive Trail. For more information regarding the Gandy Dancer Trail in Burnett County, contact the Burnett County Forest & Parks Department at 715-349-2157. For additional tourism information contact Burnett County Tourism at 715-349-5999. |






Aug. 10-12 Lewis -- Charles E. Lewis Days: Parade, Arts & Crafts. Aug. 11 Luck – Fireman’s Corn Feed Aug. 12 Turtle Lake – Vintage Cars & Crafts in the Park: Village Park. Aug. 18 Cushing - Fun Day & Adult Soap Box Derby Aug. 18 Osceola - Pig Roast, Folk Dance & Family Farm Day: Community Homestead, 3-9pm. Aug. 18-19 Turtle Lake – Moon Lake Threshing Bee: Demos, displays. Aug. 18-19 Frederic – Frederic Festival: Soo Line Park. Arts & crafts. Aug. 24-26 Turtle Lake -- Pow Wow: 5 miles south on Hwy K. Aug. 25 St. Croix Falls – Ribfest: Polk County Fairgrounds, 11am – 7pm. Sept. 1-2 Balsam Lake – Corn-on-the-Curb Days Sept. 8 Turtle Lake – Thrown Down in Turtle Lake: Truck and tractor pull. Sept. 15 Luck – Fall Harvest Tractor & Truck Pull Sept. 13-16 Amery – Amery Fall Festival Sept. 15-16 Amery – Apple River Quilt guild Show Sept. 22 Cushing – The River Road-87-Ramble

Polk County welcomes ATVers COUNTYWIDE – ATV/UTV and motorbike enthusiasts can find four ATV/UTV trails in Polk County that will provide hours of riding enjoyment. Polk County is blessed with beautiful scenery. Cattail Trail runs from Amery to Almena for a total of 18 miles of which 12 miles are in Polk County. The trailhead is at Amery where rest rooms and picnic areas can be found. Along the trail you will spot lots of wildlife. The trail is a former railroad bed that runs across six bridges. The multi-use trail is open to off-road motorcycles spring/summer/fall. The Sterling Trail offers seven miles of closed loop wooden trail. Sterling Trail is open from June 1 through Nov. 15. Off-road motorcycles are not allowed on this trail. |

The Clear Lake-Clayton Trail, another multi-use trail, is also open year round. It follows 11 miles of railroad trail. There is an ATV/UTV trail through the Village of Clear Lake. Off-road motorcycles allowed spring/summer/fall. Motorcycles not licensed for highway use cannot use that village trail. The Gandy Dancer Trail does not allow frozen ground ATV/ UTV on the Polk County segment. Your machine must be registered in order to use these trails. Remember to obey all speed limits and other signs and respect private property. Some municipalities allow access through their village or city (limited routes). For more information, call the Polk County Parks Department at 715-485-9278 or visit

Polk County

Autumn calls you to the Fall Arts Festival


The atmosphere is casual for a relaxing and enjoyable time walking the maintained trails through the hardwood forest and for a hayride through the apple orchard. Offered will be gourmet food from CafĂŠ Wren and Consuming Fire Pizza, hot cider, apple tasting and sales, all while live music plays in the background. The Earth Group artists will show and sell their works in many media, including jewelry, fiber art, painting, photography, pottery, soaps, garden botanicals, metal sculpture, woodwork, basketry and more. For more information, call 715-646-2272. Baker Orchard is located at 1594 State Hwy. 35, east of St. Croix Falls and just south of Centuria.

CENTURIA – The beautiful grounds of the 80-acre Baker Orchard in Centuria will be the setting for the 2018 Baker Orchard Fall Arts Festival the weekend of Sept. 22-23. Admission to the 15th annual event is free. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day.


