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Columbia County TABLE OF CONTENTS 30-31 32-33

AMISH COUNTRY TOURS MAP COLUMBIA COUNTY MAP

WHERE THE FUN BEGINS 7-15 53 34-35 48-49 60 54-55 61 56 56 27 45-47 59 50-51 6 58

CALENDER OF EVENTS CAMPING COLUMBIA COUNTY BARN QUILTS COLUMBIA COUNTY BIKING TRAILS CURLING CLUBS DINING FALL THINGS TO DO GOLF COURSES LODGING MERRIMAC FERRY NATURE AREAS AND HIKING TRAILS OUTDOOR RECREATION PRODUCE AND FARMER’S MARKETS WEEKLY SUMMER EVENTS TRANSPORTATION

COMMUNITIES 52 16-18 19-21 22-23 24-26 60 29 36-44 52 56 57 62 28

ARLINGTON CAMBRIA FRIESLAND COLUMBUS FALL RIVER LODI AND LAKE WISCONSIN MARQUETTE COUNTY PARDEEVILLE PORTAGE POYNETTE RANDOLPH RIO SAUK COUNTY WYOCENA

This TRAVEL Guide is the official publication of the Columbia County Visitor’s Bureau Contact us at 608-742-6161 www.TravelColumbiaCounty.net

PUBLISHED BY: Capital Newspapers, Portage, WI GENERAL MANAGER: Jonathan Denk GRAPHIC DESIGN: Dusty Drew Baka

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COMMUNITIES City of Columbus 920-623-5900 www.cityofcolumbuswi.com

Village of Fall River www.fallriverwi.com

920-484-3525

City of Lodi www.cityoflodi.us

608-592-3247

Village of Friesland

920-348-5156

City of Portage www.portagewi.gov

608-742-2176

Village of Pardeeville 608-429-3121 www.villageofpardeeville.net

City of Wisconsin Dells 608-254-2012 www.citywd.org Village of Arlington www.arlingtonwi.com

608-635-2474

Village of Cambria 920-348-5443 www.cambriawisconsin.com Village of Doylestown 920-992-3648

Village of Poynette www.poynette-wi.gov

608-635-2122

Village of Randolph 920-326-4600 www.randolphwis.com Village of Rio www.riowi.us

920-992-5454

Village of Wyocena 608-429-2349 www.villageofwyocena.com

CHAMBERS Cambria-Friesland 920-348-6090 www.cambriafrieslandchamber.com

Pardeeville Area Business Association www.pardeeville.biz

Columbus 920-623-3699 www.columbuswichamber.com

Portage 608-742-6242 or 800-474-2525 www.portagewi.com

Fall River 920-484-6257 www.fallriverwichamber.com

Poynette 608-635-2425 www.poynettechamber.com

Lodi & Lake Wisconsin 608-592-4412 www.lodilakewisconsin.org

Randolph www.randolphwi.net

920-326-4769

Wisconsin Dells www.wisdells.com

800-223-3557

LOCAL CONTACTS Columbia County Offices 608-742-2191 www.co.columbia.wi.us

Lodi Area Opportunity & Development Corporation (L.O.D.I.) 608-592-4038

Columbia County Economic Development Corporation 608-742-6161 www.ccedc.com

UW Extension-Columbia County 608-742-9680 www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/columbia 2017 COLUMBIA COUNTY VISITOR’S BUREAU BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT: Robert Becker VICE-PRESIDENT: Stan Stofflet SECOND VICE PRESIDENT: Dave Schneider SECRETARY: Marianne Hanson DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Robert O’Brion DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Mike Griffith TREASURER: Mary Rosin EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Nancy Elsing


WELCOME TO COLUMBIA COUNTY Dear Fellow Traveler,

Stephanie Klett

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Columbia County! From quaint country shops to endless outdoor fun, Columbia County has something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re up for an adventure, explore one of Columbia County’s scenic bike loops, hike along a few of their winding trails or try your luck at a scenic fishing spot along the Wisconsin River. Between land and water, outdoor activity options are endless. Take the fun off the trails and spend time exploring the many museums, antique shops and galleries that span the region. Celebrate the area’s agricultural history on a tour of Columbia County’s beautiful collection of over 40 barn quilts nestled in the rolling countryside. Regardless of where you go and what you explore, you are sure to encounter comfortable lodging, delicious culinary gems and friendly faces eager to help you enjoy all that Columbia County has to offer. Use this guide as your first step in planning a getaway. Additional resources and unique trip ideas are also available online at www.TravelColumbiaCounty.net. More travel information is also available on our mobile-friendly website www.TravelWisconsin.com, or download our Travel Wisconsin smart phone app to find fun on the go. On behalf of Wisconsin’s tourism industry, we look forward to welcoming you! Sincerely,

Stephanie Klett Secretary

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Events APRIL

✱MONTHLY

POETRY & PHOTO COMPETITION

Portage, April & May Entries due first of month, one entry photo & poem per person. All ages welcome, winner by popular vote. Monthly drawing for entrants/voters for 1 free ticket to a Performing Arts Series Concert! Upcoming 2017 themes: April “Raindrops,” May “Winner’s Circle.”

FRIENDS OF MACKENZIE MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

Poynette, April 1 Enjoy learning about the MacKenzie Center’s sugar bush and how Native Americans, pioneers and today’s volunteers make maple syrup. 8AM-Noon enjoy a pancake breakfast, horse drawn wagon rides and more! Concession stand & breakfast available at added cost. MacKenzie Center 608-635-8105 or email dnrmackenziecenter@wisconsin.gov

PORTAGE LIONS CLUB RADIO AUCTION

Portage, April 1 Noon-4PM Fundraiser for Portage Lions Club to help support pre-school vision screening, eye exams, glasses for the needy and transportation of eye tissue to and from the Eye Bank in Madison. www.portagewi.com

SAVANNA OAKS SPRING FLING ARTS & CRAFT SHOW

Fall River, April 1 Savanna Oaks Community Center, Hwy. 16 and Savanna Rd. Fall River. 9AM-3PM. Lunch will be served. Looking for Crafters and Vendors. 920-424-6257 www.savannaoakscenter.com ✱BINGO

Portage, April 2, 16, 30 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale.

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ROTARY SMELT FRY

Prairie du Sac, April 5 All you can Eat from 5PM-9PM! $13 in Advance, $15 at the Door. Ages 6-12 Half Price, under 6 Free. Advanced Tickets can be bought at Vern’s Appliance, Lake Wisconsin Country Club or 608-370-1135. ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, April 5, 12, 19, 26

Portage VFW. 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30pm. Open to the public. ✱MONTHLY

DRURY GALLERY ART EXHIBITS

Portage, April 7

Opening Reception 4-6PM introducing the artists with piano music and refreshments, free and open to the public! Artwork includes Portage HS & Lodi Homeschool Association. Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com ✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, April 7 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee.

KIWANIS EGG HUNT

✱RECURRING EVENT

in an oversized basket and patiently wait for the drawing which will be held at the end of the egg hunt. Other eggs have specials prizes and candy.

LODI FFA ALUMNI CONSIGNMENT AUCTION

Lodi, April 9 at Bill’s Towing & Auto Repair, LLC 9:30AM.

COLUMBUS RECREATION ANNUAL EGG HUNT

Columbus, April 9 12-4PM Fireman’s Park Pavilion. Egg hunt for ages 0-4th grade, special needs section, clowns, pony rides, over 10,000 eggs, concession sales, games and prizes.

PORTAGE LIONS CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT

Portage, April 15 10AM Foil-wrapped chocolate eggs will be scattered on the grounds of Woodridge and John Muir school at 10AM on Saturday morning. Bring baskets or bags to collect eggs. 742-7242.

EASTER EGG HUNT

Poynette, April 15 8AM-12 Noon in Pauquette Park. ✱GAME

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

Cambria, April 8 In Cambria Tarrant Park at 10AM. Cambria-Friesland School in case of bad weather.

Portage, April 20 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

FALL RIVER FIRE DEPT. BINGO & MEAT RAFFLE

Portage, April 22 Hiroya Tsukamoto: 7:30PM, as a composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, Hiroya describes his music as “cinematic guitar poetry”, with an eclectic blend of folk, jazz and world music! Portage Center for the Arts, 608742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

Fall River, April 8 Held at the Fall River Fire Station. Doors open at 6PM. Bingo at 7PM.

COLUMBUS RECREATION FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT

Columbus, April 8 7-10PM Fireman’s Park Pavilion. Bring a flashlight and a basket. FREE to grades 5-12. If you want a chance to win a Mini IPad, purchase a special egg for $5, place

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PERFORMING ARTS SERIES CONCERTS

✱BROWN

BAG LUNCH SERIES

Portage, April 27 Bring a friend and add a splash of color to your lunch! Student groups welcome; please call for group pricing. Currently scheduled shows include: There and Back Again: a Hobbit’s Tale by Hope & Bob Fenske. Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

PORTAGE WINE WALK

Portage, April 28 6PM Spend time with your friends enjoying great wine inside various businesses and walking from place to place to shop. Advance ticket sales will start one month before the event. Portage Area Chamber of Commerce www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242.

LODI SPRING GARAGE SALE

Lodi, April 28-30 Over 70 garage sales in one area! Garage Sale descriptions and map available in the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press.

COLUMBUS ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

Columbus, April 29 9AM-3PM Columbus Fireman’s Park Pavilion. Live music, tree give-a-ways, bake sale, brat fry, prescription drug drop, craft fair upper level of Pavilion, Library book sale (pre-sale Friday 4-6PM), E-cycle from 9AM – 1PM at DPW park garage. Crafts for kids, free seeds, LED bulbs, free mulch and a bouncy house.

MAY ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Portage VFW. 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30pm. Open to the public.


Events

✱RECURRING EVENT

✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, May 5 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee. ✱MONTHLY

DRURY GALLERY ART EXHIBITS

Portage, May 5 Opening Reception from 4-6pm introducing the artists with piano music and refreshments, free and open to the public! Artwork includes: Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP), mixed. Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

PARDEEVILLE STUDENT COUNCIL CANCER RUN-WALK

Pardeeville, May 6 Pardeeville High School. Registration from 8AM-10AM with the events starting at 10AM with a 5K Run. Also silent auction with numerous gift baskets. Chris Lynch at 608-697-9611 PHSRunWalk.com

GALE SINGERS SPRING CONCERT

Portage, May 7 Come listen to the sounds of music at the Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com

MOTHER’S DAY WOMEN’S EXPO & CRAFT SHOW

Pardeeville, May 7 10AM-1PM at Indian Trails Campground, Vendors such as ThirtyOne Gifts, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple and more, as well as, homemade crafts/goods. Door Prizes and refreshments. Tiffany at 608-429-3244. www.indiantrailscampground.com

POYNETTE GARAGE SALES Poynette, May 11-14 View Lodi/Poynette Press for details.

BARN QUILT TOUR

May 11 Discussion on the history of barn quilts; view 25 Barn Quilts in Columbia County; lunch at Feil’s Supper Club, stop at Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam for a quilting related demo; and enjoy the day making new friends for only $79. Contact Outta Here Travel 608-844-3290 for reservations.

RED BUD DAYS AND CITY WIDE GARAGE SALES

Columbus, May 12-13 Prince and Princess crowned on May 13. Brat Fry on Dickason Boulevard and other activities. Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce 920-623-3699 columbuswichamber.com

MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY FORT WINNEBAGO CEMETERY BY WAU BUN CHAPTER Portage

Cemetery self-directed walk of soldiers marked with posters. Reception following. www. fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org 608-742-2949 VFW hosted parade on West Slifer at 10:30AM with a program at Blue Star Park following.

MAY 29 VILLAGE OF WYOCENA MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM Wyocena

Wyocena Community Center, 8:15 a.m. There will be a parade at 9:00 a.m. with a service following at the Wyocena Cemetery. A potluck at Noon. Brat fry at the fire station, as well as selling $10 gun raffle tickets.

MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Lodi Put on by the Lodi American Legion at 9AM that will start at Garden Bluff Cemetery for an annual program. Following the program around 10AM will be the Memorial Day Parade which will stop at the Veterans Memorial Park located on Water St. Program to follow at 11AM.

MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Columbus MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM Fall River

Organized by John C. Brossard VFW Post 2219 the program will be held in the Fall River High School at 9:30AM with outdoor ceremony (weather permitting) at the Fall River Cemetery. Community potluck to follow at Savanna Oaks Community Center. 920-210-3248

MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY Randolph VFW sponsored parade at the cemetery. Gale Quade 920-326-3094.

MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Poynette At the cemetery following by a chicken BBQ sponsored by the VFW.

MAY 29 PARDEEVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM Pardeeville

Starting at 11AM at the Am. Legion Park with a free meal after the program.

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Events OPENING DAY CELEBRATION AT INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE

Portage, May 13 Historic game presentations, butter making for kids. The public is invited to attend and tour the house. www.agencyhouse.org 608-742-6362.

VILLAGE WIDE GARAGE SALE

Randolph, May 13 Beginning at 7AM. www.randolphwi.net/

ONE MOTHER OF A RUN

Lodi, May 13 9AM start. Annual, multi distance scenic run event with proceeds supporting the youth of the Lodi community. This event takes place starting at noon with a ½ marathon, 10K, 5K and kids run. www.onemotherofarun.com

MOTHER’S DAY AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS Portage, May 14 10AM-4PM, mothers are our guests.

ST. MARY’S BEST FEST

Portage, May 19-21 A weekend of fun, food, music, carnival rides and so much more. St. Mary’s School and Church grounds. 608-742-6998 www.stmaryportage.com

PEDAL DAYS BIKE RODEO

Columbus, May 20 9am – 12pm Columbus Area Aquatic Center. Enjoy a healthy, fun week long of community biking activities. Community members are invited to bike to a predetermined destination each day of the week with the culmination of these activities at the Columbus Recreation Departments Bike Rodeo.

FRIENDS OF THE LODI LIBRARY GARDEN EXPO

Lodi, May 20 Lodi Elementary School, 9AM start. Come and enjoy your favorite things for the garden! www.lodipubliclibrary.org

PARDEEVILLE EMT & FIRE DEPARTMENTS FUNDRAISER

Portage, May 14, 28 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale.

Pardeeville, May 21 9AM-5PM at Indian Trails Campground, Pardeeville with vehicle displays, blood drive, rescue demonstrations, raffles, basket social and more. Tiffany at 608-429-3244 www.indiantrailscampground.com

✱GAME

✱PARDEEVILLE

✱BINGO

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

Portage, May 18 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

RED WHITE AND BREW

Lodi, May 19 5:30PM-9PM. Sponsored by the Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. Come for an exciting night of shopping, sampling and meeting the faces of our businesses and organizations. The stops for this event will have a select wine or a craft beer for you to sample as well as snacks! Must be 21; limited amount of tickets. For tickets 608-592-4412 www.lodilakewisconsin.org

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CRUISE IN

Pardeeville, May 24, 31 5:30-8PM Every Wednesday. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Gary Millard, 608-617-7719. www.facebook.com/Pardeeville-Cruise-In

CITY WIDE RUMMAGE AND GARAGE SALES Pardeeville, May 25-27 ✱BROWN

SERIES

BAG LUNCH

Portage, May 25 Bring a friend and add a splash of color to your lunch! Student groups welcome; please call for group pricing. Musical

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✱RECURRING EVENT

Revue by Michelle Pare & Friends. Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

XPLOZION MEMORIAL MADNESS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT Columbus, May 26-28 Kiwanis Park www.xplozion.org

5TH ANNUAL CAMBRIA CAR SHOW

Cambria, May 27 Tarrant Park on East Edgewater St. sponsored by the Cambria Park Committee. Russ Winchell 920-296-9275.

JUNE VILLAGE-WIDE GARAGE SALE & BRAT FRY

Fall River, June 2 & 3 Sales start at 8 AM. Brat Fry - 10AM at The Furniture Service Station located in the center of town. Fall River Chamber. www.fallriverwichamber.com

TEARDROP CAMPOUT

Pardeeville, June 2-4 TC Teardrops.com is hosting at Indian Trails Campground, bring your teardrop camper and join us. Take the tour of tears and checkout all the custom teardrop camping trailers. Tiffany 608-429-3244. www.indiantrailscampground.com

✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, June 2 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee.

CANAL DAYS AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEON’S QUARTERS

Portage, June 2-4 Period Encampment, items for sale, food for sale, tours of the Quarters, and Slide Show on the history of The Portage and

Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters playing on the hour in the Garrison School. ✱DOWNTOWN

PORTAGE WALKING TOUR

Portage, June 3 Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office at 10AM. www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242

LODI VALLEY CHAPTER MAMMOTH FUN RUN & HIKE

Lodi, June 3 The free family event includes 6K and 8K trail run and 6K hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Expect a beautiful trail with lovely views, fantastic prizes, unofficial timing, homemade treats, free massages, & good times for all. Well behaved dogs welcomed on leash. Donate $25 or more and receive an Ice Age Trail bandana. ✱MONTHLY

DRURY GALLERY ART EXHIBITS

Portage, June 3 Opening Reception from 4-6PM introducing the artists with piano music and refreshments, free and open to the public! Variety of artwork may include local to international artists. Art that Blooms, artwork, poetry, florals. Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

SPRING REENACTMENT AND FLAG DAY EVENT AT INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE

Portage, June 3 Reenactors will have an encampment and you can learn about life “at the Portage” during the late eighteenth century. www.agencyhouse.org 742-6362.

