2012 Wisconsin Rapids Visitors Guide

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Wisconsin Rapids Area

Official Visitors Guide choose your adventure photo courtesy of Nieman Photography

Wisconsin Rapids Biron Grand Rapids Nekoosa Pittsville Port Edwards rome Rudolph Vesper

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table of contents

Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17

Meet The Cranberry Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Cranberry and Color page 21 Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-21

Area Communities and Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23

Things to See and Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9

Town of Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25

Area Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Giant Pumpkin Fest City of Nekoosa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27

Rafters Baseball Schedule Sports and Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Local Businesses and Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-31

Outdoor Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-15 Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 841 Goodnow Avenue, Suite 103 | Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 715.422.4650 | www.visitwisrapids.com A.J. Frels Executive Director Laura Nelson Marketing Assistant Sara Braaksma Visitor Services Coordinator

The Official Wisconsin Rapids Area Visitors Guide is published annually by the Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The WRACVB assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information or representatives, the delivery of services contained herein and no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. For your convenience, please call ahead to confirm dates, times and other information. For inclusion in next year’s guide, contact the WRACVB at 800-554-4484. Additional copies of this publication are available at the WRACVB office, area attractions, hotels and information racks. Bulk quantities of this publication are available at $.25/each through the WRACVB.

The Official Wisconsin Rapids Area Visitors Guide published by Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 800.554.4484

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Welcome to the Wisconsin Rapids area! Our region is home to cranberries, coated paper and green manufacturing. Coated paper was invented by Consolidated Papers right here in Wisconsin Rapids. The magazines, annual reports and catalogues that are a part of our everyday life are probably printed on paper made right here in the “Rapids.” We are pleased to have Ocean Spray in our community. The company produces “Craisins” in our Westside Industrial Park. We also have Mariani, a family run specialty cranberry products company. I’m proud to be the Mayor of a community that is very diverse and welcomes all types of business endeavors. The beautiful Wisconsin River runs through our community, offering recreational opportunities all year long. Each season brings additional activities, such as “Rekindle the Spirit” held in late November, setting the mood for the Holiday Season. The Fourth of July in Wisconsin Rapids is always a celebration of patriotism, family and tradition. In September, we have the “Grand Affair” that features our downtown and all it has to offer for visitors and those who live in our city. There are cultural events, vendors of all kinds, and a restored car show. Regardless of how you choose to experience it, our area will provide you with an abundance of opportunities to live, play and work. Choose your adventure! Most Sincerely,

Mary Jo Carson Mayor , City of Wisconsin Rapids 444 West Grand Avenue | Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-2780 715.421.8202 | mcarson@wirapids.org


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Meet The Cranberry Guy!

the official spokesberry of the Wisconsin Rapids Area Birthdate: February 2, 2007 Height: 6’4” (if my stem counts) Weight: Let’s just say, I like to eat. . . Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids Claim to Fame: The Wisconsin Rapids Area is the largest producer of Cranberries in the World!. . .I’m kind of a Big Deal! Activities: Look for me throughout this Visitors Guide. . . I am a fan of everything Wisconsin Rapids! Favorite Color: (Duh. . .) Cranberry red Favorite Season: Fall, when I’m the center of attention!

Favorite Song: “Moves Like Jagger”. . .oh, yes I do! Favorite TV Show: Discover Wisconsin Three people I would love to meet: 1) Mickey Mouse, the most successful mascot of all time 2) Bucky Badger, maybe he could score me some great seats! 3) Miss America, Laura Koeppeler, She’s smart, she’s talented, and she’s extremely good looking. . .we have a lot in common! Words to live by: You can never have too many friends! Find Cranberry Guy on Facebook The official mascot of the Wisconsin Rapids Area

AIRPORTS Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) I-39/Hwy. 51, at Exit 179, Mosinee 715.693.2147, www.fly-cwa.org Daily service to Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee. Rental cars and restaurant on-site. Alexander Field (ISW) 3620 1st St. South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 715.421.2FLY(2359) Air charter, aircraft rental, instruction, fuel services. H.J. Aviation 3620 1st St. South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 715.421.2FLY (2359) Fax 715.421.2359 hjaviation@solarus.net Aircraft rental, flight instruction, fuel services, air charter, car rental, local restaurants and lodging available. Wings Air Charter 715.424.3737 www.wingsaircharter.com Air charter, aircraft rental, instruction. IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS Operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

MILES FROM Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Minneapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Eau Claire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Superior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Green Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Wisconsin Dells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56


CLIMATE Average Temperatures High Low January 23°F 4°F April 56°F 32°F July 82°F 59°F October 58°F 36°F Average Rainfall 31.6” Average Snowfall 42.6”

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United Way’s First Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Directory Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411 Police, Fire, Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 Non-Emergency Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715.421.8700 Weather Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715.423.4222 WI Road Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800.762.3947



Favorite Food: Footlong hotdog from the Rafters baseball concession stand, yummm. . .

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our area communities The Wisconsin Rapids Area is home to beautiful settings and friendly communities. Experience a variety of local colors and flavors by getting out and exploring the area’s parks, town squares, and welcoming atmospheres. Babcock Babcock, in the southwestern corner of Wood County, is a small residential community with rural aspects. Home to Sandhill Wildlife Area and Ocean Spray’s cranberry receiving station, Babcock truly has nature’s best: birds and berries. Biron Located in southeastern Wood County along the banks of the Wisconsin River, Biron offers a blend of natural beauty, quiet residential neighborhoods, and abundant wildlife and recreation. Home to one of North America’s finest coated paper manufacturing facilities, as well as hundreds of acres of thriving cranberry marshes, Biron’s diverse landscape provides the perfect place to live, work, and play in the Heart of Wisconsin area. Cranmoor The Cranmoor area is home to Wisconsin’s cranberry production and the world’s largest inland marsh. The town boasts acres upon acres of cranberry beds which are a beautiful sight to behold while driving the world famous Cranberry Highway® during the fall harvest and spring blossom time. Grand Rapids The town of Grand Rapids, the third largest community in Wood County, is known for its central location, wooded residential areas, and access to a variety of recreational activities. The community is also home to Lake Wazeecha and South Wood County Park, a favorite spot for recreational walks, camping, biking, boating and fishing. Kellner A rural community located on the Portage County border, Kellner has retained its midwestern charm and is the perfect setting for a Sunday drive. The town boasts country cooking cafés and charming shops throughout. Nekoosa The City of Nekoosa is a small residential community with a strong sense of place. What began as a fur trapping and trading community, the community’s prime location on the Wisconsin River soon led to other industries. By the 19th century, Nekoosa had established itself as home of “Peter Papermaker,” a symbol of papermaking ingenuity and manufacturing. Riverside Park, a striking spacious site near Nekoosa’s business quarter, is home to several large events including Walleye Days in the spring. Be sure to mark your calendars and come enjoy the famous Giant Pumpkin Festival in the fall in the Nekoosa Business Park. Pittsville Located at the geographical center of Wisconsin, Pittsville offers peaceful residential living midway between Wood County’s two largest cities: Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids. Majestic antique homesteads, faded red barns, acres of cranberry beds, and family farms all contribute to Pittsville’s charms.


Port Edwards Originally titled “French Town,” the pioneers of Port Edwards, including its founder, John Edwards, dammed the Wisconsin River in 1840 to provide water power for a sawmill. Today, Port Edwards thrives on the preservation of the area’s history, its beauty, and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Port Edwards is the perfect place to stop for a picnic or snack while biking between Wisconsin Rapids and Nekoosa along the Wisconsin River. Rome An area rich in recreational opportunities and natural beauty, Rome is home to “The Lakes”: Arrowhead, Camelot, Petenwell, and Sherwood. The community prides itself on the numerous acres within the town available for recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and ATVing. Rome is also home to several annual events including Snoblast at Lake Arrowhead and the Taste of Rome. Rudolph Rudolph is a charming community located approximately 7 miles north of Wisconsin Rapids. An agricultural area once populated by sawmill and stave mill workers, Rudolph is now home to a thriving cheese factory, Wisconsin’s largest grotto, and several quaint country stores. Rudolph’s Country Christmas, which includes a one-day special cancellation from the postal service for letters to friends and family, is celebrated every December. Vesper Thriving on its rural charm, Vesper offers much of what we prize about our nation’s agricultural areas. Sample ripe, delicious fruits and vegetables by picking or purchasing at the community’s weekly farmer’s market, one of its apple orchards, or a local pumpkin farm. Vesper is the quintessential example of a perfect rural respite. Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids, the county seat of Wood County, is a consolidation of the two early towns of Grand Rapids and Centralia; the former lying on the east side of the Wisconsin River, the latter on the west. The Indians gave to this place along the river the name of “Addah- wah-gam,” meaning the “two-sided rapids,” as the rapids here were divided in two by a great boulder. Wisconsin Rapids today offers Midwestern charm and atmosphere while providing access to modern infrastructure and technology, abundant educational and cultural opportunities, a mix of retail establishments and restaurants, and a stable business environment.

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things to see and do arts and culture

Historic Point Basse 364 Wakely Road, Nekoosa 715-886-4202 www.historicpointbasse.com Experience the only living history site on the Wisconsin River. Historic Point Basse preserves the 1850s site. Located at the south end of the extensive rapids of the Wisconsin River in what are now Portage and Wood Counties, Robert Wakely’s settlement at Point Basse was the head of the navigable Wisconsin River. See the restored Wakely house, trading post, blacksmith shop, and 1900s schoolhouse. Call for tours.

Arts Council 1040 8th St. South, Suite 101, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-ARTS (2787) www.SavorTheArts.org The Arts Council is your performing arts connection to live entertainment. Tickets are available online, or 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Rapids Municipal Zoo 1911 Gaynor Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-8240 A small zoo with an interactive petting area, beautiful gardens, an enclosed reservable shelter, picnic area and a playground for children of all ages is featured at this funfilled family attraction. Open Memorial Day through Aug. 26, 2012 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Mondays. No charge.

Alexander House 1131 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards 715-887-3442 www.alexanderhouseonline.org The Alexander House, a center for art and history, is a combination art gallery and historical museum located in a stately colonial home on the banks of the beautiful Wisconsin River. Open Tue., Thurs., Sun. 1-4 p.m. No charge.

