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Iron County JUNE 9: to Central and Northcentral Wisconsin INSIDE: Iron County Taylor County Lincoln County Wood County Adams County Portage County

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Brian Otten,

You’ll find event and destination suggestions for folks interested in enjoying the outdoors. Brian manages the site that makes the outdoors easy.

Sixth annual Lupine Junefest, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. W. S. Carow Park, 2503 Highway J in Mercer. Celebrate the blooming of the lupine wildflower in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Select a bike tour of 10, 26, 28 or 50 miles and enjoy the rolling hills, lakes, rivers, forests, wildlife and miles of blooming lupines throughout the southern part of Iron County, which includes the famous Turtle Flambeau Flowage. All rides travel on paved roads. SAG vehicle support, goodie bags with T-shirt and lunch coupon, food, water and comfort stops provided. Registration begins at 8 a.m., group start at 9 a.m. For more details on the bike tour, call Shari Younger at 715-476-0071. For Lupine Junefest information, call 715-476-2389 or email

JULY 27-AUG. 12:

Iron County Heritage Festival 2012. Experience Iron County’s past through walking tours, museums and auto tours. At the same time, you’ll be able to experience a wide variety of festivals and activities that tell the story of Iron County today. We welcome you to explore our natural beauty, take part in our activities and relax at the top of Wisconsin. 715-561-2922,

JULY 28:

Mercer Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mercer. Who says a garden tour can’t be exercise? Put on some comfortable shoes and spend the day looking at various perennial, woodland, cottage, rock and landscape features. Bring your camera! For more information, call 715-476-2389 or visit www.mercercc. com.

Jo Miller,

Jo (and the DealChicken) suggest things to do on the ‘cheap.’ features great deals on a variety of goods and services in Wisconsin daily.

Tim Langton, The Hub’s focus is entertainment from live music to video games to wrestling. Tim’s picks in this edition reflect the Hub’s mission to find fun.

Carrie Hutton, 12 for ‘12

12 for ‘12 is all about living better, happier lives, so Carrie’s picks focus on healthy activities. Visit your Gannett newspaper’s website for more on 12 for ‘12. Cover photos by Laura Schmitt, photographer at the Marshfield News-Herald and blogger. The large photo was taken on Taylor County’s Mondeaux Flowage. TO CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN

AUG. 1:

Mercer Loon Day, all day event, throughout downtown Mercer. When it comes to an event tied to one of our feathered friends, the DealChicken loves an opportunity to be a little ‘Looney’. For 31 years, Mercer has been the home of Loon Days. There’s even a flea market where the DealChicken can find great stuff that won’t cost you an arm, or wing, and a leg! You’ll find art/craft vendors, live music, dancing, sidewalk sales, food vendors and more. 715476-2389,


MAY 24-28:

Annual Memorial ATV Rally. Registration begins Thursday at noon at the Hurley Chamber of Commerce, Hurley. ATV parade at 5 p.m. Friday in Hurley. Every year thousands of ATV riders come to Hurley for the Rally. If you’re headed up, be sure to bookmark the ATV maps found on to help you find your way around Iron County’s 200 miles of trails. Food, live entertainment, a poker run and a mud pit will be featured. 715-476-2389.

AUG. 3-5:

Iron County Fair, times vary, Saxon Fairgrounds, N14244 School, Saxon. Carnival rides, horse events, firemen’s tournaments, music, food, exhibits and fun. 715561-5780.

AUG. 11:

44th annual Paavo Nurmi Marathon, 7:30 a.m., Upson to Hurley. Wisconsin’s oldest marathon. Full marathon, half marathon, and two- and five-person relays. Start line in Upson with finish on Hurley’s famous Silver Street. Finish line closes at 2 p.m. Awards ceremony and post race party from about 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ricelli Park. 715-360-9352, PAGE 3: IRON COUNTY

Iron County


Superior Falls is a 90-foot waterfall on the Montreal River (Lake Superior/Saxon area). Take Highway 122 north of Highway 2 about 4.2 miles. You will cross the Wisconsin/Michigan border. Continue another half mile, then turn left on a gravel road. Parking lot available. The Flambeau Trail originally started here at the Mouth of the Montreal River. The 90foot falls is a spectacular sight, but to ancient Native Americans the waterfall was the first of many impassable obstacles. For centuries, travelers were forced to portage their goods and gear 45 miles over the Flambeau Trail to reach the closest navigable waterway. shtml.

Continental Divide

Near Hurley, stand on the geological dividing line where water flows north to Lake Superior and the Atlantic Ocean or south to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Since the rivers north of the divide were not navigable, early travelers had to portage 45 miles from Lake Superior across this point before they could reach a navigable waterway that flowed south. Location: Highway 51 and Moose Lake Road.

Annala Round Barn

This is the only barn in Wisconsin made entirely of massive field stones. Built in 1917 by Finnish master stonemason Matt Annala,


it is privately owned. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One mile north of the corner of Dupont and Rein Roads, five miles south of Hurley.

Flambeau Trail

Follow the footsteps of Native Americans, voyagers and first settlers as they journeyed through Iron County on the famous Flambeau Trail. Learn how transportation, via this ancient “woodland highway” and later by railroad, opened up northern Wisconsin to new settlers and development. ironcountywi. com/?110680.

Apostle Island Vista

View the Apostle Island archipelago and learn how the islands of this National Scenic Lakeshore were formed. On Highway 2, 13 miles west of Hurley. TO CENTRAL AND NORTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN

Taylor County JUNE 8-10:

Chequamegon National Forest The Chequamegon National Forest covers one-third of Taylor County. The forest provides hunting opportunities for big game, upland game birds, waterfowl and small game. Fishing for trout or other game fish is plentiful as well as opportunities to encounter many rare species of fish, wildlife or plants. And if you are into camping, picnicking and swimming, the Forest has a lot to offer, too. Click the maps link on Wisconsin or visit to plan your visit to this Northwoods gem.


North Central Rodeo in Taylor County, 7 p.m. Friday, noon to dark Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Brecke Rodeo Grounds on Highway 64 near Medford. Instead of sitting around listening to your favorite songs about cowboys, head to Medford and enjoy watching a few real ones do their thing! Food, music and fun all weekend long with shows Friday through Sunday. Campers welcome and lodging available throughout Taylor County and in Medford. 715-748-4729.

JUNE 15-17:

Gilman June Dairy Days, time and place vary throughout Gilman. Dairy breakfast is served at the Gilman Village Park on Saturday morning; chicken dinner Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Softball tournament, games, cake walk. Gilman Lioness cowpie contest Saturday afternoon. 715-447-8333

JULY 3-4:

Strawberries and Cream Festival, 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, Centennial Parkway along the Millpond and City Park, Medford. Food, games, music and much more during Medford’s 4th of July festival. There will be music both nights along with a wide variety of food choices. Kids will enjoy the pool, park and other games while the adults listen to music. 715-748-2626.

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DESTINATIONS Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area:

W7969 Park Road, Westboro. The Mondeaux Dam and Flowage were built in the 1930s. In succeeding years, the 400-acre recreation area developed in the surrounding northern hardwood forest. It quickly became one of the best birding locations in the region. From Medford travel north 15 ½ miles on Highway 13, west on Highway D 6 ½ miles, then south 1 mile on Forest Road 104 (Mondeaux Drive) to the entrance of the recreation area. Park in the paved parking lot. The recreation area offers; Camping, Swimming, Boat Launch and Nature Trails. 715-748-4875.

Ex Voto Art & Design Studio:

Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 172 S. Main St., Medford. ExVoto Art & Design Studio is family owned and operated by Sandra, Ivy and Emma Klingbeil. ExVoto provides graphic/web design services to local individuals and businesses and also showcases original art. They support contemporary artists by holding exhibits featuring work by both emerging and established artists and by providing activities and events that encourage participation and appreciation of arts. 715-748-4261.

Ice Age Trail, Rib Lake:

The Ice Age Trail passes just to the north of Rib Lake with trail access points within the Village of Rib Lake. The longest unbroken stretch of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail – 60 miles of DealChicken may it – is in Taylor County. not be the fastest It offers some of the runner in town, best hiking in the but he can walk state. The Rib Lake with the best of segment offers beauti‘em! The Rib Lake ful mixed hardwood segment of the Ice forest trails for 4-, 7-, Age Trail sounds and 12-mile hikes durlike the perfect ing the spring, summer spot to hike with and fall. Enjoy hiking his brood! A great past many small lakes place for hikers, and historic logging bikers, walkers, camps on this moderand runners, the ate ability trail. The Ice Ice Age Trail is chalAge National Scenic lenging enough Trail enters Taylor for even the most County from the east adventuresome at Tower Avenue in of the Lincoln County. The group! Wood Lake segment consists of 14.5 miles of trail, mainly footpath construction.

JULY 25-29:

Taylor County Fair, corner of highways 13 and 64, Medford. Food, shows, livestock, 4-H events, kids events, bingo and carnival rides all day. Music will play throughout the weekend and a demolition derby will be held Sunday afternoon with the championship derby that night. 715-748-3348.


AUG. 24-26:

Gilman Fall Festival, Gilman Village Park, 300 East Park Drive, Gilman. All day event, times and locations vary. Carnival, exhibits, volleyball tournament, lawn mower races, music, cake walk, grilled chicken dinner at the Gilman Village Park. Fall Festival Sale on Saturday. Parade Sunday at 1 p.m. 715-447-5734.