CANAL DAYS

Portage, June 3 Parade with music, food vendors, face painting, canoe rides and tours. www.portagewi.com


Events

✱RECURRING EVENT

DIVINE SAVIOR HEALTHCARE RUN/WALK Portage, June 3 www.dshealthcare.com

PORTAGE CITY FLEA MARKET AT VETERAN’S MEMORIAL FIELD

Portage, June 3 Featuring Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectibles and so much more. This event is an indoor/outdoor so we’ll be there rain or shine! www.portagewi.gov

CAMBRIA VILLAGE WIDE GARAGE SALES

Cambria, June 3 Joelle DeBoer 920-296-8864 to place an ad by May 19th and/or to be added to the map call the Village Office no later than May 29 920-348-5443. ✱TUESDAY

CRUISE DAY

the public. ✱PARDEEVILLE

BAND CONCERTS AND PIE SOCIAL

Pardeeville, June 8, 15, 22, 29 Every Thursday evening at the Angie Williams Cox Library in Downtown, come listen to the Dual County Band beginning at 7PM. Bring a chair to enjoy the music, pie and ice cream. Margo Pufahl 608-429-2500.

CITYWIDE GARAGE SALES

Portage, June 8-10 Deals throughout Portage at the Citywide Garage Sales Weekend. Find a list of sales at www.portagewi.com

FREE MOVIES IN PAUQUETTE PARK

Poynette, June 9 At dusk.

MOTO STATIC CRUISE IN & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Lodi, June 6, 13, 20, 27 From 6-9PM come out to the Lodi All Stop Travel Plaza. Featuring free live entertainment, a car cruise, and free sponsor giveaways through the night. Restaurants available are Rocky Rococo, Cousins and A&W. www.facebook.com/allstoptravelplaza/

Pardeeville, June 10 10AM-6PM Cars and music with Jane Rose and Deadend Boys Band and Mad Polecats Band at beautiful Chandler Park. Also Pedal car drag races for adults and kids and much more. Dick Depies 608 697-0347. www.moto-static.com

✱PARDEEVILLE

✱BINGO

CRUISE IN

Pardeeville, June 7, 14, 21, 28 5:30 - 8PM Every Wednesday. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Gary Millard, 608-617-7719. www.facebook.com/Pardeeville-Cruise-In ✱CONCERTS AT THE PORTAGE

Portage, June 11, 25 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale. ✱FRIESLAND

BAND CONCERTS AND PIE SOCIAL

Portage, June 7, 14, 21, 28 Free Concerts behind Portage VFW Hall held every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30PM. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the music. Fundraisers at the Portage VFW will sell food and a local nonprofit will be selling desserts. Carmen Griffith at 608-697-6907.

Friesland, June 13, 20, 27 Every Tuesday evening at the Downtown Friesland Band Shelter on Highway EF beginning at 7:30PM, come listen to the Friesland Band and have some pie and ice cream. Marcia Dykstra 920-348-5156 or Dan DeYoung 920-348-5267.

✱TEXAS

Lodi, June 14, 21, 28 7PM-All concerts are free and open to anyone who enjoys good music. Bring along a picnic basket, lawn chairs or a

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, June 7, 14, 21, 28 Portage VFW, 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30PM. Open to

✱LODI

PRIDE CONCERTS

SUMMER SIZZLER

blanket and enjoy the show! Facebook: Lodi Pride Concerts in the Park.

Randolph, June 17 9AM games, vendors, live band. www.randolphwi.net/

FLAG DAY AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, June 14 6:30PM Friends of Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters Meeting, Retire and flag folding ceremony, bugler, talk on the Flags over Portage, Meet the DAR and State Regent’s Reception. Wine and cheeses and crackers. 608-742-2949. www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

FATHER’S DAY AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS Portage, June 18 10AM-4PM, fathers are our guests.

FRIESLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ

✱GAME

Friesland, June 24 Serving 4:30 - 7:00PM at the Shelter.

Portage, June 15 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

POYNETTE AREA FAMILY FESTIVAL

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

COLUMBIA COUNTY MOO-DAY BRUNCH

Arlington, June 17 9AM-1PM at UW Dairy Farm & Public Events Building. Sponsored by the Columbia County Dairy Promotion Committee and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. June Dairy Month event featuring a brunch of Pizza Hut pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese samples, yogurt, milk & ice cream. Tour of the dairy facility, children’s games, petting zoo, music, & horse-drawn wagon rides. Debi Stiemke 608-635-2858

HORSE & CARRIAGE FESTIVAL

Columbus, June 17 & 18 Horse and Carriage competition at Columbus Fireman’s Park. columbuscarriagefestival.org

TOTALLY 80’S MURDER MYSTERY EVENT

Lodi, June 17 The Friends of the Lodi Public Libraby would like you to get out your 80’s attire and join us at 5:30PM at Manke’s Barn. Big hair, jean jackets, leggings and ripped jeans - totally a must! Visit us on Facebook - Friends of the Lodi Public Library.

Poynette, June 24 10AM-4PM in Pauquette Park includes kiddie parade, crafters, ball tournament. Poynette Band and some of the UW Madison Badger Marching band members. www.pafff2015.com

FARM DAY AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, June 24 Farm implement show, period farm and gardening tools on display. Culver’s custard, beverages and snacks for sale. 608-742-2949 www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

COLUMBUS/FALL RIVER SNO-BLAZER’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Fall River, June 25 Held at Silver Springs Campgrounds, Rio. Serving 8AM - 11AM.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES AT HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE AT FORT WINNEBAGO

Portage, June 27 The speaker series is FREE to the public. 6PM. 742-6362.

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Events PARDEEVILLE CLASSIC CAR CRUISE IN

Pardeeville, June 29 5:30PM-8PM at Indian Trails Campground, for a Classic Car Show display. Tiffany at 608-429-3244. www.indiantrailscampground.com

JULY

PORTAGE CONCERT IN THE PARK & FIREWORKS CELEBRATION

Portage, July 1 7:30pm Spend an evening listening to the great music of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at Pauquette Park with a spectacular fireworks show over the Wisconsin River at dusk. Portage Area Chamber of Commerce www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242

introducing the artists with piano music & refreshments, free and open to the public! Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com.

GUIDED WALK OR CRUISE AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, July 2 10AM Guided Walk along the Fox, Canal Fort Site to Agency House. 1PM Guided Kayak and Canoe Cruises on the Fox. Bring your own picnic lunch. 608-742-2949. www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

COLUMBUS JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

✱RECURRING EVENT

Cousins and A&W. www.facebook.com/allstoptravelplaza/

PARDEEVILLE 4TH OF JULY

Pardeeville, July 4 Parade starts at Noon. Fireworks at beautiful Chandler Park starting at dusk.

FRIESLAND FIREWORKS, BAND CONCERT & PIE SOCIAL

Friesland, July 4 At the Downtown Friesland Band Shelter on Highway EF. Christian Concert 6:308:30 PM. Friesland Band Concert 8:15PM. Fireworks at Dusk. Friesland Reformed Churck Sunday School serving food beginning at 4PM. ✱PARDEEVILLE CRUISE IN Pardeeville, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Portage, July 1 Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office at 10AM. www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242.

Columbus, July 3 – July 8 Columbus Fireman’s Park – Park Ave. Free admission & entertainment. July 3 kicks off the celebration with music in the beer garden in the evening. Midway rides starting on July 4 along with music, food, refreshments, games and the area’s largest parade beginning at noon, HUGE fireworks display at 9pm. columbus4thofjuly.net or www.facebook.com/pages/Columbus4th-of-July-Festival

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PARDEEVILLE AREA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST

✱CONCERTS AT THE PORTAGE

✱DOWNTOWN

PORTAGE WALKING TOUR

Portage, July 1 Featuring Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectibles and so much more. This event is an indoor/outdoor so we’ll be there rain or shine! www.portagewi.gov

ART IN THE PARK

Lodi, July 1 Over 80 artists, Jewelry, oil paintings, acrylic & watercolors, crafts, photographs, ceramics, woodworking & other artwork from 10AM-4PM at Habermann Park on Fair Street. Rain or Shine. 608-592-4432. ✱MONTHLY

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Pardeeville, July 4 With Big Fry Pan featuring the All American Omelet don’t miss it. 7AM10AM at the Village Parking Lot across from Kwip Trip.

FIRE CRACKER 5 RUN/WALK

Columbus, July 4 Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce columbuswichamber.com ✱TUESDAY

CRUISE DAY

Lodi, July 4, 11, 18, 25 From 6-9PM come out to the Lodi All Stop Travel Plaza. Featuring free live entertainment, a car cruise, and free sponsor giveaways through the night. Restaurants available are Rocky Rococo,

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5:30 - 8PM. Every Wednesday. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Gary Millard, 608-617-7719. www.facebook.com/Pardeeville-Cruise-In ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, July 5, 12, 19, 26 Portage VFW. 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30 pm. Open to the public. Portage, July 5, 12, 19, 26 Free Concerts behind Portage VFW Hall held every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30PM. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the music.Fundraisers at the Portage VFW will sell food and a local nonprofit will be selling desserts. Carmen Griffith 608-697-6907.

152ND LODI AGRICULTURE FAIR

Lodi, July 6-9 Four-day celebration with exhibits, midway rides, entertainment, demolition derby, tractor pull, food and beverages and more at Lodi Agricultural Fairground with free parking and admission. 608-592-4499 www.lodiagfair.com

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BAND CONCERTS AND PIE SOCIAL

Pardeeville, July 6, 13, 20, 27 Every Thursday evening at the Angie Williams Cox Library in Downtown Pardeeville, come listen to the Dual County Band beginning at 7:00 pm. Bring a chair to enjoy the music, pie and ice cream. Margo Pufahl 608-429-2500. ✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, July 7 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee.

PARDEEVILLE TRIATHLON

Pardeeville, July 8 At beautiful Chandler Park Transition open at 6:45AM Race starts at 8AM.

KIWANIS PEA & BEAN SALE

Cambria, July 8 Tarrant Park from 8:30AM - Noon. ✱BINGO

Portage, July 9, 23 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale. ✱FRIESLAND

BAND CONCERTS AND PIE SOCIAL

Friesland, July 11, 18, 25 Every Tuesday evening at the Downtown Friesland Band Shelter on Highway EF beginning at 7:30pm, come listen to the Friesland Band and have some pie and ice cream. Marcia Dykstra 920-348-5156 or Dan DeYoung 920-348-5267 ✱LODI

PRIDE CONCERTS

Lodi, July 12, 19, 26 7PM-All concerts are free and open to anyone who enjoys good music. Bring along a picnic basket, lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the show! Facebook: Lodi Pride Concerts in the Park.


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MUSIC ON THE HILL AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, July 12 Come enjoy an evening of music with food, desserts, beverages and snacks available. 6:30PM to 8PM 608-742-2949 www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE OF PORTAGE

Portage, July 14 Join us in celebrating those who have beat cancer, remembering those who we have lost and joining those who continue to battle this disease! Kristi 608-697-5532.

DEKORRA FEST

Poynette, July 15 Rain date July 16. 3:00 pm. Midsummers Night Fireworks show at 9:25pm. Family friendly midway activities, shopping, food and fun. Arts and craft vendors, snakes and reptile displays, Big Jake-World’s tallest horse, pony rides, radio control demos of planes, helicopters and drones, Lodi Dance Mexico folkloric, kids games, paintless paintball range and more. Dekorrafest.com ✱GAME

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES AT HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE AT FORT WINNEBAGO

Portage, July 25 The speaker series is FREE to the public. 6PM 742-6362.

166TH COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR

Portage, July 26-30 There will be games, carnival, food and fun for all with FREE parking and admission. Paid grandstand events include motocross, flat track motorcycle racing, demolition derby and so much more! The commercial buildings open on Wednesday with vendors selling and/ or promoting a wide variety of products. www.columbiacofair.com

FREE MOVIES IN PAUQUETTE PARK

Poynette, July 28 At dusk.

PORTAGE FAMILY SKATEBOARD LEVEE CRUISE Portage, July 29

10AM. Cruise together on the scenic levee trail, with local musicians, speakers and picnic at Riverside Park. www.portageskatepark.org

Portage, July 20 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

ANNUAL STREET DANCE

XPLOZION END OF SUMMER FASTPITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

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Columbus, July 21-23 Kiwanis and Mesiter Parks. www.xplozion.org

PORTAGE BEER HOP

Portage, July 21 Enjoy a fun evening out in Downtown Portage. Spend time with your friends enjoying a variety of beer inside various businesses and walking from place to place to shop.

Poynette, July 29

COLUMBUS/FALL RIVER SNO-BLAZER’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Fall River, July 30 Silver Springs Campgrounds, Ludwig Rd. Rio. Serving 8AM to 11AM.

AUGUST ✱TUESDAY

CRUISE DAY

Lodi, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 From 6-9PM come out to the Lodi All Stop Travel Plaza. Featuring free Live Entertainment, a Car Cruise, and free sponsor giveaways through the night.

Restaurants available are Rocky Rococo, Cousins and A&W. www.facebook.com/allstoptravelplaza/

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BAND CONCERTS AND PIE SOCIAL

BAND CONCERTS AND PIE SOCIAL

Friesland, August 1, 8, 15, 22 Every Tuesday evening at the Downtown Friesland Band Shelter on Highway EF beginning at 7:30PM, come listen to the Friesland Band and have some pie and ice cream. Marcia Dykstra 920-348-5156 or Dan DeYoung 920-348-5267 ✱PARDEEVILLE

CRUISE IN

Pardeeville, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 5:30 - 8PM. Every Wednesday. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Gary Millard, 608-617-7719 www.facebook.com/Pardeeville-Cruise-In ✱CONCERTS AT THE PORTAGE

Portage, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Free Concerts behind Portage VFW Hall held every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30PM. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the music. Fundraisers at the Portage VFW will sell food and a local nonprofit will be selling desserts. Carmen Griffith 608-697-6907. ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Portage VFW, 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30 pm. Open to the public. ✱LODI

PRIDE CONCERTS

Lodi, August 2, 9, 16 6:30PM-All concerts are free and open to anyone who enjoys good music. Bring along a picnic basket, lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the show! Facebook: Lodi Pride Concerts in the Park.

PARK DAYS BALL TOURNAMENT

Cambria, August 3-6 Tarrant Park.

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Pardeeville, August 3, 10 Every Thursday evening at the Angie Williams Cox Library in Downtown Pardeeville, come listen to the Dual County Band beginning at 7PM. Bring a chair to enjoy the music, pie and ice cream. Margo Pufahl 608-429-2500. ✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, August 4 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee. ✱MONTHLY

DRURY GALLERY ART EXHIBITS

Portage, August 4 Opening Reception 4-6PM introducing the artists with piano music and refreshments, free and open to the public! Currently scheduled shows include: Skateboard Art Exhibition. Portage Center for the Arts, 608-742-5655. www.portagecenterforthearts.com

PARK DAYS PARADE

Cambria, August 5 10:30AM followed by festivities in Cambria Tarrant Park. ✱DOWNTOWN

PORTAGE WALKING TOUR

Portage, August 5 Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office at 10AM. www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242

MERRIMAC COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

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PORTAGE CITY FLEA MARKET AT VETERAN’S MEMORIAL FIELD

Portage, August 5 Featuring Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectibles and so much more. This event is an indoor/outdoor so we’ll be there rain or shine! www.portagewi.gov ✱BINGO

Portage, August 6, 20 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale.

FITZ’S AND LODI EMS 36TH ANNUAL CORNBOIL

Lodi, August 10 5PM-9PM This event is to mainly benefit Lodi EMS and many other community organizations; Fire Department, Police Department, Food Pantry, Women’s Library, Snowmobile Club, etc. Raffle for cash prizes, live auction, live band, and a tailgater buffet, $9 for adults and $4 for kids with all the free buttery corn you can eat. W11602 Hwy V on Okee Bay.

A TASTE OF THE FOX AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, August 9 Portage guest chefs are invited to cook and see who earns the largest FWSQ donation. Music in background. Tickets with participants given tickets to reward guest chefs. 6:30PM . 608-742-2949. www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

HARMONY GROVE BRAT & BEER FESTIVAL

Harmony Grove, August 10-13 Softball tournaments, food, music & raffles, with $2,000 in prizes and cash. Thursday free youth dance. Saturday

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LODI FFA ALUMNI TRACTOR & TRUCK PULL Lodi, August 11-12 Lodi Fairgrounds 7PM.

KIWANIS CORN & BEAN SALE

Cambria, August 12 Tarrant Park from 8:30AM - Noon.

PARDEEVILLE SIDEWALK SALES

Pardeeville, August 12 Local business will have their merchandise for sale at a reduced price. 9AM to 3PM. Kathy Cook 608-429-2700.

KIWANIS RIDE TO READ BIKE RIDE

Portage, August 12 Pedaling through scenic Amish country with proceeds of this fundraiser used to purchase and distribute children’s books. www.kiwanisridetoread.com

33RD ANNUAL SUSIE THE DUCK DAY CELEBRATION

Lodi, August 12 Lodi Rotary parade 10:30AM. Festival is at Habermann Park. Get a bite to eat and listen to some entertainment. Kids Zone with Bounce Houses, Smokey Hollow carnival games, face painting and Logan Haven Petting Farm! Treinen Farm Horse rides and Smokey Hollow Tram and Shopping Cart Rides! Enjoy the Duck Derby. Duck Drop at 2:30PM. ✱GAME

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

Portage, August 17 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

OPTIMIST RAFFLE & PIG ROAST DINNER

Lodi, August 19 Celebrated at the Lodi Fair Grounds at 5PM with a raffle, top prize $3,000, at 3 pm. The Lodi Optimist Club uses 100% of

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the funds raised to support local youth programs. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Associated Bank, 102 N Main St, or from a member of the Lodi Optimist Club.