The grounds include more than 1,000 apple trees, the 110-plus year-old restored barn, renovated farmhouse and many perennial gardens, including the Peace Garden in the middle of the orchard. |






Aug. 10-12 Cable to Hayward – Art Crawl Aug. 11 Winter – Ojibwa Canoe Races Aug. 17-19 Radisson – Radisson Harvest Days Aug. 18 Hayward – Northwoods Music and Art Festival Aug. 18 Hayward – Seeley Lions Pre-Fat Bike Race Aug. 23-26 Hayward – Sawyer County Fair Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Exeland – Exeland Trout Festival Sept. 6-8 Hayward – Chippewa Flowage Musky Hunt Sept. 15-16 Hayward and Cable – Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Sept. 16 Seeley – CAMBA Fat Tire Tour Sept. 20-22 Hayward -- Youth Musky Hunt: Mystic Moose Resort. Sept. 22 Hayward – Hayward Fall Festival: Arts and crafts, food, live music. Sept. 28-29 Hayward – Birkie Trail Run Festival Sept. 28-29 Hayward – Musky Fly Fishing Championships: Treeland Resorts

Explore Flambeau River State Forest’s special places

WINTER -- The Flambeau River State Forest was officially established in 1930 and for more than 85 years, it’s been sought out by campers, boaters, hikers, fishermen, hunters, photographers and anyone else who loves outdoor beauty. The 90,000-acre forest lies mostly within Sawyer County, but it also encompasses parts of Price and Rusk counties. It surrounds 75 miles of the North and South forks of the Flambeau River. The forestry headquarters is located in the town of Winter. The North and South Forks join within the park, offering over 75 miles of mostly undeveloped river. Of special note are three places of splendid scenery and recreational opportunities (listed below) that await your next visit. For more information about the forest, call the forest headquarters in Winter at 715-332-5271.

Little Falls/Slough Gundry

Bring along a picnic lunch, fishing poles and camera as you venture into this area. You’ll hear the roaring rapids long before you arrive at the river’s edge. Huge boulders split the rushing water and elegant pines on the banks tower over everything. This area is located in the far southeastern part of the state park off Highway M. No glass bottles are allowed in this area. |

Sobieski Flowage

This area was a former cranberry farm that lay dormant for many years. After the State of Wisconsin purchased the land, many hands set to work rejuvenating it to a working medium size flowage that now provides a feeding area for waterfowl, nesting habitat (the former cranberry beds) and several miles of hunter/hiker trails. This scenic area is just south of Little Falls/Slough Gundry.

Bass Lake

Bass Lake was designated a wilderness lake nearly a quarter century ago in order to protect its fragile beauty. No camping, no motorized vehicles or motorized boats (and no overnight mooring of boats) ensure that this 94-acre lake and its surroundings are protected for generations to come. Fishing opportunities are a big plus, too. Bass Lake Wilderness Area is on the far eastern side of the state park. From the intersection of Highways W and M, take Tower Hills Road north. Bass Lake Road is to the right off Tower Hills Road.

Sawyer County

Treeland Resorts hosts musky fly fishing championships



HAYWARD – Treeland Resorts’ third annual Premier Musky Fly Fishing Championships will be Sept. 27-29, and offering thousands of dollars in daily door prizes. Team prizes to first through third places, with a prize for the largest musky. The catch and release tournament will take place on Hayward area lakes and rivers. The entry fee includes three nights of complimentary dinners, as well as complimentary craft beer. There will also be a casting contest. The tournament field is limited to 100 entries. Registration deadline is Sept. 27 at Treeland Resorts. Register online at, or call 715-462-3874 for more information. Last year’s largest fish was 43.5 inches, coming from the Flambeau River.

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Hayward Fall Festival adds 5K run/walk event HAYWARD – Hayward’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 welcomes visitors to Historic Downtown Hayward with activities and food centered. New this year is the Fall Fest’s Relay for Life 5K run/walk on that Saturday. The race begins at 11am.