Central Wisconsin Cultural Center 240 Johnson St., Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-4598 www.culturalcenterarts.com Visit us on facebook/centralwisconsinculturalcenter The Cultural Center is your destination for the Visual, Literary and Lyrical Arts with two galleries featuring monthly exhibits showcasing local and regional artists. Open pottery studio, explore art classes, and open musical jam sessions offered throughout the year. Open Tue., Wed. and Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thurs. 5-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All exhibits are free.

McMillan Memorial Library

490 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-1040 www.mcmillanlibrary.org For Internet access, WIFI, special events and programs, and a full range of library services, make our awardwinning library your home away from home! Open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8

Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum 730 First Ave. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-3037 The Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum features a pictorial history of the 100-year old mansion that houses the museum as well as photos and history of the development of the dam on the Wisconsin River at Grand Rapids/Centralia and the beginnings of Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company. Traveling exhibits about papermaking are also brought in as available. Open to the public free of charge on Tue. and Thurs. 1-4 p.m.

Wisconsin Firefighter’s Memorial Ben Hanson Park, 2031 2nd Ave. S. www.wsfm.org Moving tribute to all Wisconsin firefighters, especially those who have fallen in the line of duty. Located in a beautiful setting on the Wisconsin River. Includes the Fallen Firefighter statue, memorial wall and Visitors Center.


Glacial Lake Cranberries 2480 County Road D, Wisconsin Rapids 715-887-2095 www.cranberrylink.com Visit a historic and sustainable cranberry marsh that has been in continuous operation since 1873. The owners of Glacial Lake Cranberries offer one-of-a-kind cranberry tours by reservation only during the third week of September through the third week of October. Experience the cranberry harvest, listen to the song of the sandhill crane, and view the vibrant fall colors over a bright sea of red. Learn history and fun facts, view videos, and shop for cranberry-themed gifts at the Glacial Lake Cranberries Visitor Center. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the harvest in action and breathtaking views! Tours offered during harvest: Mon-Fri. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. $15 per person. Reservations required, call 715-887-2095. Griffith State Nursery 473 Griffith Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-3700 www.dnr.state.wi.us Wisconsin’s forest nursery program has been a leader in the stewardship of natural resources since 1911, producing more than 1.5 billion tree and wildlife shrub seedlings. Griffith State, Wisconsin’s largest forest nursery, is open to visitors from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Group tours available.

Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre 220 3rd Ave. South, Suite 6, Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-0435 www.wrctheatre.org WRCT features live performances year-round at the Studio Theatre in the Gilbert & Jaylee Mead Auditorium. Since 1975, WRCT has presented Broadway-type shows while showcasing local talent. We also offer children’s productions, workshops and special theatrical productions. Check the website or call for current performances or events.

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Ho-Chunk Gaming 949 County Road G, Nekoosa 800-782-4560 www.ho-chunkgaming.com/nekoosa Ho-Chunk Gaming - Nekoosa offers a full casino experience with Poker, Blackjack and more than 650 slots. The Grille features seafood, steak and fine-dining in a rustic setting, with a banquet center that can serve 200+ guests. A free shuttle serves the local communities, and a bussing program is available for special groups!

Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Hwy. 34 and Hwy. C, Rudolph 715-435-3144 Wisconsin’s rich dairy heritage is on display at Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese, a family-owned and operated retail sales store and production facility. View master cheese makers from two large observation windows or browse and shop for more than 100 different types of Wisconsin cheese! Open seven days a week. Please call for holiday hours!

points of interest

Korean War Memorial of Wisconsin Worzella Pines Park, Plover Five larger-than-life figures, including a nurse, army and marine infantrymen, air force pilot, and sailor stand in memory of all veterans who served the state of Wisconsin. Memorial Clock Tower Mead Rapids View Park Dedicated to the earliest settlers for their great efforts and progress they and those who followed brought to this area and to the Mead families for their continuous commitment to the beautification of our river banks and parks, this clock tower stands along the riverfront in downtown Wisconsin Rapids.

One of the world’s leading producers of high performance cores and tubes and high-quality coreboards, Corenso provides free guided tours of the Core Converting Mill to those who made arrangements two weeks in advance. The tour will demonstrate the production process of manufactured spiral wound cores with applications from small medical tape all the way up to large paper mill cores. All guests must wear closed-toe shoes. Safety glasses will be provided by Corenso North America and must be worn. Minors will require an adult chaperone.

Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids 1801 16th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-6750 www.wrpspac.org The Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, an 833 seat proscenium theater located on the campus of Lincoln High School, is the hub of performing arts events in the Central Wisconsin area. Check the website for their current schedule.

South Wood County Historical Museum 540 3rd St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-1580 www.swch-museum.com Local banker Isaac P. Witter and his wife Charlotte built their beautiful home on “Quality Row” in 1907, and we at the South Wood County Historical Museum would like to share it with you. Our display of Disney animator Grim Natwick’s work includes Betty Boop, Mr. Magoo, Snow White and others. The Krohn photographs of the 1950s are still on view. We invite you to walk through a history of cranberry growing, business districts and lumbering in our area. We also feature a country kitchen, school room and a train depot. Our changing exhibit for 2012 illustrates area involvement in the Civil War. Tours can be scheduled upon request and our grounds are available for weddings and senior photographs. Open Tue., Wed., Thurs., and Sun. 1-4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. No charge.


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The Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum focuses on papermaking history in the Wisconsin River valley and particularly history of the Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company which was headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids for over 100 years. The Museum features two local history exhibits. The first is a pictorial history of the 100-year-old mansion that houses the museum. The second tells the story of the development of the dam on the Wisconsin River at Grand Rapids/Centralia. Traveling exhibits about papermaking are also brought in as they are available.

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Rudolph Grotto 6957 Grotto Ave., Rudolph 715-435-3120 On top of a low hill, behind St. Philips Church, are the sprawling grounds of the Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave. The Rudolph Grotto, started in 1920, was a fulfillment of a promise that Father Philip Wagner made to the Virgin Mary in thanks for healing from a lingering illness while studying for the priesthood. The Grotto consists of five plus acres and lush flower beds, numerous shrines, museum, and gift shop. The Grotto is set among meandering paths and crooked bridges, with shady, intimate areas for meditation as well as more formal memorials and open picnic grounds.

Corenso North America 800 Fremont St., Wisconsin Rapids 715-422-7896 www.storaenso.com

730 First Avenue South Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

For information call: 715-424-3037

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission


• Jan. 13-Feb. 21 Paintings by Laura Meddaugh and Sarah Lichtenwald with artworks in clay by Linda Day

Marian Center for Peace 241 Apricot Street, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-MARY (6279) www.mariancenterforpeace.org Visit us on Facebook/pages/Marian-Center-for-Peace Located on the grounds of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, this pilgrimage destination houses a chapel, a relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a copy of the Vilnius Divine Mercy painting, replicas of the Shroud of Turin, a library and a gift shop.

• Feb. 26-March 27 Nekoosa Schools Youth Art Month Show

• Mar. 30-May 7 Stoneware pottery by Bill Karaffa with paintings and etchings by Mary Barnes-Gingrich and Larry Welo • May 18-June 26 Stone and bronze sculpture by Charlotte Darling-Diehl with watercolor and acrylic paintings by Lee Mothes

• June 29-Aug. 7 Photographic artwork by members of Focal Point Camera Club

• Aug. 10-Sept. 25 Paintings and drawings by Johnel Fox with turned wood creations by Sy Henseler • Sept. 28-Nov. 13 Artworks by members of The Brush and Palette Club

• Nov. 16-Jan. 8 Jewelry by Joan North, pottery by Jen Selwyn and oil paintings by Ann Waisbrot

The Alexander House is operated by the Alexander Charitable Foundation and is open to the public. Open Tue., Thur. and Sun. from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Opening receptions are the beginning date shown, from 5-8 p.m.

Visit us at alexanderhouseonline.org. 1131 Wisconsin River Drive • Port Edwards, WI 54469 • 715-887-3442


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one of our many parks


Dexter Park Marshfield Fish Pond Area Nepco Park North Wood County Park Powers Bluff South Wood County Park Richfield 360 Wood County ATV Area

county parks

Electricity Showers Toilets Dump Station Wood Ice Wells Fireplace/Grill Boat Landing Enclosed Shelter Open Shelter Leashed Pets Camping Swimming Fishing Canoeing Trails/Hiking Playground Picnicking Water Skiing Tennis Courts Ball Fields Horseshoe Court Frisbee Golf Ice Skate Pond Hockey Ski Downhill Ski X-country Snowmobiling Tubing (snow) Sledding Skate Park Volleyball


Ben Hansen Park Demitz City Park Lyon Park Mead Field/Swimming Pool Mead Rapids View Park Poplar Springs Park Robinson Park Sand Lot Park Veterans Memorial Park Ward Johnson Zoo Park Witter Field

community parks

Gaynor Park

Woods Grove East River West River Central Wisconsin BMX Dyracuse Motorcycle Recreation Area Sandhill Wildlife Area - Trumpeter Trail Riverside Park - Nekoosa


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Auto Races Golden Sands Speedway www.gssraces.com Baseball American Legion Baseball www.wisconsinrapidslegionbb.org Rafters Baseball www.raftersbaseball.com WRYSA Baseball www.wrysa.com

Basketball Wisconsin Rapids Cage Club Basketball www.wrbb.org BMX Races Central WI BMX www.cwbmx.org Cross Country Running WIAA State Cross Country Championships www.wiaawi.org

Curling Tri-City Curling Club www.tri-citycurlingclub.com

Motocross Dyracuse Park Motocross www.dyracusepark.dustndirt.com

Fishing Nekoosa Walleye Days www.cityofnekoosa.org

Ski Jumping Tri Norse Ski Jumping www.trinorse.com

Football Rapids Raptors www.rapidsraptors.org

Snowmobile Races Big Boy Kitty Cat Series Find us on Facebook

Golf Bull’s Eye Country Club www.bullseyecc.com

Soccer Rapids Kickers Soccer www.rapidskickers.com

Lake Arrowhead Golf www.lakearrowheadgolf.com

Softball WRYSA Softball www.wrysa.com

WIAC Golf Championship www.wiacsports.com Gymnastics WIAA State Gymnastics Meet www.wiaawi.org

Game Schedule

Water Show Ski Aqua Skiers www.aquaskiers.org

Hockey South Wood County Youth Hockey Association www.swcyha.org Single Game Tickets - Bleacher Seat: $7 Standing Room Only: $6

Central Wisconsin BMX Intersection of Hwy. 54 and County Road W www.cwbmx.org

The sport of bicycle motocross (BMX) began in the early 1970s in southern California. Today, the sport of bicycle motocross is sweeping the country and around the world. BMX is the newest sport to be added to the 2008 Summer Olympics! Central Wisconsin BMX was selected in 2010 and once again in 2012 to host the Badger State National, one of 26 national USA BMX events! For more information regarding the race schedule or to get started in this sport, go to www.cwbmx.org or call 715-424-5520.