SEPT. 7:

City Wide Garage Sale, Medford. The Garage Sale will be throughout Medford in several locations. Please stop at the Chamber Office and pick up a map to find where all the bargains are. Many of Medford’s businesses along with its residents will be participating in this event. 715-748-4729.


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Lincoln County MAY 26-27:

Main Street Memories Car Show, Tomahawk. One of the biggest car shows in the Northwoods takes place in downtown Tomahawk over the Memorial Day weekend. A full day of children’s events will be on Saturday, including a race car cake walk downtown and a skate board competition at Pride Park, East Lincoln Avenue on Sunday enjoy Fantasy Corral petting zoo, craft fair, concessions, music. The 18th annual show features more than 300 meticulously restored hot rods, classics and muscle cars competing for trophies and cash prizes. Free. For more information, call 715453-1090,

JUNE 8-10:

Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, noon to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to mid-afternoon Sunday, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 2001 E. Second

St. Merrill. Lincoln County Rodeo Association presents the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo (PRCA). Three PRCA performances, fun for the whole family, rain or shine. Tickets can be charged to a credit card at the Merrill Chamber of Commerce. 1-877-907-2757,

JUNE 15-17:

Central Wisconsin Polka Festival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, M.A.R.C.-Smith Center, 1100 Marc Drive, Merrill. 38th annual festival brings top bands from around Wisconsin to play. Dancing for an hour can burn about 340 calories. So dance up a sweat! The festival includes a Polka church service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Food and camping. 715-675-7627.

SEPT. 13-16:

Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA, SARA Park, Tomahawk. This is one of the DealChicken’s favorite events, filled with loud bikes, loud music and lots of fun, all for a good cause. The Harley-Davidson factory in Tomahawk even offers an open house during this event! goto, 715-384-3454.

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Pow Wow Days. The Tomahawk Lions sponsor the events for the Fourth of July. Tomahawk Pow Wow Days 5K/10K/Corporate Challenge 10K Runs at 9 a.m. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park; games at Veteran's Memorial Park and a chicken barbecue stand opens, downtown with beverages, popcorn and food at 10 a.m.; Pow Wow Days parade, through downtown at 1 p.m. Live entertainment from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the west end of West

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Lincoln County

DESTINATIONS Underdown Recreation Area

With more than 20 miles of signed trails and 10 campsites large enough to accommodate trucks with trailers, this has become a popular destination for horseback riders, hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, hunters and fisherman. The Ice Age Trail passes diagonally through this area from northeast to southwest and provides a well-marked cross country type trail. For more information or maps of the area, contact Forestry, Land and Parks Department, Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales St., Suite 106, Merrill, WI 54452, 715-539-1034,

Council Grounds State Park

Council Grounds is a state park along the Wisconsin River with something for almost everyone. The 508-acre park offers a variety of activities and sights year round. There are 55 campsites with showers and flush toilets and 19 sites with electricity. There is a 217-foot beach with plenty of room for swimming and sun bathing. Numerous trails and picnic sites can also be found at Council Grounds. From Highway 51, exit onto Highway 64 (Main Street) and go west about 2 miles through downtown Merrill. Turn right on Highway 107 (Grand Avenue) and go about 1.8 miles. Turn left on Council Grounds Drive and go about .5 mile to the park entrance station. 715- 536-8773

Prairie River Dells

Prairie River Dells County Park is located northeast of Merrill off of Highway 17 on Prairie Dells Road and features some scenic rock outcroppings and a river gorge. Most of these will be reached by hiking the park’s trails. The removal of a dam has exposed some great natural features, and some experts believe the area was once part of the river bed of the Wisconsin River. Visitors will find three viewing platforms, one of which is handicap accessible.

Blue Haven Stables

Blue Haven Stables offers trail rides, lessons, day camps and a gift shop. Its staff has 50 years of experience in the equine industry and more than 30 years in business. It offers pony parties and rides, three day programs for kids and adults, year round trail rides, unique get-togethers for bachelorette parties or anniversaries, and much more. Blue Haven is located at W4853 Highway 51, Merrill. 715536-4210, TO CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN: LINCOLN COUNTY


Wood County MAY 20:

Motorcycle Hill Climb, Dyracuse Recreational Park, County Highway O, Rome. Motorcycle riders from five neighboring states will excite spectators with classes ranging from kids to open class monsters, all with ground shaking power tearing up the hill trying for the fastest time.

MAY 26:

Wisconsin Statewide Veterans Reunion, Robinson Park, Wisconsin Rapids. Sponsored by VFW Post 2534. Information on veterans programs, games for kids, speakers, food, refreshments and more. 715-424-2210.

MAY 31 - JUNE 3:

Dairyfest, various locations in Marshfield’s downtown, including the Shoppes at Wood Ridge, 503 E. Ives St. Suite 313 and Marshfield Fair Park, 140 Main St. When on the farm, the DealChicken knows who to hang with – the cows! And cows are at the heart of this festival. The DealChicken will be at play at Dairyfest in 2012, strutting his stuff. If you spot him, stop him for a special DealChicken treat. This family-fun event is filled to the brim with carnival rides, vendors, contests, entertainments, and yes, even a parade!, 715-384-3454.

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JUNE 9-10:

Pioneer Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, Historic Point Basse, 364 Wakeley Road, Nekoosa. Take a step back in time to the pioneer period with crafts, food, drinks, entertainment and dancing, all with an 1800’s theme. www.

JULY 19-22:

46th annual State Water Ski Show, Lake Wazeecha, Wisconsin Rapids. The largest water-ski show tournament in the world! Wisconsin’s best teams compete for the State Championship title.

JUNE 21-24:

Cranberry Blossom Festival, various locations, Wisconsin Rapids. Enjoy the weekend in the blossoming community of Wisconsin Rapids. Arts and crafts, kid’s games, great food, film festival, parade and more. www.blossom

AUG. 4-5:

37th annual Wisconsin Rapids Car Cruise and Show, Lincoln High School, 1801 16th St. S. and Grand Rapids Lions Park, Wisconsin Rapids. Live music, food, swap meet, trophies to be awarded. www.

AUG. 29-SEPT. 3: Central Wisconsin State Fair, Marshfield Fair Park, 513 E. 17th St., Marshfield. Stop out Sunday for the demolition derby and enjoy the roar of engines (and the exhaust fumes) at this loud family event or drop in for the food and entertainment the rest of the week. www.centralwisconsin or 715-387-1261.

SEPT. 16:

Downtown Grand Affair, 200 W. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Spend the day shopping, eating and playing on the banks of the beautiful Wisconsin River. Art and activities for all ages.

SEPT. 7-9:

USA BMX Nationals, Central Wisconsin BMX, 3531 Enchanted Drive, Wisconsin Rapids. Experience the thrill of BMX racing at one of the nation’ s premiere tracks. bloggers Michele Bastian, Keith Uhlig, Tim Campbell and Kiersten Kloeckner aren’t BMX racers, but you don’t have to be one to appreciate the action you’ll find at this year’s USA BMX National Championships.



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Cranberry Harvest Tours, Glacial Lake Cranberries, 2480 Highway D, Wisconsin Rapids. Experience the cranberry harvest on a guided tour of a historic and sustainable cranberry marsh. One-of-a-kind photo ops and cranberry shopping.

SEPT. 15-16:

Maple Fall Fest, Wildwood Park and Zoo, 1800 S. Roddis Ave., Marshfield. Enjoy more than 150 arts and craft vendors, children’s activities, regular and potato pancake breakfast, hay rides, and much more family fun., 715-384-4314 or info@

Wood County

DESTINATIONS Golden Sands Speedway

Highway 54, Wisconsin Rapids. Get in on all of the racing excitement this summer at Golden Sands Speedway. Concessions available. Visit website for schedule.

Glacial Lake Cranberries

Highway G, Wisconsin Rapids. Tour this historical cranberry marsh with an actual grower. Hop on the Berry Bus for a front row seat to all of the harvesting action.

WI State Firefighters Memorial

Highways 54 and 73, Wisconsin Rapids. Visit this beautiful and serene park setting and pay tribute to firefighting heroes from across the state of Wisconsin Memorial Wall and Bell Tower.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball

Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Take me out to the ballgame! Nobody does family fun like the Rafters. Enjoy great baseball, tasty ballpark concessions and one-of-a-kind games. www.




Wildwood Park and Zoo

608 W. 17th St., Marshfield. This free attraction features bear, birds, bison and more. Key exhibits include the cougars and a gray wolves. The zoo also features Sensory Gardens, which include a wide variety of flowering and non-flowering plants. 715-384-4642.

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Adams County MAY 26:

N.Y.A.T. (Not Your Average Triathlon), at The Lure Bar & Grill, 1735 Archer Lane, town of Rome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. Individuals can participate in a 3- to 10-mile bike ride, a 1- or 3-mile walk or run, and a 1- or 3-mile canoe or kayak ride. Untimed and just for fun! Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for youths ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 years and younger. Proceeds benefit the Lester Public Library of Rome. For more information, call Dianne at 715-451-1389 or The Lure at 715-325-6555. Registration forms are available online at

JULY 21:

17th annual Castle Rock Triathlon, 8:45

a.m., Castle Rock County Park, 2397 Highway Z, Friendship, 1/4-mile swim, 16-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run. www.VisitAdams

Two of the best-kept secrets in Wisconsin are Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes, the second- and fourth-largest inland lakes in the state, together covering more than 60 square miles. In Adams County, the shores of Petenwell and Castle Rock Lake are dotted with public launch sites, and visitors can enjoy water-skiing, swimming, sailing and boating on its beautiful blue waters. Spectacular sunsets await along the many miles of wooded shoreline. For the angler, there are walleye, northern pike, bass and perch lurking just beneath the surface.