The fifth annual Weenie Drag Races will be at 2pm. Dachshunds will race 75 feet down Third Street for the title of Grand Weiner, and 2nd and 3rd place Grand Weiners. Be sure to stop by at the farmers’ market and take home some fall produce and decorations. |


Sponsored by the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce, the 34th annual celebration of fall colors and harvest will fill the hours with a fine arts & crafts fair, food, brew and wine garden, live music, sidewalk sales, children’s games and face painting, trail

run, harvest baking contest and scarecrow contest. There’s even a pumpkin lasso contest.



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Visit Nelson Lake for fishing, relaxation NELSON LAKE – Summer isn’t over so don’t put away your vacation plans yet. No better place can be found for fishing, relaxation and outdoor beauty than in the Nelson Lake area, located just six miles north of Hayward. With some of the area’s best walleye fishing action and pristine waters, the 2,503-acre Nelson Lake caters to anglers, kayakers, canoeists, and all water enthusiasts alike. A dam built in the mid-1930s on the Totagatic River created the flowage that is Nelson Lake. The shoreline is virtually untouched by human development. There are four public boat landings, including one below the dam, and about a dozen private landings at resorts and campgrounds. A county park is located next to the dam with picnic tables, grills and restrooms. A number of lodging facilities and campgrounds will bring your |

soul in touch with the outdoors. Bring the bikes and ride little-traveled roads to your heart’s content. Canoeing remains popular in the Northwoods, but kayaks seem to be overtaking their silent paddling partners. There are tons of wildlife to see here, including eagle nests, a couple osprey nests, along with a number of loons and trumpeter swans on the lake. Whether you fly fish for trout and panfish, cast for northern pike and bass, or use a float to fish for walleyes, the Nelson Lake area has plenty of what you seek. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Nelson Lake is “one of the few lakes in the Upper Midwest with a documented capacity to produce bluegill weighing more than two pounds.” For more information, go to and contact one of the Nelson Lake Resort Association members listed.

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Reserve your date and time by ordering your tickets online at or purchase your tickets at the gate the day of the show.

A selection of craft beer, fine wine and cocktails combined with lakeside dining make the River Deck a perfect place to dine. - Contributed Photo


HAYWARD -- At Scheer’s Lumberjack Village, located on Hwy. B, a half-mile east of Hayward, a talented and diverse team of individuals coordinates efforts to provide guests with hours of fun at one location.

Though Fred Scheer has a high energy level, he does not personally manage all the shops and amenities at the Lumberjack Village. Those who do, bring an even broader collection of interests and talents to the team. Linda Fenton, owner of the Namekagon Cone ice cream shop located in the Lumberjack Village, was the Iditarod’s “Teacher on the Trail” in 2013. Sue Scheer, owner of Mainstream Boutique in the Lumberjack Village, serves the world’s cross-country skiing community as a member of the American Birkebeiner board. When one’s inner dinner bell rings, by far the most popular professional in the Lumberjack Village is Corey Elliott, chef at the River Deck Restaurant, located right next to the Lumberjack Show grandstand. Corey holds a culinary arts degree from the Art Institute International of Minnesota and has earned a reputation locally for his innovative and eclectic cuisine.

• Shows last approximately one hour & een minutes • Open seating - arrive early in peak season

The restaurant’s menu features unique and flavorful salads and sandwiches that combine fresh ingredients and local products. The menu expands in the evenings to include five dinner entrees and every week Corey creates a featured entrée to add to diners’ enjoyment. The restaurant offers cocktails, beer and a selection of fine wine. When in Hayward, plan a stop at Scheer’s Lumberjack Village where you can experience fabulous food at the River Deck, followed by Wisconsin’s best ice cream at the Namekagon Cone. Women can browse in the Mainstream Boutique. And everyone will enjoy world-class entertainment at a Lumberjack Show and a round of golf at the Lumberjack Village Mini-Golf. |


The Lumberjack Village, owned by Fred Scheer is the venue for his Lumberjack Shows, a quintessential northern Wisconsin attraction since 1981. Here a visitor can watch world-class athletes perform 10 of the same events that are part of the Lumberjack World Championships. An elite skier, world champion log roller and boom runner, and inline skate and mountain bike enthusiast, Fred Scheer exemplifies the varied talents and interests of Hayward’s residents as well as its visitors.