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Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball Club 521 Lincoln Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 Phone: 715-424-5400 Fax: 715-424-5414 www.raftersbaseball.com


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Archery Wisconsin Field Archery Association www.wfaa-archery.com


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play a round of golf Those who enjoy a leisurely afternoon working on their golf games will find Wisconsin Rapids Area offers several courses perfect for the avid enthusiast. Fit in a few holes, or visit one of our local driving ranges to brush up on your skills. Either way, there is a place to fit both your budget and your playing level. Lake Arrowhead 1195 Apache Lane, Rome 715-325-2929 www.lakearrowhead-golf.com Lake Arrowhead golf complex is located 13 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids and 35 miles north of Wisconsin Dells. Lake Arrowhead consists of two 18-hole championship courses, The Lakes and The Pines. The Lakes Course Like The Pines, The Lakes received Golf Digest’s 4.5 Star ranking in its “Places to Play” section. Upon opening in 1998, The Lakes Course promptly was nominated for Best New Public Course in America. The course features bentgrass fairways, sculpted bunkers, natural sands areas, large undulating greens and four sets of boxes to allow golfers to match the course yardage to their own ability. The Pines Course Golf Digest awarded The Pines a 4.5 Star “Places to Play” Award Winner and ranked the course among its top 75 public courses in America. Tucked among tall pines and lush woodlands, The Pines provides the ultimate golf experience for players of all skill levels. Opened in 1982, it is the original 18-hole championship course and has matured into the golfing equivalent of a fine wine.


Bull’s Eye Country Club 2800 Ridgewood Trail 715-423-2225 One of the finest golf facilities in Wisconsin. Bull’s Eye overlooks the beautiful Wisconsin River. This par-72 Packard-designed golf course stretches over 6600 yards from the back tees. While on this magnificent course you will enjoy bentgrass fairways, tight shaping golf holes and perfect greens. There is no better way to enjoy your day than playing one of the finest golf courses in the state, which has hosted many regional and state tournaments. Members can also enjoy our fine dining facility, first class practice range, and tennis at Bull’s Eye Country Club.

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Gather your family underneath the blanket of undisturbed stars, throw another log on the campfire, and prepare for an unforgettable evening with clear skies, nature’s songs, and shooting stars. Dexter County Park Intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 80 715-421-8422 Located 6 miles south of Pittsville, the park surrounds the 298-acre Lake Dexter, famous for its acres of wildlife and game fish. Totaling more than 1,200 acres, the park offers 95 campsites, 77 of which are electrical. Campground facilities include showers, picnic areas, boat launch, beach area and an enclosed shelter. The park provides a scenic, undeveloped, wooded area for users. The Wood County Park & Forestry Department takes campsite reservation up to 11 months in advance. On-site registration for non-reserved sites begins May 1 at the campground, through the park closing date, Oct. 31.

North Wood County Park 7500 Park Lane, Arpin 715-421-8422 Located 5 miles north of Hwy. 13 and 80 on County Road A. The 172-acre park is located on the banks of the Yellow River. Two small artificial lakes created by dams on the river and a small pine-wooded island provide scenic beauty for the entire area. One of the main attractions of the park is the 225-foot suspension bridge over the river. Other attractions include a frisbee golf course, stone shelter for rent and beach area. There are 99 campsites located at North Park, 78 of these are electrical. Shower facilities are available. The Wood County Park & Forestry Department takes campsite reservations up to 11 months in advance. On-site registration for non-reserved sites begins May 1 at the campground, through the park closing date, Oct. 31. South Wood County Park 64th St. South, Kellner 715-421-8422 Located 5.5 miles east of Wisconsin Rapids, the park surrounds the 148-acre Lake Wazeecha, which is the Indian term for “lake of the land of the pines.” Totaling more than 325 acres, the park offers 73 campsites, 54 of which are electrical. Campground facilities include a concession stand with ice and wood, showers, picnic areas, playground, beach area and boat launch. The Wood County Park & Forestry Department takes campsite reservations up to 11 months in advance. On-site registration for non-reserved sites begins May 1 at the campground, through the park closing date, Oct. 31.

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take a hike or pedal a bike Central Wisconsin’s unique topographical blend of winding hills and flat river areas make it one of the best areas for cycling enthusiasts. Downtown Wisconsin Rapids is quickly becoming a popular destination for cyclists with recent developments such as the Wisconsin River Trail. The area’s extensive network of trails extends outward to the suburbs, offering a multitude of cycling opportunities. Download various trail maps from our website at www.visitwisrapids.com.

Purple Trail This widely paved trail starts where Hwy. 54 and County Hwy. W meet. Proceed north on 54, crossing Washington Street. Two blocks north of Washington Street, the trail goes through a pedestrian underpass emerging at Robinson Park. If you cross Hwy. 54 at Washington Street, you can continue north over the railroad overpass to Spring Street. From there, go west on Spring Street to First Street and connect with the Red Trail. The Purple Trail is 3.8 miles long.

Heritage River Walks Three fascinating river walks await you in downtown Wisconsin Rapids, each filled with engaging stories of the people who preceded us in time, and the places that mark our community’s rich heritage. Download a trail map for each walk on our website. Each map includes historical information and trivia for kids!

Yellow Trail This trail begins at Demitz Park on Third Street and East Riverview Expressway. When you cross the Riverview Expressway going south Third Street becomes First Street. Walk along the trail to Two Mile Avenue. Options: Join the Airport trail at Two Mile Avenue where it turns east to Sampson Street then south to Griffith Avenue. You can then proceed east along Griffith Avenue to Nepco Lake Park. The Yellow Trail is 4.1 miles long.

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Ahdawagam Trail System More than 20 miles of biking trails are included in the City of Wisconsin Rapids’ recreational system. Traversing through wooded and urban areas, along the riverfront, or aside city streets, the system is composed of five distinct trails ranging from 3 to 7 miles in length.

Red Trail The Red Trail begins at Ben Hanson Park. (parking available) The paved trail runs along the Wisconsin River through Ben Hanson and Lyons Parks, and passes under the Riverview Expressway Bridge. The trail follows First Avenue to Grand Avenue. Cross Grand Avenue Bridge into Veterans and Mead Rapids Parks. The trail resumes its northward trek along First Street in the Village of Biron. The Red Trail is 3.8 miles long.

Sandhill Wildlife Area Nestled on an oak upland between two marshes is the trail head of Sandhill’s Swamp Buck Trail. This trail takes the adventuresome off the beaten path through forests and over myriad marshes that look much the same as they did following the glacier’s retreat 10,000 years ago. The trail ends at North Bluff, 3.5 miles from the trail head. A spring or fall experience on the Swamp Buck Trail is beyond description. South Wood County Recreation Trail Circle the wooded shoreline of Lake Wazeecha, which is the Indian name for “lake of the land of the pines,” on this 4.1 mile multi-use recreation trail, complete with picnic areas and unforgettable views. Wisconsin River Trail You’ll find glorious trees, singing birds, river views, and great company along the Wisconsin River Trail. Traveling from downtown Wisconsin Rapids through Port Edwards and into Nekoosa, this 9.5-mile trail connects the communities through a dedicated, paved, bike trail. Pack a picnic, grab a map, and set off on a family adventure. map key Blue Trail The Blue Trail is paved and follows the route of the old railroad bed. The trail runs from Seneca Road which is the border between Rapids and Port Edwards. You can travel north to West Grand Avenue. Along the way you will go through numerous wetland and forest areas as well as passing the City Zoo. Options: Just south of the City Zoo you can cross over to join the Red Trail. At West Grand Avenue you might cross the Riverview Expressway and connect with the Green Trail. The Blue Trail is 3.1 miles long. Green Trail The Green Trail follows the Riverview Expressway east through the city. When you get to the intersection of Hwy. 54 and the Expressway, you can continue east on County Hwy. W into the Town of Grand Rapids. The Green Trail also travels north to Reddin Road. The Green Trail is 6.6 miles long.


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Looking for a little excitement? Feeling the need for speed? Rev up your dirt bike, ATV, or stock car and head to the Wisconsin Rapids Area! Dyracuse Motorcycle Recreation Area Off Hwy. 13 on County Road O, Rome 715-325-8017 www.rapidangels.com Located in the Town of Rome, just 13 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids. Watch, practice, or participate as motorcycles and ATVs compete in thrill-a-minute Motocross, Hill Climb, or Harescramble. Situated on 320 acres, the area features two ATV tracks, two motocross tracks, and a 10-mile Enduro trail loop. Includes picnic grounds with grills, playground area, shelter house, and restrooms. Open early April-early October. Wood County ATV Area Off Hwy. 54, Port Edwards 715-421-8422 Located three miles west of Port Edwards on Hwy. 54, Wood County ATV Area offers 10 miles of trails on 400 acres of forested land. A restroom facility, running water, playground, loading ramp, and an enclosed shelter are available for your convenience Open year-round except during the deer gun season.

go on a drive

Start a love affair with the open road, and the unexpected is bound to run wild. Our scenic drives will surprise and delight the entire family as you spend an afternoon exploring the heart of Wisconsin and all its simple pleasures. Download a scenic drive map from our website or take off on your own adventure.

