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Welcome To The Horicon Marsh Area

On behalf of our communities, the staff at the Dodge County Pionier extends a warm welcome to you and your family as you visit the famous Horicon Marsh and the surrounding communities. Whether you are visiting as summer comes to a close or when the snow is on the ground, there is always something to do. The festivals in area communities do wind down as fall draws near, but you can stop in Lomira for Appreciation Day on September 2, in Theresa on September 9 for Pioneer Days, in Horicon on September 24 for Autumn Art on the Marsh, in Mayville for Audubon Days October 6 through 8, and in Horicon for Haunted History Tours on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. Visiting during the winter months? The Horicon Historical Society is hosting a Christmas open house December 1 and 2. It’s A Wonderful Life will be held in Mayville on December 1. A Christmas parade will be held in Lomira on December 3. The candlelight hike at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is scheduled for January 19. The FFA Alumni is

hosting a farm toy show on January 27. Speaking of the Center, be sure to wander through the Explorium. The interactive displays are located in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. There are several trails for hiking through Horicon Marsh that are used during each season. If hiking in the fall, enjoy the colorful leaves as they turn from green to reds, yellows, and oranges. The leaves are gone in the winter, but

the scenery is still breathtaking. And it is a little easier catching sight of the animals that live in the marsh as they forage for food. There are several places to stay if you plan to spend more than a day in the area. Depending on the weather, you can choose a park, campground, bed and breakfast, motel, or inn. Each community has eating establishments ranging from places to get quick sandwiches to sit-down meals featuring simple recipes to spe-

cialty items. As you page through this section, you’ll find advertisements for many of the restaurants. We hope you enjoy reading the Fall/Winter Horicon Marsh Visitor. It is filled with information about the Horicon Marsh and the communities surrounding it. Enjoy your visit and return as often as you can. Staff of the Dodge County Pionier, the local weekly newspaper

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2018/2019 Visitor Index

Horicon Marsh Boat Tours..............4 Area Calendars of Events ................5 Geocaching ...................................26 Farm Markets .................................6 Rock River Archeology Society .....28 Horicon Marsh Bird Club..............19 County & Municipal Parks .......22-24 Gold Star Memorial Trail ..............13 Visitor Centers HM Ed/Visitor Calendar ...............16 Refuge Calendar ...........................16 Explorium.....................................18 Horicon Marsh Education And Visitor Center .....................17 Horicon National Wildlife Refuge .15 Maps Horicon Marsh Visitor Map ............2 Auto Tour Map..............................29 Snowmobile Map ..........................27 Canoe Map....................................25 Bud Cook Hiking Map ..................21 Wild Goose State Trail Map...........26 Hiking Map...................................19 Hunting Map ................................30 By the Month It’s Happening in August.................8 It’s Happening in September........8-9 It’s Happening in October .............10 It’s Happening in December..........11 It’s Happening in January..............12


A gray fox stops to take a look around the area. (photo by Jack Bartholmai)

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Can You Find All Horicon Marsh Boat Tours Offers A Unique View Of The Marsh The Geese?

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One of the most widely recognized visitor to the Horicon Marsh is the Canada goose. If you look closely at each advertisement in the Fall/Winter Visitor, count the number of geese located in the ads (count only those in the ads those in pictures do not count) and drop off, mail, fax, or email the number you found. Include your name, address, and phone number. Your information can be sent to: Dodge County Pionier, 126 Bridge St., Mayville, WI 53050; 920387-2211; FAX 920-387-5515; email Remember, do not count the goose included with this information; that is your sample of what it looks like so you can notice it in the advertisements. Do not count the goose in the Dodge County Pionier box below The deadline is February 1. The entries with the correct number of geese will be put into a drawing for cash prizes. The contest has been a great success in previous Visitors, with entries coming from a wide area representing people who had visited the Horicon Marsh and/or the communities near it, including those who live in the area. You do not need to be a visitor to the area to enter the contest. Those who are employees of the Dodge County Pionier cannot win the contest. Round up those geese before they band together to fly south.

Winners of the 2018 spring visitor

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Carol Lers, Pewaukee Doris Schneider, Fond du Lac Charles Wood, Greenfield there were 7 flowers in the spring visitor

The Zuelsdorf family has been offering tours of the Horicon Marsh since 1963. Roland Zuelsdorf started the business with a small, eight-passenger pontoon boat and a onehour tour of the marsh. Since then, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours has expanded greatly, both in capacity and offerings. Visitors glide through the marsh in one of three ecofriendly pontoon boats. The boats use fourstroke Mercury motors that minimize emissions and conserve fuel. Operating the boats at low speeds help prevent damage to the wetland habitat. The Zuelsdorf family is committed to preserving and protecting Horicon Marsh and the environment through education as well. Each tour includes information about the ecology of the marsh and what visitors can do to help preserve this beautiful natural treasure. The one-hour sightseeing tour focuses on Horicon Marsh history, and the birds, animals, and plant life of the marsh. Other popular options include the Sunset Cruise and the Birding Adventure. If the offerings don’t fit your schedule, book a charter.

Pontoon boat tours are available through Horicon Marsh Boat Tours at Blue Heron Landing in Horicon with Marc Zuelsdorf as the tour guide. Marc’s family has owned the business for more than 50 years. He happily shares his knowledge of Horicon Marsh during the tours. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

Those who prefer canoeing or kayaking can rent one or the other at Blue Heron Landing. Either way, with more than 300 species of birds sighted at Horicon Marsh you are sure to spot something extraordinary on your trip. School groups are welcome to spend part of a day traversing Horicon Marsh on pontoon boats while they learn about ecology and the importance of

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In 2007, Horicon Marsh Boat Tours was recognized for its ongoing commitment to the environment by receiving the first Travel Green Wisconsin certification given to a Dodge County business. Tours are offered May through mid-October. For more information, see the ad on page 31, visit or call 920-485-4663.

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wetlands. A number of options are available to school groups, allowing them to experience firsthand a thriving ecosystem. The gift shop is open daily and holds a nice selection of handcrafted pieces, naturerelated items, florals and wreaths, recycled artwork, garden ornaments, and candles. The gift shop also has many one-of-a-kind hand-knit shawls, hats and scarves.

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2018-19 Area Calendar of Events

August 25 • Theresa Lions Annual Tractor Pull, Gates open at noon - pull starts at 1 p.m. Theresa Firemens Park, Hwy. 28 West. Sponsored By Theresa Lions Club. 920-960-7949.

August 26 • 1-4 p.m. Theresa Historical Society Ice Cream and Cake Social. Music provided. Solomon Juneau House, Hwy. 175.

August 29 • 4-7 p.m. Horicon Farmers Market, 5 p.m. Community Cookout, 6 p.m. Art In The Park, 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series - MadPolecats. Kiwanis Park. September 2 • 7:45 p.m. Venetian Night - Decorate your boats and line up in front of Del Bern Acres, Fox Lake.

September 2 Lomira Appreciation Day, Noon-9:30 p.m. - Free Corn Roast starts at noon, FFA Alumni Tractor Pull, bingo, games, music 7-11 p.m., refreshments, silent auction, carnival rides, fire works. Sterr Park, Lomira. September 5 • 6 p.m. Music At The Market - Open Mic Night. Kiwanis Park, Horicon. September 7-8 Volksfest - Authentic German Festival. Great food, music and dancing, Stumpf fiddle contest. Tanner Park, Waupun. September 8 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fall Fun Saturday, Lomira Municipal Complex, vendor fair, children games, story time, crafts and brat fry. Friends of the Lomira Library.

September 8 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fifth annual Beaver Dam Pepper Festival at the Park Village Shopping Center, Beaver Dam. Free live music, food and lots of fun. September 8 • 8:30 a.m. Wild Goose Chase 5 & 10K. Kids Fun Run 10 a.m. Rock River Intermediate School, Waupun.

September 9 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Theresa American Legion & Auxiliary Pioneer Days. Pork & chicken on the spit, cake & ice cream, flea market, 5K run/walk, musical entertainment at Theresa Firemen's Park at 1 p.m. Sunday. September 12 • 4-7 p.m. Farmers Market, 6 p.m. Music At The Market Open Mic Night. Kiwanis Park, Horicon. September 14 • 11 a.m.Mayville Legion Brat Fry

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September 15 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fiesta Beaver Dam, celebrate the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Swan Park, Beaver Dam.

September 16 - Sacred Heart Harvest Fest. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. www. Horicon. September 20 • 6:30 p.m. Horicon Library Book Club-The Underground Railroad. Horicon Library • 920-485-3535.

September 23 • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 42nd Autumn Art on The Marsh in Discher Park, Horicon. Crafts, food, music. 920-485-3200. October 3 • 4-7 p.m. Fall Farmers Market finale with bonfire, s'mores, apple cider, and music by UCDC. Kiwanis Park, Horicon.

October 5-7 • Audubon Days Festival. Foster Park in Downtown Mayville. Bed races, live music by Run Away and Saving Savannah. bike tour, run/walk, kids zone, bags  tourney,

Events subject to change. Please check before making the trip.

and food court. Parade and duck races on Sunday. October 6 • 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. White Limestone School Museum Open. Mayville.

October 7 • 12-4:30 p.m. White Limestone School Museum Open. Mayville. October 12 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monsters On The Marsh, Marsh Haven Nature Center, Waupun. October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 • Every half hour from 6-10 p.m. Haunted History Tour, Horicon Historical Museum.

October 13-14 • Archeology Festival at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center, N7725 Highway 28, Horicon. Corn grinding, bead collecting, fire starting; artifact display; Native American Tepee, Buckskinner’s encampment, Flute and Drum Circle; Saturday program on the Voyageurs; atlatl throwing; and more. 920-9286094 / October 13 • Boathouse Hayride around the Fox Lake area. Contact the Boathouse for more info at 920-9283470. October 13 Kekoskee Firefighters Smoker, Kekoskee Fire Department.

October 18 • 6:30 p.m. Horicon Library Book Club-The Round House., Horicon Library • 920-4853535.