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Aug. 11 Shell Lake – Music/The Last Revel: The Potters Shed. Aug. 17 Shell Lake – Music/The Shilleiagh Lads: The Potters Shed. Aug. 24 Shell Lake – Music/Ginstrings: The Potters Shed. Aug. 25 Shell Lake – Music/Pert Near Sandstone: The Potters Shed. Aug. 31 Shell Lake – Music/The Ragbirds: The Potters Shed. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Shell Lake – Town & Country Days Sept. 1 Shell Lake – Music/Jason Chaffee: The Potters Shed. Sept. 28-30 Spooner – Fall Splendor Art Meander


Visit Town & Country Days SHELL LAKE – The long Labor Day weekend brings three days of Town & Country Days activities and festival-type food to Shell Lake. The 40th annual celebration of rural and city life is sceduled for Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. There’s a library book sale at the Shelter House both Friday and Saturday, a scavenger hunt, family bingo, inflatables for the kids and Dean-o-mite kids interactive fun at the pavilion, along with a food court and beverage garden.

Loads of fun will be found Saturday with the 8am Lake Run (9mile run and 5K), spelling bee, fastest kid race; craft fair, Chocolate Fest, sailing regatta at 1pm, kid’s pedal tractor pull, Dairyland Garden Tractor pull at 5pm, and evening street dance with “Mickey and the Monsters.” Sunday’s activities include continuation of the craft fair, tractor pull at 11am, kiddie parade at noon, grand parade at 12:30pm, and car and bike show from 2-5pm.

Friday events include Lake Superior whitefish fry. The big draw will be the 7pm truck pull. |



Washburn County

Washburn County

Put Washburn County road trips on your autumn ‘to do’ list


COUNTYWIDE – Driving or biking the back roads and even the major highways of Washburn County during autumn nearly takes your breath away because of the gorgeous colors. It’s especially so because of the county’s 800 glacial lakes that reflect the reds, yellows, oranges and even the browns of the hardwood forests during Colorama – a period of fall leaf color roughly from mid-September to mid-October. The Washburn County Tourism Association office suggests that you pick up a Washburn County highway map and check out these four amazing fall color routes for car, bicycle or motorcycle. The routes begin at the tourism office in Spooner and range from 39 to 67 miles and pass through the beautiful forests of northwest Wisconsin, around sparkling lakes and into the heart of some great small towns. The time it takes is entirely up to you. The routes can be found on the website:

Southwest route

Begin at 122 N River Street, Follow 63 N for 1.5 miles, Turn Left on Hwy A, travel 11.4 miles, Turn Left on Hwy G, travel 1.9 miles, Turn Left on Hwy H, travel 9.5 miles, Turn Left on Sand Road, travel 8.1 miles, Turn Left on 63, travel 6.4 miles

• TOTAL TRIP: Approximately 39 Miles

Northwest route • • • • • • • • •

Begin at 122 N River Street, Follow Hwy 63 N for .4 miles, Turn Left on Hwy K, travel 15.7 miles, Turn Left on Hwy 77, travel .2 miles, Turn Right on Chicog L. Rd, travel 2.7 miles, Turn Left on Bald Eagle Drive, travel 1.0 miles, Turn Right on Hwy 77, travel 8.9 miles, Turn Left on Hwy H, travel 7.7 miles, Turn Left on Hwy A (note: at the 90 degree corner, turn right), travel 3.3 miles, • Turn Left on Hwy E, travel 7.1 miles, Turn Right on Hwy N, travel 1.9 miles, Turn Left on Hwy A, travel 5.9 miles, Turn Right on 63 S, travel 1.5 miles • TOTAL TRIP: Approximately 56 miles