Cranberry Highway® Mid-September to late October Curling past fields and farms, creeks and clouds, waterfowl and other wonders, the Cranberry Highway® reveals some of the best fall color you’ll see this season: the red sea of cranberries coupled with the blazing yellows from fall leaves. This self-guided drive stretches for almost 50 miles along century-old cranberry beds from Wisconsin Rapids to Warrens, and between Pittsville and Nekoosa. We’ve come up with a list of places you don’t want to miss along the route. Included are well-known sights such as the famous Cranberry Discovery Center and lesser-known areas such as the state of Wisconsin’s Sandhill Wildlife Area. Create your own fall harvest experience while uncovering this unique Wisconsin industry. Pick up a Cranberry Highway® map and list of attractions at the visitor center or online at www.cranberryhighway.com. 14

Sandhill Wildlife Area Trumpeter Trail Mid April–late October The Trumpeter Trail Auto Tour, a 14-mile, allweather road, provides a quiet glimpse into the area’s wildlife and habitats. Interpretive signs along the trail provide information on area wildlife, habitat management and unique features. Climb one of three observation towers located throughout the area to catch an aerial view of the wildlife and habitat in its undisturbed form. A small herd of American bison, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, Canada geese, ducks, loons, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, songbirds, hawks, owls and furbearers find a great home here at Sandhill. You will find the land is a remote, quiet wildlife oasis amidst a bustling world dominated by people.

Let nature perk up your senses as you enjoy our waters. Spend the afternoon on a relaxing canoe ride- listen carefully to hear a fish jump or a bullfrog’s croak. When you’ve had enough peace and quiet, ditch the canoe for a boat, rev up the motor, and get ready for a thrill! Don’t forget our most popular water activity — fishing! Whether you choose to compete in one of our yearly tournaments or just savor a casual day on the riverbank,you’ll find plenty of fishing spots here. Wisconsin River: From its headwaters on the WisconsinMichigan border, it falls more than 1,000 feet on its 500-mile journey through the states, before emptying into the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Once full of logging rafts and tradesman, the river now tells a success story based on thriving aquatic life and a variety of recreational opportunities, including several scenic parks and trails located in and around downtown Wisconsin Rapids. Lake Arrowhead: Developed in the 1970s, Lake Arrowhead totals more than 300 acres and is surrounded by a private residential development. Public use of facilities is restricted to Lake Arrowhead County Park, located on the west end of the lake off 15th Avenue. The park features a boat launch, beach, picnic area and restrooms. Open May 1–Nov. 1. Lake Camelot: More than 445 acres includes northern pike, bass, walleye and pan fish. A public boat launch at Lake Camelot is maintained by Adams County. The launch is located in the Town of Rome on 10th Avenue off Apache Avenue. Lake Dexter: Developed in 1962, Dexter Lake totals some 300 acres and is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of wild or undeveloped land with abundant wildlife and game fish. With a maximum depth of 17 feet, Dexter Lake offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities including northern pike, walleye, bass, crappie, perch, bluegills and suckers. Dexter County Park includes two boat launches, a handicapped fishing pier and a fish cleaning house. Lake Nepco: Venture onto nearly 500 acres of pristine water at Lake Nepco. Surrounded by Nepco Lake County Park, located 1 mile south of Wisconsin Rapids on Hwy. 13, the lake and park were donated to the county in 1977 by Nekoosa Papers, Inc. The park features a beach area, boat ramp, picnic area, playground, handicapped access boat dock and small shelter. With a maximum depth of 29 feet, Nepco Lake features a wide variety of fishing including northern pike, walleye, bass, musky and bluegill. Lake Petenwell: Wisconsin’s second largest body of water (23,000 acres). As home to a variety of game fish, including northern pike, bass, walleye, pan fish and musky, Petenwell hosts a variety of fishing tournaments throughout the year. Locally known “hot spots” include Devil’s Elbow, the mouth of

Cranberry Harvest Tours Reservations Required

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Fourteen Mile Creek, Barnum Bay, and Strongs Prairie. These areas provide abundant underwater structure and harbor good concentrations of fish. A variety of boat launches are located on Petenwell. Visit our website for more information. Lake Sherwood: Venture onto 246 acres of water for an afternoon of boating or fishing northern pike, bass, walleye and pan fish. A public boat launch at Lake Sherwood Lodge is maintained by Adams County. The launch is located behind the Shermalot Motel on Queens Way, Rome. Lake Wazeecha: Lake Wazeecha, the Indian name for “lake of the land of the pines,” totals 131 acres and is surrounded by South Wood County Park. The lake provides two beach areas, handicapped fish access area, and ample opportunities for boating, water skiing and fishing. A variety of pan fish, bass and northern pike were stocked in the lake during the county’s dredging project in 1994. Although famous for hosting the state’s annual Water Ski Show Tournament, Lake Wazeecha also prides itself on its two beaches, White Sand and Red Sand.

fall canberry harvest Glacial Lake Cranberries 2480 County Road D 715-887-2095 www.cranberrylink.com Visit a historic and sustainable cranberry marsh that has been in continuous operation since 1873. The owners of Glacial Lake Cranberries offer one-of-a-kind cranberry tours by reservation only during the third week of September through the third week of October. Experience the cranberry harvest, listen to the song of the sandhill crane, and view the vibrant fall colors over a bright sea of red. Learn history and fun facts, view videos, and shop for cranberrythemed gifts at the Glacial Lake Cranberries Visitor Center. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the harvest in action and breathtaking views! Tours offered during harvest: Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. $15 per person. Reservations required, call 715-887-2095.

farmers markets

Rome Farmers’ Market 715-325-8013 Have your pick of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and many other seasonal products. Mid-May to mid-October, Alpine Village, Fri. 9 a.m-2 p.m. Wood County Farmers’ Market 555 W. Grand Ave. (Rapids Mall) 715-421-3500 www.rapidsmall.com Pick up fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of other goods each season. June through late October. Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

winter fun

Our winters are filled with postcard perfect scenes of snowy trees bordering frozen lakes. While the snow affords plenty of peaceful views, it also provides fun for adults and kids alike! Snowmobiling has a long and cherished history in the Wisconsin Rapids Area. With some 254.7 miles of snowmobile trails to enjoy in Wood County, the trail system and its tributaries (extending throughout the Heart of Wisconsin!) connect clubs, restaurants and charming towns to allow riders a totally snowmobile-oriented touring and vacation experience. Call the WRACVB at 800-554-4484 to have a trail map sent to you prior to your arrival. Feel the thrill of cruising over a frozen terrain or a well-groomed trail just once, and you’ll be hooked for life!


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Cross-country skiing is everywhere, with hundreds of miles of well-marked trails traversing private lands and state areas. Break away from the more crowded touring centers and let yourself experience the splendid isolation of the Wisconsin woods in winter. Nepco Lake County Park is located one mile south of Wisconsin Rapids on County Road Z. The 125 acre park is open year round for outdoor activities from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. There are 6.25km (3.8 miles) of ski trails on rolling terrain. Trails are groomed for skate and classic skiing by River Cities Nordic Ski Club. Passes can be purchased at the trailhead. Daily trail passes: $4/student or adult, free/7 and under; Annual trail passes: $10/student or adult, $25/family. For snow conditions visit www.co.wood.us/Departments/Parks/CrossCountry Skiing.aspx. Trail map is available at www.visitwisrapids.com. Richfield Area Trail is located seven miles north of Pittsville on County Trunk Highway A, and then one-half mile east on Heggelund Lane. The trail, approximately 5 miles long, is routed across open fields, through forests, and along Puff Creek to provide additional scenic value. There is also a 2-mile and 1-mile trail. All trails are marked and groomed during the winter season. Sandhill Wildlife Area’s auto trail closes in November, but that’s when the real magic begins. Bring your snowshoes to the walk-in gate and discover Sandhill’s winter secrets. Spy on otters, porcupines and coyotes, or work up an appetite breaking a trail up North Bluff. Learn about tracking or weave your own showshoes at the Outdoor Skills Center, then put your newly acquired skills to the test. For more information visit the Sandhill Calendar of Events at www.dnr.wi.gov/ org/land/wildlife/reclands/sandhill/ At each county trailhead there is a self-registration station for purchasing a daily or annual pass. The trail pass must be purchased from Wood County Parks and Forestry Department prior to entering the trail. Please call 715-421-8422 for current prices and information. Downhill skiing and tubing aficionados can find all the thrills without all the lines at Powers Bluff winter sports area. Ski, boot, and pole rentals are readily available for a trouble-free winter adventure. Powers Bluff Winter Sports Area County Road E and Bluff Drive 715-421-8422 www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks Powers Bluff, a 160-acre park located just 17 miles northwest of Wisconsin Rapids, is home to downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. A two-story stone shelter building includes a warming house with concessions, ski, snowboard, boot, and pole rentals. Tow passes are available for purchase on site. Open seasonally, Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call ahead to verify holiday schedule. Powers Bluff is home to three downhill skiing and snowboarding trails varying from 1,320 to 1,500 feet in length. The estimated vertical drop is 250 feet. The downhill trails are operated by a handle grip tow, which is an ideal system for beginners and snow boarders. Ski, boot, and pole rentals are available on site. Handle grip tow tickets are available for purchase on site. Families will love tubing! Descend through the snow on a fast-paced tube while visiting Powers Bluff winter sports area. Four tube runs are available, with two handle grip tows that lessen your wait time during your winter adventure. Tubes are provided at no charge with the purchase of a handle grip tow ticket. No outside tubes are allowed.

Splash of Red Cranberry Tours Presented by Pittsville High School FFA 715-884-6412 www.pittsville.k12.wi.us/cranberry Tour several different area marshes, pick fresh fruit from the vine, and observe testing, cleaning and freezing of the fruit harvest with students from the nation’s only Cranberry Science Class as your tour guides. A scrumptious lunch with special cranberry treats is included with the tour. All monies go toward scholarship and trip opportunities for Pittsville FFA members. Reservations are a must. Tours offered 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26, 2012 (harvest/weather permitting).