ZONA GALE CELEBRATES FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE

Portage, August 19 A commemoration of winning dramatist & social activist Zona Gale. Poetry & play reading, cemetery tour, music, tours of Gale’s two homes and ice cream social. 608-742-2228.

ANTIQUES APPRAISALS AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, August 20 Antiques Appraisals from 1-4PM. Bring up to 3 items, each appraisal costs $7, snacks for sale. 608-742-2949 www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org

TASTE OF PORTAGE MARKET FAIR

Portage, August 25-26 Great food, live music on two stages, kid’s activities, an art and craft show along with a car show. Join us for family fun in downtown Portage. Portage Area Chamber of Commerce www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242

SILVER LAKE TRIATHLON

Portage, August 26 The Silver Lake Triathlon is a beginnerfriendly event. The race starts at beautiful Silver Lake and continues in the gently rolling countryside of Portage. www.silverlaketriathlon.com

DUMP POKER RUN

Cambria, August 26 With free food and live music - all proceeds go to charity. Cambria Village Office 920-348-5443.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES AT HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE AT FORT WINNEBAGO

Portage, August 29 The speaker series is FREE to the public. 6PM. 742-6362

FAMILY DAY AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, August 29 Games for children, fishing derby for family teams, food and cabin tours, display of our children’s doll and toys display. Food booth. www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org 608-742-2949

SEPTEMBER ✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, September 1 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee.

14TH ANNUAL PARDEEVILLE COMMUNITY CAR, TRUCK & TRACTOR SHOW

Pardeeville, September 2 Chandler Park. 8AM-4PM. Rain or shine. Come and see beautiful display of many different types of antique, vintage, classic, newer show cars and antique tractors. Music by Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio. Super sweet, sweet corn grown just for this event and many different flavor homemade pies. Fun family alcohol free event. Free admission, free will donations accepted. 608-429-3703 www.pardeevillecarshow.com ✱BINGO

Portage, September 3, 17 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale.


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CORN FESTIVAL

Randolph, September 4 With a breakfast, parade, car show, Run for PAWS in the morning – a fundraiser for their animal shelter. Gary Vander Galien 920-326-5187. ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, September 6, 13, 20, 27 Portage VFW, 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30PM. Open to the public. ✱PARDEEVILLE

CRUISE IN

Pardeeville, September 6 5:30 - 8PM. Last Cruise. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Live music with the Big Cedar Blue Grass Band. Gary Millard, 608-617-7719 www.facebook.com/Pardeeville-Cruise-In

COLUMBUS FALL FESTIVAL

Columbus, September 9 9 AM– 2 PM. Dickason Blvd (tentative due to construction-may be at Park). Lion’s Club Brat Fry, Friends of the Library book sale, silent auctions, Columbus Area Senior Center bake sale and soup luncheon, live music and flea market/ farmers market. www.columbuspubliclibrary.info/

PARDEEVILLE ANNUAL WATERMELON FEST

Pardeeville, September 9 50th Year Watermelon Fest. It will bigger than ever. Watermelon eating, seed spitting and carving. Refreshments, free watermelon, food and games for the Kids. Good family events. PardeevilleWatermelonFest.com. Todd Hepler 608-286-7160.

PORTAGE CITY FLEA MARKET AT VETERAN’S MEMORIAL FIELD

Portage, September 9 Featuring Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectibles and so much more. This event is an indoor/outdoor so we’ll be there rain or shine! www.portagewi.gov

LODI FALL GARAGE SALES

Lodi, September 15-17 Over 35 garage sales in one area! Garage Sale descriptions and map available in the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press.

HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND

Portage, September 16 Reenactors bring the Agency House and grounds to life. Our 2017 Theme is “Fort Winnebago Melodrama.” Historic music and dance. www.agencyhouse.org or 608-742-6362

KIDS DAY AT CULVER’S

Portage, September 16 Health, Safety & Environmental Awareness Day for kids with spinal, dental and eye screenings. Bring a nonperishable food item to be entered to win a prize! www.blauchiropractic.com

SORGHUM FEST SAVANNA OAKS

for their favorite. Ribs, Salsa, Chili competition, music and more. Admission is free; however, the Rib competitions require a VIP Pass to taste; which are limited. Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. 608-592-4412 www.lodilakewisconsin.org

VFW CONCERT

Poynette, September 23 At Pauquette Park.

17TH ANNUAL BOXER BASH

Columbus, September 23 Fireman’s Park. Sponsored by the Green Acres Boxer Rescue of Wisconsin, this event celebrates lovable Boxer dogs. All dog lovers are welcome as are friendly dogs of all breeds. greenacresboxerrescue.com/events/ boxer-bash-2017

APPLE FEST AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

Portage, September 23 10AM-4PM Apple cider press, pumpkin carving, leaf art for children, fall food items for sale, tours of the quarters docents in period costumes, artisan of the 1830 demonstrations. Photo History of FWSQ Presentation at 2pm. www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org 608-742-2949

4TH ANNUAL TRI-LAZY

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES AT HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE AT FORT WINNEBAGO

✱GAME

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

Portage, September 21 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

BREW B QUE

Lodi, September 23 10AM-5PM. Visit downtown Lodi for an annual block party! Beer and barbeque connoisseurs can sample and vote

Portage, September 26 The speaker series is FREE to the public. 6PM. 608-742-6362

ODDTOBERFEST

OCTOBER ✱BINGO

Portage, October 1, 15, 29 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 4PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale.

COLUMBUS FIRE DEPARTMENT PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Fall RIver, September 16 Watch Sorghum Processed from field to jar. All-U-Can-Eat “Potato” & Buttermilk Pancake Breakfast 7AM -11AM. Large outdoor Farm, Flea and Fabulous Finds Market. Children’s activities, food, live music and Much more! FREE PARKING & ADMISSION. www.savannaoakscenter.com Fall River, September 16 Tri-Lazy Triathlon is a biking, canoeing and running event. Sponsored by the Fall River Pirate Foundation www.fallriverpiratefoundation.com.

forget about the 5K Run / 1-mile walk.

Columbus, September 30 12-10PM Fireman’s Park Pavilion. Oktoberfest themed community festival. Authentic food and beverage served by the Odd Fellows and guest community service organizations. Live music of the Oom Pah variety is featured on stage with a more than ample dance floor. Don’t

Columbus, October 1 7AM-1PM Columbus Fire Station. ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Portage VFW, 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30 pm. Open to the public.

CHAMBER OF HORRORS

Fall River, October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Award winning Haunted House. Listed 4th in US for Haunted Houses. Haunted House is Located on Heppe Rd., Fall River. Open 7PM with last tickets sold at 10PM. Fall River Chamber of Commerce. www.fallriverhauntedhouse.com ✱FRIDAY ART WALK

Lodi, October 6 5:30-8:30PM An evening to stroll participating downtown locations viewing art and socializing. Artists are available to discuss their works. Music often at the wine bar starting around 8:30 when the stores close. No fee.

FRIENDS OF MACKENZIE FALL FESTIVAL

Poynette, October 7 Come enjoy the beauty of fall at this family friendly event. Archery, compass skills, geocaching, wildlife tours, fire building, hiking, and studying the plant and critter life in our pond. Learn about (and touch) real furs and skulls, cut a “wood cookie” using a two-person crosscut saw, make leaf and wildlife track pressings and try other crafts. MacKenzie Center

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CLOSING DAY AT FORT WINNEBAGO SURGEONS QUARTERS

www.portagetheatres.com 608-742-6678

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LODI & LAKE WISCONSIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WINE WALK AND SHOP

Lodi, November 17 ✱TEXAS HOLD ‘EM From 5:30PM- 9PM. Enjoy an evening stroll Portage, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 visiting local businesses while sampling a Portage VFW, 100% Payout. $20 buy-in variety of wines and appetizers at various Portage, October 15 10AM-4PM Portaging demonstration, every Wednesday night 6:30 pm. Open to shops. Come enjoy a relaxing evening out. www.lodilakewisconsin.org lecture on Medicine on the Frontier, era the public. craft and artist show, DAR Food Booth, blacksmith and wood working will be FALL RIVER FIRE DEPT. CHRISTMAS BY THE CREEK demonstrated. Entry Food items for food BINGO & MEAT RAFFLE Lodi, November 18 Fall River, November 4 pantry value totaling entree fee. Restaurants will be open, local stores www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org Held at the Fall River Fire Station 7PM. will have incredible deals. Breakfast with 608-742-2949 Santa at the Masonic Temple, Movie at PARDEEVILLE ANNUAL the Library and Lefsa and craft sale at the Historical Society by the Lutheran Church. FALL FESTIVAL AT HOLIDAY ON THE LAKES Everything located in downtown Lodi. Pardeeville, November 4 INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE From 9AM to 2PM. Local businesses has www.lodilakewisconsin.org Portage, October 15 Help us wrap up our 2017 season. Event is great sales for the Christmas season. FREE and the public is invited to attend and Come and check it out, something for VETERANS RESOURCE everyone. Kathy Cook 608-429-2700. tour the house. FAIR AND FREE THANK YOU www.agencyhouse.org or 608-742-6362 LUNCH ✱GAME

NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

Portage, October 19 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

HORSES IN THE PARK Columbus, October 21 Fireman’s Park

FINE VINE WINE WALK

Portage, October 27 Spend time with your friends enjoying great wine inside various businesses and walking from place to place to shop. Enjoy a night out in our downtown! Advance ticket sales will start a month before event.

HARVEST DINNER AT PORTAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Portage, November 11 Turkey and all the trimmings, including homemade pie. Carry-outs available. 608-742-6006.

CRAFT FAIR

Cambria, November 11 At Cambria Friesland School. Joelle DeBoer 920-348-6587. ✱BINGO

Columbus, November 18

10 AM – 2 PM Columbus Area Senior Center. Veterans Services organizations on site, free spaghetti lunch for all veterans and their immediate families. cityofcolumbuswi.com/2200/Senior-Center

PORTAGE THEATRES FREE KID’S MOVIE

Portage, November 24-25 Come to Portage Theatres for a Free Kid’s Movie with a non-perishable food item donation. www.portagetheatres.com 608-742-6678

Cambria, October 28 Cambria Fire Community Center 7PM-10PM.

Portage, November 12, 26 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other SANTA FLY-IN AT THE Sunday at 3PM. Open to the public with PORTAGE AIRPORT food and drink for sale. Portage, November 24 Come help welcome Santa as he arrives at ✱GAME NIGHT the Portage Airport at 10am. Portage Area AT THE VFW PORTAGE Chamber of Commerce Portage, November 16 www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

HALLOWEEN AT THE PORTAGE THEATRE

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS

KIWANIS HALLOWEEN COSTUME DANCE

Portage, October 28 Columbus, November 17-19 Enjoy the costume contest and parade, columbuswichamber.com along with a free movie just for bringing a non-perishable food item.

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CHILI DUMP AT HOLIDAY PARADE BY PORTAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Portage, November 24 Purchase a bowl of Chili at Commerce Plaza during the parade. Starts at 5PM and get here early because chili is while

supplies last and goes fast.

PORTAGE HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE & TREE LIGHTING

Portage, November 24 6PM The parade will wind its way downtown, and end up with Santa lighting the gigantic holiday tree in Commerce Plaza. Hot beverages and treats on the streets. www.portagewi.com

HOLIDAY PARADE

Columbus, November 24 Parade through downtown begins at 6:30pm with floats, music and the guest of honor, Santa. Official tree lighting ceremony follows at the community Christmas tree on the Public Library lawn. Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and the City of Columbus. columbuswichamber.com

SANTA’S REAL REINDEER ARE COMING TO PORTAGE

Portage, November 25 Come to Commerce Plaza to get your photo with Santa and see his reindeer.

WINE WALK AND SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Columbus, November 25 Come and discover some of the unique shops and establishments that Columbus has to offer and support those small businesses as you sample different kinds of wine. Fee for the wine walk. Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. columbuswichamber.com

PARDEEVILLE CHANDLER PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Pardeeville, November 25 - January 2018 Display will run from November 25 to the 1st Week in January 2018. Santa will be there every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 to 7PM at Shelter 3 to talk with the kids and adults as well. Drive thru the Park and see the great Holiday Lights.


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DECEMBER COOKIE WALK

Portage, December 2 Purchase a cookie box filled with a map and specials at the Chamber office and then collect a cookie at various participating businesses throughout Portage. Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. 608-742-6242 www.portagewi.com

CANADIAN PACIFIC HOLIDAY TRAIN

Portage, Wisconsin Dells & Columbus, Early December (date to be announced) Come experience the beautifully lit Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it stops in Columbia County on its journey across Canada and the United States raising money for local food pantries. In addition to the dazzling light displays on the train, a free concert is performed on a box car stage during the stop. www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS PARADE

Lodi, December 2 6PM Start. An amazing Christmas Lights Parade, our police kick it off and Santa and Mrs. Claus bring up the end of the parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus light the community tree. The Curling Club opens their doors for refreshments and curling activities next door in the Old WestPoint School House. www.lodilakewisconsin.org

HOLIDAY HOUSE AT PORTAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Portage, December 2 Luncheon: Chicken Noodle Soup & Beef Barley Soup. Bake Sale; Breads. 608-742-6006

FALL RIVER/COLUMBUS BREAKFAST W/SANTA

Fall River, December 2 Co-sponsored by Fall River & Columbus Chambers. Held at Columbus Country Club 8AM to 12PM.

GALE SINGERS HOLIDAY CONCERT

Portage, December 3 Come listen to the sounds of holiday music at the Portage Center for the Arts. 608-742-5655 www.portagecenterforthearts.com ✱TEXAS

HOLD ‘EM

Portage, December 6, 13, 20, 27 Portage VFW, 100% Payout. $20 buy-in every Wednesday night 6:30 pm. Open to the public.

KIDDIE CHRISTMAS AT HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE

Portage, December 9 FREE, always-popular “Kiddie Christmas”-crafts & treats! Pre-registration required. www.agencyhouse.org

✱BINGO

Portage, December 10, 24 Bingo at the Portage VFW, every other Sunday at 3PM. Open to the public with food and drink for sale.

GAME NIGHT AT THE VFW PORTAGE

Portage, December 21 Various activities, trivia, light meal & raffles.

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER AT PORTAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Portage, December 25 Noon - Come and share in the fellowship and enjoy a home-cooked meal. No reservations – just come and join us! 608-742-6006.

TRIVIA NIGHT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Cambria, December 31 Cambria Fire Station. jillejones@hotmail.com or Cambria Village Office at 920-348-5443.

FEBRUARY 2018 LION’S CLUB ESKIMO OPEN

Poynette, February 17 Play nine holes golf on frozen Lake Wisconsin at Remi’s Thirsty Moose. Mark Niebuhr at markn.dekorra@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE

SANTA VISIT

Cambria, December 9 Cambria Community Room 10-11:30AM. Cambria Village Office at 920-348-5443.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT PORTAGE CULVER’S

Portage, December 9 Tickets are required in advance. There is no fee for breakfast, but we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item. Portage Area Chamber of Commerce www.portagewi.com 608-742-6242

HISTORIC LIVING WINDOWS IN PORTAGE

Portage, December 9 Stroll the streets and view numerous vignettes of times past. There will be hot beverages and treats. www.portagewi.com

STUDIO TOUR Late March 2018

Textile and fiber artists are collaborating on a new type of studio tour to celebrate the rich textile heritage and contemporary fiber artists in this region. This weekend tour includes a keynote speaker, workshops and classes, open artist studios, historical museum exhibits with period demonstrations. Visit our website for complete details as the date gets closer. www.midwestfiberartstrails.org COLUMBIA COUNTY TRAVEL GUIDE | 2017

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Visit beautiful

Cambria-Friesland

he neighboring villages of T Cambria and Friesland are located in the northeastern part of Columbia

County. Both communities offer a safe, quiet, friendly atmosphere to live or visit. The surrounding countryside is filled with rich farm land, beautiful woodlands, marshlands and a lake. It has historical bridges and has a strong Amish community. They are home to several big industries including 2 large ethanol plants, a milling plant, windfarm, a large producer/ distributor of fruits and vegetables and many small thriving businesses. It also houses one of the biggest warehouses in the Midwest. Needless to say it has unlimited sources for employment and pleasure. The Village of Friesland lies to the east of Cambria and a couple miles to the north off Highway 33. It has a population of about 300 people. Friesland was named after the providence of Friesland in the Netherlands where many of its early settlers originated from. Friesland has a beautiful park located in the village where many games, events and family gatherings are held. It provides a large playground, tennis and volleyball courts and of course a ball diamond where many area ball games are held throughout the spring and summer months. Not to mention the village square where every Tuesday night, throughout the summer, starting at 7:30, an old fashion band concert is held featuring the famous Friesland Band. This has been a tradition for over a hundred

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years. Homemade pies and ice cream are provided by various groups in the area at a nominal fee. On the Fourth of July thousands come from across the county to experience the small town atmosphere of the band concert, pie social and local fireworks display. The Village of Cambria is a couple miles to the south of Highway 33 and only 5 miles from Friesland. It has a population of about 800. It is home to the Cambria Friesland Schools known as the Hilltoppers. This is one of the things that pull the two communities together. Cambria was named back in 1856 when the railroad came through. Many of the early settlers came from Wales. They still celebrate some of the Welch customs to this day. The Gymanfa ganu is celebrated in the Presbyterian Church every Spring. Tarrant Park is a big draw for many activities throughout the year. It is named after Tarrant Lake which is located on the east side of the village in the park. Tarrant Lake is a 24 acre lake and known for its shoreline fishing for bass, pan fish, pike, crapes and catfish. The park also has a pool open to swimmers in the summer. It has playground equipment for the children, a shelter, volley ball and basketball play areas. The park is famous for its summer ball tournaments. The biggest one is held by the Cambria Park Board the first weekend in August which is in

conjunction with the celebration of Park Days. Along with the tournament on Saturday there is a parade, farmers market, swimming, children’s events, music events and lots of food. The American Legion holds it delicious chicken BBQ following the parade in the park. It is a fun time for the whole family. The largest one day charity poker run is also held in Cambria the last Saturday in August. The Dump Run, named after its founder The Dump Bar and owner Jack Jones. The 14th Annual Dump Run will be held on the 26th of August this year. Over 500 riders have participated in his local run and over 1000 attend from across the state. The Run has raised over $270,000 throughout the years for Cancer, Alzheimer’s and other various charities. The Run starts at the Dump at 11:30 am and goes on throughout the day and evening. There is a live auction, pig roast and a live concert to end the evening. This is a great charitable and social event for all! There are Many local events throughout the seasons, so be sure to check them out on local websites.