AUG. 19:

50th annual Corn-NTater Fest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grand Marsh Lions Park, 2515 Fourth Ave., Grand Marsh. Roast beef, sweet corn and potatoes, bingo, kids rides, corn-eating contest, crafts, music, flea market and much more. 608-339-7657.

JULY 13-14:

Taste of Rome, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Alpine Village Business Park, Highway 13, Rome. 715-325-1867, judysteinke@gmail. com.



Farmers markets in Rome, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Alpine Village Business Park, Highway 13, and Timberline Parkway, Rome. Vendors provide locally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh-frozen meats and eggs. You’ll also find homemade bakery, jams, pickles and salsa. We have vendors selling homemade crafts, soaps and artwork. Vendors provide a variety of prepared foods to enjoy while shopping the market: Egg rolls, whole grain cinnamon rolls, bakery items, a food wagon and the best cup of coffee in the area.


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Dyracuse Park, see website for times, fees and dates, 1047 Archer Drive, Nekoosa. Dyracuse Motorcycle Recreational Area, named after the prominent sandstone butte in northern Adams County, offers more than 14 miles of trails in the 250-acre park, including ATV and off-road motorcycle tracks. There are picnic grounds with grills and tables, a playground area, shelter house, lookout tower and hot- and cold-water restrooms. 715-325-8014 or 715-325-8013, or www.dyracusepark.dustndirt. com/index.html.

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DESTINATIONS Fawn Creek Winery

Open every day in the summer, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Siblings Dan Hanson, Shelley Steingraeber, Pam Genrich, Sally Haberkorn and Susan Spath, along with their spouses, assumed business operations of the former Tourdot Winery in January 2011, creating Fawn Creek Winery. In a building built by their father, Sheldon Hanson, and Dan Haberkorn, the winery is nestled in the midst of a maple, oak and pine grove. Fawn Creek Winery invites you to come enjoy a glass of our fine wine while savoring the peace and quiet of the woods on our outdoor deck overlooking the 7-acre vineyard. Fawn Creek Winery offers complimentary wine tasting, a micromenu featuring artisan cheeses and a gift shop containing many

Plan your own special event at Logging Camp Planning a wedding, birthday party or other special event? Why not make it unique, fun and memorable by holding it at Camp 5. Along with all that the Camp 5 Museum complex has to offer, your guests will never forget their exciting trip on the Lumberjack Steam Train. Call us at (715) 674-3414 for availability and rate packages. In 1975, the Green Treasure Forest Tour received the National Award in Education from the Arbor Day Foundation. This 30-minute narrated tour on a motorized surrey winds through an industrial forest of trees that are indigenous to the area. The trees are marked and include Tamarack or Eastern Larch, Black Ash, Elm, Basswood or Linden, Yellow Birch, and Sugar Maple. The tour also shows examples of the typical stages of a multi-aged forest. Visitors hear about sustainable forestry techniques and its historic and economic significance to Wisconsin The Rat River Natural Wildlife Tour is a quiet excursion along calm river banks visited by wildlife. Visitors board a hay wagon pulled by a tractor, which travels the short distance to the pontoon boat on the banks of the Rat River. The 30-minute narrated river tour features wild rice beds, great blue herons, eagles, otter, deer, ducks and other wildlife. Take a break during your visit to Lumberjack Camp Five and eat at the “Choo-Choo” Hut Restaurant, which offers something for everyone: pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, cold drinks, ice cream and pie. That is just the short list of tempting treats. Enjoy your meal sitting at one of the colorfully topped picnic tables. When finished eating the children can rush over to swing on the swing set or play at being the conductor on their very own wooden train. Tables are also available for those who have brought their own family picnic.

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The Van Kuren Trail

Named after Gilbert Van Kuren, an early settler to the area, the Van Kuren Trail is in the town of Strongs Prairie. Lake Van Kuren was a backwater of the main Wisconsin River channel and eventually was inundated as a result of the construction of a dam and the creation of Petenwell Flowage in 1949. The Van Kuren Trail is a 2.7-mile, year-round trail that meanders through rolling landscape, winding through stands of oak and pine, and affording views of wetlands and the 23,000-acre Petenwell Flowage. Quiet observers will see a variety of birds and other wildlife. Interpretive markers along the trail provide explanations of some of the unique features, and near the midpoint, a shelter and fire ring are provided. The Van Kuren Trail is in western Adams County off Chicago Avenue in Strongs Prairie.

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Timberworks Lumberjack Show - July 28 Cowboy Reenactment - Saturday, LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES July 14 and Saturday, October 6

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Roche-A-Cri State Park

Centuries before it served as a natural landmark along French fur-trading routes, Roche-A-Cri Mound held significance for the area’s earliest inhabitants. The mysterious carvings in the bare rock of the south face bear witness to their passing. The archaeological importance of these prehistoric art forms has earned Roche-A-Cri Mound its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The 300 foot castellated sandstone mesa, from which the park derives its name, once was an island in glacial Lake Wisconsin. The summit, now accessible by a stairway of solid white-oak planks, offers a breathtaking, 120-mile panorama. The varied terrains of the 425-acre park, designated a State Natural Area, include grasslands, open cliffs, pine barrens, oak forest, prairie and the meandering Carter Creek. Roche-A-Cri State Park offers 42 wooded campsites with fire rings. One site is handicapped accessible, and 25 others can be reserved. There are toilets, water and picnic tables. The park has four miles of marked hiking trails. 1767 Highway 13 in Friendship.

Quincy Bluff State Natural Area


Located on the northern border of Adams County and the edge of Petenwell Lake, the town of Rome offers myriad recreation choices and scenic country vistas. ATV riding and camping are among the many activities summer visitors to Rome can enjoy. Highway 13 south of Wisconsin Rapids and north of Friendship.

Quincy Bluff is located in what the first inhabitants called “the valley by Chicoongrah (window in the rock).” It is a 10,500-acre natural area jointly administered by the Wisconsin chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It contains a vast wetland complex sandwiched between sandstone ridges and buttes such as Quincy Bluff, Lone Rock and Rattlesnake Mound. Extensive oak and pine barrens and northern dry forest border the preserve. The DealChicken is a big fan of this area because it is home to another of my winged friends, the very rare Karner Blue Butterfly. Nine rare species of plant also can be found at Quincy Bluff. Recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, bird-watching and hiking are permitted so long as the rare resources are not harmed.


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Portage County MAY 12:

Portage County Cultural Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stevens Point Area Senior High, 1201 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. Ole! When the DealChicken is out looking for fun events, the Cultural Festival is his first stop! For his chance to not only learn through demonstrations and wingson (er, hands-on?) experience, he also gets to peck at some great international cuisine. Free admission and shuttle service from remote parking from Chase Bank in downtown Stevens Point., www.

MAY 19:

Amish Quilt, Craft and Furniture Auction, 7 a.m. viewing, 8 a.m. auction begins, 9 a.m. for quilts, noon for furniture, Amherst Fairgrounds, 4504 Fairground Road, Amherst. Hundreds of quilts and wall hangings, crafts, furniture, flea market and bake sale. Large selection of Amish-made quality goods. 920-450-1843, www.


Eighth annual Walk Wisconsin, 8 a.m., Pfiffner Pioneer Park, Green Circle Trail, Stevens Point. Preregistration required. Walk Wisconsin is the Midwest’s premier walking event, offering a noncompetitive setting to celebrate healthy lifestyles in Central Wisconsin. See beautiful scenery and get active with your family at the same time! The walk offers quarter-, half- and full marathon distances as well as a children’s event. Snacks will be provided at rest stops. Participants should check the weather before the event and plan accordingly. For more information, call 715344-2556, email or visit

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JUNE 15-17:

Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair 2012, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7558 Deer Road, Custer. Each year, the MREA Energy Fair transforms rural central Wisconsin into a global hot spot for renewable energy education, bringing more than 20,000 people from nearly every state and around the world. As the nation’s longest-running energy education event of its kind, it features exhibitors, workshops, a Clean Energy Car Show, Green Home Pavilion, Green Building Demos, entertainment, keynotes, food and local beer. 715-592-6595,


Riverfront Rendezvous, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Pfiffner Pioneer Park, Stevens Point. Food tents available until 10 p.m. This is a Fourth of July festival, featuring the Carp Classic Fishing Contest, live music daily, food, refreshments, fireworks, a lighted boat parade and more. Fireworks are scheduled for July 1, after the lighted boat parade. 715-346-1569.

JULY 28:

9 a.m. to midnight, Celebrate Plover, Lake Pacawa Park, Plover (behind Menards on Highway B). Help celebrate Plover at this family-friendly event featuring a craft, farmers and flea market, a Taste of Plover food court area, and live music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring Double Tap (rock) and Grand Union (country) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Other events include children’s activities and firefighter water fights. 715-345-5258, http://www.

AUG. 10-12:

Midwest Recumbent Rally, Hostel Shoppe, 3201 John Joanis Drive, Stevens Point. Sit back, put your feet up ... and race! The world’s largest recumbent bike rally will pedal around Portage County roads. Friday - registration and check-in, ice cream ride, ice cream social. Saturday morning tour, test rides, swap meet, lunch, self-guided tour. Sunday breakfast buffet, super tour, lunch. 715-341-2453,

AUG. 24-25:

Third Annual Bluegrass in the Pines Festival, noon to midnight, Rosholt Fair Park, North Main Street, Rosholt. Bluegrass, old time music, dancing, picking sessions.