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Then, of course, there’s that completely unique experience known as ice fishing! Let the local experts set you up in an ice house, get it well stocked, then kick back and enjoy a very Wisconsin tradition. A great way to get a second shot at the one that got away! Lakes Nepco, Dexter, and Wazeecha are excellent areas for ice fishing. Be extremely cautious of ice conditions at all times as Wood County Parks and Forestry Department does not monitor ice conditions. Pick up a fishing license at a variety of local businesses or at the DNR Service Center, 473 Griffith Ave., Tue.- Fri., 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Too cold to spend the day? Be sure to check the annual calendar of events for Historic Point Basse’s ice harvest or one of our local community’s ice fisheries!

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge W7996 20th St. West, Necedah 608-565-2551 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah Located four miles west of the Village of Necedah off of Hwy 21, the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge provides a range of unique opportunities for people to enjoy and learn about the natural world through hiking, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, horseback and ATV riding, hunting, fishing, photography, berry picking, birding and various educational events.

Altenburg’s Pumpkin Patch 7020 Plover Road/Hwy. 54 715-421-2943 www.altenburgsfarm.com Pick your own pumpkin from a family owned pumpkin patch and enjoy fun fall family activities. Horse drawn and tractor driven hay rides, corn maze, straw fort, cute haunted house, corn cannon, parachute candy drop, fall produce and decorations and much, much more. Fun for kids of all ages. Special weekend events. School tours by appointment. Open late September to Oct. 31, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DNL Recreation 3731 8th St. South 715-424-2526 www.dnlrec.com Your full line towable RV and truck camper dealer. We offer parts and accessories, hitch installation, outside storage, LP fills and much more. We service all makes and models. Dave, Lori and the rest of the DNL team are ready to help you start having camping fun in a new or used trailer. Stop in today! 15

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1 Polar Bear Jump for Kids 1-3 Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre Winter 2012 5 Celebrate Vesper Day 715-569-4202 to register please call the CMN office at 715-387-9965 Production- ‘Proof’ 5 Jr. Duck Stamp Showcase www.barnumbaymarina.com www.wrctheatre.org/Index.asp 715-421-0435 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 13-Feb 21 Paintings by Laura Meddaugh and Sarah 2-3 State Gymnastics Meet 5 Dutch Oven Cooking Lichtenwald with artworks in clay by Linda Day www.wiaawi.org 715-344-8580 http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ www.alexanderhouseonline.org 715-887-3442 2-4 Boat Show reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 15 The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 12 Brunch with the Birds Presents; Your Heart’s Desire Wedding Showcase & Expo 3-4 Prom Dress Resale www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 www.heartofwi.com 715-423-1830 www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 12 Calling All Frogs! 21 Nepco Park Cross Country Ski Event 715-451-1812 http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ 3-4 Wilderness First Aid and WFA Instructor Course reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 21-22 Timber Wolf – Winter Tracking and Ecology http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/reclands/ reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 12 Spring Arts & Craft Show sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 9 The Blues Brothers www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 22 Day of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession www.savorthearts.org 715-424-ARTS (2787) 18-20 16th Annual Petenwell Musky Challenge on the Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Decision www.forciersguideservice.com 715-424-0452 9 Owl Prowl-Great Horned Owls are Out & Active www.mariancenterforpeace.org 715-424-6279 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 18-June 26 Art Exhibit 27 Snowshoe Birding-Naturalist Led Snowshoeing & www.alexanderhouseonline.org 715-887-3442 10-11 Snowshoe Weaving Birding Hike (all skill levels welcome) http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 19 Morning is for the Birds reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ 28 Souper Snow Sculpture Spectacular reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 16-18 Annual Dairy State Steel Show www.swchs.com/index.asp 715-423-0505 www.dairysteelshow.com 19-20 Badger Pro Am 28 Story Time Snowshoe-Fireplace Tales and www.wfaa-archery.com 715-834-9975 23-25 River City Flyers Snowshoe Hike (all skill levels welcome) 715-421-3500 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 www.rapidsmall.com 20 Motorcycle Hill Climb www.rapidangels.com/ 24-April 22 Nekoosa Walleye Days 29 Historic Point Basse Ice Harvest 715-886-3230 715-886-5766 motocross-racing-wisconsin.html www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 www.nekoosawalleyedays.com 26 NYAT (Not Your Average Triathlon) 24-25 Wisconsin Rapids Home Show 29 Port Edwards Lions Fisheree www.cwhba.com 715-424-5060 www.romepubliclibrary.org 715-451-1389 (cell) www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/portedwardswi/index.php 715-887-4338 30 Jr. Duck Judging June 2012 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 February 2012 2 Kids Fishing Day 30-31 Wisconsin NASP® State Tournament www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 1-4 Sidewalk Sale www.nasparchery.com 608-782-2735 www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 2 Law Enforcement & Summer Safety Day 30-May 7 Art Exhibit www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 4 Porcupine Ecology on Snowshoes or Skis www.alexanderhouseonline.org 715-887-3442 http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ 8-10 WRYSA Baseball Invitational reclands/sandhill/docs/upcoming.pdf 715-884-6335 April 2012 www.wrysa.com 715-325-3595 4 Polar Plunge 1 Annual Gun Show 715-325-3187 8-July 20 Art Exhibition www.specialolympicswisconsin.org 715-848-0550 www.culturalcenterarts.com 715-421-4598 13 Michael Kaeshammer 11 Wakely’s Winter Feast 9 Turtle Tagging www.savorthearts.org 715-424-ARTS (2787) www.historicpointbasse.com/index.html http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ 13-15 Central Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival 886-4202 or 423-3120 715-884-2437 www.prairiechickenfestival.org 715-343-6215 reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 11 Love Me Tender- Elvis Tribute 9-10 Pioneer Festival 15 Wakely’s Maple Sugar & Earth Preservation Day / www.savorthearts.org 715-424-ARTS (2787) www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 with Central Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival 11 Sweetheart Snowshoe 10 Corpus Christi www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 (Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) 15 Divine Mercy Sunday www.mariancenterforpeace.org 715-424-MARY or 424-6279 11-12 Snoblast www.mariancenterforpeace.org 715-424-MARY or 424-6279 www.lakearrowhead-golf.com 715-325-2904 15-17 Rapids Kickers Invitational Soccer Tournament 20-May 25 Art Exhibition 715-423-6501 15 Tri-Norse Ski-Jumping Tournament www.culturalcenterarts.com 715-421-4598 www.rapidskickers.com www.trinorse.com 715 342-1042 15-17 WRYSA Fast Pitch Softball Invitational 21 Exploring the Night Sky www.wrysa.com 715-325-3595 17-19 Lawn & Garden Show http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 16 Refuge Wildlife Series- Black Bears www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 18 Winter Sports Fest 21 Spring Community Day www.howsportsfest.com 715-422-0274 www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 16 Rome Classic Car, Bike, and Snowmobile Show 715-325-6833 18-19 Timber Wolf – Winter Tracking and Ecology 22 Earth Day Celebration http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 16 Central Wisconsin BMX Race For Life reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 (fundraiser for Leukemia) 28 Frog’s Chorus 715-421-4521 18-19 WAA State Indoor www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 www.cwbmx.org www.wfaa-archery.com 608-526-9065 17 Central Wisconsin BMX 28 Friends of Sandhill Open House State Qualifier Race-BMX State Qualifier 24-26 Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre Winter 2012 http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ 715-421-4521 Production- ‘Proof’ reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 www.cwbmx.org/index.htm www.wrctheatre.org/Index.asp 715-421-0435 21 The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce 28 Spring Home Party Show Presents; Dinner by the River 25 Cabin Fever www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 www.heartofwi.com 715-423-1830 www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 29 Motocross at Dyracuse 21-24 Cranberry Blossom Festival 26-March 27 Art Exhibit www.rapidangels.com/ 715-423-1830 www.alexanderhouseonline.org 715-887-3442 motocross-racing-wisconsin.html 715-886-3230 www.blossomfest.com 23 South Wood County YMCA Triathlon 29 Goldwing Road Riders 715-887-3240 or 715-887-3240 www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 www.swcymca.org

ongoing events for 2012 April thru September Central Wisconsin BMX 715-421-4521 www.cwbmx.org/index.htm

May thru August Wisconsin Rapids Rafters see page 11 715-424-5400 www.raftersbaseball.com

May thru Mid-September Golden Sands Speedway 715-423-4395 www.gssraces.com/index.php

Early-June thru late August The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Presents Lunch by the River 715-423-1830 www.heartofwi.com

Early June thru Late October Wood County Farmers’ Market 715-421-3500 www.rapidsmall.com

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chedule of Events 23 Refuge Wildlife Series-Bobcats www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 23 Mini Pow Wow -Dreamcatcher Gallery 715-712-0557 24 Grand Rapids Fireman’s Celebration http://grandrapidsfd.com/index.htm 715-424-1821 29-Aug 7 Art Exhibit www.alexanderhouseonline.org 715-887-3442 30 Cranberry Blossom Day 2012 www.discovercranberries.com/ event/cranberry-blossom-day-2012/ 608-378-4878

July 2012

August 2012 4 Refuge Wildlife Series-Fisher www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 4 -5 Wisconsin Rapids Car Show www.corvettesofthenorth.com 6-10 Eco–Discovery Day Camp www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 10- Sept 25 Art Exhibit www.alexanderhouseonline.org/ 11 Refuge Wildlife Series-Badgers www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 10-11 Port Edwards Fun Fest & Car Show www.portedwardswi.com 12 Rapids Mall Coin Show www.rapidsmall.com 25 Refuge Wildlife Series- River Otters www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/

June 8 thru September 21 Rome Farmers’ Market 715-325-8013 www.facebook.com/pages/ Rome-Farmers-Market/ 229547970399546