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Bar opens 10:00 a.m.

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29 S Bridge Street, Markesan

It’s more fun in the valley!

Sandy pond Large inflatables 9-hole disc golf Gaga ball pit Volleyball Jumparoo Playground Horseshoes Hiking trails Mini golf

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Area Events May 20th

5th Annual Car Show Tarrant Park, Cambria

June 13thAugust 22nd

Tuesday evenings Friesland Band Concerts – Pie Socials 7:30pm

June 20th

Friesland Band Concert Dairy Night sponsored by the chamber

July 4th

Friesland Fireworks at dusk, concert 6:30, band 8:15

July 22nd

Friesland Fireman’s Chicken BBQ serving 4:30-7pm

August 3rd-6th

Cambria Park Days (Softball tournament, music & food)

August 5th

Cambria Park Days Parade starting at 10am ending at Tarrant Park with a Chicken BBQ and Music

August 26th

The Dump Run, Cambria

November 11th

Cambria Craft Show Cambria/Friesland High School, Cambria (9am-2pm)

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Our Members Beaver Dam Alliant Energy, Madison 120 E. Maple Ave. Beaver Dam Community Hospital 707 S University Avenue Edith’s Cakes & Catering 103 Front St. Good Karma Broadcasting LLC 100 Stoddart Street Madison Newspaper 805 Park Ave Cambria AC Auto Body W2460 Kuehn Road Cambria Car Wash 116 W Commerce St County Line Shop, LLC W3736 County Line Road Del Monte 801 W Commerce St Didion Milling, Inc. & Ethanol 501 S Williams St Doober Farms W3203 Pardeeville Rd Hughes Trucking W1203 Vaughn Rd JR’s Construction & Landscaping, Inc. N9002 Cty H Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home 311 Mary St.

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Link Auction Service, LLC W3347 Link Drive National Exchange Bank & Trust 118 W. Edgewater St. Pride Originals 106 W. Edgewater St. Rascal & Rockers W1441 Vaughn Road Seneca Foods 437 S Williams St. The Dump Bar 105 W Edgewater St Wingers Farms W2043 Cty Hwy A Wingers Trucking W1910 State Hwy 146 Columbus Action Tire & Auto W12318 Hwy 16-60 Farmers Implement 122 Maple Avenue Dalton Lilac Furniture Gallery W1996 Barry Road Fond du Lac Radio Plus 210 South Main Street Fox Lake Hayes Haus Resort W10551 Blackhawk Trail

Friendship Adams Columbia Electric Coop Friesland Alsum Produce N9083 Cty Rd EF Farmers & Merchants Union Bank 114 W Winnebago Street United WI Grain Producers, LLC W1231 Tessman Dr Markesan Amy’s County Spa & Gift 9 S. Bridge Street Chris’s Floral and Gifts 29 S Bridge Street Massage by Erin 9 S. Bridge Street Ness Electric 380 Enterprise Drive Randolph American Family Insurance 133 N High Street Beverly Enterprises/Golden Living Center 502 S High Street Centurylink 201 Stark St. Piggly Wiggly 164 Kienow Road DeYoung Insurance Services 153 Stark St.

Hometown Randolph Pharmacy 107 N High Street Kathy’s Kustom Embroidery 285 Park Drive Markesan State Bank 170 Kienow Drive Masonry by Gruss N3804 Cty Road C Randolph Vet Clinic 214 Sterk Street SIA/Oosterhouse Agency LLC 169 Stark Street Terminator Pest Control W1798 Cemetery Road Rio Denure Excavating Inc. Co W4117 Sampson Rd Waupun Kohl’s Community Funeral Home 405 W. Main Street Individual Memberships Jim and Kathy Casey - Randolph Eugene Hahn - Cambria Ken and Terry Kasten - Cambria Gena Kok - Friesland Bill and Sharon McCormick - Fall River Lee and Joanne Vaughan - Cambria


DISCOVER COLUMBUS all that it has to offer!

Twin Cities Fox Valley

Columbus is located on five major highway corridors... US-151, WI-16, WI-60, WI-73 and WI-89

You’re always welcome to Discover Columbus!

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olumbus is built along the Crawfish River and nestled among gently rolling hills, woodlands and prime agriculture land. Columbus is located in the southeast corner of Columbia County and presents an almost perfect portrait of the 19th century. More than 200 historically significant homes and buildings in Columbus are on the National Historic Registry. You will find that Columbus strives to preserve and promote its proud heritage. Columbus as it is now offers an impressive array of community assets; an Amtrak station that serves 17,000 passengers annually, a low-depth aquatic center for families to enjoy, two golf courses, the Christopher Columbus Museum, the largest antique mall in Wisconsin which attracts 120,000 people annually and other quality antique and specialty shops.

AN ENJOYABLE

EXPERIENCE

AWAITSYOU!

• Charming restaurants and supper clubs • Antique stores, specialty shops and many other unique establishments throughout the city

A GREAT PLACE

TO PLAY!

FESTIVALS&FUN

HISTORIC &

VIBRANT CITY!

• Beautiful Architecture • Amtrak Station (hub for the Empire Builder Line) • Nationally Recognized Schools • Prosperous Industry

• Gorgeous Parks • The Crawfish River • Two Golf Courses • Modern Aquatic Center

So much to do... so close!

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Columbus Calendar 2017

 DISCOVER COLUMBUS April 29

City of Columbus Arbor Day Celebration 9am - 3pm at Fireman’s Park.

May 12&13 May 13

Citywide Garage Sale Redbud Days Celebration Redbud Prince and Princess crowned at 10am.

June 17&18

Columbus Horse & Carriage Festival

July 3-8

Columbus Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Columbus Fourth of July Celebration Firecracker 5k Run/Walk

July 4

July 4th Parade and Fireworks

Free tree giveaways, craft fair, library book sale, bake sale and fun for the kids!

Citywide garage sales continue, brat stand and other activities. www.columbuswichamber.com Horse & Carriage competition at Columbus Fireman’s Park all weekend. www.columbuscarriagefestival.org Fireman’s Park, Park Ave. Free admission & entertainment. www.columbus4thofjuly.net sponsored by Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce 920-623-3699 • www.columbuswichamber.com Parade at Noon. HUGE fireworks display at dusk. www.columbus4thofjuly.net

Downtown Columbus, Wisconsin welcomes you! Historic Architecture Coffee Shop Art Shops Antique Shops Comic Books Food and Spirits Services Dance Studio Gift Shops

Grocery Store • Hardware Store • FloriSt 150 Commerce Drive Columbus, WI 53925 Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) Like us on Facebook: Visit Downtown Columbus

Hours: 6AM-9PM, 7 Days a Week

Keeping Downtown the Heart of Our Community

Phone: (608) 237-0500

Columbus Community Hospital Emergency Department

Columbus Area

Chamber of Commerce WISCONSIN

www.columbuswichamber.com

Shop, Tour & Discover Columbus

Super 8 - Columbus

Offering 24/7 Emergency and Urgent Care

• Complimentary Continental Breakfast includes hot waffles, sausage MEETING ROOM links, biscuits with gravy • Business Meetin : gs and/or cheese omelets • Reunions • Whirlpool Rooms • ol Bir po th irl da Wh y Parties Indoor Pool & • Anniversaries • Mini-Fridge & Microwave • High Speed Wireless Internet

Minutes from the Amtrak Station and Area Attractions.

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219 Industrial Dr., Columbus • 920-623-8800

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all that it has to offer! September 9

Columbus Fall Festival

9am - 2pm Dickason Blvd. (tentative due to construction-may be at Park) Brat Fry, Friends of the Library book sale, silent auctions, Columbus Area Senior Center bake sale and soup luncheon, live music and flea market/farmers market. www.columbuspubliclibrary.info

September 30 Columbus ‘Odd’toberfest

2pm-10pm Columbus Fireman’s Park Pavilion. Oktoberfest themed event hosted by the Odd Fellows (Tri County Lodge) Live polka music, German food & beverages. For more information go to wioddfellows40@yahoo.com. Columbus Fire Department Pancake Breakfast 7am - 1pm

October 1 November 24 Columbus Christmas Parade

6:30pm-parade. For more information go to columbuswichamber.com.

November 25

Wine Walk and Small Business Saturday

Shop and sip. There is a fee for the wine walk. For more information go to columbuswichamber.com.

Early December Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Experience the beautifully lit Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it stops at the Columbus Depot. A free concert is performed on a box car stage during the stop. www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states

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FRIDAY FISH FRY Serving 4:30 - 8:30pm

Broker, ABR, CRS, MRP, SRES

Call/Text: 920.210.2121

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Email: tracirose@remax.net

Columbus

www.tracirose.com

270 Commerce Dr. Suite 1, Columbus, WI

Country Club

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Each office independently owned and operated.

Wisconsin’s Largest Antique Mall 200 DEALERS 78,000 sq. ft. over 400 booths! • • • •

Antiques Collectibles Used Books Largest Selection of Glassware in the Midwest • 3rd Floor Furniture

Magic the Gathering

July 3 - July 8 ★ ★ ★

Free Admission Live Music, Carnival, Food & Drinks Family Fun Tuesday, July 4

Parade at Noon Live Music • Entertainers

FIREWORKS!

Columbus Fireman’s Park www.Columbus4thofJuly.net

JOIN US FOR FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC!

Pokemon….and so Much More! 111 S. LUDINGTON STREET NE COLUMBUS, WI 53925 W I BA SSU CK E C 920-350-0474 IS O GR AP SUE MICS CO PO HIC NO MIC PS S VE ST LS AR T-S WA HIR RS TS TOY S

cardinalcomics.com | facebook.com/cardinalcomics Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

PURCHASE OF OR BACK 10% TOYS COMIC ISSUES OFF ONE PER CUSTOMER. EXPIRES 12/24/17

Reviving Vintage Furniture

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS MUSEUM “WORLD CLASS EXHIBIT”

2000 Quality Souvenirs from 1893 Chicago’s World’s Fair Open 362 Days a Year • 8:00am - 4pm

➻ Gifts ➻ Home Décor ➻ Country Chic Paint

239 Whitney St., Columbus (920) 623-1992 Phone & Fax

Tour buses are always welcome ATM on site

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEK April 3-9, 2017

Sept. 4-10, 2017

May 7-13, 2017

Oct. 2-8, 2017

June 5-11, 2017

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July 3-9, 2017

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Welcome to

Fall River

We not only invite you to visit, but we also invite you to stay. stay

FALL RIVER

EXCELLENT FISHING Fisherman will find carp, largemouth bass, crappie, bullhead and northern pike when they fish Lazy Lake all year long.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES From fishing, snowmobiling, parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball diamonds you will find plenty to do in our quaint village. BEAUTIFUL PARKS Great place to enjoy outdoor activities. Ask about renting a shelter for your next event or activity.

INDOOR POOL Open to the public year round! SAVANNA OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER This center is host to

several community activities throughout the year including a summer concert, farmer’s market and Sorghum fest.

CHAMBER OF HORRORS - HAUNTED HOUSE This event is sponsored by the Fall River Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.fallriverhauntedhouse.com for more details.

www.fallriverwi.com | www.fallriverwichamber.com

FALL RIVER Chamber of Commerce

Welcome Home to Peace of Mind • 1 or 2 Bedroom Apartments • Memory & Advanced Care Units Available

for for more information infor about Fall River

P.O. Box 6, Fall River, WI 53932 email @ FallRiverWiChamber@gmail.com

or visit us at

www.fallriverwichamber.com

920-484-6171

www.themeadowscare.com 101 Hometown Ave., Fall River

Dauman Electric

Industrial • Commercial • Residential

800-550-3852

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Fabricated Metal Products ~ Custom Powder Coating 200 Steel Road Phone: 920-484-4141 Fall River, WI 53932


2017

Fall River

MAY 29TH MA

SEPTEMBER 16

Or Organized by John C. Brossard VFW POST 2219. Held in the Fall River High P Scho School multipurpose room at 9:30AM w with outdoor ceremony (weather permi permitting) at the Fall River Cemetery. A community potluck to follow at Sa Savanna Oaks Community Center. For mor more information call 920-210-3248.

Watch Sorghum processed from field to jar. All-U-Can-Eat “Potato” & Buttermilk Pancake Breakfast 7 -11AM. Large outdoor farm, flea and fabulous finds market. Children’s activities, food, live music and much more! FREE PARKING & ADMISSION! www.savannaoakscenter.com

JUNE 2 & 3

SEPTEMBER 16

Memorial Day Program M

Village-Wide Garage Sale Vi and B Brat Fry

Sa start at 8AM Brat Fry - 10AM Sales Held at The Furniture Service Station Hel loc ocated in the center of town. Event spons sponsored by the Fall River Chamber. www www.fallriverwichamber.com

Sorghum Fest Savanna Oaks

4th Annual Tri-Lazy

A biking, canoeing and running event. Sponsored by the Fall River Pirate Foundation. www.fallriverpiratefoundation.com

Special Events

OCTOBER 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Chamber of Horrors

Award winning Haunted House. Listed 4th in U.S. for Haunted Houses. Located ed on Heppe Rd. Fall River. Open 7PM with last tickets sold at 10PM. Sponsored by Fall River Chamber of Commerce. www.fallriverhauntedhouse.com

NOVEMBER 4

Fall River Fire Dept. Bingo & Meat Raffle

Fall River Fire Station starting at 7PM

DECEMBER 2

Breakfast with Santa

Sponsored by Fall River & Columbus Chambers.s. Columbus Country Club 8AM - 12PM

“Surpassing Expectations”

Generator Enclosure and UL Listed Base Tank Solutions 920-484-6900 Fax 920-484-3709 www.ekpowerproducts.com

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701 South Main Street, Fall River, Wisconsin 53932 | 920-484-3348 | www.spiweb.com

181 Quality Court Fall River

920-484-5808 www.badgerexpress.com

• CNC Turning & Milling • CNC Punch & Laser • Powder Painting Up To 20’ Long CNC Rolling To 12’ ISO-9001 Registered

• Welding & Fabrication

920-484-3700 • Fax 920-484-3709 671 S. Main St. • P.O. Box 57 Fall River, WI 53932

www.ekmachine.com “See our website for links to videos that show our capabilities!”

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Lodi and Lake Wisconsin

Welcomes You

he best kept secret in the state of Wisconsin-Lodi and Lake Wisconsin. T Stroll down the streets of Lodi “Home of Susie the Duck” to experience a small town charm. Visit and shop the unique stores, bakery, ice cream parlor, Historical Society and more. Stop in for a bite to eat or beverages. Next feed the ducks at the beautiful Spring Creek that meanders through the city and take a swim in the free city pool-Goeres Park. Spend the day seeing the sights, visiting attractions, hiking the Ice Age Trail and Gibraltar Rock, golfing Lodi’s 9 hole course and take a ride across the Wisconsin River aboard the Colsac III, Wisconsin’s only FREE auto ferry. Enjoy many of the fun and exciting things in town and venture out to Lake Wisconsin-a 10,000 acre lake with 52 miles of shoreline that is surrounded by picturesque hills with views that are unbelievable. Enjoy the lake for boating, fishing, swimming and more! Stop at the sandbars or stop by one of the many restaurants on the lake. In the winter, you will find downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, and curling. Many places to book your next stay-hotels, campgrounds, resorts and bed and breakfast. We hope you stop and visit, to experience all this unique and beautiful area has to offer!