SEPT. 3-4:

Riverfront Jazz Festival, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Pfiffner Pioneer Park, downtown Stevens Point. Riverfront Jazz Festival is the largest outdoor jazz festival in Central Wisconsin., www.

SEPT. 14-15:

Dozynki Harvest Festival/Art in the Park, downtown Stevens Point. Friday night on the Square and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Art in the Park. Dozynki offers Polish and American food, farmers market, Polish crafts and demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, and live music along Main Street, beginning Friday night. Art in the Park on Saturday only is an art and craft show, featuring children’s activities. Fun for the whole family! and PHOTO COURTESY OF KT ELEMENTS



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Stevens Point Sculpture Park

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park links love for outdoor recreation and the arts. The 20-acre park provides stunning views of artwork intertwined with nature along a scenic halfmile trail with a distinct backdrop of regional and national artwork. The trail also conveniently connects to the Green Circle Trail. Several new pieces are scheduled for installation during April and May, including a project creating habitats for Chimney Swifts in collaboration with the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society. 900 N. Second St., Stevens Point. Open daily.

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Portage County (varies). Open daily. The Stevens Point Area has no shortage of great recreational trails, such as the Green Circle Trail. But, what makes some of these trails even better is the ability to connect from one trail system to the next with ease. From the Green Circle Trail, connect with more than five miles of additional trails in the Schmeeckle Reserve, or catch the Hoover Spur to the Tomorrow River State Trail. From the Tomorrow River State Trail, journey just to the south to Standing Rocks County Park or a bit farther east on the Ice Age Trail. 715-344-2556, cfm?subCatID=2029.


K.A.S.H. Playground

Open daily, Mead Park, along the Wisconsin River in downtown Stevens Point. A family-friendly spot that you can’t miss. K.A.S.H. is a universally accessible playground, on a soft rubber surface that includes slides, swings and climbing equipment that is suitable and safe for children of all abilities. Fun for all ages and mobility levels. 715-346=0055,

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

On the campus of the University of WisconsinStevens Point, pays tribute to the Badger State’s dedication to conservation, as well as the people who have upheld that ideal. Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 Northpoint Drive; Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. 715-346-4992,

These three breweries will give visitors to Portage County a taste of the area’s long beer-making history: Stevens Point Brewery has been making beer since 1857 and is the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the country. 2617 Water St., Stevens Point. Tours available through May at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Gift shop open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 800- 3694911, The “freestyle brewers” at O’So Brewing Co. in Plover pride themselves on making beers that don’t fit a given mold — pale ales that aren’t exactly pale ales, lagers that aren’t exactly lagers. And they’re succeeding, too, as O’So is the fastest-growing microbrewery in Wisconsin. 3028-3034 Village Park Drive, Plover. Tap House is open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. 715-254-2163, Brewing since 1998, Central Waters Brewery sits in an industrial park in Amherst, just outside of Stevens Point. The brewery is anything but industrial, however. Central Waters is the first green-powered brewery in Wisconsin and produces more than a dozen perennial and seasonal brews. 351 Allen St., Amherst. Tap room is open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. 715-824-2739;

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Marathon County MAY 18:

Exhibitour, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Wausau’s River District. Experience one of Wausau’s most popular events. Stroll the streets of downtown Wausau to visit temporary art galleries, hosted by downtown businesses. Meet the artists, enjoy tasty gourmet treats and sample wine during the art stroll. Kari Rasmussen, 715-843-0748, or

JUNE 23-24:

Badger State Games, 12 sports to choose from in the 2012 games at various times and locations in the Wausau area. Watch or participate with your family! Wisconsin’s premier amateur sporting event returns for another spirited year of games, including archery, golf, sporting clays, duathalon, martial arts, wrestling, horseshoes and bowling. Get more information at www. or call Darien Schaefer, 715-355-8788.


Wausau Area 4th of July Celebration, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Thursday; noon to 11:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, 1201 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Enjoy carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food and fireworks. Admission is free. 715-842-2688 or www.wausau

JULY 12-15:

Wausau Balloon Rally and Glow/Big Bull Falls BBQ RibFest/ChalkFest, times vary. Balloon Rally/BBQ RibFest, 725 Woods Place, Wausau. July 14 to 15, ChalkFest, The 400 Block in downtown Wausau, 401 Third St. Dozens of hot air balloons take to the sky along with plane rides, kite-flying demos, a spectacular fireworks show and live music. Big Bull Falls BBQ RibFest features national competitors vying to serve the best ribs. The 400 Block in downtown Wausau once again will be transformed by artists and their colorful pastel art drawings. This is the ninth year for this sidewalk art festival, which is for artists of all ages and ability levels, and for art enthusiasts to observe and enjoy. Call Kari Rasmussen at 715-843-0748, or visit

JULY 10-15:

ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships, times vary, Whitewater Park in downtown Wausau, 200 River Drive. The world’s best young paddlers under age 18 from more than 30 countries are expected to compete and make all of us amateur canoeists jealous. The ICF’s first U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships for competitors ages 18 to 23 will take place in conjunction with the Junior Canoe Slalom World Championships. http: TO CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN: MARATHON COUNTY


JULY 31-AUG. 5:

Wisconsin Valley Fair, opens noon Tuesday, Marathon Park, 1201 Stewart Ave., Wausau. 144th annual Wisconsin Valley Fair with six days of excitement. Headlining entertainment in the grandstand nightly. A variety of national musical acts and a demolition derby. Carnival rides, commercial exhibits. Thousands of youth exhibits. Fun for the whole family. Great food, great entertainment, great time. The Wisconsin Valley Fair draws families of all kinds, and not just those of the human type! You can find Jo,the DealChick, and her henpeckin’ brood in a booth at the fair with lots of free swag for her “chicklets!” Wear a DealChicken t-shirt to the fair for an eggspecially special prize! 715-261-1539, or

AUG. 10-12:

Little Bull Falls LogJam Festival, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, River Park, 1101 Main St., Mosinee. Seventh annual festival presented by the Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce. Step back in time and enjoy Mosinee’s rich logging history along the Wisconsin River. Live entertainment, historical displays and activities, lumberjack shows, Civil War and re-enactment camps, artisans, vendors, and food and refreshments on the grounds. Canoe races, Little Bull Falls Woodsman 5K run/walk and more! Fireworks at dusk over the Wisconsin River. Free admission. 715-693-4330,

AUG. 16-18:

Harley Owners Group Annual Rally, Time TBA, Harley-Davidson of Wausau, 1570 Highway XX, Rothschild. A full weekend of great rides, the 21st annual Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, and more. 715869-3487, or Aug. 17 to 18: Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Fern Island Park, 500 River Drive, Wausau. Celebrating 21 years of blues. Enjoy two days of national and regional acts. Mingle with other blues fans in the beer garden and enjoy festival-style foods. Be prepared to show age identification on-site. Lawn chairs permitted. No carry-ins. No pets. Kari Rasmussen, 715-843-0748,

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DESTINATIONS Rib Mountain State Park/ Granite Peak Ski Area

As the fourth highest peak in Wisconsin, Rib Mountain State Park has a lot to offer visitors. The view is particularly breathtaking from the observation tower, a 60-foot structure that serves as a perch for those who climb its winding stairs high above the treetops. With 1,500-plus acres, the park boasts a well-maintained network of hiking and nature trails throughout the wooded area. The nature trails meander through the park’s rocky outcroppings, offering fun places to climb or sit and enjoy the views. Home to Granite Peak Ski Area, which offers chairlift rides in the fall for taking in the spectacular fall colors. 3605 N. Mountain Road.

Woodson History Center/ Yawkey House Museum

Home to the Marathon County Historical Society, the Woodson History Center is a lovely brick house built in 1914 with a rich history. Today it contains the library and archives, artifacts and exhibits. Across the street lies the Cyrus and Alice Yawkey house, a 1900/1901 Classical Revival-styled house. The Yawkey House is a fine example of a wealthy lumberman’s house between the years of 1908 and 1915. It features beautiful stained glass windows, art glass lighting fixtures and many original Yawkey furnishings. A small entrance fee is charged for nonmembers of the Society. The house, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, is open yearround. The formal garden, complete with pergola, pond and fountain, is open to the public from April to October. The garden is the site for many weddings during those months. 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.

SEPT. 8-9:

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. Festival of Arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, downtown Wausau; Art in the Park, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Marathon Park, 1201 Stewart Ave., Wausau; Birds in Art Exhibit, from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Woodson Art Museum, 700 N. 12th St., Wausau. Two days of art hopping and shopping at three events on both sides of the Wisconsin River. More then 120 fine artists are juried in 12 mediums, making for a great variety of work for patrons to purchase. Food stands, live entertainment, family art areas with hands-on kids’ projects, a young collectors’ area and more.,, and

More Marathon County destinations on pages 28 and 30

More Marathon County events can be found online at PAGE 27: MARATHON COUNTY



Dells of the Eau Claire County Park

The dells surround fantastic geological features created by the Eau Claire River. Ancient volcanic rock palisades and potholes carved in the rock by the falling water create a unique place at the dells and gorge. The river bisects this 190-acre park. With 27 campsites and the adjacent Ice Age Trail, this park offers visitors a number of nature trails right on the banks of the Eau Claire River, along with a swimming beach, spectacular waterfalls and rapids. The beautiful rock formations are a magnet for summertime nature enthusiasts. Who can resist climbing among the water-worn rocks or cooling off in one of the many swimming holes?