October 21 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Theresa American Legion Auxiliary Vendor Fair. Theresa Elementary Learning Center (Theresa Public School). October 25 • 6-7:30 p.m. Business Trick or Treat in Mayville.

October 26 • 7 p.m. Ghost walking tour. Preregister, visit Granny Annie’s LLC at 303 W State St., Fox Lake or call (920) 210-1135.

October 27 • Noon-3 p.m. 8th Annual Fox Lake. Spooktacular Event. Scarecrow contest, Run/Walk in the morning, tons of kids activities, cemetery walk, free treats all along State Street. Trick or Treating 4-6 p.m.

October 27 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Horicon High School Craft Fair at the high school. Proceeds to the Horicon High School Scholarship fund. Admission $2 for anyone 18 and older. Vendors, crafters, food, silent auction, games and make and take for kids, entertainment, and bake sale. October 31 • 6 p.m. Family Halloween Storytime and Costume Party. Horicon Library • 920485-3535. November 9 • 7-9:30 p.m. K-9 Fundraiser Youth Dance at the Mayville Park Pavilion. Chaperoned by the Mayville Police Dept. and other volunteers. 920-387-7903,

November 15 • 6:30 p.m. Horicon Library Book Club-Before We Were Yours. Horicon Library• 920485-3535.

November 17 • 7:30 p.m. Beaver Dam Area Orchestra Concert at Beaver Dam High School Contact Richard Zeman at Admission is free. November 24 - Small Business Saturday in Mayville.

November 27-30 • Avenue of Angels. Historic City Hall Auditorium, Waupun.

December 1 & 2 • 4 -8 p.m. on Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Horicon’s Satterlee Clark House Historical Museum’s Annual Christmas Open House. Live music, demonstrations, gift shop.

December 1 • 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Horicon Chamber Christmas Chicago Bus Trip. December 1 • 9 a.m.-9 p.m. - It’s a Wonderful Life on Main Street - Christmas Parade and activities in downtown Mayville during the day.

December 1 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Christian Women’s Christmas Craft and Bake Sale at Sacred Heart Church, Horicon. December 2 • 5 p.m. Lomira Christmas Parade , Check the Village’s website closer to the date to confirm the start time. December 7 • 7-9:30 p.m. K-9 Fundraiser Youth Dance at the Pavilion. Chaperoned by the Mayville Police Dept. and other volunteers. 920-387-7903,

December 8 • 10 a.m. - Noon. Cookies and Milk with Santa, Horicon City Hall.

December 12 • 6:30 p.m. Family Holiday Storytime and crafts. Horicon Library • 920-485-3535. December 12 • 4-7 p.m. Winter Farmers Market. American Legion Post 157, Horicon.

December 13 & 14 Friends Cookie Walk. Horicon Library.

December 15 • 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Beaver Dam Area Orchestra Concert at Beaver Dam High School Contact Richard Zeman at Admission is free. January 19 • 5 to 9 p.m. Candlelight

Beaver Dam 920-887-8879

Fox Lake 920-928-3777

Horicon 920-485-3200

Lomira 920-269-4112

Mayville 1-800-256-7670 or 1-920-387-5776 Phone: 920-387-1167

Theresa 920-488-5421

Waupun,, 920-324-2384

Hike, Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, (920) 387-7890.

January 26 - Second annual Rock River Bierfest sponsored by Mayville Rotary. Beer from craft breweries, food, silent auction, outdoor activities. Mayville Park Pavilion. January 27 • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Horicon FFA Alumni 5th Annual Farm Toy & Craft Sale. Antique farm toys, farm toy displays, crafts, and more at Horicon High School. 920-210-4827 or February 16 • 4-7 p.m. Chili Supper at Sacred Heart Church, Horicon.

March 23 • 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Annual Knit Retreat, Horicon Library • 920485-3535.


1st & 3rd Sundays • 1-4 p.m. • Fox Lake Historical Museum Open thru the first Sunday in October. 211 W. Cordelia St.

1st & 3rd Sundays through October • Mayville Limestone School Museum open 1:30-4:30 p.m. or tours by appointment - 920-387-2593. 2nd & 4th Sundays • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. thru October Hollenstein Wagon & Carriage Factory Museum Mayville.


Last Sunday of every month Memorial Day thru September, Historical Museum/ Solomon Juneau House 1-4:30 p.m. and by appointment. 920488-2783.Theresa. Wednesdays through October 3 • 4-7 p.m. • Horicon Farm Market at Kiwanis Park

Wednesdays (January 9-March 13) Morning Nature Walks, from 10-11:30 a.m., Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. By Appointment Only • Satterlee Clark House Historical Museum, 322 Winter St, Horicon. 920-485-0483. 2nd Wednesday November - April. Winters Farmers Market • 4-7 p.m. American Legion Post 157, Horicon.

Thursdays through October Mayville Green Market • noon-4:30 the parking lot west of Subway on Horicon Street. 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays • Legion Bingo • 6:30 p.m. 134 S. Main Street, Mayville.

Saturdays • 8 a.m.-noon. Farmers Market City Hall parking lot through September. Waupun.

Horicon Library Clubs/Events • Storytime-Tuesdays 10:30 a.m., Make and Take Art-third Thursdays 3:30 p.m., Lego Builders-fourth Thursdays 3:30 p.m., Adult Knitting-Wednesdays 9:30 -11 a.m. and Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m., Magic: The Gathering Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

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Mayville Inn

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2 miles East of the Horicon Marsh International Educational Center on Hwy. 28

The Mayville Inn appeals to the business traveler, as well as leisure guests. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, cable TV, and free wireless internet.



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Open Monday through Saturday 4:30pm Sunday 10am-2pm • Tuesday Special: Prime Rib, Chicken and Ribs Buffet • Friday Special: Prime Rib & Fish Buffet • Sunday Brunch • Full Menu Everyday: Steaks, Seafood, Chicken, Pizzas

• Soup & Salad Bar included with all Dinners!

Enjoy your favorite cocktail or wine selection with your dinner

“If you’re looking for a unique stay away from the cookie-cutter chain motels and hotels, this is the place. This little gem is certainly a doorway to the great Horicon Marsh (Horicon Education Center is just 2 miles down the road), and even if you’re not there for the marsh, it’s a great place to stay, relax and shake the city out of you.” - Review from Trip Advisor

We Have It Nearby!

 Bird watching at the Horicon Marsh  Spring & Fall Naturalist Programs  Boat Tours and Canoeing  Biking and Hiking Trails  Golf Courses (5 within 15 minutes)

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Farm Markets

Mayville Green Market Offers Fresh Veggies And Fruits

Just a few blocks away from downtown Mayville, the city offers a Green Market full of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Green Market runs Thursday from mid-May through the end of October from noon until 4:30 p.m. The market is located in the parking lot to the west of Subway on Horicon Street, which is also Highway 28 before it merges with Highway 67. Visit the Green Market to see what’s in season and make a meal using fresh, local produce.

Tour de Marsh Bike Ride Can Be Taken Any Time

The Tour de Marsh kick-off ride has been taking place the first Saturday in June for several years. Due to weather issues and other events taking place on that date, there will no longer be a kick-off ride. Enjoying the Tour de Marsh has always been something people can do whenever they like. That still continues. Riders can choose the day or number of days that they want to ride

either a bike or in a vehicle to see the Horicon Marsh. Individuals can also travel by foot if they want. Those doing the Tour de Marsh can also decide the length of the ride and how long they want to dedicate to the ride. To take part in the Tour de Marsh, pick up a map at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and enjoy the experience.

Mayville’s very own Green Market remains open through October offering locally grown fruits, vegetables and baked goods. (Karen Rouse | DCP)

Variety Of Items At Horicon Farm Market

Want to take a stroll in a comfortable atmosphere and browse through vendor products at a winter farmers market? There will be one market per month during the season. The market is held at the Horicon Legion on the southeast

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side of Horicon, across from Kiwanis Park. As with the summer and fall markets, the winter market is hosted by the Horicon Phoenix Program. The winter market is held the second Wednesday of each month, November through April. Doors

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It’s Happening In August & September

Learn Some History With A Cool Treat

The truck and tractor pull in Theresa is always a great way to spend the day with family and friends. This year’s pull starts at 1 p.m. on August 25. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

An ice cream and cake social, sponsored by the Theresa Historical Society, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1- 4:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Solomon Juneau home, located along South Milwaukee Street/Hwy 175 in downtown Theresa, which is also known as the Theresa Historical Park. Musical guests will be playing a variety of music throughout the afternoon and will include Joe Scheibinger, Janice Marie and Don from Die Spiel Meisters. Root beer floats, cake, and soda will be available. Donations will always be accepted. Guided tours will be given of the Solomon Juneau house, John Schiefer house, and the Reklau log house. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the music. There is no admission charge. For more information call 920-488-3333.

One of the many to cool off on August 26 at the ice cream social in Theresa was Kate Learman, who enjoyed a root beer float at last year’s event. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

Trucks And Tractors Are Ready To Pull Lomira Appreciates Its Annual Celebration

Stretch out for the 35th Annual Theresa Lions Tractor and Truck Pull on Saturday, Aug. 25. Competitors and spectators can arrive at 11 a.m. when the gates open for the 1 p.m. start time at the Theresa Firemen’s Park on Hwy. 28. Children under 10 years of age are free and food is supplied on the grounds. Admission for adults is $15. No carry-ins will be allowed. For more information, contact Shawn Justmann at 920-960-7949.