Northeast route

• Begin at 122 N River Street, Follow Hwy 63 N for 6.8 miles, • Turn Right on Hwy 63 toward Hay- ward, travel 3.3 miles,

• Turn Right on Hwy E, travel 16 miles, Turn Left on Hwy 63, travel .4 miles, • Turn Right on Hayward Rd., travel 2.2 miles, • Turn Left on Chippanazie Rd, travel 3 miles, • Turn Left on Hwy 77, travel 14 miles, • Turn Left on 53 S, travel 8.4 miles, • Turn Left on Hwy F, travel .5 miles, • Turn Right on Lakeside Rd, travel 5.9 miles, • Turn Right on 63 S, travel 7.5 miles • TOTAL TRIP: Approximately 67 Miles

Southeast route • • • • • • • • • • • •

Begin at 122 N River Street, Follow Hwy 63 N 1.5 miles, Turn Right on Hwy H, travel 2.5 miles, Turn Right on Hwy A, travel 14.5 miles, Turn Right on Lake Rd, travel 2 miles, Turn Right on Hwy 70, travel 1.9 miles, Turn Left on second Hwy B, travel 9 miles, Turn Left on Hwy M, travel 4 miles, Turn Right on Hwy D, travel 3.7 miles Continue straight on Hwy P, travel 3.4 miles, Turn Left on B, travel 3.7 miles, Turn Right on 253, travel 4.8 miles, Turn Right on Hwy 63, travel 1 mil TOTAL TRIP: Approximately 52 Miles |


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Aug. 9-12 Ironwood – Gogebic County Fair: Aug. 11 Hurley – Paavo Nurmi Marathon Aug. 19 Rockland – Old Victoria Craft Fair: 10am to 5pm. Aug. 24-26 Silver City – Porcupine Mountains Music Fest Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Ontonagon – Labor Day Festival Sept. 1 Hurley – Festivale Italiano Sept. 7-8 Lake Gogebic – Chamber’s Fall Walleye Tournament Sept. 26-30 Bessemer – Pumpkin Festival:

BESSEMER – All your favorites will be back for Bessemer’s 40th annual Pumpkinfest set for Sept. 24-27. The featured activities on Sophie Street will be enjoyed by all ages with most events scheduled for Saturday.

sic Kruisers Car Club’s car show, the latter on Saturday. To finish off the festivities, the roast beef/pulled pork dinner will be Sunday at the VFW. There will also be a silent auction and the big 50/50 drawing.

Those favorites include ventriloquist Dave and Skippy, craft fair at A.D. Johnson High School, pie eating contest, treasure hunt, poker run, pumpkin seed spitting contest, bingo, pumpkin bowling, carnival rides, pony rides and tractor pull.

If you’re looking for some adventure, take the short drive to Copper Peak and enjoy their Adventure Ride. They will be open from 10am to 4:30pm all weekend. The Bessemer Historical Society museum will be open from 10am to 5pm Saturday. Stop by and see the many displays depicting Bessemer’s history and heritage.

Activities this year also include a pet costume contest, pumpkin pong (beer pong), karaoke contest, pumpkin decorating, and country pumpkin hoedown.

For updated information, and a complete list of activities, visit

One of these popular events is the costume kiddie’s parade whereby young children and adults young at heart will dress up and stroll down Sophie Street on Saturday morning for the crowds to enjoy. Children will also enjoy having their face painted, getting a balloon character, visiting the petting zoo, and so many more fun activities throughout downtown. Pumpkinfest features other events such as a street dance, 50/50 raffle, and Klas- |

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ironwood historic theater

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Historic Ironwood Theatre is a true gem from the past Ironwood has held onto its many historical buildings that framed its early years, each worthy of a visit. Chief among them is the famed Ironwood Theatre, which has been nearly restored to its original grandeur that attracted generations of visitors from the silent film era to today’s productions.