Open Saturdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 am


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• Pastured Poultry Beef and Pork • Baked Goods • 4-H Lunch Stands


• Artisan Cheeses • Brown Eggs • Canned Goods

FEATURING EATURING LLOCAL: OCA • Fresh-cut Flowers • Fruits

• Organic Dairy Products • Organic Loose-leaf Teas •Specialty Whole Bean Coffee • Brewed Coffee

• Vegetables • Certified Organic Produce • Maple Syrup

• Seasonal Decorations and • Weekly Surprises.

Two Blocks South of the Library on River Drive in Wausau

New this season!

Now accepting EBT FoodShare Cards (Visit the on-site booth for details) Farmer's Market of Wausau, Inc. is a grass-roots, independent organization of 48 local farmers, gardeners, and businesses that has served central Wisconsin for decades





SUMMER 2012 • 715-842-2688 FREE General Admission,, Park Entry & Parking

The 67th Annual Wausau Area





Marathon Park Wausau

ADMISSION TO FIREWORKS FREE! Children 10 & under receive FREE grandstand admission.

Friday June 29 Opens at Noon

Saturday June 30 Opens at Noon

Sunday July 1 Opens at Noon

Tuscan Road Country 7-11 pm

WI Lawn-mower Assoc. Racing 2 pm

Lucky O’Hara Demo Derbies 2 pm Finals 7 pm



Free Family Entertainment

4-11 pm $20 Wristband

Nick’s Kids Show 6:30 pm Buddy Holly Tribute Show by Nick Datillo 8 pm Kraft’s Kuddly Kritters Petting Zoo 5-8 pm

Beer Garden


Grandstand One Time Event Button $8.00



Karaoke With OCA Entertainment 7-11 pm

12-5 pm 20 tickets $10 or $1 each 6-close reg. price

12-5 pm 20 tickets $10 or $1 each 6-close reg. price

Nick’s Kids Show

Nick’s Kids Show

2:30 pm 4:30 pm 6:30 pm

2:30 pm 4:30 pm 6:30 pm

Back Alley Blossoms The Bad Downs Rock 7-11:30 pm


$ 00

Bluegrass 1-5 pm

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

High Energy Bluegrass 7-11 pm

Monday July 2 Opens at 4 pm

Tuesday July 3 Opens at 4 pm

Wednesday July 4 Opens at Noon FIRE WORKS AT DUSK OCA Entertainment Karaoke Contest Finalist Performances • 6:00 pm Sponsored by: 19th Hole, Next Stop Lounge & Den Mar Tavern

A & P ENTERPRISES 4-11 pm $20 per person or regular price

Nick’s Kids Show

A & P ENTERPRISES 4-11 pm $20 per person or regular price

5-8 pm

Nick’s Kids Show 6:30 pm Buddy Holly Tribute Show by Nick Datillo 8 pm

Buddy Holly Tribute Show By Nick Datillo 8 pm

Wuz Knots Classic Rock 7-11:30 pm

2:30 pm, 4:30 pm 6:30 pm

Kraft’s Kuddly Kritters Petting Zoo

A & P ENTERPRISES Open at 12 noon Regular ticket prices

Nick’s Kids Show

2:30 pm, 4:30 pm 6:30 pm

Kraft’s Kuddly Kritters Petting Zoo

12 noon-6 pm Karaoke OCA Entertainment 12-4 pm Dark Horse Band Variety Rock 7-11:30 pm



This project is supported in part by the City of Wausau Room Tax Funding.

The 400 Block

The public square on Third Street in downtown Wausau was completed in 2011 to include a permanent stage and sound system, seating and landscaping, and a lighted fountain. This centerpiece of the downtown offers a great new gathering space for activities, picnics or lunch, and hosts weekly concerts and other events throughout the year. The Wednesday Concert on the Square series features a variety of musical styles and is extremely popular. Get to the Block early on these Wednesday nights to save your spot! During the summer and fall months, the 400 Block hosts Marketplace Thursdays, with food, seasonal produce and other assorted items for purchase.

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Wisconsin’s Premier 1/4 Mile Asphalt Track Located in Wausau, WI

Mini Mods - Pure Stocks Mini Stocks - Super Late Models Saturday, May 19th

World Wide Packaging ASA Midwest Tour 125 Fireworks!

Thursday, May 24th

Autograph Session with 4 Time Nascar Truck Champion Rod Hornaday

Thursday, June 7th

Wausau Noon Optimist 75 Kids Night – Petting Zoo, Bicycle Races & Giveaways

Thursday, June 21st Budweiser Flip Merwin Memorial 2 16 oz. of Budweiser for $5.25

Thursday, July 5th

Pepsi All American 75 – Fireworks Plus Kim Parsons Mid Am 75 Service Night! Service Men & Women “Firefighter, Police, etc”

Thursday, July 12th

Big 8 Late Model Feature plus Support Divisions

Thursday, July 19th

Quirt Family Dentistry 75 - Presented by Bull Falls Brewery $12 Corn Night! All You Can Eat Corn & All You

Fri-Sat July 27-28th

Miller Lite Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend Presented by Budget Auto – Friday- Detjens Dash ASAMT Trucks & Support Divisions plus Fireworks! Saturday- Detjens Memorial 150, presented by Newsline Nine Plus Support Divisions

STRAWBERRIES Early Season, Excellent Crop

Thursday, August 9th Kocourek 75 Karaoke in the Speedway Bar

With a permanent collection of historic and contemporary paintings, graphics and sculptures primarily focusing on birds, the museum is an ideal place to get in touch with art and nature. Elegant gardens dotted with sculptures take on a new look with each season. Coupled with exhibits throughout the year, including the annual, internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibit, the Woodson Art Museum is a must-see destination. 700 N. 12th St., Wausau. PAGE 30: MARATHON COUNTY

(Early June - Early July)

Thursday, August 23rd

Brickner Family Auto Group Wayne “LODI” Lodholz Memorial Twin 66’s Mopar Night! Burnout Contest

Sunday, August 26th Eve of Devastation

Thursday, September 6th

3rd Annual Fightin’ Cancer – Full Throttle 75

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ENGELBERRY FARM 536-9091 (MERRILL) 3 miles N. of Merrill on Hwy. 107


Located in the Town of Stettin, Go to the intersection of Hwys “O and U”. Go North one mile on Hwy O, turn left (west) on Evergreen Drive. Go 1/8 mile. Turn right (north) on 108th Ave.

Clark County MAY-SEPT.:

Thunderbird Village Flea Market and Craft Show, Thunderbird Village, N9517 Thunderbird Lane, Hatfield, 12 miles northeast of Black River Falls, just off Interstate 94. May 12 and 13, May 26-28, July 6-8, Aug. 4 and 5, Sept. 1 and 3, Sept. and 15 and 16. Giant Flea Markets and Craft Shows throughout the summer. 160 vendor spaces available. Enjoy fun, sun, food and bargains. Check out the Thunderbird Museum while you are there. There is a beautiful lake resort with camping, play areas and an ice cream shop, boat, ATV and cabin rentals, motel and restaurants all within walking distance. Call 608-989-2275.

JUNE 8-10:

Greenwood Dairy Days, starts Friday at 5 p.m., George Scherer Athletic Park, 212 S. Main St., Greenwood. Dairy Days stampede run/walk, carnival, parade, raffle, city-wide garage sales, peddle tractor pull, horse pull, volleyball tournament, bands and entertainment, petting zoo, queen coronation. Be sure to visit the Branstiter Museum while you are in town. 715-267-6205.

JUNE 15-17:

Dorchester Days, all day event, Dorchester. Wisconsin State Championship tractor pull, mini-rod pull, truck pull, carnival, softball tournament, horseshoe tournament, charcoal chicken dinner on Sunday, kiddie parade, street dance, food and refreshments. Held annually the third weekend in June. 715-654-5006.

JULY 21-22:

Colby Cheese Days, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., Sunday, Main Street Colby. While cheese isn’t really his thing, the DealChicken knows his “cheese heads” have a hankering for the squishy treat. When the summer heat hits, you’ll see him pecking his way down the streets of Colby during the Chariots of Cheese 5k and 10k races and 1 mile run for kids, curd throwing contest, parade and, of course, munching on free Colby cheese. There’s also an ATV and tractor pull, Chariots of Cheese 5k/10 K races, 1 mile kids run. 715-223-4435 or visit: or www.worldchampionshipcheese

JULY 6-8:

Owen Junior Fair, all, Millpond Park, Highway X and Madsen Street, Owen. Carnival rides, music, bingo, city wide garage sales, queen’s contest, volleyball tournaments, fire dept. water fights, craft show, raffles, antique tractor pull, ATV pull, Fireworks at dusk on Saturday, parade and chicken dinner on Sunday. 715-229-2404.

AUG. 2-5:

The Highground’s Annual Bicycle Tour. Make it a family fitness weekend! Take your pick of six bike routes ranging from 180 to 350 miles, with meals and support staff along the way. Riders can start their tour in Appleton, Hayward, Madison, New Richmond, Racine and Dubuque, Iowa, and riders can join at any point. Riders are encouraged to find sponsors to cover their ride fees. A Journey’s End Celebration begins when the bicyclists enter The Highground Veterans Memorial Park , W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, at noon on Sunday. The fee is $100 per rider or $200 per family of riders. Register at bicycle-tour/index.html. Call 715-743-4224 for more information or visit

AUG. 4-5:

Curtiss Days and Curtiss Corners Quilt Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Hall/Old School, 1107 Meridian St., Curtiss. Tractor and ATV pulls, miniature train rides, softball games, music, dancing, parade, food, charcoal chicken dinner. 715-2232133.