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Sundays: Breakfast 9-12:30 pm Lunch 12:30-4 pm Dinner 4-close

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Voted best dinner, “A memorable best soup, best dessert, dining best pizza, best experience” bartender and server - Wisconsin - Lodi Enterprise State Journal

Baraboo

1.5 Miles from Ferry Crossing on Hwy. 188

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Bar opens at 4 pm. Dinners served at 4 pm. Enjoy our large outdoor patio & bar. Fresh cut steaks • Fish Specials • Friday fish fry experts Pasta • Pizza • Fish Tacos • Tequila Shrimp • Prawns Wine • Specialty Drinks & 40 Imported, Domestic and Seasonal Beers Weekday $10.00 Full Dinner Deals

W12690 Hwy 188 Lodi • Open 7 days a week (May - October) 608-592-4266 • www.fishtalesrestaurant.com

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YOUR VACATION DESTINATION

LODI & LAKE WISCONSIN Dells

Devil’s Lake

EVENTS CALENDAR APRIL 27-30:

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Lodi City Wide Garage Sales

MAY 19:

Red,White and Brew

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FISHING

Ferry Ice Age Trail Gibralktar Roc

(tickets on sale April 21st)

Lodi

EXIT 119

MAY-OCT:

JUST 25 MINUTES FROM MADISON OR WISCONSIN DELLS

Art Walk

(First Friday evening of every month)

JUNE-AUGUST:

Concerts in the Park series

JUNE-AUGUST:

Tuesday Night Cruise Night (6-9pm)

JULY 6-9:

GIBRALTAR AND ICE AGETRAIL

Lodi Agricultural Fair

AUGUST 10:

Fitz’s and Lodi EMS 36th Annual Corn Boil BOATING

AUGUST 12:

Susie the Duck Day

SEPTEMBER 14-17:

Lodi City Wide Garage Sales

SEPTEMBER 23:

SUSIE THE DUCK DAY DAY

Brew B Que

(4th Saturday)

NOVEMBER 17:

ING MOBIL SNOW

Wine Walk and Shop

(Tickets on sale one month prior)

NOVEMBER 18:

Christmas By The Creek

DECEMBER 2:

FREE FERRY

Christmas Lights Parade Please visit our website for complete information on area events

LODGING • RESTAURANTS • SPECIALTY SHOPS • GOLF • CAMPGROUNDS FARMER’S MARKET • FREE POOL • BOAT RENTALS • WINERIES & MORE! If you’re in search of wonderful shopping, great restaurants or outdoor activities, something awaits you at every turn no matter what time of year. Come have fun with us in and out of the water.

Visit lodilakewisconsin.org or call 608-592-4412


Lodi and Lake Wisconsin WATER ACTIVITIES Fishing, Boating and

Swimming There are so many things to keep you busy here in the Devil’s Lake State Park Region! Devil’s Lake has 2 huge sandy beaches, miles of hiking & biking trails, canoe & kayak rentals and so much more. The park is also a popular rock climbing destination. Devil’s Lake has over 29 miles of trails for any skill level. S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, (608) 356-8301.

Things To Do

HIKING Ice Age Trail

Take a journey along Wisconsin’s glacial landscapes. Your trip could be long or short, secluded or social. Whatever you’re looking for, the Ice Age Trail has it. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails. The Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail maintains

Fitz’s on the Lake Bar and Grill The Granddaddy of Lake Wisconsin

over 9 miles of beautiful trail in southern Columbia County from the Lodi Marsh to the Merrimac Ferry. We offer a variety of hikes and social events, including the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike, an annual National Trails Day event in June. All ages and skill levels will enjoy the trails in this great community.

SNOWSHOEING Ice Age Trail Snowshoeing This thousand-mile footpath highlights Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. The Trail meanders through 31 counties and is within 15

miles of nearly two million Wisconsin residents. For information about the Ice Age Trail Alliance go to www.iceagetrail.org or call 1-800-227-0046.

SKIING The Lodi Area Cross

Country Ski Club The Lodi Area Cross Country Ski Club maintains 8 Kilometers of groomed trails at the Lakeland Golf Course. More & more people travel from out of town to ski, as some of the trails our north facing, there continues to be snow on the trails, where other trails have melted.

Looking to Buy or Sell in the Lake Wisconsin Area? EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS!

Relax… ke You’re on the La ut New ly Rem At Fitz’s ide and o o d e le d i n s Featuring the best of Cocktails, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Salad Bar, Steaks, Ribs and Seafood with New American Flair. Daily Specials Open Wednesday Thru Monday 11am to 9pm and 7 days a week Memorial Day Thru Labor day Breakfast on the Lake 9am to 12 noon Sundays Double Bubble Happy Hours Monday Thru Thursday 4pm-6pm with all bar beverages half price Voted Lake Wisconsin’s #1 Fish Fry and Family Dining Restaurant Live Entertainment every Friday Evening

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MERRIMAC FERRY

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he Merrimac Ferry is a must for your visit to Columbia County. The free Merrimac Ferry is located on Hwy 113 across the Wisconsin River/Lake Wisconsin area between Okee and Merrimac. It is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from about April through November, depending upon the weather. Well over 200,000 vehicles travel on the Ferry a season. Bring your camera because you will see beautiful scenery and native wildlife to the area. This is the only free ferry in Wisconsin and the ride takes just about 7 minutes to cross the Wisconsin River to the other shoreline. Many people make a special trip to our area just to the ride the ferry on a summer afternoon. Not to mention, while you wait for the ferry to arrive you can enjoy a cool summer treat of ice cream at the local shop or even enjoy a picnic lunch in the newly renovated park area. The Merrimac Ferry dates back to 1844, when Chester Mattson obtained a charter to provide ferry service at the present-day location. It was operational long before there was a marked road leading to or away from it. According

to conflicting sources, Mattson charged either 35 cents or $1 to ferry a team and wagon across the river. The ferry was human-powered until around the turn of the century, when the first gasoline engine was added. In 1933 the toll was eliminated and The State of Wisconsin took over the ferry with the operation and maintenance now performed by the Columbia County Highway Department. The first ferry was Colsac, a wooden ferry that had a capacity of 8 cars. It was replaced by the Colsac II in 1963, with a capacity of twelve cars. Launched on May 16, 2003, the current Colsac III cost $2.2 million to build and carries 15 cars across the river linking both Columbia and Sauk counties. The Colsac name is cleverly derived from both county names. Once you are on the ferry, get out of your car and take in the scenery of the Wisconsin River. Enjoy the gentle breeze during a crisp fall day as you take in all the wonderful colors along the trip across. We invite you to come to Columbia County and create your own memories on Wisconsin’s only Free Ferry Ride! COLUMBIA COUNTY TRAVEL GUIDE | 2017

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WELCOME TO WYOCENA T

he Village of Wyocena is the 7th smallest community among those in Columbia County. The village park, Dickason-Toppe, is located off Hwy 22 by the Wyocena Community Center. Various youth activities along with a church softball league use the Dickason-Toppe Park in the summer time. The Community Center has a nutrition site, library, village offices and a gym that is used during the winter months for walking, youth basketball and wrestling along with a class for hunter safety. The Community Center also has rooms to rent for parties or for a large event the gym. The Village of Wyocena has the Columbia County nursing home facilities that were updated in 2012 and the Columbia County Hwy department is also located on the south side of the Village. Wyona Lake is a 93 acre lake located in the north central portion of the Village that offers fishing at several access points. The village had the lake restocked with various fish in 2012. The Columbia County Park is located just outside of the village on Hwy G going east and on Hwy G going west of the village there is the Duck Creek campground. While Wyocena is a small community we have a number of lots available for new homes. Wyocena is located just off Hwy 16 and Hwy 22.

Free WI-FI

For reservations call: 608-429-2425 or E-mail: duckcrcg@frontier.com or Write: W6560 County G Pardeeville, WI 53954

Swimming Pond with Sandy Beach Sand Volleyball Court Video Gameroom Fishing in Duck Creek Large Shady Campsites Weekend Activities “Du Duck Inn Grill & Bar� (full liquor bar & grill)

Rent an on site Cabin or RV

One mile West of Hwy 22 at Wyocena on County Hwy G

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WELCOME TO PARDEEVILLE

Park Lake Cottages

ardeeville, a village of 2110 people, P founded by John Pardee in the mid 1800s is located 35 miles north

of Madison, on Highway 22. Many of Pardeeville's assets include Chandler Park, which is surrounded by beautiful Park Lake, the Angie Williams Cox Library, and the Columbia County Historical Museum. Pardeeville Antique Mall is also a point of interest. Pardeeville is surrounded by many campgrounds, farm markets, local ice cream shop and a large Amish Settlement to the north, that offers many places for the visitor to shop. Enjoy our Watermelon Festival at Chandler Park the first Saturday after Labor Day. Free admission. Many events including watermelon carving, children’s entertainment, free hay dive, largest watermelon weigh-in and seed spitting and speed-eating events. Visit our website for more details www.pardeevillewatermelonfestival.com Join us for our 14th Annual Pardeeville Community Car, Truck & Tractor Show on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Chandler Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and see a beautiful display of many different types of antique, vintage, classic and newer show cars. Judged show with 124 trophies and 39 classes. Walk around and admire the many different types and colors of antique tractors. Event offers many different activities, day of fun fo rall. Music by Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio. Food stands on the grounds including our specialties - super sweet sweet corn, grown just for this event. Plus many different flavors of homemade pie. Fun family alchohol free event. Free admission, free will donations accepted. For questions call 608-429-3703 or visit us at www.pardeevillecarshow.com For the sports enthusiast, there is water skiing, fishing and swimming on Park Lake; snowmobiling, cross country skiing and curling in the winter. For all four seasons, Pardeeville is a great place to visit.

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215 N. Main (Hwy 22) Downtown Pardeeville • 608-429-9000

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AMISH COUNTRY SHOPS

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Breakfast • Daily Lunch • Dinner Specials! Friday Fish Fry • Famous Broasted Chicken • ICE • SODA • BEER/LIQUOR • LOTTERY • PIZZA • SNACKS • ICE CREAM • GAS • OIL • DIESEL • VIDEO RENTAL • DAIRY ITEMS • ATM Repair

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Driving Tips The Amish community includes Marquette, Columbia, and Green Lake Counties. When traveling in that area many motorists are not aware of how to drive when they come upon a horse and buggy. In an effort to increase the safety of all those who use the roadways in this area we offer some safe driving tips. • Dim your headlamps when you meet a horse and buggy at night. As you might expect the horses have difficulty when they have to stare into bright headlights. • Give a wide berth when passing a horse and buggy. Driving closely to the horse may startle it, and cause the buggy operator to lose control. • Avoid rapid acceleration or unnecessary vehicle noises when passing or near a horse and buggy, loud noises may startle the horse as well. Following a few simple tips as a motorist will help make our roadways safer.


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21. Yoder Candy

41. Sunrise Buggy Shop

2. Bontrager Cabinets

22. Townline Greenhouse

42. Grand River Greenhouse

3. Metal Buildings

23. Sunshine Jam Shop & Greenhouse

43. Mullet Furniture Finishing

4. CVS Buildings

24. Hillside Hardware & Greenhouse

44. Wayside Repair

5. Kingston Custom Cabinets

25. Otto’s Produce & Greenhouse

45. L&L Furniture Shop

6. Happy Hollow Bakery

26. Hershberger Sawmill

46. Chair Shop

7. Weaver Cabinets

27. Maple Lane Furniture

47. Pine Grove Greenhouse

8. Katie’s Carpet Shop

28. Hill Top Repair

48. A&E Bulk Foods

9. Schrocks Sawmill

29. Shady Lane Furniture

49. Greenhouse-Gary Swanke

10. Miller Greenhaus

30. Maple Grove Cabinets

50. BP Lumber

11. Millers Small Engine

31. Weaver Harness Shop

51. Pride Originals

12. Miller Cabinet

32. Oven Fresh Bakery

52. Rugs

13. Mast Buggy Shop

33. Miller Cabinet Shop

53. Nature Trails Bakery

14. Mast Bend & Dent

34. Whitetail Ridge Woodworking

54. Lilac Furniture Gallery

15. Sloping Acres Greenhouse

35. D&L Metal Buildings

55. South & Main

16. Mishler’s Country Store

36. Sandhill Cabinets

56. Bull Pen

17. Pleasant View Bakery

37. Tiny Acres Greenhouse

57. Ms. Bouvi’es Vintage Market

18. Jr. Miller Chair Shop

38. D&E Sharpening

58. Butterfly Antiques

19. Miller Harness Shop

39. Salemville Cheese Factory

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here are now even more reasons to travel the highways and byways of Columbia County...Barn Quilts! With over 60 Barn Quilts to be found across Columbia County it’s a great way to see the countryside while celebrating the agricultural heritage of our county through the warmth and beauty of quilting art. Please be respectful of the barn quilt owners and only view and take pictures of the barn quilts from the road or driveway.

[46] Shon & Sara Sample Columbus

[36] MacLeish Heritage Farms Merrimac

[50] Jane Manke Lodi

[30] Kim & Dean Meinholz Arlington

[3] Miller’s Christmas Trees Rio

[56] Amy & Steve Pasky Poynette

Barn Quilts of Columbia County is a project of the Columbia County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) and Columbia County UW-Extension. Each colorful quilt design is painted on an 8 X 16 foot plywood and each is a work of art. Some are installed on working barns that are 34

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busy with the rhythms of farm life while others are on “retired” barns that are no longer used or have been repurposed. The barns may be freshly painted or weathered. Many of the Barn Quilts that adorn these buildings have a story to tell that reflects the history of the farmstead.


[7] Lee & Judy Barden Family, Cambria The farm property was purchased in 1909 by Marcus Barden, Jr. The barn was built with fieldstone walls and timber frame and fitted with wooden pegs. It housed cattle and horses, and still does today. Prairie Edge Farm is a century old farm and is currently owned and managed by the third (Lee Barden) and fourth (Mark Barden) generations. The farm has a diversified operation of Holstein milk cows, and crops of soybeans, corn, alfalfa, oats, and wheat. The quilt block chosen for the barn is “Broken Dishes” because of the historical significance of their farmland. The farm was originally owned by Samuel McConochie, who was a farmer and proprietor of the Blue Tavern Inn, established in 1846. The Blue Tavern Inn was a stop for weary travelers on the stagecoach line between Portage and Milwaukee. When plowing the field, just east of our home, pieces of broken blue china plates, cups, and saucers, occasionally come to the surface of the soil to remind us of the local history.

[54] Three Sisters Grimm, Cambria John Dodge (1816-1898) started west in 1842 from New Hampshire. He was searching for land with prairie, timber, marsh, and running water. He found this property in 1842 and settled on it in 1844. He went by horseback to Green Bay in 1845 to record his ownership. He had to wait until 1848 when Wisconsin was admitted to the union before he was granted a land patent. From large oak trees, John hewed out all the frames for the barn with a broad axe. The current property owners are Sherry Bornick and her sisters-The Three Sisters Grimm.

[49] Donald & Carolyn Koepp, Portage Donald Koepp purchased the farm and barn in 1954, after serving in the Army for two years. Part of his tour of duty was spent on the front lines of the Korean War. He began farming at this site with his wife Carolyn. His farming career began with a few cows and grew to a herd of over 60 milk cows plus heifers and steers. The barn was added onto twice to increase from 12 to 36 to 56 stanchions. Over the years Donald has become an active member of the Portage VFW and American Legion. In 2014 he traveled with his son Robert, who is active in the WI National Guards, on the WI Honor Flight to Washington DC. The Honor Star Barn Quilt was a gift to Donald and Carolyn for their 60th wedding anniversary and to honor Donald’s military service. The red, white, and blue colors and star pattern are designed to show his patriotism, love of our flag, and the United States of America.

These are just a few of the many beautiful barn quilts to see for yourself. Learn more about the Columbia County Barn Quilts, including an interactive map, photo and information about the farmsteads and quilt patterns by visiting the UW-Extension website, www.columbia.uwex.edu/family-living/barn-quilts-3/ or stop by the UW-Extension office for print information. COLUMBIA COUNTY TRAVEL GUIDE | 2017

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WELCOME TO HISTORIC PORTAGE he Portage Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes T you to Historic Portage. Portage is a wonderful place to grow your business, raise your family or just visit. The area offers small town charm with residential neighborhoods and growing commercial and industrial business sites, next to the beautiful Wisconsin and Fox Rivers. Our strong historical heritage offers an excellent environment in which to live and work. We are certainly eager to share this rich history with all who pass through.

The historical distinction of Portage lies in its unique geographical location between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. Here, the two rivers, one flowing north to the St. Lawrence, the other south to the Mississippi, are separated by a narrow neck of land over which, for two centuries, adventurers and settlers traveling the waterway had to portage their canoes and heavy packs from one stream to another. The settlement, which grew here because of the resulting traffic, was first known as “Wau-wau-onah,” Winnebago for “carry on the shoulder.” During the French occupation, it was simply “le portage” (from porter: to carry). This was eventually Anglicized to Portage. Our historic downtown contributes to the history coming alive in Portage. You will find a variety of quaint niche stores, restaurants and specialty shops all located next to our beautiful Portage Canal and levee walking path. Complimenting the downtown are many other dining establishments, specialty stores, entertainment venues and a variety of larger national retail chains located in the community. You are sure to find some entertainment options by taking in a movie at our seven-screen Theatre or stopping in for an art show or play production at our Portage Center for the Arts. Keeping yourself active will be easy by taking in a game of golf at one of our local courses or during the winter months you can take part in curling at our local club or skiing at Cascade Mountain.

Museum at the Portage Former home of Author/Playwright

ZONA GALE

Permanent & Seasonal Exhibits Open April, May, September & October Thursday - Saturday 1pm - 4pm June, July & August Tuesday - Saturday 1pm - 4pm Free Admission

804 MacFarlane, Portage • (608) 742-6682 • www.portagemuseum.org

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HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY Y HOUSE O SE at Ft. Winnebago

Visit the 1832 Indian Agency, once the western-most outpost of the American frontier. Experience its story: Newlyweds, John Kinzie and his wife, Juliette Kinzie, moved to the frontier so that John, employed by the U.S. government as sub-agent to the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), would live among the Native Americans at the crucial portage between the Fox and Wisconsin rivers. This historic site is also next to the Ice Age Trail and the historic Portage Canal.

1.2 mile Nature Trail

(608)742-6362, agencyhouse.org

Located 1/2 mile East of Portage on Highway 33.