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1 Lake Arrowhead Craft Show www.lakearrowhead-golf.com 715-325-2904 1 Central Wisconsin BMX State Championship Saturday Double Pt State Pre-Race www.cwbmx.org 715-421-4521 2 Central Wisconsin BMX State Championship Finals www.cwbmx.org 715-421-4521 7-9 Central Wisconsin BMX Badger State Nationals www.cwbmx.org 715-421-4521 8 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mary’s Birthday) www.thedivinemercy.org or www.mariancenterforpeace.org 715-424-MARY or 424-6279 14 Art Exhibit www.culturalcenterarts.com 715-421-4598 15 Harvest Fair www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 15-16 Youth Duck Hunt Workshop www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 15-16 Trapper Education http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ reclands/sandhill/calendar.htm 715-884-2437 16 Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Downtown “Grand” Affair www.heartofwi.com 715-423-1830 Late September thru Late October Cranberry Harvest Tours, Reservations Required www.cranberrylink.com/glacial.html 715-887-2095 Late September thru Late October Take in the scenic drive on a self-guided Cranberry Highway® tour, Wisconsin Rapids www.cranberryhighway.com 800-554-4484 22-Oct 31 Altenburg’s Pumpkin Patch www.altenburgsfarm.com 715-421-2943 28-30 Warrens Cranberry Festival 40th Year! www.cranfest.com 608-378-4200 28-30 New Car Show www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 28-Nov 13 Art Exhibit www.alexanderhouseonline.org 715-887-3442 29 Duck Banding Migration Dependent www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 30 Harescramble www.rapidangels.com/ motocross-racing-wisconsin.html 715-886-3230

October 2012 3 & 5 Splash of Red Cranberry Tours http://psd.pittsville.k12.wi.us/cranberry 715-884-6412 6-7 15th Annual Nekoosa GIANT Pumpkin Fest http://nekoosagiantpumpkinfest.com 715-570-7133 6 -7 Morning on the Marsh http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ reclands/sandhill/ 715-884-2437 10 &12 Splash of Red Cranberry Tours http://psd.pittsville.k12.wi.us/cranberry 715-884-6412 8-14 National Wildlife Refuge Week / Medium Medley and Weekend Art Show www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 13 In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima www. thedivinemercy.org or www.mariancenterforpeace.org 715-424-MARY or 424-6279 13 Saw-whet Owl Banding http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ reclands/sandhill/ 715-884-2437 13 Annual Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial Service www.wsfm.org 414-771-6794 17 & 19 Splash of Red Cranberry Tours http://psd.pittsville.k12.wi.us/cranberry 715-884-6412

Mid-June thru August Community Band Performances 715-422-4650 www.wrcityband.org

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June thru August Tunes on the Terrace 715-423-1500 www.hotelmead.com

Late September thru Late October Cranberry Harvest Tours, Reservations Required www.cranberrylink.com/glacial.html 715-887-2095 Late September thru Late October Take in the scenic drive on a self-guided Cranberry Highway® tour, Wisconsin Rapids www.cranberryhighway.com 20 Rapids Mall Bridal Expo www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 20 Crane-watch Magic http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ reclands/sandhill/ 715-884-2437 20 Spirit Walks www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 24 Splash of Red Cranberry Tours http://psd.pittsville.k12.wi.us/cranberry 715-884-6412 27 Boo Hike www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 27 Spirit Walks www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 27 WIAA State Cross Country Tournament www.wiaawi.org 715-344-8580 31 Halloween Cemetery Prayer Vigil www.thedivinemercy.org 715-424-MARY or 424-6279 31 Halloween Costume Parade & Carnival www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500

Calendar of events

3 Heart & Sole Road Race http://pittsvillewi.tripod.com/ 715-884-6514 4 Aqua Skiers Street Dance with Fireworks on the River www.aquaskiers.org 715-423-5737 6 Butterflies & Blooms www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 13-14 Taste of Rome www.townofrome.com/home 715-325-7407 or 715-325-1867 14 Down the Garden Path http://wood.uwex.edu/ master-gardeners/upcoming-events/ 715-421-8440 14 Wildflower Photography www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 15 Vesper Fireman’s Picnic 715-569-4404 19- 21 W@cky Days www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 20 Very Hungry Caterpillars www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 21 Rudolph Fire Department Street Dance www.rudolphfiredepartment.com 715-435-3740 19-22 46th Annual Wisconsin State Water-Ski Show Championships www.aquaskiers.org. 715-323-3875 23-27 A World of Wonder Day Camp www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 27–Sept 12 Art Exhibition www.culturalcenterarts.com 715-421-4598 27-29 50th Wisconsin Model A Reunion http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/wirapidsmodela/index.html 28 Karners & Art www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 29 Boys & Girls Club Motor Cycle Ride www.donahuesupersports.com/default.asp or www.bgcwra.org/index.html 715-424-1762 or 715-424-2582

September 2012

November 2012 4 Hearts Desire Wedding Expo www.heartofwi.com 715-422-4852 9 Holiday Show www.culturalcenterarts.com 715-421-4598 10 Night Hike- Evening Sights & Sounds of the Refuge www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah/ 608-565-2551 17 Autumn Home Party Show www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 21 Rekindle the Spirit www.heartofwi.com 715-423-1830

December 2012 1 Holiday Community Day www.rapidsmall.com 715-451-3500 1 Volunteer Carnivore Track-Training & Refresher Clinic http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/ reclands/sandhill 715-884-2437 1 Hometown Family Christmas http://www.cityofnekoosa.org 715-886-5111 8 Rudolph’s Country Christmas www.visitrudolphwi.com/index.htm 715-435-3267 12 Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe www.thedivinemercy.org or www.mariancenterforpeace.org 715-424-MARY or 424-6279 15 Holiday Arts & Crafts Show www.rapidsmall.com 715-421-3500 22 Heritage Hollyday www.historicpointbasse.com 715-423-3120 Holiday Open House: Karner Korner Specials all Month www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah 608-565-2551

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June thru August Aqua Skiers weekly shows Thursdays at 6:30pm www.aquaskiers.org http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Wisconsin-Rapids-Aqua-Skiers/ 96299587234

for complete details

Memorial Day thru Labor Day Water-Ski Show Performances 715-421-2235 www.shermalotwaterskishowteam.com


Americas Best Value Inn

715.423.8080 888.315.2378



AmericInn Lodge & Suites

715.424.3444 800.634.3444



Hotel Mead

715.423.1500 800.843.6323






715.423.3211 800.528.1234



3120 8th St. South www.qualityinn.com




Rodeway Inn

715.423.7000 800.755.1488



Sleep Inn & Suites

715.424.6800 800.4.CHOICE



Spruce Park Motel




3410 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids www.innworks.com

3010 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids www.americinn.com

451 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids www.hotelmead.com

Maples Motel

4750 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids

Motel 6

911 Huntington Ave., Wisconsin Rapids www.motel6.com

Quality Inn

3300 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids www.rodewayinn.com

4221 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids www.sleepinn.com

3014 Hwy. 13 North, Wisconsin Rapids

other area lodging Cottage Keeper Vacation Rentals 608.564.7206 $180-$360/day Lake Arrowhead, Petenwell and Castle Rock 800.404.2688 $900-$3150/week www.cottagekeeper.com $3500/month



*Prices based on availability and time of year information provided by lodging property. WRACVB is not responsible for rate changes.


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lodging packages available

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pets allowed

high speed internet

game room

vending machines


fitness center

sauna or whirlpool

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fireplace rooms

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on-site restaurant

free continental breakfast


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places to stay The Wisconsin Rapids Area has a wide range of accommodations throughout the area to fit any budget and lifestyle. From our deluxe full-service property to quaint waterfront camping and everything in between, you’ll find they each have something special to offer making your visit to the area one you’ll never forget. Americas Best Value Inn 3410 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-8080 www.americasbestvalueinn.com/bestv.cfm?idp=939 FREE light breakfast, FREE high speed Internet, FREE long distance call each night, FREE local calls. In-room coffee. Interior corridors. Dogs welcome ($15/stay). Kids 12 and under stay free. Casino packages available.


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Rodeway Inn 3300 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-7000 www.rodewayinn.com With 55 rooms, Rodeway Inn with huge parking place offers guests the option of whirlpool suites. Rodeway Inn also offers complimentary breakfast, satellite TV, cable, HBO and Internet service. All rooms are equipped with individual in-room coffee maker, micro fridge and microwave.

Maples Motel 4750 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-2590 Wisconsin Rapids’ only outdoor heated pool. Well maintained, family-owned property with kitchenettes, suites and wireless Internet. Monthly rates available.

Sleep Inn & Suites 4221 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-6800 www.choicehotels.com The Sleep Inn Suites opened in 2005 making it the newest lodging choice in Wisconsin Rapids. We offer a variety of room types including spacious king suites, a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and wireless high speed Internet access. We also have an indoor pool/whirlpool to help relax after a long day.

Motel 6 911 Huntington Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-3211 www.motel6.com Tour the world’s largest inland cranberry producing area! Centrally located in Wisconsin Rapids, offering free amenities such as high-speed Internet, indoor pool and in-room coffee. Quality Inn 3120 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-5506 www.qualityinn.com Located centrally along 8th Street, our main business thoroughfare, we offer all the amenities of a full-service hotel including spacious rooms, continental breakfast, cable, HBO, Internet, indoor pool and whirlpool.

Spruce Park Motel 3014 Hwy. 13 North, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-5890 Family-owned property offers ten rooms. Conveniently located in Wisconsin Rapids with easy access to Marshfield on Hwy. 13 North. Close to Homestead Golf Course and located on a scenic snowmobile trail. One person/one bed $31.50; two people/one bed $36.


AmericInn Lodge and Suites 3010 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-3444 www.americinn.com Relax by the cozy fireplace in our spacious lobby; unwind in our indoor pool/whirlpool. Enjoy our complimentary breakfast with fresh, hot waffles. Free high-speed Internet. Choose from 3 spacious suites: 2-room suites, whirlpool fireplace suites, and our King whirlpool suites.

Hotel Mead 451 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 800-843-6323 www.hotelmead.com Wisconsin Rapids’ only full-service hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation. Known for our excellent service, lavish amenities, and attention to detail. Whether you take advantage of our indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, tavern, or on-site restaurant, insist on the best ... Be Our Guest!