More Clark County events and destinations on pages 34 and 36 and online at PAGE 31: CLARK COUNTY



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* Hanging Baskets * Proven Winners * Water Plants * Herbs * Pouches & Wall Baskets * 1,000s of Perennials * Planters * Ferns & Foliage A l s o : C h e c k O u t O u r N E W G if t S h o p ! Ride on gentle, well-trained horses. Rides start from 2 hr trail ride to extended trips. Wagon rides with gentle team of Bert & Bell. Enjoy a picnic in the woods or a great youth birthday party! Call 877-896-4221 or email for appointment

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We Now Have A Larger Selection Of Primitive Furniture! Benches, Tables, Cabinets, Etc.


Lancaster County Quilt Crafts

Bells Wind Baked Goods & Chimes Produce During Summer Birdbaths - Iron Garden Art - Rustic Wood Garden Art Birdhouses - Water Fountains - and So Much More!

Jams, Jellies & Homemade Candy WI-5001494373

Open From April til Nov Mon-Fri 8:00 - 8:00 Sat 8:00 - 6:00

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Nasonville Dairy 10898 Hwy 10, Marshfield, WI 54449 • Ph: (715) 676-2177 N14505 Sandhill Ave. (off Hwy 29), Curtiss, WI 54422 • Ph: (715) 223-3338 WI-5001492472


SILVER DOME BALLROOM 2012 SPRING BLUES PARTY Saturday, May 19th / Doors @ 6 / Music @ 8 / $10 Featuring Alligator Records Artist & Chicago Blues Legend

LIL ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS The Paul Holland Band Walker Fields

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The Rocking Chair Antiques

442 Hewett St., Neillsville, Across from Gazebo

Open Thurs., Fri., Sat. 9-5 • 715-743-2707



A variety of specialty flavored cheeses and cheese curds made fresh Monday-Friday

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Visit Neillsville


The Silver Dome Ballroom is located 5 miles west of Neillsville on US Hwy 10 & is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. See facebook for further information or to book your special event.



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Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-noon


Enjoy Golfing At

ocated in the heart of Wisconsin and nestled in the beautiful moraines. Clark County’s rustic roads, grazing cows, forests, lakes, parks, historic sites, residential communities and outstanding businesses and industry make it a GREAT place for a weekend vacation spot, year round get-away or for many a place to call home.

Friday Night Fish Fry

Neillsville Country Club 603 W. Division St., Neillsville, WI PH: (715) 743-3780

2.00 Off


9 Hole Green Fee With This Coupon. Valid 2012 Not Valid w/Special

Sunday Special Per Person

$10.00 - 9 hole $15.00 - 9 hole w/cart $20.00 - 18 hole $25.00 - 18 hole w/cart Please call for dates and times of tours

Nothing Sews Like A Bernina. Nothing.

Complimentary tastings

Handcrafted Furniture

HOURS: Open April 28th 2012

715-229-2851 • N14590 Cty O , Withee, WI 54498


WI-5001493402 WI-5001495410


Over 3000 Bolts

• Custom Quilting • Full line of Sewing Notions • Embroidery threads • Bedroom Sets • Hutches • Sewing Machines Cabinets • Christian Bibles and Books

Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. 11am-6pm; Sun. 1-4 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day Closed Dec 22nd-Spring

W6462 Bridge Road Withee, WI 54498

715-229-4501 WI-5001495367

Munson Bridge Winery

The Highground

Open to visitors 24/7 year round in Neillsville, The Highground in Neillsville is a 146-acre manned veteran’s memorial park that pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors, their service, and their sacrifice. The Highground fulfills its mission of healing and education by bringing past lessons into our hopes for the future. Open to visitors 24/7 year round. Information Center open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., www.

AUG. 25-26:

Loyal Corn Fest, all day, Downtown Loyal, Horseshoe tournaments, horse, truck and tractor pulls, Spanky’s Run/ Walk 5k and 10K, carnival, live music, great food including Loyal’s famous corn on the cob. The festival hosts one of the area’s best parades including hometown favorites Steady Eddie and Travis, Guinness Book of World Records stilt walkers. For Run/Walk information call 715-255-9441 or 715-255-8772.



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Friendly. Affordable. Fair. SATURDAY HOURS



(608) 339-3392

201 S Main Street Adams, WI 53910


Our Hours are... May 1 - Dec. 31 • Open 7 days/week 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 1 - April 30 • Open Wed. - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Except for Special Events or Holidays Anytime by Appt. Call 608-562-5271


Summer Dinner Theatre Spring & Fall Festivals Retail Sales

Kennedy Vineyards, LLC • N5873 Hwy 12 & 16 • New Lisbon, WI 53950 email: • WI-5001495555 WI-5001495439

SEPT. 7-9:

Granton Fall Fest, Call for locations and times, Granton. Three day community festival, celebrated since 1951. It is a festival that is focused on children and family activities including kid’s games, carnival, softball tournament, flower show, mini-rod pull, tractor pull, evening music and festival queen’s contest and a parade on Sunday. 715-238-7440.

SEPT. 12-15:

Central Wisconsin Horse Sale, Clark County Fairgrounds, 1120 E. Division St., Neillsville. Located on U.S. Highway 10, Neillsville. Wisconsin’s largest horse sale, including horse equipment, machinery and horsedrawn vehicles, all classes of horses and mules available. Also selling antiques, collectibles, Amish quilts, crafts, furniture, wagons and more. 715-238-8088, www.central

Clark County

Munson Bridge Winery

W6462 Bridge Road, Withee. Located on the former Munson Farm in Clark County. The farm and home, built in 1914, are just down the road from the Munson Bridge that crosses the Black River. Relax by the family pond and enjoy one of the many specialty wines made from fresh local ingredients such as; Raspberry, Elderberry, Boysenberry, Plum, Blackberry, Crabapple, Cranberry, Maple Syrup and more. Stop by any time or enjoy one of our events throughout the year. Check it out at

Lake Arbutus, Hatfield

Enjoy the 835 acre lake with 9 miles of shoreline, sandy beaches for swimming, play areas for the kids, great boating, skiing and fishing awaits you. This is a resort haven with many accommodations to suit your stay. Immediate access to camping, cabin rentals, motel and ATV trails. The dining accommodations also are a delight. Check out the giant flea markets and craft sales throughout the summer, within walking distance.

DESTINATIONS World’s Fair Pavilion

1964-65 Wisconsin Pavilion of New York World’s Fair, 1201 E. Division St., Neillsville. WCCN’s Wisconsin Pavilion originally served as the main entrance and basic exhibit for the State of Wisconsin at the 1964 and 1965 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow. The Pavilion houses the history of the structure along with central studios for 3 radio stations, gift and cheese shop featuring local cheeses and wines from the region along with Wisconsin memorabilia. Chatty Belle, the world’s largest talking cow is located outside the Pavilion. www.

Greenhouses, fresh farmers markets and artisan cheese companies

Clark County has more than 30 beautiful greenhouses that all open early in spring. For a complete listing, visit We also feature many world famous artisan cheese companies where you can purchase fresh cheese directly from the artisan. For a complete listing visit dairy.pdf. All of Clark County’s communities feature fresh farmers markets from May to October. 715-255-9100. TO CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN: PAGE 36


Vilas County

MAY 17-20:

Eagle River Mud Fest, Various locations around Eagle River. For a down-and-dirty good time, the DealChicken heads over to the Eagle River Mud Fest. This fun-filled, four-day festival includes musical groups including Puddle of Mudd (how appropriate) and Drowning Pool. You can catch the DealChicken hanging out watching some flicks at the Vilas Cinemas, or ruffling his feathers on the obstacle course. You may even find him sporting his swimming gear playing mud volleyball! Proceeds benefIt Angel on My Shoulder, the Eagle River Recreation Association and the local youth soccer league.


Great Northern Beer Festival, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Hi-Pines Eagle River Campground, 1919 Highway 45, Eagle River. Featuring microbrews and craft beers from more than 25 breweries. Advance tickets are $30, $35 at the gate - if available. Designated drivers are admitted free. Proceeds benefit Vilas Food Pantry, the Vilas County Humane Society, the Olson Memorial Library Expansion Project, the YMCA of the Northwoods’ Strong Kids Campaign and the Eagle River Historical Museum. 715-891-0421.

Escape to Vilas County

Ojibway Market

Welcome to the 40th Annual



& Convenience Store / Butcher Service

July 21, 21 2012

Stop In 9am - 3pm Rain or Shine You’ll Love Our Selection of Meats rt A t a g un Yo Dozens of Homemade Brat Varieties • Food • Live Music • Parking on Grounds Full Service Deli - Fresh Produce


in Eagle River,Wis. featuring

Don’t miss the Silent Auction proceeds go toward local scholarships


Escape to Iron County Loon’s Nest Motel & Cottage

JULY 27-29:

Hwy 51 Downtown Mercer


Northwoods Summer Art Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., held throughout several northern Wisconsin counties. A self-guided tour of artist-owned galleries and studios. Artist demonstrations and art available for purchase. Brochures/maps available at area Chambers of Commerce. or

Easy walking distance to shops Places to eat & drink Plenty of trailer parking


8th Annual Pig in the Pines Rib Fest, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day, St. Germain Community Park, Highway 155 and Highway 70, St. Germain. Professional award-winning national rib vendors cooking ribs. Live music and rides. 715-477-2205.