For a fun day in the park with rides, games, food, and more, stop at the Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Appreciation Day at Sterr Park in Lomira on Sunday, Sept. 2. The chamber sponsors this event as a way

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to give back to the community. The fun begins at noon with a free corn roast. Chamber members will be roasting ears of corn for everyone to enjoy. The Lomira Fire Department will have a huge spread of equipment on display for anyone to examine from 1-3 p.m. Children may enjoy trying on the firefighters’ gear. There will be games for children all day, including carnival rides. Sunshine the Clown will be in the park to do face painting, balloons, and games beginning at 12:30 p.m. One of the big attractions every year is

bingo. Many games will be played in the early afternoon in the shelter beginning at 1 p.m. Another popular event at Appreciation Day is the FFA Alumni Tractor Pull. This will take place right after bingo with registration starting an hour before the pull. Young and old will try their hardest to make the pedal tractor go as far as it can, while weight is added to the back of it. The competition among the adults in the group is always fun to see. A silent auction will be held all day. Funds raised through the silent auction will go toward the chamber’s scholar-

ship fund for students in the FFA and FBLA organizations. Music will be the focus of the evening hours, so grab some friends and dance the night away. Music begins around 7 p.m. and will go until 11 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available all day. Members of the Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce will be selling hamburgers and refreshments in the stand near the shelter. The night will end with a bang around 9:30 p.m. as Fireworks City provides a free fireworks show. Everyone will be able to see the fireworks from Sterr Park.

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It’s Happening In September Enjoy Pioneer Days

Theresa American Legion and Auxiliary Pioneer Days is Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. at Firemens Park in Theresa on Hwy 28 West. Feast on pork and chicken on the spit, followed by cake and ice cream. Musical entertainment will be pro-

vided at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities, which also include a 5K Run/Walk in the morning, so bring the family and have some fun. Kids run will take place at 10 a.m., after the initial run at 9 a.m.

Jewelry was available for perusal at this table during last year’s Autumn Art On The Marsh event. Original art is the focus of the annual event in Horicon. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

Original Art Is Focus Of Art Show

Bring your appetite to the annual Pioneer Days in Theresa on September 9 at 11 a.m. Feast on pork and chicken on the spit while enjoying good company and live music. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)


Come to Discher Park in Horicon on Sunday, Sept. 23, to celebrate the 43nd anniversary of one of the greatest events on the Marsh—Autumn Art. Each year, this craft fair festival brings in approximately 1,000 people. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. More than 100 artists showcase a wide array of talent from stained glass, wide assortment of lawn and garden decor, fabric art, homemade jewelry, crystal and bead artwork, baby and pet accessories, knitted dishcloths, and a whole lot more. All artwork is original and made in the United States. Vendor registration is open until September 8, 2018. Visit to access the application and more de-

tails. New to the festival this year will be a Football Party from noon-3 p.m. in the Pavilion with a beer stand run by the Horicon Legion Post #157… Great place for husbands to relax while their wives shop. Upon arrival, stop by the registration building to register for free door prizes donated by participating artists, which will be announced hourly. Names of raffle winners will be announced beginning at 2:15 p.m. A John Deere X300 Riding Lawn Tractor with 42” mower deck will be raffled off. Tickets are available now at the Chamber office, Hardware Hank, LeRoy Meats, Horicon Chiropractic, Michelle Wanie Agency, Modern Woodmen, and Coldwell Banker.

Visit for the day or spend the weekend at the Horicon Marsh!

AT THE EDUCATION CENTER Tour the BRAND NEW Horicon Marsh Explorium! View the “Horicon Marsh Story” Movie Shop the Flyway Gift Shop Explore our Children’s Discovery Area Learn about the marsh by attending a fun program STATE WILDLIFE AREA Hike the Trails on the Horicon Marsh Experience Birding and Wildlife Photography Canoe or Kayak through the Marsh Go Fishing and Hunting on and around the Marsh Go Geocaching

Area information and maps available at the Education & Visitor Center

If you would like to bring a school group to visit the marsh, we can coordinate a program with you to supplement your class studies.

For more information about activities and special events to go or call (920) 387-7889 or (920) 387-7893 Monday through Friday

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It’s Happening In October

Not Your Typical Haunted House

Bed races down Main Street in Mayville is a popular annual event which will take place on Friday, Oct. 5. Audubon Days, Mayville’s annual fall festival, will continue through Sunday, Oct. 7. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

For the fourth consecutive year, the Horicon Historical Society and Horicon Phoenix Program is collaborating on the Horicon Haunted History event. Each year has had a theme in the unsettling exploration of the history of the macabre. So you think you know the real story of fairy tales? Today’s fairy tales are very different than the originals. Be prepared for intensity during the tour, which is not recommended for those under the age of 10. Each year, the tour has revolved around the Simmers family from hundreds of years ago. However, the focus is on a different theme each year. Most of the actors are from the Horicon

Audubon Days Celebrates Autumn Tradition

Audubon Days, Mayville's annual fall festival, takes place October 5-7 at Foster Park in Downtown Mayville. The festival begins on Friday, October 5, with the annual bed races on Main Street. The street will be closed from Horicon Street to Bridge Street for this actionpacked event. After the bed races, prepare to be entertained by Tigerpants Band from 7:30-11:30 p.m. We didn't forget about the kids on Friday night! The annual youth dance is held at St. Mary’s School gym from 7-9:30 p.m. The festival is in full swing Saturday morning at Foster Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. Some of the great things happening this year include a

car show, Market on Main vendor fair, a run/walk, bean bag tournament, live music and more. There are tons of children’s activities around the park, including a petting zoo, kid's crafts, mini duck races, an obstacle course, inflatables, kids run and lots of other fun activities. The music continues Saturday night when Crank the Radio hits the stage from 4-8 p.m., followed by Road Crew from 8-midnight. The music tent is located in the parking lot behind the Main St. businesses from Allen St. to Horicon St. Come back on Sunday, October 7, for the annual Audubon Days Parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. The parade

includes many local community groups, marching bands, fire departments, and tons more from around the area. The fun continues in Foster Park from noon4:00 p.m. with the vendor fair, kids activities, music, food and fun! Don't forget to buy your Duck Tickets, the drawing will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for the annual rubber duck race along the Rock River, across from Foster Park. Audubon Days has something for everyone, and it's free. If you have questions or would like to participate in any of the activities offered, please check out, or contact the chamber office at 920-387-5776.

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community. They begin working on the script several weeks before the first tour. Many of them have been involved each year, and several are children. The children have just as much input in developing the script as the adults. The length of time for the tour is approximately half an hour. However, it’s possible to run over a bit depending on the ability of everyone to manage going up and down stairs. Even though they’ve spent hours rehearsing, the actors are not professionals (and several are children), which may also cause tours to run a bit long. Approximately every half hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, tours will be given in the main level and upstairs of Satterlee Clark House, 322 Winter St. The house will be dimly lit. Groups of 10 people are guided through the house. From beginning to end, visitors will hear unsettling exploration of the history you don’t want to talk about during the day. Lahnie Neu, curator of the Satterlee Clark House and one of the people behind this

The Horicon Haunted History Tour is not your typical haunted house. Take the tour to find out why. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

event, likens the rooms to what is expected when attending a dinner theatre. While waiting their turns and if the weather permits, people are encouraged to check out the schoolhouse. There will also be a bonfire on the grounds. A waiting area with concessions will also be available to people as they wait for the tours. Those wishing to attend at a specific time on a specific date can contact

October 25 at 6pm Downtown Business Trick or Treat December 1 It's a Wonderful Life on Main Event, Parade & Fireworks Main Street Mayville, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stimulate economic development in downtown Mayville and to promote it as an exciting place to shop, work, live, play and invest

The goal of the tour is to scare the visitors while they learn the true history of the theme for the year, which is fairy tales this year. It’s not your typical haunted house. Be creeped out, but learn the history behind the stories you grew up reading. The cost to attend Horicon Haunted History Tours is $8 per person.

Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival Is Fun And Educational

The Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival, sponsored by the Rock River Archaeological Society, takes place at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center with the 2018 dates being October 13 and 14. The Festival is constantly growing and offers something for all ages. There is no admission charge. This very special weekend features

speakers in the Visitor Center Auditorium on both Saturday and Sunday. Children’s activities, such as corn grinding, bead collecting, making a necklace with a leather punch, and taking a ride on the Voyageur Canoe with family will be available. Fire starting and flintnapping will be demonstrated for all to see. Local collectors with museum quality artifacts

Visit our office and tourism center at 10 S. Main Street • Open 5 days a week. (920) 387-1167 Check out our Facebook Page for up to date events & activities.

Family Friendly Events include:

The Fox Of The River Voyageur Canoe will be giving canoe rides on which the story of the Voyageurs will be shared during the Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival on October 13 and 14. (submitted)

will be displaying on site, along with a Native American tepee, Buckskinners’ encampment, and a Flute and Drum Circle activity. The Fox Of The River Voyageur Canoe will be giving canoe rides on which the story of the Voyageurs will be shared and there will be atlatl demonstrations where the public can try their hand at throwing the atlatl. Venders offering jewelry, Native American art, and handmade items will be on hand. Delicious food created by Chef Anthony from Milwaukee will be offered and much more on the beautiful Horicon Marsh. The Explorium, a ‘must see’ for all, will be open with a small admission cost. Times of the event are Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine, the festival will take place. For more information, call 920-928-6094 or 920-210-7865.

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It’s Happening In December

Celebrate An Old-Fashioned Christmas

The Horicon Historical Society is holding its annual Christmas Open House at the Satterlee Clark House on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2.

A new tradition began a few years ago when a candlelight tour was added to the special weekend. The candlelight tour is held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus waves to onlookers at the 2017 Parade of Lights in Mayville. The seasonal parade is scheduled to be held on December 1. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

It’s A Wonderful Life On Main Set For December 1

Main Street Mayville hosts its winter kick-off event on Saturday, December 1, in downtown Mayville. Each year, families come out to celebrate the season on Main with winter and holiday themed features at local businesses including a visit from Santa Claus, arts and crafts, face painting and a cookie walk. There will also be a youth photography contest for ages 12-20 featuring photos taken on Main Street. Music-lovers are treated to caroling on Main, as well as the fifth annual Mayville High School choir department’s vocal performance at NOLA North Grille within the Audubon Inn. Santa visits in the afternoon for a meet and greet and photos, and the third annual chili kick-off contest will take place along Main Street with judging and tasting to cap off the event. As dusk settles, walk along Main and enjoy sidewalk fires and smores, as well as food and drink specials at many of the local restaurants and taverns. The main event is the parade of lights, beginning at 5 p.m. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to join in the fun and adorn a float with twinkling lights. The parade moves through downtown, leading Santa to Foster Park. As the crowd follows to gather in front of the White Limestone School Museum, the D holiday lights are capped off by a fireworks display in the December sky.

throughout the house as an organist plays Christmas carols on the museum’s antique pump organ. Visitors are welcome to join in the festive singing. Free refreshments will be served in the dining room – coffee, hot spiced cider and homemade traditional treats from many countries. The gift shop will also be open, so come prepared

to do some Christmas shopping. Bring the entire family for this look into Christmases of the past. The Satterlee Clark House is located at 322 Winter St. in Horicon, four blocks north of the Horicon Bank. There is no admission charge for the Christmas open house, but donations are always welcome.