Open daily May 15 – Oct. 15. 10am-4pm Guided Tours Available.


Stop In For All Your Beading Needs Classes Available Come Meet Our Friendly & Helpful Staff

210 W. Cook St., Portage, WI

1000s of beads & findings

608-742-5900 • Open Daily! • www.prairieflowerbeads.com 1000s of beads in different colors, sizes & styles!

Hunting & Fishing Headquarters!

PORTAGE FLEA MARKET Saturdays June 3, July 1, August 5 and September 9 9am-3pm Veteran’s Memorial Field

Need a t? Special Presen For That Special Occasion?

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Petite Missy Plus Size

Handcrafted Wooden Bowls, Ice Cream Scoops, Pizza Cutters, Pepper Grinders, And More!

Fancy Pants Smart Woman 608-742-5711

608-742-5733

Smart Woman Shoes & Accessories 608-742-5766

@The Mercantile

745-5768

117 W. Cook Downtown Portage

Toys & Books

offering Educational toys that teach. Classic Wooden toys & soft cuddly toys to snuggle up to. Books ready to take your child on a wonderful Adventure!

Stop in today! Located inside the Mercantile - Downtown Portage

608-745-5768

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Located in Downtown Portage

BOWLS BY THE WOODCHUCK

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CHEESES • CHOCOLATES • SAUSAGES • GIFTS ANTIQUES • YARNS • AND SO MUCH MORE! 117 W. Cook Street · Historic Downtown Portage 38

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Splash Pad in Portage open Memorial Day – Labor Day at Goodyear Park.

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

2653 New Pinery Rd, Portage 608-745-6776

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Our Selection & Prices

Are the Toast of the Town!

BEER | WINE | SPIRITS MIXERS | CRAFT BREWS | KEGS SNACKS | ICE

Listen to the sounds of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Portage at Pauquette Park on July 1. upcycle to a

New Look

Put together a brand-new look the eco-friendly way with our fabulous selection of gently used fashions! • Jeans • Shirts • Blouses • Bags • Shoes & Much Much More!

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 1311 W. Wisconsin St., Portage • 742-5513 Hours: Mon - Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-8, Sat 9-5

Daley’s Beverage Mart

1623 New Pinery Rd., Portage • 742-4651

of Wisconsin River Ar Area

New & Used Materials for Home & Business

615 South Blvd. Baraboo, WI 53913 and 1450 East Wisconsin St. Portage, WI 53901

❖ FURNITURE ❖ DOORS ❖ LIGHTING ❖ GRANITE ❖ PLUMBING ❖ ELECTRICAL ❖ WINDOWS ❖ HOUSEWARES ❖ BUILDING SUPPLIES

(608) 356-0332 www.hfhrestorewisconsinriver.org Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reduce Recycle Reuse !

Kids Ski Free! at Cascade Mountain

That's right! Kids 12 and under can ski free at Cascade Mountain when accompanied by a paid adult.Visit our website for more great deals, like mini-vacation packages, overnight water park stays and group rates.

• Pizza • Wings • Salad Bar • Dessert • Lunch buffet

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PORTAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Interest Groups and Workshops

All events are at the Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook St, Portage, WI 53901; 608-742-5655, www.portagecenterforthearts.com unless noted.

Photography Interest Group Meet with fellow photographers at Northwoods on Hwy 51 south 1st Tuesdays of each month 11am-1pm to share photos and tips, explore new ideas, and inspire creativity for upcoming events! Call Fred Baewer with questions at 608-742-4691. Children’s Theatre Workshop June 2017 an introduction to theatre for children ages 8-13.

Youth Theatre Workshop July 2017 one-week course training young people ages 10-18 in the performing arts. Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre Productions The goals of the Youth Theatre Productions are to demonstrate excellence from the youth theatre participants as well as area adults who are cast. The average cast size is about 20 people who are cast age appropriate for the roles. Open to youth and adults. One to three shows annually. Home to the Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre, the Gale Singers, a Performing Arts Concert Series, Portage Area Community Theatre productions, the Drury Gallery and more!

portagecenterforthearts.com

301 E. Cook St. Portage, WI 608-742-5655

Wonderful

selection of

Recliner Seating in 3 Auditoriums

Wine

Cheese

Chocolates

Gourmet Foods

WILZ DRUG

Teas

Gifts & More!

HOME HEALTH CARE

Monday through Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 5pm • Closed Sunday

201 De Witt St • Portage WI, 53901

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See Us For All Your Home Health Care & Prescription Needs

140 E. Cook St. Portage, WI • 742-3545


CONCERTS AT THE PORTAGE Every Wednesday 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall located behind Walgreen’s

June 7 through August 30

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Friday Night Fish Fry • Full Service Bar Check out our Salad Bar • Sunday Breakfast Buffet 2503 W. Wisconsin St. • Portage, WI • 608-742-8208

Dine-in, Car Carry-out and Deli Delivery! y!

608-566-1750

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All-You-Can-Eat

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EXPLORE PORTAGE Always Plenty To See and Do! View the cars in downtown at the Taste of Portage Car Show on August 26.

Guided tours available of Zona Gale’s beautiful home along the banks of Wisconsin River in Portage.

Join the fun at the Divine Savior Healthcare Kite Fly Festival and Run/ Walk on June 3.

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Welcome Santa as he arrives in Portage on November 24 for the Holiday Parade.

Come enjoy fireworks in Portage over the Wisconsin River at Pauquette Park on July 1.


NATURE AREAS AND HIKING TRAILS BECK WATERFOWL PRODUCTION AREA

Three miles of hiking trails located 1.5 miles north of Pardeeville on the west side of Hwy 22. The nature trail system on this 357 acre Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) was developed and is maintained by Indian Trails Campground in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. A WPA consists of wetland habitat surrounded by grassland and woodland communities. While a WPA is managed primarily for ducks and geese, it also provides habitat for a variety of other wildlife species such as non-game grassland birds, shorebirds, wading birds, mink, muskrat, wild turkey and deer. Trail head parking areas are located across from Indian Trails on Haynes Road, also on Wendlick Road and Hwy 22. Trails are for foot traffic only. The WPA is open to wildlife observation, hiking, cross-country skiing, nature study and photography. Dogs must be on a leash except while engaged in hunting during established open seasons. Take only pictures, leave only footprints!

COLUMBUS WETLAND PUBLIC HUNTING GROUNDS

248-acre property - find it by taking Lewis Street from Columbus, which turns into old Hwy 73. The grounds are just north of Hwy 151 bridge on west side of the road. The property consists of approximately 175 acres of wetland, 60 acres of upland and 20 wooded acres.

DEKORRA WETLAND PUBLIC HUNTING GROUNDS

226 acre property - find it eight miles northwest of Poynette off of Highway V just west of Interstate 90/94. The property consists of approximately 15 acres of wetland, 46 acres of upland and 165 wooded acres.

DUCK CREEK WETLAND PUBLIC HUNTING GROUNDS

159 acre - find it four miles east of Wyocena on Highway G, on south side of G, section 21 town of Springvale. The property consists of approximately 100 acres of upland and 60

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acres of marsh/stream.

ERSTAD PRAIRIE

Operated by the Madison Audubon Society, Erstad Prairie, a 60-acre parcel, three miles northeast of Goose Pond Sanctuary, is adjacent to the 720-acre Schoeneberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area. Visit Erstad Prairie to see a wide variety of nesting grassland and wetland birds. Habitats include restored prairie, wetland, and a large grassy field dominated by common milkweed that provides habitat for monarch butterflies. Walk down the abandoned Harvey Road to view the large wetland where you may find American pelicans and great blue herons. Parking is available off of Harvey Road. Open to the public year-round. No dogs please. Trails at the sanctuaries are mown grass with gentle elevation changes. madisonaudubon.org

FRENCH CREEK WILDLIFE AREA

Cty. Hwy. F, north of Portage, this two-county area includes 3,152 acres of open marsh wetlands, upland grass fields, lowland timber, shrub type wetlands and warm water stream habitats suitable for ducks and geese, deer, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, furbearing animals, sand hill cranes, herons, egrets, shorebirds and songbirds. Two manmade dikes create flowages for waterfowl and fur-bearing animal habitat. Some warm water fishing occurs in the flowages.

GIBRALTAR ROCK - LODI

Rising 200 feet above the surrounding landscape, Gibraltar Rock is a flattopped butte, an outlier of the Magnesian escarpment. With a thin Platteville-Galena dolomite cap over St. Peter sandstone, the butte offers panoramic views of the Wisconsin River Valley and Lake Wisconsin.

GOOSE POND SANCTUARY

Operated by the Madison Audubon Society, Goose Pond Sanctuary, one mile south of Arlington on Goose Pond Road, is 660 acres of restored tallgrass prairie and wetland.

Goose Pond is the centerpiece of the sanctuary. It is a shallow prairie pothole that hosts thousands of migrating waterfowl during spring and fall. The bird checklist is 253 species. Fifty-one species of birds nest at Goose Pond. Hike some of the 12 miles of trails that wind through restored prairies where, in the summer, you will find a wide variety of wildflowers and grassland birds. Begin your visit at W7468 Prairie Lane where you will find a kiosk and a trail with an excellent view of Goose Pond. Pick up a trail map to help you find other parking lots and trails. The premier hiking trail is the Browne Prairie Trail that begins at a parking lot located on Kampen Road about 300 yards west of the railroad tracks. Open to the public year-round. No dogs please. Trails at the sanctuaries are mown grass with gentle elevation changes. madisonaudubon.org

GRASSY LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

695 acre property - find it three miles southeast of Rio on Highway 16. Take Erdman Road or Fischer Road off from Highway 16. The property consists of approximately 380 acres of wetland, 210 acres of upland and 105 wooded acres including open water and shrub/cattail marsh wetlands, hardwood timber and grassland habitats suitable for waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, grouse, pheasant, furbearing animals, sand hill cranes, herons, egrets, shorebirds, and songbirds.

HAMPDEN WETLAND PUBLIC HUNTING GROUNDS

229 acre property - find it by taking Highway 60, six miles west from Columbus to Highway A, then south on A four miles to Arnold Road. The Department began acquiring land for this public hunting ground in 1966. Much of the property is marshy potholes with lowland timber.

HINKSON CREEK FISHERY AREA

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NATURE AREAS AND HIKING TRAILS a tributary to the Wisconsin River. An abundance of springs throughout the stream course maintain water temperatures capable of supporting a high quality brook trout fishery. Thirty-nine mammal species including muskrat, raccoon, red fox, mink, white-tailed deer, fox and gray squirrels and cottontail rabbits. Beaver are known to inhabit the stream. The presence of 153 bird species has been documented in the area which includes the common waterfowl species, ring-necked pheasants, woodcocks and ruffed grouse. It is likely such endangered species as the bald eagle and osprey, along with the threatened redshouldered hawk and loggerhead shrike, pass through the area.

HIKING TRAILS AT THE HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE

The Historic Indian Agency House Nature Trails are adjacent to the Portage segment of the Ice Age Trail. The trail head is just across the road and north of our parking lot and follows the old Portage Canal. This 3/4 mile path offers flat, easy hiking, and wildlife abounds along the way. Watch for woodcock, quail, and songbirds in the woods along the trail, or see if you can catch a glimpse of a heron, teal or other water birds in the canal. A variety of turtles, snakes and frogs also might be spotted along the trail or banks of the canal.

JENNINGS CREEK WILDLIFE AREA

530 acre property - find it by heading north out of Rio on Hwy. SS 2 miles to Jennings Road, then east on Jennings less than 2 miles to Ludwig Road, then continue to Jennings Creek. The area includes cold water stream frontage, shrub wetlands hardwood forest, and conifer timberland suitable for deer, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, songbirds and trout.

LAKE WISCONSIN

Cty Hwy. CS, Poynette. More than just a wide spot in the Wisconsin River, Lake Wisconsin is 9,000 acres of unlimited water activities, including sailing, swimming, boating,

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water-skiing, and canoeing. Fish taken here include sturgeon, panfish, walleye, bass, northern and lunker muskies. Accessible from a number of boat landings, resorts and campgrounds, Lake Wisconsin is Central Wisconsin’s natural water fun center.

LODI MARSH WILDLIFE AREA

Cty. Hwy. Y, south of Lodi, 1,044 acres in Columbia and Dane counties combined, including cold water stream frontage, shrub wetlands, hardwood forest, cropland and grassland fields suitable for deer, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, furbearing animals, sandhill cranes, songbirds and trout.

MACKENZIE CENTER

Cty. Hwy CS/Q, Poynette. This environmental center operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is open for every season. The property features native prairies, woodlands, and a nature pond to explore. Five hiking trails wind through the forests and are suitable for all ages; one trail is also ADA accessible. Visitors can enjoy viewing our resident native wildlife (wolves, owls, bison, and more) in our native wildlife area, and visit our conservation exhibit and historic log cabin. Search ‘MacKenzie’ at dnr.wi.gov.

MUD LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

2,283 acre property - find it south of Rio 1 mile on Hwy. C, then west on Drake Road 1 mile. The property consists of approximately 1450 acres of wetland, 590 acres of upland, and 220 acres of wooded habitat. You will find a hardwood forest, grassland fields, cropland and shrub wetlands, suitable for waterfowl, deer, pheasant, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, herons, shorebirds, and songbirds. Two man-made dikes enhance water levels of the large wetlands to improve waterfowl habitat.

OTSEGO MARSH

Operated by the Madison Audubon Society, Otsego Marsh is an 80-acre sanctuary,

located three miles south of Rio on Old County Road F. The habitat consists of 48 acres of oak-hickory hardwood forest and pine plantation, along with 32 acres of mostly open-water marsh. Breeding birds include wood ducks, hooded mergansers, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers and scarlet tanagers. A woodland trail begins at the parking lot on Old County Road F. Open to the public year-round. No dogs please. Trails at the sanctuaries are mown grass with gentle elevation changes. madisonaudubon. org

PARADISE MARSH WILDLIFE AREA

1,588 acre property - find it by going south of Randolph one mile on Highway 73 to Highway G. Go west on G three miles to the wildlife area. The property consists of approximately 1,270 acres of wetland, 260 acres of grasslands and 60 acres of wooded habitat. You will find warm water stream frontage with extensive cattail and shrub marsh wetlands, hardwood timber, grassland fields and cropland. Habitat is suitable for deer, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons and songbirds.

PARK LAKE, PARDEEVILLE

330 acre lake - maximum depth of 27 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

PETER HELLAND WILDLIFE AREA

3,543 acre property - find it six miles east of Pardeeville on County Road P. The property consists of approximately 2,700 acres of wetland, 500 acres of grassland, 240 acres of wooded habitat and some shrub and agricultural lands.

PINE ISLAND WILDLIFE AREA

5,499-acre property - located along the Wisconsin River southwest of Portage. The property consists of approximately 1,200 acres of wetland habitats, 1000 acres of grasslands, 1500 acres of oak/savanna COLUMBIA COUNTY TRAVEL GUIDE | 2017

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SCHOENEBERG MARSH WATERFOWL PRODUCTION AREA

This 720-acre complex is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is adjacent to Madison Audubon’s Erstad Prairie. The marsh is surrounded by restored prairie and savanna habitat. Nesting birds include blue-winged teal, red-headed woodpeckers, American kestrels, marsh wrens, and yellow-headed blackbirds. Many species of waterfowl can be seen in spring migration. Four parking lots provide easy access. Begin your visit at the Priem Road parking lot (0.9 miles east of Highway 22) where a paved/boardwalk trail winds through restored prairie and ends at an observation platform. There you will find benches and a spotting scope overlooking the open marsh.

SPRING LAKE, PARDEEVILLE

27 acre lake - maximum depth of 32 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.

SPRINGVILLE WILDLIFE AREA

Cty. Hwys. P and SS between Pardeeville and Cambria, 2,841 acres with warm water stream frontage, extensive ditched wetlands, cattail/shrub marsh, grassland fields, pheasant, rabbits, ducks, geese, furbearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons and songbirds.

SWAN LAKE WILDLIFE AREA

2,466 acre property - one mile east of Portage off of Highway P in Columbia County. The property consists of approximately 2,000 acres of wetlands, 100 acres of grassland and 366 acres of wooded habitat. The Fox River flows through the

Swan Lake Wildlife Area in a northwesterly direction from Swan Lake on the east. Extensive cattail marshes, lowland aspen woodland, shrub wetlands, grassland, and a 1.5 mile dike for water level control, suitable for deer, pheasant, rabbits, ducks, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes, herons, shorebirds and songbirds.

FISHERIES IN COLUMBIA COUNTY HINKSON CREEK FISHERY

Near Cty. Hwy. J northwest of Poynette, 160 acres of shrub and wetland along the Hinkson Creek trout stream with brown and brook trout, deer, squirrel, grouse, fur-bearing animals, sandhill cranes and songbirds.

ROCKY RUN CREEK FISHERY

that can be dragged over sandbars are recommended. Fishing enthusiasts will find sturgeon, bass, panfish, northern, walleye, muskie and more in these waters.

SANCTUARY SITES GOOSE POND SANCTUARY

In Columbia County In the Town of Leeds, there are several prairies (Sue Ames, Hopkins Road, and Ankenbrandt) that are part of the larger Goose Pond Sanctuary. Erstad Prairie, next to Schoeneberg’s Marsh, is also in the town. All are open to the public.

HOPKINS ROAD PRAIRIE

A 40-acre tallgrass prairie restoration with 1.5 miles of mowed hiking trails. Off-road parking area is on Hopkins Rd. east of Goose Pond.