Vacation Rental Guest Homes

Castle Rock • Petenwell Lakes • Lake Arrowhead Golf 2nd & 4th largest lakes in Wisconsin • Waterfront & offshore privacy • 30-45 minutes N of Wisconsin Dells • Only 3.5 hours from Chicago or Minneapolis • Over 20 homes to choose from • Privately owned, year-round homes • Accommodations for 4-16 • Weekly, nightly (4-night minimum stay during summer)


Visit our website for pictures and descriptions

www.cottagekeeper.com Witt’s Linger Longer Cabin Rental Allen Witt: 715-459-5779 131 Kahoun Road Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 Five lakes, the Wisconsin River & its flowages for your fishing & boating fun! A perfect retreat for all, just a few hours from Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. Pets welcome! Visit www.wittslingerlonger.com for more information.

Wood County Park and Forestry Department 400 Market St., Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-8422 www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks Wood County maintains three public campgrounds open from May-October. Dexter Park campground is open through deer gun season. Make reservations in advance by calling during normal business hours or online. 20

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cranberry and color Cranberry and Color two-night packages are available mid-September to late October. These packages are for two people and are only available by calling the Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800.554.4484.

$229 eat, drink and be berry package


Hotel Mead Wisconsin Rapids’ only full-service hotel. Known for our excellent service, lavish amenities and attention to detail. Please note black-out dates apply. The Eat, Drink, and Be Berry package includes: Two nights stay including a complimentary upgrade into a king suite with turn-down service | Homemade cranberry bread and two bottles of cranberry juice delivered to guest room | Two tickets to Glacial Lake Cranberries | Two tickets to the Exhibition Hall at the | Cranberry Discovery Center | Chocolate covered cranberries at check-in | Two bags of cranberry trail mix | Water bottle | Cranberry Highway® Map

$195 berrylicious package

AmericInn Lodge and Suites Featuring complimentary continental breakfast with cranberry treats! Please note black-out dates apply. The Berrylicious package includes: Two nights in a deluxe guest room with two queen beds | Two tickets to Glacial Lake Cranberries | Two tickets to the Exhibition Hall at the Cranberry | Discovery Center | Chocolate covered cranberries at check-in | Two bags of cranberry trail mix | Water bottle | Cranberry Highway® Map

$195 Crantastic Package

Sleep Inn Wisconsin Rapids’ newest 100% smoke-free lodging choice.

Please note black-out dates apply. The Crantastic package includes: Two nights in a deluxe guest room | Two tickets to Glacial Lake Cranberries | Two tickets to the Exhibition Hall at the Cranberry Discovery Center | Chocolate covered cranberries at check-in | Two bags of cranberry trail mix | Water bottle | Cranberry Highway® Map

$195 Tart and Tangy Package Quality Inn Please note black-out dates apply. The package includes: Two nights accommodations | Two tickets to Glacial Lake Cranberries | Two tickets to the Exhibition Hall at the Cranberry Discovery Center | Two bags of cranberry trail mix | Water bottle | Cranberry Highway® Map

$165 Simply Red Package

Americas Best Value Featuring cranberry muffins and cranberry juice with free continental breakfast! Please note this package is unavailable Oct. 24, 2010. The package also includes: Two nights accommodations | Two tickets to Glacial Lake Cranberries | Two tickets to the Exhibition Hall at the Cranberry Discovery Center | Cranberry Highway® Map

For reservations call 715.423.1500 451 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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Area listings provided by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce

Anchor Bay Bar & Grill 3460 N Biron Dr Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-0010

Four Star Family Restaurant 2911 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 424-4554

McDonalds 2128 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-1680

Subway 3810 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-2722

Baker Street Grill 1716 Baker Street Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-5858

Grand Avenue Tavern, Hotel Mead 451 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-1500

Perkins 2311 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-4443

Taco John’s 610 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-0602

Rocky Rococo 1841 8th St South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 712-1200

The Grille, Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa 949 County Road G Nekoosa (715) 886-4560

Big Apple Bagels 101 West Riverview Expressway Wisconsin Rapids (715) 424-0555 Bull’s Eye Country Club 2800 Ridgewood Trail Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-2230 Café Mulino, Hotel Mead 451 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-1500


Great Expectations 3551 Plover Road Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-3190 Homestead Supper Club 3372 State Highway 13 N Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-7577 Jamaican Kitchens 161 2nd Street North Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-3930

Coach’s Corner, The Ridges Golf Course 311 Griffith Ave Wisconsin Rapids (715) 424-3204

Jim’s Barb-IE-Q Shack 3940 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-0888

Culvers 2711 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-1100

Lake Aire Supper Club 6510 State Highway 13 S Wisconsin Rapids (715) 325-5147

Domino’s Pizza 511 E Grand Ave Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-5555

Lake Arrowhead Restaurant & Lounge 1195 Apache Lane Nekoosa (715) 325-2929

Romano’s Pizza & Pub 108 County Road Z Nekoosa (715) 325-6700 Shaw Lee 222 West Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-5550 Sofia’s Family Restaurant 231 West Riverview Expressway Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-0008 Sportsman’s Pub & Grill 4810 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-4490

Tropical Smoothie, Rapids Mall 555 W Grand Ave Wisconsin Rapids (715) 424-2229 Wild Horse Saloon 9031 County Road WW Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-2122

The Branding Iron Supper Club, Inc. 9721 Wisconsin 13 Saratoga, WI 54494 (715) 325-8102 Cozy Dining, Cocktails, Fine Food

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Culver’s of Wisconsin Rapids

Come on in!

Have a seat in our comfortable dining room while we prepare a fresh, Juicy ButterBurger®, salad or custard dessert made just the way you like it. At Culver’s, we greet you with a smile and serve you at your table. You’ll feel so at home, you’ll never want to leave. Stop in today! Thanks, Brad Prohl Co-Owner/General Manager

Culver’s of Wisconsin Rapids 2711 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 715-421-1100

Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wild Horse Saloon and Banquet Hall

China Palace

Taco Johns

9031 County Road WW Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-2122 Casual Dining

2113 8th Street South Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-7939 www.chinapalace.biz

610 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-0602 www.tacojohns.com



Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm | Friday & Saturday: 11am – 11pm Sunday Buffet: 9am – 2pm We also offer a banquet facility which is great for: weddings, reunions, anniversaries, meetings, etc. seating 200 guests and serves family-style sit down meals or buffets. 949 COUNTY ROAD G | NEKOOSA, WI | 800.782.4560 OR 715.886.4560 VISIT US ONLINE: WWW.HO-CHUNKGAMING.COM/NEKOOSA

451 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

715.423.1500 www.HotelMead.com

Mulino hours: Breakfast 6:30-11am Lunch 11am-2pm Dinner 4:30-9pm

The journey to the perfect pizza starts in our wood burning oven where we make full-flavored pizza. Our new menu features creative pastas and delicious entrees featuring chicken, steak, and seafood. enjoy our signature complimentary salad with every entrée!


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the town of Rome Rome is Central Wisconsin’s recreational and residential oasis. Rome offers a relaxing and beautiful retreat for those who enjoy water, trails, wooded, untouched forests and wildlife. Rome is home to four lakes including the second largest inland lake in Wisconsin, Lake Petenwell. Trails wind in and around Rome. With so much to offer, you may make Rome your home.

Nearby lakes offer great fishing opportunities, too, beginning with the famous walleye run in spring and followed by abundant white bass and northern pike. Lake Petenwell is more than 23,000 acres. Fishing is excellent and snowmobile races run in the winter months while sailboat races glide across the lake in summer. Additionally, Lake Camelot, Lake Sherwood and Lake Arrowhead are lakes surrounded by private development, yet each offers the public a boat launch, public beach and

picnic areas. Licensed guides are available for tours Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Petenwell County Park offers the public campground with modern showers, restroom facilities, designated swimming areas, a boat launch, playground equipment, marked hiking trails and firewood. There are also private parks in the area for camping such as Deer Trail Park that offers the kind of comfort and convenience you’d expect with showers, grocery store, heated pool, tennis court, arcade and other amenities. Rome is a golfer’s paradise. Lake Arrowhead features not only a beautiful recreational lake, but also boasts two beautiful 18-hole golf courses. The Pines has been rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 public course offerings in the nation, calling The Pines a 4.5 star and award winner of “places to play.” Lake Arrowhead’s “The Lakes” was designed by renowned architect Ken Killan, and also

shared the award from Golf Digest. Both courses feature large undulating greens and four sets of tee boxes to fit many skill levels. For all that enjoy ATV sporting activities; Rome is the place to explore. Dyracuse Motorcycle Recreation Area is open early April through October offering thrill seekers Motocross, Hill Climb and Harescramble events. It is situated among 320 acres and features two ATV tracks, two motocross tracks and a 10 mile long Enduro trail loop. The Park includes picnic areas, playground, shelter and restrooms. Come and enjoy one of Rome’s wonderful festivals, such as Lake Arrowhead Craft Show, Taste of Rome or visit one of the town’s fun and friendly restaurants. There’s plenty of great food, great fun, great sports and an unspoiled environment in which to enjoy all of life’s simple pleasures... all in the Town of Rome, a town for all seasons!

2012 Events

2 Motocross tracks :: 320 Acres over 10 miles of Enduro trails Shelter house :: Picnic tables Children’s playground area Restrooms with running water Park Hours SPRING Opening first weekend in April (weather permitting)

Wed: 3 p.m. to dusk Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. to dusk

Motocross – April 29 Hill Climb – May 20 Harescramble – Sept. 30 dates subject to change

for more information call

715.325.8014 or 715.325.8013 All events are held at Dyracuse Park.

Events are sponsored by one or more of the following:

Dyracuse - Town of Rome: www.townofrome.com Rapid Angels Motorcycle Club: www.rapidangels.com

SUMMER Starting Memorial Day Weekend Wed: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fri, Sat, & Sun: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


FALL Starting Labor Day Weekend Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. until dusk Park closes October 31.

Dyracuse is located 15 Miles South of Wisconsin Rapids off State Road 13 at 1047 Country Road O in the Town of Rome.

The park will be open normal hours on Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th. It is closed to open riding on Club event dates.