For those who prefer the tour during daylight, the times will be noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Actual activities have not yet been scheduled as of press time, but in the past, visitors have been able to view live exhibits of old-time crafts, such as spinning, knitting, weaving, and rug hooking and more. Check out the Society’s Facebook page as the event draws closer. Blacksmith Lahn Neu will operate the museum’s forge located in the shed behind the home, demonstrating to visitors the art of iron working. There is a school-

To learn how homes were decorated for Christmas in the 19th century, visit the Satterlee Clark House in Horicon for the annual Christmas Open House. A candlelight tour is scheduled for December 1 and a daylight tour will take place the following day. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

The Village of Lomira will be hosting its annual Christmas parade on December 2. The parade will begin

in the early evening sometime around 5 or 6 p.m. Check the Village’s website closer to the date to confirm the start

Don’t Miss The Lomira Christmas Parade time. The parade route will start at Trinity United Methodist church on Ashford Avenue, then to

Organizations and clubs from around the area will be marching in Lomira’s Chrismtas parade this winter, including the Lomira High School marching band, which is pictured above in last year’s parade. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

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It’s Happening In January

Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike

The gym and hallways around it are filled with vendors who have collectibles of all kinds during the annual Horicon FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show. The event will take place January 27. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

Farm Toy And Craft Show Is Set

The fifth annual Horicon FFA Alumni Farm Toy and Craft Show will again be held at Horicon Junior Senior High School, which is located on the east side of Horicon, 841 Gray St. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the event will end at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. Those aged 13 and older have a $3 admission. Ages 12 and under will get in free. More than 380 adults and approximately 70 children aged 12 and younger attended last year’s event. Vendors filled the gym the first four years, B more than 30 venwith dors not only filling the

gym last year but also one hallway of the school. The event has grown each year. Farm displays were located in the hallway, east of the gym. The displays included farm layouts with scaled machinery, fields, and buildings. In addition, vendors had various models of machinery of different scales. Other vendors offered manuals for tractors and machinery. There were also vendors with an assortment of crafts. Lunch was available from the beginning of the event until the end in the cafeteria. Throughout

the day, door prizes were awarded. All of this is again planned for the 2019 event. Set up for vendors can be done on January 26 or beginning at 6 a.m. the day of the event. There is a $10 charge for each vendor table. Vendors should contact Doug Tuttle at 920-2104827 for more information. The event is hosted by Horicon FFA Alumni, with the profits benefiting Horicon FFA.

Hiking by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, roasted marshmallows and warm refreshments await everyone at the 9th annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 5-9p.m. The event is sponsored and hosted by the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Wisconsin DNR. The Education Center will be open for people to warm up, view the 20minute “Horicon Marsh Story”, visit the gift shop, or have the kids do a fun craft to bring home. There are also snacks available for purchase and the Flyway Gift Shop is open for shopping. The Horicon Marsh Explorium will also be open for people to learn about Horicon Marsh through these new interactive displays (fee). The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help visitors view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club will be on the trail conducting short owl talks and calling for owls. Visitors can also learn about Wisconsin’s mammals on the short “Family Loop” trail. Warm beverages and light snacks will be available inside the center as well as a bake sale. Roast your own marshmallows or grab a hot chocolate outside in the picnic shelter. Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will line the trails with candle-powered luminaries

to welcome and guide hikers. Volunteers will be on hand for assistance and information. There are two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another “Family Loop” is only .36 miles. Admission to the event is free; however, please consider bringing a nonperishable food item or hats/gloves/ mittens for the food drive and mitten campaign to be donated to local schools and food pantries. Multiple baskets will also be raffled off to help support the Friends group and future candlelight events. If conditions permit, event-goers are welcome to bring their own snowshoes. Leashed pets are allowed on the trails but not in the building. REMINDER: Parking is limited at the Education Center and will be prioritized for those with handicaps and families with small children. We recommend using the shuttles. Free shuttles will be available from Mayville and Horicon from 4:30-9:30 p.m. The Mayville Shuttle will be located at Theiler Park. The address is N8282 County Road TW, Mayville, WI 53050. The Horicon Shuttle will be located in the Bethesda parking lot at 620 Washington St, Horicon, WI 53032. For more information, call 920-3877893. The center is located at N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, between Horicon and Mayville. The Friends and DNR staff invite everyone to join them for the fun event!

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Visiting Horicon Marsh isn’t just for spring through fall during the daylight hours. A candlelight hike has been held each winter for the past several years at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The 2019 event will take place Janaury 19. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

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Four years ago, a group of Gold Star families joined an effort in Dodge County to build a 15-mile, 10-footwide, mostly paved, non-motorized trail that would connect the City of Mayville to the City of Beaver Dam. The Trail would meander through Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and the City of Horicon, then connect to the state trail system via the Wild Goose Trail before continuing to the City of Beaver Dam. The trail is dedicated to the recognition of all military members from Wisconsin who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as their families. In 2014, Friends of Dodge County Parks, Inc. backed the Trail as a notfor-profit fundraising entity. Previously, the group sponsored and help build the 34-mile Wild Goose Trail. Dodge County officially adopted the Gold Star Memorial Trail (GSMT) as a county park in March of 2014. The trail plan was divided into three main




















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Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Horicon Marsh Fall/Winter Visitor • 2018/2019 The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure located in our backyard. At more than 33,000 acres in size, the Horicon Marsh is 14 miles long and ranges in width from three-five miles. It is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. The northern twothirds of Horicon Marsh is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the 22,000 acre Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. The southern third of the marsh is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. The marsh is fed by the Rock River which flows through the refuge. The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide an undisturbed sanctuary for migratory birds and waterfowl including the redhead duck. In addition, the refuge provides opportunities for visitors to connect with nature through nature-centric recreational opportunities including wildlife observation, photography, hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting. The national wildlife

refuge provides critical habitat for more than 300 bird species, as well as white-tailed deer, muskrats, red foxes, turtles, frogs, bats, dragonflies, fish, garter snakes and much more. The marsh is also known as an integral point in the migration of Canada geese, ducks and sandhill cranes.

About The Marsh Horicon Marsh is a shallow, peat-filled lake bed scoured out of limestone by the Green Bay lobe of the massive Wisconsin Glacier thousands of years ago. The same layer of rock that forms the hills to the east of the marsh extends 500 miles to the east and is the same stretch of rock over which the Niagara River plunges at Niagara Falls. The rock extends more than 230 miles in Wisconsin alone. An impressive display in the area is often referred to as “The Ledge” which is located in Ledge Park. The Ledge is nestled between Horicon and Mayville and offers a series of hiking trails and scenic lookouts, as well as playgrounds and camping.

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Horicon "TernPike" Auto Tour and Hiking Trails Located on State Highway 49, just east of the city of Waupun. Open daily year-round, conditions permitting. Paved driving route (three miles) and three hiking trails along with a floating boardwalk and bicycling and hiking access to the Wild Goose State Trail. Closed to hunting except during the deer gun seasons auto tour route is closed to vehicles during this time and hikers are required to wear blaze orange. Highway 49 Wildlife Viewing Area Located on State Highway 49 just west of County Road Z. Open daily year-round. Hiking trail (1/4 mile) with observation area. Closed to all hunting.  Old Marsh Road Accessed from Point Road or by auto tour. Open only seasonally (June through August and special Earth Day opening in April) for hiking and bicycling to minimize disturbance to migratory birds. Adjacent dikes are closed. Photo blinds are located on east end of the road and may be reserved year-round. The

The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is located just a short drive from Mayville. Its visitors center offers wildlife exhibits, gift shop, viewing deck, native plant gardens and accessible hiking trails. (Karen Rouse | DCP) refuge office can be contacted for reservation information. Bud Cook Hiking Area Located off Point Rd. Two hiking trails and observation area. Open daily year-round. Closed to all hunting.  Rockvale Road Viewing Point Rockvale Rd. Observation platform with spotting scope.  Main Dike Road Open daily year-round conditions permitting. Entire road is open for hiking and bicycling year-round. Access is limited to the road only adjacent dikes are closed. Vehicles can drive eastern portion (two-level gravel). Please use pull-offs for wildlife viewing/photography on the eastern portion of Main Dike Road. Parking located near fishing platform on the eastern portion of M the road as well as near

the Wild Goose State Trail on the western portion of the road (Access from Hwy 26 and use designated parking area).

Peachy Road, Ledge Road and Main Dike Road Designated locations for bank fishing/piers.

Additional Information The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge requires no entry fees. The refuge is open during daylight hours only. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed, and access is limited to public use areas during the majority of the spring, summer and fall. Binoculars are recommended to view wildlife. Both binoculars and field guides are available for loan at the visitor center. There are three visitor centers located at the

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center are excited to offer a variety of fun, exciting and family friendly programs for the fall and winter of 201819. More information can be found at Morning Nature Walks will take place on Wednesdays from January 9 through March 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. These relaxed, guided walks will explore marsh flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views on the marsh. Snowshoes provided when weather allows.