Convenience Store Hours 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week

501 Old Abe Road Lac du Flambeau, Wi. 54538 WI-5001496229


Color Cable TV Small Refrigerators A/C

AUG. 2-4:

More Vilas County events on pages 38 and 39

Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday –Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday



715-476-2330 for reservations. SUMMER 2012

AUG. 10-12:

56th Annual Musky Day Jamboree, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Downtown Boulder Junction. The annual event features the Musky Fun run, an antique show, 180 arts and crafts booths, a kids’ casting contest, live entertainment and more. The Fun Run is a 5K and 10K cross-country race for all ages. Both courses begin at the Boulder Junction baseball park and wind through the beautiful Northwoods on scenic and rolling roads and trails. Sign up as a family for some exercise and bonding time! Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female runners in the 10K and 5K races. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the male and female age divisions. Online registration closes at noon, on Aug. 9. The Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. For more information visit, or call 1-800-GO-MUSKY

SEPT. 15:

Wild Rice Fest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 602 Peace Pipe Road, Lac du Flambeau. The 5K Run/Walk kicks the day off along with wild rice harvesting demonstrations, wild rice and Indian fry bread cooking contest, pie eating contest, Pow Wow, health fair, arts and crafts, traditional Native American food vendors, kids’ games. 715-588-3346. www.


Vilas County

DESTINATIONS The Snowmobile Hall of Fame

Even though the snow won’t return for many months, snowmobiling is a Wisconsin outdoor staple and nowhere is it celebrated more than the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. Off-season hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8481 West Highway 70 at Sled World Blvd., St. Germain. Visitors can see vintage and contemporary sleds, as well as learn about the inductees in the Hall of Fame., 715-542-4463.



Musky Capital of the World

Boulder Junction is known as the Musky Capital of the World, and the area’s 194 lakes offer anglers an opportunity to track down the elusive musky, as well as walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish. www.

Razorback Ridges

bicycle trails. Located 2 miles west of Sayner off Highway N. The 12 miles of Razorback Ridges bicycle trails are maintained by the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club and provide great summer mountain biking. http://www.trails. com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=BGM041-029, 608-222-5608.

Northwood Children’s Museum

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 346 W. Division St., Eagle River. The Northwood Children’s Museum in Eagle River is a great family destination. The museum offers hands-on exhibits, educational programs, and special events throughout the year., 715-479-4623.


Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters

In April 1934, five years after it was built, Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters was the site of a shoot-out between FBI agents and infamous gangster John Dillinger. Over 70 years later, Johnny Depp filmed portions of the Dillinger bio-pic ‘Public Enemies’ at the Lodge. You may not bump into Depp, but the old and new history of this unique location makes it something special. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a nightly dinner and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast Thursday through Sunday, 142 Highway 51 South, Manitowish Waters. www., 715-5438433.


Oneida County

Wisconsin River Cruises

DealChicken happens to love water just as much as the waterfowl in the Northwoods, he just loves it in a different way. When the DealChicken heads out, he does it in style, using the Wisconsin River Cruises out of Rhinelander. The 76-foot double-decker named “The Wildnerness Queen” sure did brighten his spirits when he found not only could he cruise in luxury, but he could do it while enjoying a nice meal, as well! You can catch the ‘Queen’ from May all the way to October with dinner cruises on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Highway 8 and 47, Rhinelander. 715-369-7500,


Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oneida County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Rhinelander. Original artwork and crafts from more than 150 Midwestern artisans. Held in conjunction with the Headwaters Corvette Club Car Show in downtown Rhinelander., 715-365-7464.

SEPT. 28-29:

48th Annual Beef-a-Rama, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, downtown Minocqua. Annual event featuring a beef judging contest, live music, the Rump Roast Run and more., 715-356-5266.

Oneida County

DESTINATIONS Oneida County Courthouse

Built in 1910, the Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander is famous for its Tiffany glass dome. The building was designed by a Manitowoc architect and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. 1 S. Oneida Ave., Rhinelander. 715-369-6157,

JULY 12-15:

Hodag Country Festival, Hodag Festival Grounds, 5476 River Road, Rhinelander. Fueling lawn chair sales for 35 years in Wisconsin, the Hodag Country Festival features big-time acts including Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Jo Dee Messina and more this year. Grab your cowboy hat and tight jeans, and enjoy Summerfest’s country cousin., 800-762-3803.




Willow Flowage

Rhinelander Logging Museum

A city of about 7,700 people in Oneida County, Rhinelander is home to a fabled beast called the Hodag, which can be seen around the town. Visitors can get their picture taken with a sculpture of the beast when they stop at the Visitor Center on Highway 8, 450 W. Kemp St., Rhinelander. 715-365-7464,

A great fishing spot in Oneida County, the Willow Flowage covers 4,200 acres and provides anglers with great opportunities to hook musky, panfish, bass, pike and walleye. Take Highway 8 west from north of Tomahawk, then head north on Willow Road. Four boat landings provide easy access. To view a map of these boat landings and all public boat landings in Wisconsin, visit and click the maps link at the top of the home page.

The Rhinelander Logging Museum is a fullscale replica of a lumber camp from the 1870s. Visitors can see lodging quarters, a cook’s shanty, logging equipment and the legendary Hodag. Pioneer Park, Rhinelander, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. 715-3695004.


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Price County MAY 27:

Lawn Mower Races, 1 p.m., Ball Park, Fifield, hot laps are at noon; races begin at 1 p.m.; six classes – IMOW, AP, SP, STOCK, BP, and FX; trophies for top five places; 1/6-mile oval track; grandstand seating; concessions will be available. What better way to raise money for a great cause than to watch a suped-up lawn care machine zip around a track? Proceeds go to the Fifield Volunteer Fire Department. Affiliated with the American Racing Mower Association (ARMA) and the Badger State Mower Racing Association (BSMRA). Contact info.: 715-762-4739, 715-661-2432 or 715-617-4411 or

JUNE 9-10:

45th annual Catawba/Kennan Lumberman’s Day, 5 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Catawba and Kennan Parks. Saturday at Kennan Memorial Park: 5k run starting at 5 a.m., American Legion Cash Bingo at noon, Mini Rod pull 4 p.m., oldies softball and dance 8 p.m. to midnight. Sunday at Catawba: New Hope Church service 9 a.m., parade 10:30 a.m. followed by horseshoe tournament at noon, children’s pedal pull competition, live music noon to 4 p.m., logging contests start at 12:30 p.m., Penny scramble 1:30, softball tournament, Pre Civil War Demonstrations by Hidden Prairie, concessions, BBQ chicken, Queen Coronation and raffle drawing 4 p.m. Contact info: 715-474-6626,

JUNE 15-17:

29th annual Czech-Slovak Festival, Start of Festival, 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Lidice Memorial Service, Polka Mass, arts, crafts, vendor, live music, children’s activities, contest and much more. 715-339-4100 or 888-408-4800,,

JULY 14:

Fourth annual Phillips Chain of Lakes Tri, 9 a.m. Elk Lake/Lionite Park Pavilion, Highway H, downtown Phillips. Challenge your body with a triathlon in beautiful surroundings. Swim 1/4 mile in Elk Lake, bike 18 miles on rural roads, and run three miles along Lake Duroy. Participants can enter as individuals or as a relay team. Discounts are available until June 20, but registrations are accepted through the day of the event. Registration includes an official race shirt and lunch. Awards are given in a variety of categories. All awards are hand-crafted by local artists. There will be a free Steeple Chase event for kids beginning after 9:30 a.m. This is a fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization. 715-339-2143, aknudson@ phillips.k12., or www. phillipschain


Flambeau Rama, Highway. 13 North to North Fifth St., Park Falls. When it comes to fishing the Flambeau, the DealChicken might not cast like the rest, but you have to admit: It’s hard to hold the pole correctly without an opposable thumb! He’ll just stick to the chalk drawing contest, family fun games, parade, arts and crafts fair, and the road walk/run. The DealChicken knows what he’s good at, and as far as fishing goes, it’s not his forte, but he’ll be happy to take a few lessons! You can also shake your tailfeather with all the free live music you can take in while at the Flambeau Rama! 715-762-2703, chamber@parkfalls. com, or

AUG. 22-26:

Price County Fair, Fairgrounds, Highway H, N9130 Forest Lane, Phillips. $9 admission includes rides and parking. There will also be magic and 4-H shows, antique displays, animal barns, entertainment, concessions, exhibits, vendors and more. Thursday – Railroad Ron and Bob; Friday – Senior Citizen Day, market animal sale; Saturday – Comedian Roger Radley, music by Madd Hoss Jackson, demo derby, horse show; Sunday – Brew City Wrestling. 715-339-6268 / 2397,,


SEPT. 1-2:

Progress Days, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Prentice. Alumni basketball tournament, dunk tank, volleyball and ice cream. Saturday – softball tournament, arts and crafts, parade at 10:30 a.m., free inflatable rides, barbecue chicken dinners, pies and goodies, genealogical research, historical display, bingo, log loading contest, live music, fire truck rides, airplane rides, Multitek factory tours and machine demos, kids’ fishing contest (16 and under). Watch “Rio” movie free at Lion’s Park and live music at the Fire Hall; Sunday – softball tournament, Leo Heikkinen Memorial Golf Tournament, pig catching, bean bag toss, spaghetti feed and community hymn sing. 715-428-2861, 715-4282411 for fishing contest,

SEPT. 1:

Fourth annual Flambeau 40 Bike Race, 8:30 a.m., St. Anthony’s Padua Center, 276 S. Fifth St., Park Falls. Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m., 38-mile on-road bike race consisting of rolling hills along the Flambeau River. All preregistered entrants receive a T-shirt and lunch. Awards go to the top three overall male and female finishers. Professional timing. 715-762-2703.