This area is state funded by the Motorcycle Recreation Program Fund. It is operated by the Town of Rome in cooperation with Rapid Angels Motorcycle Club.

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Look what’s happening all year ‘round in the Town of Rome!

For summer movie nights, WIFI, free Internet access and a full range of library services visit our award-winning library that will fill your library needs when traveling to the resort area of Rome. Open Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-5pm.

Two Championship Golf Courses Hunting • Fishing Horseback Riding • Boating Water Skiing • Sailing Snowmobiling

www.townofrome.com 715-325-8014

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Lester Public Library of Rome 1157 Rome Center Drive Nekoosa, WI 54457 715-325-8990 www.romepubliclibrary.org Find us on Facebook - Lester Public Library of Rome

Leap into the new year with the Polar Bear Jump at the Lure. In February, boogie down at the Nekoosa Conservation Day Dance at the Rome Town Hall. Have a blast at Lake Arrowhead’s Snoblast. Bundle up for the National Tri-Norse Ski Jump. Hop on over to Lake Arrowhead’s Easter Egg Hunt. Get ready to tee-off at Lake Arrowhead’s Championship Golf Courses. Events take place throughout the year at the Lester Public Library. In April Dyracuse Off-Road Park opens. Rev it up in May on miles of ATV routes and trails. On Memorial Day weekend, Lake Arrowhead hosts a Public Concert. Watch the Shermalot Ski Team perform every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. Shop at the ski team’s Flower Sale at the Rome Town Hall. In June, let ‘er rip at Dyracuse’s Motorcycle Hill Climb. Enjoy a Summer Concert Series at the The Lure or Trail’s End. On Father’s Day weekend, the Rome Classic Car/Motorcycle Show is at the Alpine Village Park and ends with a cruise around the Lakes. Peruse the local Farmers Market at the Alpine Village Business Park every Friday throughout the season. Celebrate the 4th of July at Lake Sherwood Lodge. Come with an appetite to the Taste of Rome. In August the Camelot Frolics is at the Lodge. Labor Day – Lake Arrowhead boasts their biggest Craft Show and Free Concert performed by the Lake Arrowhead Community Chorus. Also in September Annual Lake Classic Car Show at the South Shore Center and Chili Fest at the Woodland Lutheran Church. October is fire prevention time at the Town of Rome’s Fire Department. Come to the Halloween Party at the Rome Town Hall. In November, Deer Hunting Season begins and the Town of Rome and local businesses host Christmas in Rome. The first week of December marks the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony when Santa Claus comes to Town.

Cross Country Skiing ATV Routes & Trails Biking • Hiking • Four Scenic Lakes Snow Ski Jumping Motocross & ATV Recreation Park

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in the city of Nekoosa As its Mayor, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the City of Nekoosa. Our city, with a population of roughly 2,600 residents, is located on the beautiful Wisconsin River, which offers one of the very best walleye fisheries in all of the state of Wisconsin. Nekoosa is the “Northern Gateway” to two of the state’s largest bodies of water, Petenwell Flowage and Castle Rock Flowage. Within one hour’s drive of Nekoosa, you can experience over 20 top-notch golf courses, many of which carry a 3- and 4-star rating. Nekoosa is also known as the “Giant Pumpkin Capital of Wisconsin.” Visit during the first weekend in October each year and you can see Giant Pumpkins weighing in excess of 1,000 pounds. In Nekoosa, our Giant Pumpkins are weighed and measured for prize money and dropped from 100-foot cranes — which makes for a very memorable event! 2009 saw the state record broken twice by giant pumpkins! Pumpkin Fest is quickly becoming one of the state’s largest fall festivals. It has been a real pleasure for me to be part of a very progressive local government, which is working hard to make the City of Nekoosa not only a great place to live, but a wonderful place to visit as well. Come and see us — we’d love to have you for a night or a lifetime! Respectfully, Gordon G. Freeman, Mayor 26

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Giant Pumpkin Capital of Wisconsin and Home of Walleye Days


15th Annual Nekoosa GIANT Pumpkin Fest October 6-7, 2012

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Nekoosa Business Park, Corner of Hwy. 173 and County Road G Nekoosa, Wisconsin A fall family festival with something for the entire family! Giant pumpkin weigh-off; bake-off; craft, farm and flea market; antique tractor show; carnival and midway; great food; and so much more!

800-554-4484 715-323-4533


Nekoosa Walleye Days Committee presents the

2012 Walleye Days There are no entry fees except for the

Jim Freeman Memorial Charity Challenge April 18th 2012 Contest starts

March 24th and continues until

6pm on April 22nd You can purchase your raffle tickets and buttons at various Nekoosa Businesses.

The Kids Contest is from 8am to 3pm on April 14th at Terry’s BP and is open to Boys and Girls and the first 200 kids to register receive goodie bags - free minnow bucket and minnows!


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our area businesses education

Mid-State Technical College 500 32nd St. North, Wisconsin Rapids 715-422-5300 mstc.edu The future is waiting. Get started on tomorrow. Turn to Mid-State Technical College. MSTC offers more than 50 career opportunities through associate degrees and technical diplomas. Students get hands-on training and real world work experiences that develop networking skills and personal contacts. Career programs range from healthcare and business to technical, industrial and renewable energy. They provide the practical background and experience that employers seek. Earn a degree, complete a certificate, learn a new skill or advance your career at MSTC.

Edward Jones/Bob Ebben 1919 8th St. South (Hwy. 13), Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-4100 bob.ebben@edwardjones.com Let’s get to know one another! We customize our investment recommendations based on our clients’ current situations and risk tolerance. Call today to schedule a no cost, no obligation portfolio review.



Riverview Family Clinic Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-7474 Nekoosa 715-886-2100 Rome 715-325-8300 Rehabilitation Services 715-424-8500 www.riverviewclinic.net Comprehensive healthcare provided by specialists in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and OB/GYN. Physical, occupational and speech therapy also available in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa, and Rome.


Paul Gross Jewelers 241 Oak St., Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-3131 www.paulgrossjewelers.com Located in downtown Wisconsin Rapids. We have a full service repair department on-site. We also carry many unique designer jewelry and giftware lines. Let us personalize your gift with free engraving and gift wrapping.

Lighthouse Books & Gifts 4330 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-7773 www.lighthousebooksandgifts.com

Daly Drug 3215 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-423-3400 Daly Drug and Gift has been serving the community since 1888. A full-line drug store specializing in unique gifts, cards and candy. We carry the largest selection of cranberry food and gift items in the area. A custom gift basket service is also available.

A unique store featuring a wide variety of inspirational books, gifts, framed art and much more! Crafters will enjoy browsing the largest selection of rubber stamps and scrapbook supplies in the area. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Located across from Wal-Mart next to Rapids Ford.

DNL Recreation 3731 8th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-2526 www.dnlrec.com Your full line towable RV and truck camper dealer. We offer parts and accessories, hitch installation, outside storage, LP fills and much more. We service all makes and models. Dave, Lori and the rest of the DNL team are ready to help you start having camping fun in a new or used trailer. Stop in today!

Solarus 440 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-8111 or 800-421-9282 www.solarus.net Solarus is a central Wisconsin based telecommunications company providing quality television,telephone, Internet and web hosting services. Solarus is the largest independent telephone company in Wisconsin. Our dedicated employees, innovative engineers, 24/7/365 technical support, and loyal customers are the reasons we have been in business for over 115 years!

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On-Site Repair Engraving Gift Wrapping HOURS: Monday-Thursday 9-5 Friday 9-8 Saturday 9-Noon

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local businesses and shopping

Rapids Mall Proud to have been servin 555 W. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids for more than 1 715-421-3500 www.rapidsmall.com Our Stores, Your Style. Fantastic indoor shopping experience with over 30 stores and restaurants including national chains like JC Penney, Subway & Younkers and local stores like GL Hobby, Silvio’s & the SeniorCraft Shoppe.

Lamers Bus Lines 2611 W. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids 715-421-2400 www.golamers.com Together We’re Going Places® and creating travel experiences with a large, diverse fleet of charter vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. Lamers Tour & Travel division provides custom trip planning services and pre-planned excursions throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Mariani Packaging Co. 6011 Washington St. 715-423-5200 For four generations, Mariani has grown, dried, processed and packaged the finest dried fruit snacks and ingredient products. Every product represents our family heritage of premium quality dried fruit. The Urban Best product line features sweetened dried cranberries, cranberry topping, syrup, crackers, trail mix, salsa and chocolate covered cranberries. Gift baskets available. The Gift Tree 2011 7th St. South, Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-2441 Your visit to Wisconsin Rapids won’t be complete without a visit to the Gift Tree. This unique gift shop features Waterford Crystal, Department 56 Villages, jewelry, candles, candy, Christopher Radko Ornaments, and so much more. Featuring items made in the USA. Free gift wrapping and delivery.

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Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Hwy. 34 and Hwy. C, Rudolph 715-435-3144

Wisconsin’s rich dairy heritage is on display at Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese, a family-owned and operated retail sales store and production facility. View master cheese makers from two large observation windows or browse and shop for more than 100 different types of Wisconsin cheese! Open seven days a week. Please call for holiday hours! 30

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ERCO Worldwide (USA) Inc. 101 Hwy. 73 South, Nekoosa 715-887-4000 Geoff Bertin – Plant Manager ERCO Worldwide has a 100 year history of producing chemicals and a long history of supplying environmentally preferred chlorine dioxide technology to the pulp and paper industry. ERCO’s chloralkali business serves a variety of industries including municipal and industrial water treatment, food processing, fertilizers, agricultural intermediates, and oil and gas.

local businesses and shopping

Renaissance Learning, Inc. 2911 Peach St., Wisconsin Rapids 715-424-3636 www.renlearn.com Founded in 1986, Renaissance Learning’s Judith Paul developed Accelerated Reader, the nation’s leading reading software, as a way to manage her own children’s reading and encourage them to read more and better books. Today, educators around the world are using Renaissance Learning’s reading, writing, math, and language software and hardware programs in their classrooms, making learning fun and teaching exciting!

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