September 8: Monarch Tagging, 10 a.m.-noon. Catch monarchs and watch as DNR staff tag these magnificent migrants as they start their journey to Mexico. September 14: Guided Paddle, 8 a.m.-noon. Guided Paddle of Horicon Marsh SWA. Pre-registration required with $15 fee. Contact Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 for information. Free for Friends members. September 20: Stories at the Marsh: Owls 10-11 a.m. Learn about this nocturnal bird through stories, activities and a craft. September 22: National Hunting and Fishing Day, 10-11:30 a.m. Activities for kids who are interested in bowhunting and fishing. Shoot a bow and arrow, safely climb into a tree stand or practice your casting. All equipment will be provided. No prior training is needed. All ages are welcome. October 6-7: Where are the Geese and Cranes? 10 a.m.-5p.m. Drop in throughout the day to find out where the Canada geese are and learn about their history at Horicon. October 13-14: Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival. Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Buckskinners encampment, atlatl throwing, fire-starting, artifacts, a drum circle, expert speakers, vendors and more. October 18: Stories at the Marsh: Bats. 10-11 a.m. Learn about the benefits of this flying mammal through stories, activities and a craft. October 20: Invasion on the Marsh. Join us as our Explorium becomes haunted for one night only. For more information visit: October 23: Bats of Wisconsin. 7-8 p.m. Come nose to nose with a fruit bat at the Horicon Marsh Visitor & Education Center. November 15: Stories at the Marsh: Waiting for Winter. 10-11 a.m. Learn about hibernation through stories, activities and a craft. December 8-9: Winter Wildlife. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Drop in throughout the day to find out more about the animals that weather the winter at Horicon. December 13: Stories at the Marsh:

Coats and Mittens. 10-11 a.m. Learn how to prepare for winter through stories, activities and a craft. January 5: Walk It Off With Winter Wildlife. 10-11:30 a.m. Join wildlife educators as they shed a few holiday pounds while searching for winter wildlife around the marsh. Snowshoes available if conditions permit. January 8: Back to Basics: Snow Forts. 1-2:30 p.m. Test your fort building skills and even see how warm it stays. Be sure to dress warmly. Youth program. January 10: Stories at the Marsh: Winter Bugs 10-11 a.m. Learn about insects in the winter through stories, activities and a craft. January 15: Back to Basics: Do You Want To Build A Snow-Mammal? 12:30 p.m. You’ve built the snowman, but can you master the mammal? Dress warmly. Youth program. January 19: Candlelight Hike 59pm. For more information visit: or see separate article. January 22: Back to Basics: Snowshoeing. 1-2:30 p.m. Wear your mittens and hats—we’ll check out the winter wonderland on top of the snow. All snowshoe experience levels welcome. Youth Program. January 29: Back to Basics: Owl Pellets. 1-2:30 p.m. Have you ever wondered what is inside an owl’s hairball? Let’s find out together. Youth program. February 2: Owl Prowl. 3-8 p.m. Two-part field trip. Pre-registration and $15 fee required for 3-5:30 p.m bus trip. Registration at starting January 2019. From 6:30-8 p.m., the public is welcome to meet in the auditorium for a program and then hike to call for owls. February 5: Back to Basics: Tracking. 1-2:30 p.m. Practice your detective skills as we hike the trails in search of winter wildlife signs. Youth program. February 12: Back to Basics: Science Experiments. 1-2:30 p.m. Wear your best thinking cap and prepare to get messy. It’s time to explore the science of the marsh. Youth program. February 14: Stories at the Marsh: Footprints in the Snow. 10-11 a.m. Learn about animal tracks in winter and make a plaster track to take home. February 16: Winter Wild Women Workshop. 8 a.m.-noon. A fun and hands-on workshop designed for women ages 18 and up, focusing on various outdoor skills. Pre-registration required. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions permit. For more information visit: February 16: Eagle Adventure. 1-4 p.m. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Carpool to some areas that have held bald eagles in the past. Bring warm clothes and binoculars. Spotting scopes for all will

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The DNR staff hopes to see you at many of the events that the education center has to offer. All events are subject to change, for detailed or additional information on any event please visit The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located on Hwy. 28 between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. For more information please call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893 or e-mail her at

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Events For Fall And Winter

The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is located on HWY Z, near Mayville. September 22: National Public Lands Day, seed collection, 10-11 a.m. Help collect native prairie seeds. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the Egret Trail boardwalk parking lot off of the refuge auto tour (Hwy 49). October 6: Family Bicycle Tours. Pedal portions of the refuge with a guide. Two one-hour tours offered: 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Meet at Main Parking lot of refuge auto tour (Hwy 49). October 13: Refuge 5K Run/Walk for Wildlife, 9-11:30 a.m. For pre-registration information, visit October 27: Birding Old Marsh Road, 9-10:30 a.m. Guided hike to view birds in an area of the refuge that is only open seasonally. The hike is onehalf mile of easy walking. Meet at the Egret Trail boardwalk parking lot off of the refuge auto tour off Hwy 49. November 3: Autumn Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Musical performances by children’s artists Ken Lonnquist and Dave Adler at 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; nature crafts; and family activities. Horicon Refuge Visitor Center (Cty Rd Z). November 17-25 and December 6-9: Auto Tour closed to vehicles for the deer gun seasons. Visitors are still welcome to use the area for hiking and other permissible activities, but are required to wear blaze orange. December 1: Entire Refuge opens for wildlife observation and nature photography via hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing through March 15. February 9: Winter Wonderland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the rustic environmental education barn and enjoy crafts, displays, and hot chocolate after snowshoeing, skiing, or hiking on the refuge. Some snowshoes are available for loan. N10755 South Point Rd. (Off Cty Z & H). February 16 and 23: Snowshoeing at the Education Barn,10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the environmental education barn for snowshoeing or hiking and hot chocolate. Snowshoes will be available for loan. N10755 South Point Rd. March 16: Majority of Refuge closes to visitor access for bird migration/nesting seasons. Public use areas (auto tour/trails, Bud Cook Hiking Area, Main Dike Road, fishing accesses, Hwy 49 Viewing Area) remain open year-round for approved recreational activities.

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Horicon Marsh Education And Visitor Center And Explorium Open To All Visitors

Horicon Marsh Fall/Winter Visitor â&#x20AC;˘ 2018/2019 The Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area consists of the lower onethird of Horicon Marsh and is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the State Wildlife Area since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management. For many years, public naturalist programs, special events and school education programs were conducted at the DNR Field Office on Palmatory Street in Horicon. A downstairs meeting room in the old building occasionally served as the only classroom available to escape during inclement weather. Despite these constraints, the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Education Program was successful in providing educational experiences for more than 200,000 people during the past 25 years. However, the growing demand for education services and the success of this program required a larger and more permanent facility to allow it to expand and operate on a year-round basis. In 1992, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) purchased the former Flyway Clinic, located along Hwy. 28, with the intent of developing this as an education center. A nonprofit Friends group was established in 1994 as a fund raising organization to support this cause. The organization has also provided countless hours of volunteer assistance to the education program. Following a long campaign, Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center reached its goal of raising H $1.9 million toward construction of the cen-

ter. The State of Wisconsin matched this through the Building Commission and additional funds were provided to DNR to renovate the office area to house its staff, creating a $4.8 million project. Construction began in November 2007, keeping much of the original building. After 18 months of construction, the new Horicon Marsh International Education Center was completed in late March 2009. The name was changed in 2013 to Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center offers a beautiful large viewing area in the upper lobby along with new interactive displays and a Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discovery Area. The lower level has classrooms for education programs and a hunting cabin themed auditorium for groups and programs. A previously unused portion of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level is now interactive, hands on exhibits known as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Exploriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The $3.7 million area depicts the history of Horicon Marsh through eras of significant importance. You will learn about the marsh in an interactive way that makes learning fun. Construction of the new educational dis-

plays and hands-on exhibits took more than a year, and the displays occupy portions of both the first floor and lower level. An auditorium capable of seating 120 and two classrooms complete the lower level, which opens onto more than five miles of winding trails through a variety of habitats in the 11,000-acre state marsh. DNR contracted with Taylor Studios of Rantoul, IL, to design and manufacture the lifelike exhibits. "The Explorium encourages visitors of all ages to look, listen, touch and even smell the changes in the marsh over many thousands of years," DNR

Wildlife Supervisor Bret Owsley said. "We think young visitors will especially enjoy some of the special touches developed by Taylor Studios including the fresh 'mammoth' scent and replica water control gates similar to those that help us manage the marsh today." Part of the nation's largest freshwater cattail marsh - the state land borders an additional 22,000 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - the history of Horicon spans some 12,000 years. As visitors walk through the new Explorium, the story of the marsh and its inhabitants stretching from the Ice Age through

modern times is narrated by a talking Clovis spear point. Horicon Marsh started as a network of rivers and wetlands left behind by receding glaciers and grew into the world's largest manmade lake after early settlers built a dam to power a sawmill in the 1840s. When the state Supreme Court ordered the dam removed in 1869, the marsh quickly returned and began drawing huge flocks of migratory waterfowl and other birds. After market hunting depleted the bird populations, a shortlived attempt to ditch and drain the marsh for farming from 1910 to 1914 ended in failure. Then,

during the 1920s, conservation-minded citizens pressed the Legislature for support and started a restoration process that continues to this day. Visitors are then encouraged to continue outside where they can explore Horicon Marsh. For more information, visit or and search for Horicon Marsh. Thanks to many dedicated volunteers, the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is open daily, year round, except for major holidays. Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Even during the winter season, people can enjoy hiking the trails near the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. After the outside exercise, be sure to visit the interactive Explorium located on the ground floor of the building. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)


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Horicon Marsh Explorium Has Something For Everyone

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Whether you like history, hiking, herons or hearing about hunters and the hunted, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to head to Horicon for a self-guided tour of the Explorium at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor center. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located off of Highway 28 between Horicon and Mayville, and features the Explorium, which opened in

August 2015. Visitors to the Center will find a charging woolly mammoth, walk-through glacier, an airboat simulator and a giant great blue heron replica. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled to welcome the public to the Explorium and experience all it has to offer,â&#x20AC;? said former DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Explorium exhibits bring the history of Horicon Marsh to life and show-

case our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural heritage.â&#x20AC;? Bret Owsley, DNR Southern District Director, said the $3.7 million project â&#x20AC;&#x201C; made possible with nearly $1 million in donations from the private Friends group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will benefit the surrounding communities as visitor numbers grow from 50,000 to a projected 150,000 per year within the first three years. In addition to school field