Located southwest of Wyocena between State Hwy. 22 and U.S. 51, 750 acres of cold water stream frontage, shrub wetlands, upland hardwood forest, grassland fields and some cropland. The stream provides a fishery for brown trout. Habitat is suitable for deer, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, songbirds and limited waterfowl use.

SUE AMES PRAIRIE

ROWAN CREEK FISHERY

Visitors can walk north on the mowed old farm lane from Kampen Road to Highways 51 and 60. This large, productive restoration features over 50 plant species on 80 acres. Park in mowed area at southwest corner of the prairie just west of Hopkins Road.

From Cty. Hwys. J and CS west of Poynette, along Rowan Creek, 650 acres of cold water stream frontage, shrub wetland and lowland hardwood habitat suitable for deer, grouse, squirrel, rabbit, sandhill cranes, fur-bearing animals, songbirds and limited waterfowl use.

WISCONSIN RIVER WISCONSIN DELLS TO PORTAGE

Running approximately 19 miles from Wisconsin Dells to Portage, the Wisconsin River is a great place to float, boat, canoe, sail or swim. Accessible from numerous public and private boat landings and launching ramps along the way, during low water periods, the river has many sand bars to lounge on and shallows to wade in. Under these conditions, canoes and small boats

Hike west from Hopkins Road Prairie parking area down the quarter-mile access lane to the trailhead. Two miles of mowed trail inside and around the edge extend through tall grass prairie on rolling terrain that provides good views to the west.

ANKENBRANDT PRAIRIE

ERSTAD PRAIRIE

A 60-acre sanctuary, with 18 acres of wetlands and 42 acres of uplands, has a hiking trail to an overview of a small wetland frequented by migrating waterfowl and marsh birds. Hike north to see the expansive 700 acres of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Waterfowl Production Area at Schoeneberg’s Marsh, a premier prairie wetland with nesting Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Black Terns. The entire parcel is open during the fall for hunting.

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Columbia County Biking Trails

It’s no secret that biking continues to grow in popularity across Wisconsin. Sharing a border with Dane County, the number one biking county in the state, Columbia County has naturally caught the biking bug from its neighbors. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts from all over will love our Columbia County Bike Loops, a system of fourteen routes that take you across our county and bring you up close to experiences only our county can provide. Highlights abound along the roads of Columbia County offering bicyclists a wealth of natural views of wetlands, valleys, rivers, lakes, wildlife areas and so much more. You can explore John Muir Park, the boyhood home of the famous Naturalist. You can tour our county’s large Amish community and see life less complex. Travel along the whirling shadows of wind turbines to the city of Columbus, the filming location of the Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemies.” Tour the many historic sites of the city of Portage, its origin and importance in early commerce derived from the narrow strip of land separating the Wisconsin River and Fox River. Summer concerts and pie socials await in smaller communities. Challenging hills and easy downhill slopes can transport you into some stunning views along the county. The loops, developed with the cooperation of the Columbia County Silent Sports Trails Committee and the Columbia County Highway Department, can be found online at www.travelcolumbiacounty.net

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#1 SHORT AND SWEET

12 MILES

#2 AMISH ABOUND

29 MILES

#3 FAMILY DAY TRIP LOOP

27 MILES

#4 CHALLENGING AND SCENIC

21 MILES

#5 LAKEVIEW RIDE

26 MILES

#6 THREE COMMUNITY JOURNEY

26 MILES

#7 CAMPER COUNTRY USA

20 MILES

#8 SCENIC SOUTHEAST

24 MILES

Simplest of all the loops. Park at Riverside Park in Portage and take a quick tour of the countryside just outside of Portage. Add a little extra to this loop and continue on County Hwy F and take a stop at John Muir Park, the boyhood home of this famous Naturalist. Start at Riverside Park and travel the beautiful farmland countryside to the Amish community. See Amish buggies while riding the countryside and stop to take a rest at the Amish bakery or Country Store. Start at Riverside Park and ride the rolling hills of Columbia County. You will certainly enjoy the ride around beautiful Park Lake in Pardeeville. Make sure to take a break for a sweet treat while you are in town. Start at Chandler Park in Pardeeville and get ready for a challenging route for the avid bicyclist.With this ride you will encounter many challenging hills but rewarded with some great scenic views, not to mention the up close tour of the windmills in the county. Start at Tarrant Park on the Lake in Cambria and ride the rolling terrain to Friesland for their famous summer concerts and pie social, held Tuesday evenings at Village Park. Continue your journey to neighboring Dodge County and enjoy more great countryside as you return to Cambria. Start at the Wyocena Community Library and follow this winding loop with stops at either Duck Creek or Pride of America Campground. Continue on through Pardeeville and follow this longer loop to Rio, also known as Camper Country USA. Start at Fireman’s Park in Rio. With this loop you will have plenty of stops at a variety of Campground locations along the way. Take a break midway in the quaint village of Doylestown. Start at Savanna Oaks in beautiful Fall River and make your way through the eastern portion of Columbia County with many gentle rolling hills, woodlands and lots of wildlife to view along the Crawfish River. Make sure to stop in the famous downtown Columbus which was the filming location of Johnny Depp’s movie “Public Enemies.”

#9 - UNDER CONSTRUCTION #10 LODI TRI-COUNTY CONNECTOR

21 MILES

#11 POYNETTE BLUFFS AND PRAIRIES

34 MILES

Starting at Goeres Park, this loop covers scenic views of Lake Wisconsin, Crystal and Fish Lakes, the Baraboo Bluffs and Gibraltar Rock making for many photo opportunities. The loop follows mostly light traveled roads and includes some long hills that make for a challenging ride but a rewarding ride. Along the route you can access trails into Sauk County, the Merrimac Ferry to Devil’s Lake and the Lodi-Springfield connector to US Bike Route 30 in to Dane County. Begin this loop at Pauquette Park on Main Street. This loop includes a challenging set of elevation changes, prairie stretches that allow for some good speed work and you can stop at the communities of Lodi, Okee and Poynette for a bite to eat or cold beverage along the way.


For detailed individual bike loop maps, visit: www.travelcolumbiacounty.net

#12 WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

15 MILES

#13 PEACEFUL NATURE RIDE

19 MILES

#14 JOURNEY ALONG THE WI RIVER

31 MILES

Start at the Audubon Society’s Goose Pond Sanctuary in Arlington. On this loop you will get the opportunity to see restored wetlands and prairie habitats with thousands of waterfowl and over 250 bird species. Start at the MacKenzie Center to see the wildlife area where animals are housed in natural habitats, various prairies and interpretive trails that loop through mature forestland. You can even bring your lunch and enjoy the beautiful picnic area at the MacKenzie Center. Then, continue on the bike loop through the countryside for more great views and peaceful settings. Don’t forget to take photos. Start at Sunset Park along the Wisconsin River and follow Summit Street to Hwy 0. Follow this country road as it curves along the Wisconsin River and takes you right up close to the Wisconsin Dells. This will be a ride with many rolling hills and it will be a long ride so make sure to plan plenty of time.

CONNECTOR #1

Take this route to go between Lodi and Portage biking along the Wisconsin River.

CONNECTOR #2

Take this route to get from the Rio/Doylestown area to Poynette. Just a short quick route, but it gets you access to many of the other routes throughout Columbia County.

CONNECTOR #3

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AREA FARMER’S MARKETS PRODUCE AND OTHER PRODUCTS Columbus Farmers Market

Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm (May-October) Julie’s Java House, 419 N Ludington, next to Amtrak 920-623-5540

Cambria Farmers Market

Tuesdays, 4 – 7 pm (May - October) Tarrant Park, East Edgewater Street (Hwy P) Contact Village Clerk 920-348-5443

Fall River & Savanna Oaks Farm & Flea Market Saturdays, 8 am – Noon Savanna Oaks, at the corner of Hwy. 16 and Savanna Rd. For more information contact Judy Robbins 920-484-3337

Amberson’s Acres

Portage Culver’s parking lot on Hwy 51N; Poynette BP parking lot on Hwy. 51. (715) 228-2304 Seasonal produce: sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins & more. www.flytefamilyfarm.com Daily 10 am – 6 pm June 1 – October 31

Bahr’s Produce Stand

W4821 State Rd 16, Rio Seasonal produce Open Daily 8 am – 7 pm, July 15 – Oct. 31

Greek Acres

Burr Oak Gardens, LLC

Circle J Southdowns

N1747 Harvey Dr, Rio (920) 253-5473 Grass-fed, grain-finished lamb. Delivery available in Madison area; pickup at farm or Sassy Cow. circlejsouthdowns@hughes.net

Country Bumpkin Farm Market

E9745 County Rd P, Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-2311 or (cell) (608) 432-2100 Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables & more, U-Pick/We Pick. www.countrybumpkinent.com Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm, April – October

Country Kettle Corn

W6999 Theil Rd., Portage (608) 429-2057 jmjulians@gmail.com www.countrykettlecorn.net Fresh popped kettle corn for events, farmers markets, shows, fundraising and for sale at stores. We also provide deep fried treats for events - cheesecurds, etc.

Creek Bed Country Farmacy N2760 Mountford Rd, Poynette (608) 635-2667

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Fridays, 2 - 6 pm (May - October) 902 N. Main St., next to Koltes Hardware email: lodifarmmkt@merr.com

Flyte Family Farms

N4107 Hwy 146, Fall River (920) 484-3904 Open mid-July for blueberries & late August for raspberries.

W5511 County Rd B, Rio (920) 992-3643 CSA vegetable farm tyler@burroakgardens.com www.burroakgardens.com

Lodi Valley Farmers Market:

Dry-aged Holstein, antibiotic and hormone free, all natural beef: whole, half or quarter. Pick your own strawberries - June. www.creekbedcountryfarmacy.com Open Mon-Sat, 8 am – 8 pm

Cross Family Pork

Mark & Cara Cross W5523 Co Rd EE, Pardeeville (608) 429-4012 or 772-4013 Buy half or whole hog. Processed locally. Call for availability.

Emerald Meadows Farm

W1547 Hwy K, Columbus (920) 948-8216 Organic vegetables, raspberries, and flowers May – November. Call for availability. emeraldmeadowsfamilyfarm@gmail.com

N6491 Co Rd B, Cambria (920) 348-6089 Grass-fed lamb, goat, & Highland beef info@greekacresfarm.com www.greekacresfarm.com

Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm

S270 Birchwood Rd., Wisconsin Dells (608) 253-6804 Button, crimini, oyster, portobello, & shiitake varieties; certified organic. Available year-round. mrytylka@aol.com

Jenkins Family Farms

N9220 Fenske Rd., Dalton (608) 279-2879 Organic beef; organic vegetables. jenkbefrm@gmail.com

Karen & Mike’s Wisconsin Grown Garlic

W1414 Co. Rd. Z, Fall River (920) 382-4469 Grass-fed, grass finished, no hormones or antibiotics. englewoodgrassfedbeef@gmail.com

On-line sales only www.wegrowgarlic.com Ken’s Produce Stand at BP Station, Pardeeville Sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and seasonal produce. Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm Mid-July to Mid-Sept.

Ezra Petershiem Chicken

Lapacek’s Orchard

Englewood Grass-Fed Beef

W3298 Co Rd P, Cambria Frozen, vacuum-packed 4 lb. chickens. All natural, free range. $1.95/lb. Write for pick-up information.

N1959 Kroncke Rd., Poynette (608) 635-4780 36 types of apples, cider, honey, squash, pumpkins, caramel apples, raspberries, plums & more.


Columbia County Annex

120 W. Conant Street, Box 567 Portage, WI 53901-0567 • 608-742-9680 www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/columbia/index.html

Portage Farmers Market:

Thursdays, 12 - 5 pm (May - October) Commerce Plaza, corner of 33 & 16 For more information contact Scott Davis 617-9232

Downtown Saturday Flea Market

June 10-October 14 (Excluding August 26) Market Square, Downtown Portage

Poynette Area Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8 - 11:30 am (May - October) Pauquette Park, South Main St., near City Hall For more information 920-992-3742

Wisconsin Dells Farmers Market

Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm (May 14 - October 1) Downtown Dells (exact location TBD) www.daffadowndillydesi.wixsite/com/ dellsfarmersmarket email: dellsfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Family-friendly activities. Mon-Sat 9 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. Aug 15 - Thanksgiving www.lapacekorchard.com

(608) 445-2010 rBGH-free milk, organic or traditional milk, ice cream, butter, other local products www.sassycowcreamery.com

Larson Rabbitry

Schroeder Fresh Produce

W12342 Hurckman Rd., Columbus (920) 344-2499 peter@larsonrabbitry.com

W5234 King Rd., Rio (608) 697-3787 Retail, wholesale, and farm to school. www.shroederfreshproduce.com

Luna Circle Farms CSA

N2765 Severson Rd., Rio (608) 852-3559 20 weekly deliveries of organic produce. www.lunacirclefarm.net email: lunacirclefarm@yahoo.com

Nehmer’s Greenhouse

W11785 Ninabuck Rd., Columbus (920) 623-3356 Seasonal produce Daily 10 am – 7 pm, Apr 30 -Oct 31

Paine Family Farm

N893 Kranz Rd., Columbus (920) 623-4407 Grass-fed beef, variety of cuts. Call Bill & Laura Paine to visit. www.painefamilyfarm.com email: grassfedbeef@painefamilyfarm.com

Pease’s Produce

179 S. Washington, Wyocena Seasonal produce. Daily 9 am – 6 pm, July 15 – October 31

Plahnt Farm

538 N. Main St., Fall River (608) 332-5020 Seasonal produce and herbs. Call for availability. CSA Shares.

Price’s Strawberries and Produce

N7556 Hwy 44, Pardeeville (608) 429-2750 Strawberries, asparagus, seasonal veggies, cut flowers. Call for availability.

Smith Farm Market Hwy 22/33 near Pardeeville Variety of vegetables

Priske’s Asparagus Farm W5639 Hwy 16, Rio (920) 992-3330 Great Asparagus! Daily 9 am – 6 pm, May – June pritom01@aol.com

Rainbow Hill Farm

N4754 Co Rd V, Poynette (608) 279-1886 Only ground beef from 100% grass fed cows and eggs from free ranging chickens and ducks. rainbowhillfarm@outlook.com

Roots Chocolate LLC

W13668 State Rd 127, Wisconsin Dells (608) 963-5319 Root Chocolates creates farm-crafted chocolates and confections using local ingredients including fruits, herbs and honey from the roots chocolates farmstead. rootschocolate@gmail.com www.rootschocolates.com

Salemville Cheese Cooperative

W4481 County Road GG, Cambria (920) 394-3433 Manufactures Bleu & Gorgonzola cheese; other cheeses and butter in store.

Sassy Cow Creamery

Sweet Wisconsin Honey Farm

Call or purchase at Lodi, Portage and Poynette Farmers’ markets (608) 635-3876 bahrtrap@centurytel.net

Tomsraspberries

W13702 Hwy 60, Prairie du Sac (608) 370-2024 You Pick raspberries. tomsawyer300@yahoo.com

Treinen Farm

W12420 Hwy 60, Lodi (608) 592-3481 Fall produce, pumpkin patch and corn maze. www.treinenfarm.com

Two Good Farms CSA

W1547 County Road K, Columbus (920) 948-8216 Certified Organic, Farmers Market and Wholesale twogoodfarms@gmail.com

Young Earth Farm

W11544 Co Rd CF, Randolph (920) 326-5724 Certified organic produce CSA shares (on-farm pickup) farmer@youngearthfarm.com

W4192 Bristol Rd., Columbus

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WELCOME TO POYNETTE

he “Poynette...Naturally” motto describes the T recreational and lifestyle options available in Poynette. Located in the rolling glacial hills just south

of the Baraboo range and the Old Military Highway connecting forts at Green Bay and Prairie du Chien, Poynette residents enjoy a picturesque setting. Lake Wisconsin (3 miles away), Devil’s Lake, and numerous small lakes enhance year-round recreational activity. Wisconsin’s #2 trout stream, Rowan Creek, bisects two parks in downtown Poynette. Less than 2 miles away is the MacKenzie Center with a natural prairie, hiking trails, an animal park and a facility for environmental education. With the recent addition of a Golf Course and Club House, Poynette is a four season recreation area with all seasons providing a wealth of activities. AREA PARKS Pauquette Park is located at 126 S. Main Street, next to the Poynette Police Station. The park shelter area is available for rent by calling the Village Hall offices at 608-635-2122 x 201 or email clerk@poynette-wi.gov. Rental of the shelter is on a first come first serve basis and the rental fee is required to reserve your spot. The baseball diamonds are scheduled separately by the Parks Commission, for more information on reserving the ball diamonds contact Davy Tomlinson at dtomlinson@poynette-wi.gov Valley View Park Splash Pad Valley View Park, located at 300 Park St., is home of the new Splash Pad. Hours of operation for the Splash Pad are 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The pavilion is available on a first come first served basis.

American Legion Schedule of Events Enjoy concerts outside on the patio at the American Legion. For more information call 608-635-0288. • May 20 – MS Poker Run with the band Riled Up at 6:00 pm • June 16 – Friday Concert Series: Band Zac Matthews • July 8 –Bag Tournaments - starts at Noon. Band - Randy Kiel performing after the tournament • July 14 – Friday Concert Series: US Silver Dollar Band • August 25 - Friday Concert Series: Band - Even Keel • September 23 – Germanfest with Band - Hank Kimball & the County Agents

VISIT ARLINGTON

he Village of Arlington is a small rural community nestled in the T center of some of the most prime farm land in the state. Arlington is an attractive well-kept community, which borders such major road

arteries as State Highways 22, 51 and 60 and Interstate Highways 90 & 94. These major highways along with the close proximity to the Dane County Airport makes Arlington accessible to all. The Village of Arlington is a growing community of 823 residents located just twenty miles north of downtown Madison in southern Columbia County. Arlington enjoys an atmosphere of “small-town” charm, as well as, access to the best of an urban lifestyle. The Arlington Fire Department celebrates summer with a truck & tractor pull along with a softball and volleyball tournament. Live music both Friday and Saturday Nights. Parade on Sunday. The event is held on August 3-5, 2017 at Fireman’s Park on Park Street.