The theater can seat 732 patrons. Various performances, including singers and comedians, along with the showing of films occur throughout the year. The theater is located at 113 E. Aurora Street. For more information on the theater and upcoming performances, visit or call 906-932-0618.

The Ironwood Theatre in downtown Ironwood was built as a vaudeville and silent movie palace in 1928 at a cost of $160,000 (equivalent of approximately $2 million today). The theater flourished during The Hollywood Golden Age of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce invites you to take one of two self-guided tours of historical sites in Ironwood’s downtown district.

The Ironwood Theatre was donated to the city in 1982 and was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985. Today, a nonprofit organization operates the theater and hosts numerous shows per year, such as recitals, music festivals, children’s plays and plays performed by the Gogebic Range Players. Noteworthy historic features of the theater include the Barton Organ, an original fixture intact as it was in June 1928, when it was fist installed, and the restored 3-panel Proscenium Mural on the theater’s ceiling. |

Downtown walking tours

The first tour of the commercial district highlights 12 sites, starting with the original Ironwood Historical Society building on McLeod Avenue and visiting Theatre North, the 1925 Sears Roebuck building and the 1892 railroad depot and ending at the Carnegie Library, built in 1901. The second tour of the residential district begins at the 1921 Memorial Building and includes stops at the 1895 Curry House and the 1925-built L.L. Wright High School and ends at the 1886 Church of the Transfiguration.

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Explore the attractions in Ironwood, Hurley


The famous Hiawatha statue is located at the Old Norrie Iron Mine site located on Suffolk Street, off Silver Street. Billed as the “World’s Tallest and Largest Indian,” it was built in 1964 and is made mainly of fiberglass. Known by the locals as “The Big Indian,” it is 52 feet tall, weighs 8 tons and looks north to Lake Superior. Hiawatha was the leader and founder of the Iroquois Confederacy and the statue was designed to symbolize unity and peace within each nation that had joined the confederacy.

Big Stormy Hat

The Big Stormy Kromer Cap is another quirky and fun sight to take in while in Ironwood. It symbolizes one of the products – and the best-known one at that – of the Stormy Kromer Mercantile company. It’s located on Cloverland Drive just off U.S. Highway 2/E.

Ironwood Depot

Built in 1892, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot was designed in the Richardson Romanesque style. It was the hub of an elaborate railroad yard operation in the center of Ironwood. As the mines closed, so too did the fortunes of the railroads, with the last iron ore trains ending in 1967 and passenger trains ending their service at the Depot in 1970. Purchased by the City of Ironwood, the Depot was refurbished by volunteers, and it is now home to the Ironwood Area Historical Society and the Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce. The Depot features displays on early railroading, and a large exhibit illustrating the history and operation of the Ironwood iron mines. In 1986 the Depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the summer months, the Historical Society staffs the Depot daily, offering explanatory tours of the exhibits as well as local historical lore.

Little Finland

The Little Finland log building is the home of the National Finnish American Festival, preserving the Finnish heritage of hardy settlers who came to work in the mines of the Penokee Range. It’s located at 5750 U.S. Highway 2, Hurley. The museum has a large collection of Finnish artifacts, most of which came with their owners from Finland. Old Bibles, a rug loom, musical instruments and curios make up only a small part of the holdings. The gift shop offers a large selection of glassware, linens, books, and clothing. The gift shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, April through December. Visitors to Little Finland can also tour the Harma House Museum, a traditional Finnish homestead located on the same grounds. |

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IRONWOOD – There are a number of attractions in and around Ironwood and Hurley, including a larger-than-life Indian statue and a Finnish museum for visitors to explore. Here’s a quick glance at a few of them:



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The hunt is on: Lake Gogebic Walleye Tournament