Six-year-old Jenna â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;steeredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the interactive marsh boat through the water when she and her father visited the Explorium recently. The family is from Hartford. Father and daughter very much enjoyed meandering through the interactive displays as they learned about Horicon Marsh by sight, smell, and feel. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

trips, youth group visits and adult tours, the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is drawing more families and individual visitors to take advantage of the offerings. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center building was completed in 2009, but portions of the building were left largely unfinished until the planning for the interpretive displays was completed. DNR contracted with Taylor Studios of Rantoul, IL, to design and manufacture the lifelike exhibits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Explorium encourages visitors of all ages to look, listen, touch and even smell the changes in the marsh over many thousands of years,â&#x20AC;? Owsley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think young visitors will especially enjoy some of the special touches developed by Taylor Studios including the fresh â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mammothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scent and replica water control gates similar to those that help us manage the marsh today.â&#x20AC;? Part of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest freshwater cattail marsh â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the state land borders an additional 22,000 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the




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history of Horicon spans some 12,000 years. As visitors walk through the Explorium, the story of the marsh and its inhabitants stretching from the Ice Age through modern times is narrated by a talking Clovis spear point. Horicon Marsh started as a network of rivers and wetlands left behind by receding glaciers and grew into the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest manmade lake after early settlers built a dam to power a sawmill in the 1840s. When the state Supreme Court ordered the dam removed in 1869, the marsh quickly returned and began drawing huge flocks of migratory waterfowl and other birds. After market hunting depleted the bird populations, a short-lived attempt to ditch and drain the marsh for farming from 1910 to 1914 ended in failure. Then, during the 1920s, conservation-minded citizens pressed the Legislature for support and started a restoration process that continues to this day. Drawing on this history, highlights of the Explorium include: â&#x20AC;˘ An area depicting the receding glaciers,

complete with a mammoth charging out of the wall and examples of the flint-knapped Clovis points found in these early hunting grounds. â&#x20AC;˘ A walk-through glacier that creates a chill in the air as visitors learn more about the Ice Age and origins of the marsh. â&#x20AC;˘ A private hunting lodge, similar to those of the late 1800s. Interactive displays show the effect of market hunting on wildlife during this time and highlight the role of local hunting clubs in trying to create the first set of hunting regulations. â&#x20AC;˘ Hand-carved decoys produced by Burton Lange and John Yasger, local artisans who gained a national reputation for their work. â&#x20AC;˘ Numerous bird and animal mounts as well as examples of common marsh plants. For more information about pricing to visit the Explorium, please visit or call Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893. Entrance to the education center is free; however, a small fee is charged to visit the Explorium. Annual passes and group rates are available.

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Horicon Marsh Fall/Winter Visitor • 2018/2019 The Horicon Marsh Bird Club was organized in 1994 for the purpose of studying and sharing with others the rich bird life of Horicon Marsh and eastern Wisconsin. Through regularly scheduled field trips, meetings and other activities, members develop a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the diversity of birds and their important habitats around us. Although the club is primarily focused on education and observation of birds, members are offered the opportunity to become involved in a variety of conservation projects and important wildlife surveys, which will help monitor the sta-

tus of birds and aid in managing their populations and habitats. From backyard birdwatchers to field ornithologists and researchers, bird club activities are available for novice and expert birders alike. Families and youth are encouraged to join in observing and studying Wisconsin birds. All bird club activities are open to the general public. Monthly programs are held the third Thursday from September to May at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center, located on Hwy. 28, between the cities of Horicon and Mayville. Field trips are offered

throughout the year to a variety of locations and habitats to experience and learn about the birds of the area. Members are involved in monitoring some of the bird populations at Horicon Marsh and other locales to supplement surveys conducted by Wisconsin DNR and other researchers.

The Horicon Marsh Bird Club assists in organizing and conducting the annual bird festival at Horicon Marsh. This weekend-long event is held each May at the peak of the spring bird migration. Members receive a monthly newsletter detailing Horicon Marsh Bird Club activities and information about Wis-

consin birds. Over the years, more than 300 species of birds have been sighted at Horicon Marsh, and it regularly attracts some of Wisconsin's rarest birds. At the National Wildlife Refuge, public access is limited in this portion of the marsh in order to protect the wildlife for which it has

been established. However, most of the state area of Horicon Marsh is open to the public. One of the best ways to explore this area is by canoe or shallow draft boat. Please be aware of designated restricted use and closed areas. Follow the club on Facebook,

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Storytime is held on specific Thursday mornings throughout the year at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. From 10 to 11 a.m., not only will two stories be read pertaining to the subject of the day, those who attend will participate in making a craft to take home with them. September 20: Owls. Learn about this nocturnal bird through stories, activities, and a craft. October 18: Bats. Learn about the benefits of this flying mammal through stories, activities, and a craft. November 15: Waiting For Winter. Learn about hibernation through stories, activities, and a craft. December 13: Coats And Mittens. Learn how to prepare for winter through stories, activities, and a craft. January 10: Winter Bugs. Learn about insects in the winter through stories, activities, and a craft. February 14: Footprints In The Snow. Learn about animal tracks in winter and make a plaster track to take home. March 14: Learn what happens to trees when it gets cold through stories, activities, and a craft.

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Visit Our County And Area Parks

For more information about Dodge County Parks, visit

County Parks: Dodge County operates five parks and a recreational trail, providing a perfect escape to the scenic rural countryside to relax or take part in one of the many recreational activities available, including: camping, biking, hiking, canoeing, picnicking, boating, cross-country skiing, family and group gatherings, and viewing the breathtaking beauty of Dodge County’s natural landscape. The county parks are located at various vantage points around the county, providing scenery and views thar are uniquely Dodge County.

Nitschke Mounds Park Nitschke Mounds Park is located near the center of Dodge County adjacent to the Wild Goose State Trail and just west of the Horicon Marsh. The property contains about 39 preserved animal effigy, conical and linear mounds believed to have been constructed around 800 AD to 1100 AD. The mounds represent one of the best surviving examples of the Mound Builders culture that once occupied the Dodge County area. A one mile wood chipped trail with interpretive signs is available around the mounds and through the park. Hiking Nitschke Mounds Park provides approximately a mile of hiking trails which meander through the mounds. Address: N5934 Cty. Rd. E, Burnett, WI 53922

Ledge Park Ledge Park lies along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper Wild Goose State Trail and lower areas and provides a breathtaking overWild Goose State Trail links the City of Juneau look of the famous Horicon Marsh and the surround- "Gateway to the Wild Goose Trail" and the City of ing countryside. Fond du Lac. Renovations were done in 2014. They included This 34-mile compacted limestone trail on an electrical work, road and site work, and seeding and abandoned railroad grade traverses oak woodlots, mulching. The size of campsites was enlarged, al- fertile farm fields, prairie remnants and sparkling lowing for improved pad angles and vehicle flow. streams. It runs through the rural country sides of The upper portion is heavily wooded and offers ex- Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties, and skirts the pansive picnicking areas, group shelter, hiking trails, western edge of the internationally known Horicon 45 campsites, a restroom/shower facility, a dump sta- Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. tion and the Fort Ledge Playground. Wildlife, scenery and level surface provide safe, The lower portion also offers a group shelter, pic- easy and enjoyable biking and hiking for all ages. nic areas, hiking trails, a wildlife pond and play equip- Parking and trail access are available at the southern ment. trail head at Hwy. 60 and the northern trail head on The hiking trails wind along the ledge, between Rolling Meadows Drive in Fond du Lac and numerand over interesting and unique rock formations and ous points between. County and private campthrough heavily wooded areas. grounds located nearby. Ledge Park is located in the north central part of A separate horse trail tread runs north from Hwy. Dodge County, between Horicon and Mayville, just 60 about 14 miles. The trail can be opened for snowoff Hwy. TW. Ledge Park is a convenient place to mobile and ATV use in winter. stay while exploring the Horicon Marsh, the Wild Trail surfaces Goose State Trail, the Horicon Aquatic Center, or the Main trail: Compacted Limestone Screenings, 34 many other attractions in Dodge County. Miles Address: N7403 Park Road, Horicon, WI 53032 Horse chips, dirt, grass, 14 Miles 8/13/18 4:40 PMtrail: PageWood 1 Trail uses

Bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging and cross-country skiing are permitted year round on the main trail. The horse trail is recommended for cross-country skiing when snowmobile and ATV trail is open. Horseback riding is permitted year round on the separate horse trail in Dodge County. The trail runs from Hwy. 60 to Pautsch Road in Dodge County. Horses are not permitted on any portion of the limestone surfaced trail except at designated horse trail crossings.

Harnischfeger Park The 132-acre Harnischfeger Park is located along the Rock River in the Town of Lebanon, about one mile west of the unincorporated community of Ashippun and eight miles east of Watertown. A variety of terrain, vegetation and facilities provide park visitors with a multitude of recreational opportunities in a scenic setting. The clubhouse and two open pavilions offer excellent places to hold group functions, such as family reunions, company picnics, graduation parties and weddings. Camping is available with nine sites and a group site. Active and passive recreation abound with a few miles of hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing trails, fishing areas, mini-golf course, disc golf course, volleyball courts, basketball court, horseshoe pits, baseball field, playgrounds, an 800’ wetland boardwalk trail and a canoe launch with canoe and kayak rentals available. A shower/restroom building and dump station were added in 2014. The park is open year round with limited access to some facilities in winter depending on conditions. Address: W3048 Crawfish Rd., Ixonia, WI 53036 Derge Park Derge Park consists of 13 acres and is located five minutes northwest of the City of Beaver Dam. It is on the west-central shore of Beaver Dam Lake. The 6,600 acre lake provides excellent fishing and is popular for sailing, speed boating, and water skiing. Besides providing access to Beaver Dam Lake