SEPT. 1-2:

Fifield Dirt Devils ATV events at Wojcieszak’s Flambeau Resort, N15355 East Road, Park Falls. Mud Run on Sept. 1, registration from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Sportsman's Lounge. Racing to begin at noon. Off-road Challenge registration from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Moose Jaw Resort. Racing to begin at noon. $15 entry, 2 runs for trophies. 715-762-2178 or 715-762-4757,, www.parkfalls. com or,


Price County

DESTINATIONS Knox Creek Heritage Center

West Knox Road, Brantwood. An authentic logging camp kitchen and bunk room laid out in the Center’s Keto House takes you back 100 years. Stroll through the Center’s turn-ofthe-century farmstead; visit the historic Spirit Baptist Church; view a collection of saunas built by 19th century Scandinavian immigrants and explore the Knox House, a log home built in 1898 by a Finnish immigrant. Hikers and cyclists can enjoy the Center’s Heritage Trail. 800-269-4505

Round Lake Logging Dam

Forest Road 144, Pike Lake. Fully restored in 1996, the Round Lake Logging Dam is one of the last remaining structures of its kind and a testament to the skill and ingenuity of its makers and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located 20 miles east of Fifield off U.S. Forest Road 144, which may be reached from Highway 70.

Timm’s Hill County Park

Highway C and Highway 86, 6 mi. east of Ogema. What’s Wisconsin’s tallest point? Rib Mountain? Wrong. Timm’s Hill is tops, at 1,951.5 feet above sea level. Enjoy a spectacular view from the observation tower atop the hill. Bordered by two deep spring-fed lakes, the park is a favorite spot for pan and bass fishing. There is a public pier for fishing, a beach for swimming, trails, a picnic shelter, a children’s playground, toilets and a memorial to the area’s earliest settlers. The park also includes the Timm’s Hill Trail, a non-motorized trail connecting to the Ice Age Trail. 715339-4505.

SEPT. 29:

SEPT. 29:

19th Annual Fall Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 126 Cherry Street and Elk Lake Lionite Park, downtown Phillips. Arts and craft fair, live music, food, sidewalk sales and farmers market, craisins and fresh, locally grown cranberries sold at the chamber tent, scarecrow contest displays, A Taste of Fall in Phillips, family movie at Cinema North, pumpkin decorating, special craisin and cranberry menu items at participating eateries. $1 admission. 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 715-339-4100, 888-408-4800,,

53rd Annual Christmas Tree Festival, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. N1859 School House Road, Downtown Ogema. Parade at 11 a.m., chicken barbecue at 11:15 a.m., “Run to the Peak” race at Timm’s Hill, library book sale, tours of Pioneer House Museum, large arts and crafts sale and display, car display, flea market, farmers market, variety show at 7 p.m. and the Ogema Fire Company will hold its annual Fireman’s Dance at the fire hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 715-767-5989.

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Plan Your Adventure!

Park Falls • Phillips • Prentice 18,000 acres of


Flambeau River, Pike Lake Chain, Phillips Chain of Lakes and many more! Walleye, Musky, Bass, Pike, Sturgeon & Panfish

185 miles of

Wisconsin Concrete Park

Highway 13, south of Phillips. In 1950, Fred Smith began to create a collection of cement statuary. Smith built the figures on wooden frames wrapped with mink wire, covered with handmixed cement and decorated with bits of colored glass, mirrors, metal and stone. Before his death in 1976, Fred Smith created more than 200 figures, including deer and other native wildlife, an eight-horse brewery wagon hitch, two larger-than-life lumberjacks, Ben Hur, Sacajawea, Paul Bunyan, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, friends and mythical and legendary creatures. The park is open daily during daylight hours year-round. The site offers free parking, a nature trail and outdoor restrooms. 715-339-6371.

ATV & UTV trail

Flambeau Trail System, Tuscobia State Trail, Georgetown Trail, Solberg Lake Trail and the Flambeau River State Forest Trail

340,000 acres of

Public Land

THREE VACATION HOMES and SIX COTTAGES round out our lodging possibilities.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Flambeau River State Forest, Price County Forest and MFL

Smith Rapids Covered Bridge

U.S. Forest Road 148, northeast of Fifield. The Smith Rapids Bridge is the first bridge of its kind to be constructed in Wisconsin in more than 100 years. The covered bridge spans 90 feet across the South Fork of the Flambeau River.


Coming soon

our newest cabin “The Butternut”

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Ashland County

MAY 19:

Northern Wisconsin’s largest house-to-house garage sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., throughout the city of Ashland. Huge sales in neighborhoods and in the downtown stores. The DealChicken can appreciate a deal of any kind, especially one that pulls the community together! Mid-May, when the sun is high and the temperature is perfect, you’ll find the DealChicken pecking at good deals in Ashland. 800-284-9484,,


Chequamegon Bay Tagged Fishing contest, Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior. Fish the waters of Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay and you may catch tagged fish worth money. To win, you need to purchase a fishing pin prior to fishing. Purchase pins at the local bait shops or the Ashland Chamber of Commerce office. 800-284-9484,,

MAY 17-19:

Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland. Birding enthusiasts and nature lovers will come together for this event on the South Shore of Lake Superior, home to some of the best birding hotspots in the Midwest. The weekend event features guided field trips, educational programs, exhibits, speakers and over 100 activities to choose from. And if you go, bring your camera. Share your birding photos on by clicking the “Photos” link at the top of the site. 800-284-9484,,



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JUNE 16:

Apostle Islands Inline Marathon/ALMT Half Marathon, 8:30 a.m. Running a marathon not your thing? Try skating a marathon course on Madeline Island. The Apostle Islands Inline event draws professional-level skaters, but families and others who like to skate recreationally are invited to enter the race. The course is flat with no big hills. There’s even a Mad Fun Skate for children aged 8 and over, an 8.7 mile loop. The marathon will include three laps of this course. The course offers a scenic mix of flats, curves and straight aways with extraordinary glimpses of the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline. The majority of the course takes place on brand new pavement. 800-284-9484,,

JULY 13-17:

Ashland Bay Days Festival, events all day, throughout Ashland. Local music, Battle of the Bands contest, kids activities (baby crawl, toddler run, big wheel and cardboard boat races), sporting events (5K and 10K Fun Run, Chequamegon Bay Sprint Triathlon, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Off-road Bike Race) and craft and food vendors. Registration is now open for the Bay Days 5K and 10K and the Chequamegon Bay Sprint Triathlon.,

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Pin point everything from campgrounds and bike trails to boat landings and hotels from around the state using an interactive map.


Ashland Mural Walk

Historic Main Street, downtown Ashland. The 8-block Main Street business district, listed on the National Register for Historic Places, is the background for a fascinating walk through Ashland’s history as seen through the eyes of Ashland’s mural artists Kelly Meredith and Susan Prentice Martinsen. 10 murals, starting from the corner of Ellais Avenue and Main Street and continuing on streets going west in Ashland’s historic downtown. The murals depict people from Ashland’s past., contact Kelly Meredith at 715-7693722 evenings or Sue Martinsen at 715-292-4573.

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Apostle Islands Cruises

Big Top Chautauqua

101 W. Bayfield St. Washburn. Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is Wisconsin’s most unique entertainment venue – a 900-seat, state-of-the-art, all-canvas tent theater located at the base of Mount Ashwabay, three miles south of Bayfield off Highway 13. It offers musical performances mid-June through mid-Sept. See one of the many Chautauqua Original Musicals, the Blue Canvas Orchestra and Singers, or hear national performers like Keb’ Mo’, Glenn Yarbrough, Willie Nelson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and others. For performance schedules and tickets call toll free at 888-544-8368 or visit Free shuttles from Ashland. 715-373-5552, 888-244-8368,,

2 N. Front St., City Dock, Bayfield. Scenic narrated cruises, May through Oct., of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore including: island shuttles, sunset cruises, and lighthouse cruises and tours. Experience island camping, hiking, beachcombing and exploring. Reservations recommended. See website for times and cost. 715-779-3925, 800-323-7619, or

Copper Falls State Park

Mellen. Canyons, streams and waterfalls are the delight of photographers and hikers at Copper Falls State Park. There is a swimming beach and miles of trails. A family campground is available as well as walk-in and backpack campsites, pavilion and concession stand. Copper Falls is about 2 miles northeast of Mellen. Take Highway 13 to the north

side of Mellen and turn (northeast) on Highway 169. Travel about 1.8 miles. The park entrance will be on your left. 715682-5123,


Spend your day waterfall hopping. Ashland County is home to three of Wisconsin’s highest waterfalls. Morgan Falls, the second-highest Wisconsin falls, is 80 to 100 feet tall; Copper Falls is a beautiful 40-foot falls, and Brownstone Falls in just a little bit smaller, at 30-feet tall. For more info on the falls, check out .pdf or call 800- 284-9484.

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