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LAKE GOGEBIC – Early bird registrations are being taken for the 41st annual Lake Gogebic Walleye Tournament coming up on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8. The Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event, which is held on one of the hottest walleye (other species too!) lakes in the region. As most anglers know, fall is an excellent time to pursue walleyes. The top prize for the largest walleye is $1,000, with second taking home $500, third $200 and fourth through 10th place receiving other cash prizes. The catch and release contest also includes daily cash prizes for the largest bass, perch and northern pike. There’s an “early bird” registration drawing for a rod and |

reel valued at about $60. All prizes will be awarded after Saturday’s dinner. In Lake Gogebic’s 13,380 surface acres of prime fishing water, there are walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, jumbo perch and some whitefish. With its large size, the lake is a natural for boating and recreation pursuits from kayaking and canoes to tournament boats and ski boats. Vacationers and day trippers will find the area provides plenty of opportunities for different kinds of outdoor recreation from mountain biking to camping to star gazing. For more information about the tournament or the area itself, visit or call the chamber at 1-888-464-3242.


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Aug. 8-12 Iron River – Iron Co. Fair Aug. 18 Caspian – Gala Dinner Part: 50th anniversary celebration, Iron Co. Historic Museum. Aug. 25 Alpha – Blues Fest: Bands, food. Sept. 14 Iron River – Bewabic Park’s Harvest Fest Sept. 29 Iron River -- Apple Fest: Beechwood Hall. Sept. 29 Iron River – Harvest & Haunt Fall Festival: 3-10pm.

ALPHA – Your summer fun isn’t over until you attend the “End of Summer” Blues Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the pavilion behind the Porter School in the Village Alpha, near Crystal Falls. There’s locally brewed beer, top-notch blues bands and good food to enjoy. Gates open at 11am (CT) with the blessing of the bikes and bikers followed by the Veterans Freedom Ride and memorial poker run. Motorcycles (cars welcomed too) will travel through Iron County with stops at veteran memorials before returning to Alpha at 12:30pm. The Blues Fest music gets underway at noon in the pavilion with music by this talented lineup: Mid-Nite Storm at 12:30pm, Donnie Pick at 2 pm, Heather Crosse Band at 5pm and Sons of Legend at 7pm.

There will be food and merchandise vendors, along with refreshments by the American Legion Riders-Post 21 (no carry-ins allowed), and a “Blues Berry” pie eating contest at 4pm with divisions for 12 and younger, and 12 and older. Billy Balloons will be there to create wonderful and amazing balloons for the kids. There will be face painting also. Raffles will be conducted throughout the afternoon. Bring a bag chair or lawn chair for the music. Don’t forget your cheap sunglasses! Children under 12 admitted free with a paid adult. The festival will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 906-875-3913 or e-mail |

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‘End of Summer’ Blues Fest features several bands

Don’t miss Apple Festival and ‘Harvest and Haunt’ Fall Festival

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IRON RIVER – Plan a trip to historic Beechwood Hall in Iron River on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a morning filled with fun during Beechwood Historical Society’s Apple Festival. Everyone will enjoy the apple-themed games, treats and other activities. There will be several vendors for you to browse and shop as well as a tour of the historic former town hall, located at 178 Beechwood Rd. Apple Festival is being held in conjunction with the Harvest and Haunt Fall Festival set for 2-10pm in downtown Iron River. Enjoy both festivals and make a day and night of it. So after experiencing all that Apple Festival offers, head over to the Klint Safford Memorial RV Park in downtown Iron River for an afternoon of more family fun. |

There will be lots of free games, crafts and activities for the kids, along with free cotton candy and popcorn. The kids can tour the “haunted” campground for trick-or-treating and show off their creative costumes to win prizes. Be on the lookout for the creative scarecrows that area businesses and clubs will have displayed throughout the park. Mom and dad can enjoy free live music with a glass of cold beer or wine and also shop the many vendor booths for unique crafts, various home-based businesses and food vendors. In the evening, enjoy the monstrous bonfire built by the West Iron County Fire Department after the fireworks show right in the park.

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Up North Action Aug/Sept 2018  
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