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with a boat launch, piers and over 500 feet of shoreline, Derge Park contains 25 campsites with 30 amp electric hookups and asphalt pads, picnic shelters, a shower/restroom building and a dump station. Derge Park is an excellent place to hold group campouts and picnics, family reunions and other group events and an ideal location for hunters and fishermen seeking access to Beaver Dam Lake. A system of paved pathways makes Derge Park facilities handicap accessible. Address: N8379 Cty. Rd. CP, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Astico Park Astico Park, consists of 100 acres of developed and natural areas on the historic Danville Mill Pond of the Crawfish River. It is located about three miles east of the City of Columbus, in the southwestern part of Dodge County. The park is split by the river and now connected by the relocated historic Ninabuck and Scofield Bridges. The main park entrance is just south of Hwy. 60 at N3620 Hwy. TT. The park features 70 river’s edge and upland campsites, including riverside campsites with 50 amp service available. Other features include the Astico Castle Playground, a restroom/shower facility, a dump station, picnic areas and shelters, shoreline and wooded hiking trails, large open play fields and an expansive river shoreline which provides good canoeing and fishing opportunities in a scenic setting. Canoe launch and canoe/kayak rentals are available. The park is open year round with limited access in winter depending on conditions. Primitive camping in winter is subject to site accessibility. Address: N3620 County Road TT - Columbus, WI 53925

City Of Horicon

Clausen Bowling Green Park Clausen Bowling Green Park has sheltered picnic areas nestled along the Rock River, canoe launching and fishing pier. It is a 4.5-acre neighborhood park

located along the Rock River between Barstow Street and East Lake Street. This park has a shelter/rest room building, asphalt parking area, playground, and a handicapped fishing pier. A grant has been accepted by the City of Horicon to make repairs and additions to Bowling Green Park. Upgrades have been made to this park within the past year, including a new shelter, resurfacing of the parking lot, and cleaning up the shoreline. Lights will be installed this fall. Bowling Green Park is located in central Horicon.

Discher Park This partially wooded 13-acre park on the north side of Horicon is the site of the Horicon Aquatic Center. There are playgrounds, sporting courts, athletic fields and picnic areas. The park essentially has three distinct sections providing a good variety of recreational opportunities. The aquatic center, which opened in 1995, occupies the western third of the park. It provides such facilities as a zero-depth pool, a competitive lap pool, water slides, picnic and resting areas, a concession stand and a bathhouse. The central portion of the park contains a pavilion, concession buildings, rest room with shelter and picnic areas, a playground and sporting courts. The eastern end of the park is the location of the athletic field, which is used for baseball and football. Kiwanis Park Kiwanis Park is an open, grassy four-acre site at the south end of Hubbard Street, serving as a neighborhood park. The site has over 800 feet of frontage along the Rock River offering a public meeting facility, two handicap fishing platforms, picnic area, an open shelter, and play equipment. The community garden is also located at Kiwanis Park. From June through September, the Horicon Farm Market and Music at the Market are held at Kiwanis Park on Wednesday nights. Legion Auxiliary Park This one-acre special purpose park is located

along the Rock River about 1,000 feet upstream from the dam. The site primarily serves as a boat launch facility with a picnic area.

Osborne Park Located on a three-acre site on Hwy. 28 at the corner of Raasch’s Hill Road, this special purpose park primarily as a wayside stop and picnic area. The site, located on the northeast side of Horicon, contains a pond, a prairie garden, open area, and hiking trail. River Bend Park This is the largest city-owned park and it is located in the south central part of the city, along the western shores of the Rock River. Continued on page 24... ... The northern end of the park provides active recreation with tennis courts, little league and softball fields. Upgraded dugouts were finished this past spring. A nine-hole disc golf course can be played at the park. The rest of the park provides primarily open space areas, picnic and playground areas, and boat launch facilities. Beginning this past winter season, the Horicon Phoenix Program bought lights for the trees and installed an ice rink.

Rotary Park Rotary Park is a 1.2-acre park and considered a neighborhood park for open space recreation and ice skating. It is located at Pheasant Lane and Robin Road on the southwest side of Horicon. A handicapped assessible shelter was added this past summer.

Lomira/Brownsville/Theresa Area

The Lomira-Brownsville-Thersa area is blessed with an abundance of outdoor opportunities for nature lovers and offers indoor recreation activities as well. Continued on page 24...

Lomira Appreciation Day Sunday, September 2

Get some free corn and enjoy Appreciation Day at Sterr Park! As always, there will be bingo, a silent auction, kids’ games, a live band, the FFA Alumni Tractor Pull, and much more. Mantz Brothers 7-11 • Fireworks @ 9:30

The Lomira Chamber of Commerce was officially formed on January 12, 1972. In 1988, its name was changed to the Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to promoting The Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce is a organization of local businesses whose goal is to further the interests of local businesses and business, the organization sponsors an annual Citizen of the the communities they serve. We serve the communities of Lomira, Year award, Santa Visit, a citizen welcome program and a free Brownsville, Knowles, Leroy and Theresa, in the Northeastern corner of Labor Day corn roast. Dodge County, Wisconsin.

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Nearby Horicon Wildlife Refuge, which contains within its expansive area the largest cattail marsh in North America, is home to a wide variety of birds, animals, and plants. Nature talks, a nature center, and a vast system of trails allow the visitor to explore nature throughout the year. The marsh is located just 10 minutes west of Lomira and even closer to visitors to the Brownsville and Theresa areas. In Lomira, Crystal Springs Park has a pond, picnic shelter, tables, and a playground. Lomira also has a well-lighted softball field with three diamonds. Lomira also features eight playgrounds throughout the community, and Buerger pond and nature trail located on South Pleasant Hill Avenue is available for scenic walks. Dale R. Michels Memorial Park in Brownsville has three baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, and a playground. The park also serves as home to the Flyway Soccer League. Theresa offers four parks for public enjoyment. River’s Edge Park is located on Mill Street in the Village of Theresa. Amentities include the following: rest room facilities, boat launch, picnic shelters, volleyball court, basketball court, and playground equipment. For larger gatherings, contact the Theresa Village Hall for reservations at (920)-488-5421. Theresa Firemen’s Park is located on Hwy. 28 West (Mayville Street) in the Village of Theresa. Amentities include: large park pavilion, picnic shelter, baseball diamond, restroom facilities, and playground equipment. Small parks are located on Willow Lane and on Highlander Boulevard.

Enjoy A Scenic Stroll In Mayville Parks

City Park These eight acres include a paved drive passing through the lower part of the park, the Mayville Veteran Memorial, a picnic area and the Park Pavilion, which is a large two-story structure that is available to rent for various occasions. The park is located on the east side of the Rock River on the south end of town. Visitors can access City Park via the scenic footbridge that crosses the Rock River, or by car or foot from Park Road or Evergreen Drive. Emmer Street Park Emmer Street Park offers a volleyball court, bas-

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ketball half court and a small play system. Nestled in a safe, residential area, Emmer Street Park is a great destination on a walk through town. The park is located on Emmer, north of Breckenridge Street.

Firemens Field Firemens Field has 11 acres located adjacent to City Park and includes a baseball diamond, large permanent grandstand for baseball spectators, brick covered dugouts, concession stand, electric scoreboard, lighted baseball field, press board, public address system and parking. This is the site for the Independence Day celebration “Rock ‘n Boom”. Legion ball and Mayville High School baseball teams take advantage of this facility throughout the spring and summer months. It is located at Evergreen Drive and Golf Course Road. Foster Park This two-acre park is located on Main Street north of the downtown business district. It is adjacent to the Mayville Limestone School Museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public. The park is located on the northwest corner of Main and Dayton Street.

Malthouse Grounds Included on the 3.5 acres is a lighted softball field, concession stand, equipment storage building, scoreboard, ice rink and Senior Citizens Center. The park is located on Breckenridge Street, between North Walnut and North John Streets. May Park May Park is a seven-acre park which has three

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Ribbens Park The five-acre park provides two soccer fields, picnicking areas and a playground. A six-acre parcel adjacent to the south end of the park was acquired by Flyway Soccer and provides two additional soccer fields to the park. Ribbens Park is located at W2894 Dunn Road. Tower Park Nearly three acres, this park has a grill for cooking, picnic table and benches. Playground equipment is also provided. The city's water tower is also located here. The park is located on High Street and Tower Drive on the east side of the city.

Theiler Park This 27-acre park is a community play field. The park's major features include a baseball field and two softball fields. All three fields are complete with backstops, outfield fences, press boxes, bleachers and a scoreboard. A large shelter building with restrooms and a concession area is located near the fields. The park is located on Hwy TW, north of Hwy 28.

Veterans Memorial Park Included on this one-acre of land is a boat launching ramp and fishing pier. There is a fountain and bench provided on the corner of Horicon and Main streets. The park is located adjacent to American Legion Post 69, located at 134 S Main St. and is a great starting point for a stroll down historic Main Street.

The Mayville City Park Pavilion, located on the east shore of the Rock River isGavailable to the public to rent for special occasions and events. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

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Ziegler Park The park is nearly 73 acres and includes a lighted softball field, a concession stand, restrooms, picnic tables and portable bleachers. A small children’s play area is situated near the entrance to the 1.5-mile nature and fitness trail that winds through the wooded area behind the ball field. The park is located on Kekoskee Street at North Clark Street.

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Tours Of John Deere Gator Works Facilities

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John Deere Horicon Works – Horicon is offering tours of Gator Works, where the production utility vehicles occurs, subject to availability. To sign up for the John Deere Horicon Works tour or tours at other John Deere facilities, visit e e r e F a c t o r y To u r s . There are three tour options: general, dealer, and employee. Due to changes in factory schedules, tours are subject to cancellation. John Deere will attempt to notify participants if a change occurs in schedule. John Deere is not liable for costs incurred due to cancellation of tours. The one-hour walking tours are available at 8

a.m., 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours cannot be requested more than three months in advance of the anticipated tur date, due to factory policy. Everyone who signs up for the tour must be at least 13 years of age. There are no exceptions, and proof of age may be required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Use of cameras, cell phones or video cameras are not allowed. No open toed shoes or sandals are allowed; the entire foot must be covered. All guests must have long pants, covering all skin. No rings or long jewelry can be worn during the tour.

This photo shows the southwest side of Palmatory Street north of Horicon. (photo by Jack Bartholmai)

Elderberry bushes can be found on Horicon Marsh. (Wes Reshel photo)

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What Is Geocaching: It’s A Treasure Hunt For All Ages

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What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a realworld, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. In a five mile radius around Horicon there are more than 60 caches listed, so get out there and start your treasure hunting.

How do I get started? To get started, go to, the sport’s official website and create a profile for you or your geocaching team. The site makes it easy to find coordinates for hidden caches and also log your finds. It’s free to join and has lots of tips and helpful hints for people new to geocaching. Remember to respect the environment while you are geocaching. When you find a cache, be sure to log your find on the website to let others know about your adventures. Caches can have interesting names and P stories behind them that

add to the allure of the adventure. They can either give a clue to the location or just be the hider’s favorite pastime. Stoned Again, FoxBox, Seeking Asylum and Innvisible are just a few of the intersting ones. Please send a picture of your local geocache hunt to, you might

appear in a future Visitor. You could also post a picture on our Dodge County Pionier facebook page. Here is one location to get you started. Nitschke Mounds N 43° 28.564 W 088° 41.833 Note: STAY ON DESIGNATED TRAILS.

There is no need to leave the trail to find this cache. These mounds have been here for about 1000 years and we would like them to be around for another 1000 years.

If you experience anything unusual like a gust of cold wind on a hot summer day or if your dog acts strangely don't be surprised. Strange things have happened out there but nothing to be alarmed

about. The cache container is a large peanut jar with a pencil and log book inside. Please replace it exactly as you found it or it won't last long.

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Waldvogel’s Farm Provides Lasting Memories For All

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Horicon Marsh Fall/Winter Visitor • 2018/2019 Just minutes west of the Horicon Marsh is Waldvogel’s Farm, featuring more than 40 fun family attractions. Waldvogel’s Farm will open

September 22 this year. Weekend attractions include the homemade caramel apples, corn mazes, castle, lost mine, haunted granary, mine

shaft slides, pirate ship, mini farm, train rides and many other great family attractions. Many Saturdays and Sundays include live entertainment.

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Weekend hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Attractions are open Monday through Thursday from 1-6 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Caramel Apple Kitchen is open 10 a.m.6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Stagecoach Cafe is open only on Saturday and Sunday

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The couple’s younger son, Mike, is a big part of the operation of the farm. Their other two children, Julie and Kevin, and their spouses return to the farm to help when they can. For more information, check out the website at m or follow on Facebook.

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Rock River Archaeological Society Helps Preserve History

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Rock River Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, is a nonprofit organization for those who are interested in archaeology and/or human history. The Rock River Archaeological Society (RRAS) resonates with those who hope to preserve what remains of past human cultures through public education, events, and pro-

grams. It offers monthly meetings/programs September through May, with the exception of October. October 13 and 14 are the dates of the very popular Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival. This Festival, sponsored by RRAS, has been named the best Archaeological Festival in Wisconsin. The Weekend, as well as the programs and activities of the Rock River Archaeological So-

ciety, focus on evidence left behind by both ancient and historic people. Monthly programs are held on the third Wednesday of the month in the lower level auditorium of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center on Highway 28 between Horicon and Mayville. This fall, the November program will be held on the second Wednesday evening, November 14.

The Schwarz family from Fort Atkinson made its third annual trip to the Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival last year. Standing from left as they listen to Robert Bliefnick talk about the historical items on his table are Michael, Mya and John. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will take place October 13 and 14. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

The programs are always free and open to the public, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Entrance to the programs may be made through the main doors of the Center from 5:45-6:30 p.m. After 6:30 p.m., entrance will need to be made through the lower doors. The evenings commence with a short business meeting, followed by the speaker of the evening and end with snacks and camaraderie before everyone goes home. Many friendships are made and strengthened during the social hour which follows each program. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is the perfect home for the Rock River Archaeological Society as it is both a destination and gateway for visitors to Horicon Marsh. The facility has an auditorium which is decorated beautifully and features all the latest technology for presenting wonderful programs. No one needs to worry about being able to hear or see what the speaker has to share. Membership is very reasonable and includes voting rights and an every-other-month newsletter delivered ei-

ther by email or the post office. More Information about the Rock River Archaeological Society can

be obtained by contacting President Julie Flemming at 920-928-6094 or emailing

2018 RRAS Programs

September 19: The story of one family where the father was a WWII prisoner of war in Hustisford, WI and how the entire family immigrated to Hustisford. Told by daughter, Eva Hall-Heim. October 13 and 14: Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on October 13 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 14. November 14: History of the Storck Breweries. The talk with artifacts displayed by Judge John Storck. December 19: Archaeology Road Show. Join in the fun identifying odd old objects. Bring one to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;stumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the crowd.

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fine arts groups throughout the year. The Center is proud to offer celebrations of local talent. There are performances from the Hartford City Band, Hartford Community Chorus, The Hartford Players and the Kettle Moraine Fine Arts just to name a few. The building has its own unique history as it was once a canning factory that has been renovated into an intimate theatre setting. The Schauer Center is located at 147 N. Rural St. in Hartford, just off State Highway 60. From the Mayville, Horicon and Lomira areas, take Highway 67 south to Highway 60 and go east. A season brochure is online at and clicking on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schauer Center Presentsâ&#x20AC;? found in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventsâ&#x20AC;? tab. More information is available by callingl 262-670-0560.






In the area and in the mood for some arts and entertainment? A short drive from Mayville, Horicon and Lomira is the Schauer Arts & Activities Center. The Schauer Center is a comprehensive arts and theatre complex, located in Hartford. In the upper level of the facility is the Suckow Family Art Gallery. It is open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour before performances. Visitors are asked to stop at the Schauer Center Office to check in prior to all gallery visits so that someone may assist with the tour. During the evening hours, the center C also has its share of activities. The center offers high quality local and national performances on the main stage. Interlude Events sponsors a host of area school and community



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The water is frozen, but Horicon Marsh still has a great view while walking during the winter. (Dodge County Pionier file photo)

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Hunting the State Wildlife Area All current statewide hunting regulations apply to this wildlife area. Horicon Marsh is in Dodge County in the southern farmland deer zone and in turkey management zone 2. Development and management of this property is principally funded by hunting and trapping license fees. Two areas within the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area are closed to all hunting: • Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Refuge - the area surrounding the Horicon Field Station and Quick's Point, located on Palmatory Street. • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Service Center and Bachhuber Flowage - located off State Highway 28 between Mayville and Horicon. Within these areas, firearms must be unloaded and encased. Bows must be encased or unstrung.

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Hunting at Horicon Marsh The 32,000-acre Horicon Marsh is divided into the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area (managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). The two areas have different hunting regulations and different season dates. Hunters are responsible for knowing and abiding by these regulations.

listed below may be hunted (note the Refuge season dates may vary from the state seasons): • Ring-necked pheasant (2 p.m. closure rules apply) • Deer (archery and gun) • Gray partridge • Cottontail rabbit • Squirrel The refuge is not open to mourning dove hunting. Three areas within the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge are closed to all hunting: • Observation area located near the intersection of State Highway 49 and County Trunk Z. • Refuge office/visitor center area - located off County Trunk Z. • Bud Cook Hiking Area - located on the east side of Point Road. Hunting in the national refuge has its limitations that hunters should be aware of prior to going to the refuge for game. The refuge is also closed to migratory bird hunting, except for an annual Learn to Hunt Waterfowl session. There are also various signs to be aware of while going to the refuge, including signs of “No Hunting Zone,” “Unauthorized Entry Prohibited,” “Hunting by Permit Only” and “Closed To Hunting.” Three posted areas in the refuge have restricted hunting. The first is on the STH 49 hiking trails area, which is closed to all hunting except during gun deer season. The area between Point Road and Lehner Road is closed to all hunting, except for special permit hunts during archery and gun deer seasons. The area on the west side of the marsh is closed to all hunting except for special youth hunts during the pheasant season. No toxic shots are allowed while hunting small game. Construction or use of permanent blinds, platforms and scaffolds is also prohibited. Portable stands

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Hunting season is a much-anticipated time of year by many throughout the Midwest. Public hunting opportunities abound on area marshes. The Horicon Marsh and the Theresa Marsh both offer public hunting. Understanding local regulations will help to ensure a positive experience.

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must be removed each night. Also, there is no waterfowl hunting or baiting allowed. Hunters may use dogs for hunting small game. Hunters may use bicycles during archery and gun deer seasons.

Hunting at Theresa Marsh Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area is a 5,860acre property that includes 5,309 acres of state-owned lands and 534 acres of permanent easements located in northwestern Washington and northeastern Dodge counties. The majority of the property is located along the west side of Interstate Highway 41 between Allenton and Lomira. Habitat consists of permanent wetlands (mostly cattail and brush marsh, the Rock River channel and run-off ponds), permanent grasslands, woodland, agricultural land and seasonally flooded wetlands. Archery and firearm

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hunting are allowed on the Theresa Marsh except in the two refuges where special regulations apply. The main huntable species are Canada geese, ducks, pheasants (2 p.m. closure rules apply), deer and turkey. Raccoons, mink, muskrats, coyotes, woodcock, cottontails, squirrels and other small



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game can also be found. Private land (posted with white signs) may be leased each year to provide additional public hunting and fishing opportunities. Do not enter private land without permission (including to retrieve game.) All other activities (trapping, vehicle access, damaging trees, dog training, and so

forth) are prohibited on leased lands without the landowner's permission. Follow Wisconsin Hunting Regulations and do not discharge a firearm within 100 yards of a building. Portable stands may be used but must be completely removed from the property at the close of hunting hours each day.

A squirrel gathers leaves during a snowfall to provide warmth in the nest. (photo by Jack Bartholmai)

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Horicon... City on the Marsh 43rd Annual Autumn Art on the Marsh

Honeybee Inn Bed & Breakfast

Sunday, September 23, 9 am-3 pm in beautiful Discher Park Fine arts and crafts show, 100 booths and great food!

Satterlee Clark Christmas Open House Saturday, December 1, 4-8 pm (Candlelight Tours) Sunday, December 2, 12-4 pm 322 Winter Street

Cookies and Milk with Santa December 8, 10 am-Noon Horicon City Hall

All events are free admission.

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