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Arlington Firemen’s Festival


CAMPING

Come and Camp in

Glacier Valley!

RV and Tent Camping! Swimming Hiking

on Hwy 33 between Waupun and Portage

Day Passes available!

Glacier Valley Campground N8129 Larson Road Cambria, WI 53923 www.glaciervalleycampground.com

920-348-5488

Silver Springs Campsites (920) 992-3537 N5048 Ludwig Rd., Rio www.silverspringscamp.com

For reservations call: 608-429-2425 or E-mail: duckcrcg@frontier.net or Write: W6560 County G, Pardeeville, WI 53954

One mile West of Hwy 22 at Wyocena on County Hwy G

Family Campground

Site Rentals • 1 Cabin Rental Call for Reservations

920-992-5157

800.582.0393

N4003 Traut Road | Rio www.Sleepydragoncampground.com

WiFi Available • Credit Cards Accepted

N5830 Cty. Hwy SS, Rio

www.willowmillcampsite.com

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DINING

THE LEVEE

RESTAURANT

THE BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN!

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

• Fresh salads • sandwiches • Fish Fry • Broasted chicken • Pizza • Pasta

SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY Tuesday-Sunday 8am - Close

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N6794 US HWY 51, PORTAGE

ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF PORTAGE NEAR THE SCENIC LEVEE TRAIL

608-742-2772

118 S. Main St. Lodi, WI 53555 608-592-0600

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN LODI, NEXT TO SUSIE THE DUCK. SpringCreekRestaurant.com Facebook.com/SpringCreekRestaurant SpringCreekRestaurant@gmail.com @SpringCreekLodi

Restaurant Serving 5am-9pm

2653 Rd., 2653 New Pinery Rd, Portage Portage, WI 608-745-6776 608-745-6776 128 St., 121E. E.James Main St, Downtown Columbus Sun Prairie, WI 920-350-0750 608-234-6142 54

Wrecker Service 2733 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI 53901 www.culvers.com

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Open Daily from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. 126 W. Edgewater St. Cambria, WI 53923 920-348-6000

WAYSIDE AMOCO RESTAURANT & REPAIR

Hwy 44 & 73 • Markesan, WI Repair • 920-398-3722 Restaurant • 920-398-3484


DINING

Carol’s Cones Featuring...

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Friday Night Fish Fry Full Service Bar Check out our Salad Bar Sunday Breakfast Buffet 2503 W.Wisconsin St. • Portage,WI

608-742-8208

Malts • Sundaes Hot Dogs • Nachos Fresh Popped Popcorn and Gourmet Popcorn!

201 Dix St., Columbus www.culvers.com

215 N. Main (Hwy 22) Downtown Pardeeville 608-429-9000

Su undays: Bre eakfast 9-12:30 2:30 pm Lunch 12:30-4 pm Dinner 4-close

The Finest in Steaks & Seafood

Bar opens at 4 pm. Dinners served at 4 pm. Enjoy our large outdoor patio & bar. Fresh cut steaks • Fish Specials • Friday fish fry experts Pasta • Pizza • Fish Tacos • Tequila Shrimp • Prawns • Wine Specialty Drinks & 40 Imported, Domestic and Seasonal Beers Weekday $10.00 Full Dinner Deals W12690 Hwy 188 Lodi Open 7 days a week (May - October) 608-592-4266 • www.fishtalesrestaurant.com

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GOLF COURSES

LODGING Call for

Columbus

(920) 623-8800 219 Industrial Dr. Columbus, WI 53925

Super 8 Motel - Portage

608-742-8330

3000 New Pinery Rd. Portage, WI • I-90/94 Exit Hwy 78 to Hwy 51N

• Indoor Pool/Whirlpool • Free Continental Breakfast Includes Hot Food! • Pets Allowed • Guest Laundry • Free Satellite TV, Encore, ESPN • High Speed Wireless Internet • Free local phone calls • RV/Truck Parking with outside outlets

RANDOLPH A G R E AT P L A C E T O G R O W

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TEE TIMES

9 Hole Uniquely Designed Course

◆ Clubhouse ◆ Practice Facilities ◆ Bar & Snacks

1004 Links Drive • Poynette, WI 53955 608-635-3837 www.shepherdsmeadowgolf.com

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WE ARE OPEN DAYS A WEEK

(APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER)

❢ Golf Outings ❢ Weddings ❢ Business Meetings

❢ Golf Memberships ❢ Marina ❢ Friday Fish Fry ❢ Holiday Brunches

LAKEWISCONSIN COUNTRY CLUB N1076 Golf Rd. Prairie du Sac, Wi 53578 608-643-4554 restaurant • 608-643-2405 golf shop www.lakewisconsincc.com | chrisp@lakewisconsincc.com

COLUMBUS COUNTRY CLUB

Over 75 years old. Mature trees with small greens.

• 9 Hole Golf Course • Golf Pro On Site • Friday Night Fish Fry • Bar & Lounge Area 301 Ingalsbe, Columbus (Next to Fireman’s Park)

920.623.5880

elcome to Randolph, a traditional, small town community W located about an hour north of Madison, bound by two counties, Dodge and Columbia and within 5 miles of fishing and recreational

lakes, which include Beaver Dam Lake and Fox Lake. Randolph offers peaceful residential neighborhoods, quality schools (public and parochial), a variety of churches and recreational opportunities, with a beautiful park and a pool. Randolph features a book and gift store, a resale store, plumbing, heating and electrical shop, auto mechanics, gas and convenience stores, a large grocery store, beauty salons, a tanning salon, and more. There are also home based businesses such as embroidery, screen printing and printing. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without stopping at Feil’s Supper Club, the area’s best place to celebrate authentic German gemütlichkeit. Raise a glass of one of their German tap beers or sample a skillfully-brewed Wisconsin craft beer. You’ll find new friends in the beautiful outdoor Biergarten, gathered around a cozy Bavarian fire pit. And be sure to put the last Sunday of each month on your calendar for their special German Fest Buffet. Randolph is also the host of the famous FFA Alumni Community Corn Carnival, which is held on Labor Day every year. The fun starts bright and early with the FFA breakfast and is followed by the parade. And there is more fun to be had at the park, where you will find great food, kids games, bingo, great music and more. Come to the park hungry! There is PLENTY OF FREE SWEET CORN FOR EVERYONE!


THIS IS RIO WI Camper Country U.S.A 2017 Calendar of Events ✽ ❯ Rio Village Wide Garage Sale Weekend of May 19

❯ Music at the Shelter in the Rio Depot Park Big Cedar Bluegrass Band Saturday, July 22 7:00 to 9:00 PM

❯ Rio American Legion Brat Fry Monday, May 29 • 11am at Rio High School

RIO – CAMPING

SILVER SPRINGS CAMPSITES INC.

Phone 920-992-3537

N5048 Ludwig Rd., Rio, WI 53960

• Heated Pool • Sandy Beach • 10 Acre Lake • Fishing • Boat Rentals • Water Toys • Basketball Court & Volleyball Court • Horseshoe Pits • Rec Hall • Playground • Activities Most Weekends • Modern Restrooms • Coin Showers • Laundry Rooms • Office/Store/Grill • 8 Cabins • 300 Campsites • Overnight Camping • Seasonal Rentals • Large Group Areas • Wifi • ATM • Hiking Trails • AED

Camp 5 Nights Pay For 4! Reservations Suggested We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER

www.silverspringscamp.com email: fun4u@sscamprio.com

• Family Campground • Site Rentals • One Cabin Rental • Large Heated Pool • Convenient Store • Planned Activities • Game Room & Activity Center • 2 Playgrounds • Horseshoe Pits • Boat Rental • Fishing from Shore Only

N5830 Cty. Hwy SS • Rio, WI 53960

May 1 - Oct. 1 • Call for Reservations • 800.582.0393 WiFi Available • Credit Cards Accepted

www.willowmillcampsite.com

❯ Rio EMS Fundraiser Saturday, August 5

❯ Bonnet Prairie Strawberry Ice Cream Social Friday, June 23 • 4-7:30pm at Rio Firemen's Park Schoolhouse ❯ Music at the Shelter in the Rio Depot Park Saturday, June 24 • 7 - 9pm ❯ Rio Fly In Sunday, June 25 • 7am ❯ Garden Show Friday, July 14 • 4 - 8pm Saturday, July 15 • 9am - 4pm at Rio Community Library

❯ Music at the Shelter in the Rio Depot Park Hirt Alpert Brass Band Saturday, Aug. 19 • 7 - 9pm ❯ Rio Street Dance August 26 • Downtown Rio ❯ Music at the Shelter Saturday, Sept. 16 • 7 - 9pm in the Rio Depot Park No Charge – Free will offering accepted Concessions available

❯ Santa Visit Saturday, December 2 10am - Noon at Rio Community Library

Sleepy Dragon Campground offers a nice quiet, relaxing experience. The 90 acre property is a peaceful family campground with 135 sites that offer Shaded and rustic sites. With 81 full service sites, 50 W/E, free WIFI, swimming pool, large playground, Weekend activities, volleyball, Horseshoe pit, pavillion, game room, and many more. Bring me three Seasonal and you get a full year of FREE camping.

920-992-5157 N4003 Traut Road | Rio | www.Sleepydragoncampground.com

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AREA TRANSPORTATION

Amtrak Stations 359 N. Ludington St. | Columbus (920) 623-3831 400 W. Oneida St. | Portage (800) 872-7245

Portage Municipal Airport 1011 Silver Lake Dr. | Portage (608) 742-3300

Greyhound Bus Travel Mart Inc. 611 Frontage Rd. | Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-5077

100 La Crosse St. | Wisconsin Dells (608) 254-7706

Canadian Pacific

HOLIDAY TRAIN!

Arrives early December

D

on’t miss your opportunity to come and see the United States leg of the 2017 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Columbia County! The CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser and since it started in 1999, the program has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food. All shows on the CP Holiday Train are free! In lieu of tickets, please bring a food or monetary donation

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for your local food bank, which will be on site taking collections. The train stops in Columbus, Portage and Wisconsin Dells along the route across North America. Each stop hosts a free music show for you to enjoy. It will be outdoors

and standing. So please dress warmly! Look for an updated schedule of when the CP Holiday Train will be stopping at www.travelcolumbiacounty.net.


OUTDOOR RECREATION

SNOWMOBILING

SKIING

Columbia County is home to a large variety of winter sporting activities. Come explore the possibilities of winter fun! Snowmobiling is available on miles of well marked, groomed snowmobile trails. The quality snowmobiling trails of Columbia County are the result of the hard work and dedication of members of the area’s many snowmobile clubs. • Arlington Prairie Drifters www.prairiedrifters.com • Camper County Snow Riders Rio Area • Columbus Fall River Sno-Blazers www.orgsites.com/wi/snoblazers • The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club www.moonlighterssnowmobileclub.com • New Haven Sno-Streakers Wisconsin Dells Area • Randolph Trail Busters Randolph Area • Rocky Run Riders www.orgsites.com/wi/rockyrunriders • Sno-Hoppers Doylestown Area • Winnebago Ridge Runners www.winnebagoridgerunners.com. • Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Club Lodi Area | www.merr.com/users/ythunder For a snowmobile report for Columbia County please call 608-227-7433 or visit us online at www.orgsites.com/wi/ccasc

Come check out the skiing or tubing at Cascade Mountain! Cascade Mountain has 44 trails. They have something for everyone with a wide variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. The longest trail at Cascade Mountain is called “Far Out”, a beginner cruiser trail that takes you past old growth forests, waterfalls, rock formations and more scenic terrain. It is 5,300 feet long, or just over a mile. Adele’s Alley, also a beginner trail, is about a mile long, also. Our enjoy the beauty of Columbia County by trying cross-country skiing. What a great way to get exercise and enjoy the winter scenery.

ICE FISHING The bountiful waterways in the county feature fish ranging from River Sturgeon to Bluegill and Crappie. Whether you prefer lakes, streams, or rivers, Columbia County can meet your fishing needs.

HUNTING

Columbia County offers excellent hunting opportunities! Whether hunting with a gun, bow, or a camera, there are plenty of opportunities to capture white-tail deer, wild turkeys, water fowl, and small game. There are hundreds of acres of public hunting areas as well as private land for enjoyment of these activities. Please check with the Department of Natural Resources for hunting regulations and always ask permission before entering private lands. COLUMBIA COUNTY TRAVEL GUIDE | 2017

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CURLING CLUBS

CURLING CLUBS

Arlington Curling Club 207 Pierce St., P.O. Box 224 | Arlington (608) 635-4013 www.arlingtoncurling.com

Lodi Curling Club 704 Fair St. | Lodi (608) 592-7372 www.lodicurling.org

Pardeeville Curling Club 203 Second St., P.O. Box 442 Pardeeville (608) 429-2000 www.pardeevillecurlingclub.com

Poynette Curling Club 216 East Hudson St. | Poynette (608) 635-7100 www.poynettecurlingclub.com

Portage Curling Club 107 West Albert St. | Portage (608) 742-3237 www.portagecurling.com

WELCOME TO MARQUETTE COUNTY

ocated in Central Wisconsin, Marquette County is a L true sportsman’s paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Immerse yourself in a kinder, gentler, peaceful moment in time. Follow summer breezes over flowing rivers and sparkling lakes, through rolling hills and valleys, across primitive prairies, oak forests, and tamarack pines. Our ten scenic bike routes meander over 140 miles of Marquette County’s naturally magnificent countryside. Visit www.travelmarquettecounty.com for details. Whether hunting, fishing, bird watching biking or hiking is your thing, nature abounds. Come to Marquette County, it’s in our nature!

Unique Home & Garden Gifts

18 Greenhouses - Garden Gift Store

“A MUST SEE FOR CENTRAL WISCONSIN” Largest Flower/Tree/Shrub Selection in the Area! Over 3000 Hanging Baskets

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N3290 Hwy 22 • 2 Miles South of Montello

(608) 297-2266 • www.omalleyfoss.com


hen the season begins to change to fall in W Columbia County we invite you and your family to visit our apple orchards, corn mazes and pumpkin

patches. Twist and turn through the corn mazes, take a hay ride out to a pumpkin patch to find just the right size to carve with your family. In Columbia County we have Wisconsin’s largest corn maze at 18 acres just outside of Poynette at Creek Bed Country Farmacy. Here you can walk through the corn maze with more than 6 miles of paths. Catch a movie at the outdoor theatre and have some fun down the 75 foot gunny sack slide. Treinen Farms near Lodi has a 15 acre corn maze and over 14 acres of pumpkins for you to select from. Late in October they have an evening dedicated to all things zombie just in time for Halloween. You have to take a trip over to Lapacek’s Orchard, near Poynette where you will find over 60 varieties of apples already hand-picked for you in their store, along with hand-dipped caramel apples, fresh apple cider and of course the best homemade apple cider doughnuts on the weekends. Bring your camera and explore the orchard on a self-guided orchard walk. Wherever you decide to venture with your family, we encourage you to visit www.travelcolumbiacounty.net for all the fun things to do in our area.

Visit www.travelcolumbiacounty.net

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VISIT SAUK COUNTY DINE • SHOP STAY • PLAY 8 Games of Bowling, 4 Shoe Rentals 1 Large Pizza, 1 Topping 1 Pitcher Soda

$

39 Chalet Lanes & Lounge 99

Expires 3/1/18 CC

No Photo Copies

“Where The Good Times Roll”

740 Elm Street,WI Dells • (608)254-8727

OPENING SUMMER 2017 Highway 136, 1/2 mile west of Devils Lake State Park Entrance

devilslakelavender.com • 414-690-5060

Visit the

Leopold Center and Leopold Shack & Farm

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday 10am-4pm (April 15th-October 28th, 2017)

Visit our website for directions and a calendar of events! www.aldoleopold.org 608.355.0279

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D how Aldo Leopold shaped conservation thinking and practices. L about sustainability in our green visitor center and the surrounding landscape. E your own connection to the natural world through tours, special events, workshops, and conferences. P       

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April 1st - Oct. 31st Open daily 11AM-4PM Off Season: By appointment only $20 Adults • Children 5-11 $5 • 4 & under free

623 Broadway Street • Baraboo, WI

608.448.7455 • ringlingmansion.com


Come enjoyy a beautiful setting in downtown wn Lodi at a

118 S. Main St. Lodi, WI 53555 608-592-0600 SpringCreekRestaurant.com

Facebook.com/SpringCreekRestaurant

SpringCreekRestaurant@gmail.com

@SpringCreekLodi

• Fresh salads • sandwiches • Fish Fry • Broasted chicken • Burgers • Pizza • Pasta • Full Bar

SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY Tuesday-Sunday 8am - Close

“Bosses of bluegill, lords of lake perch, and wizards of walleye” - MadisonFishFry.com “Spring Creek offers its impressive list of fish six days a week and does them all incredibly well.” - Isthmus Newspaper named Spring Creek a 2015 Best New Fish Fry in Madison area ou’r while y e here be s and ure

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$6 Fish

DINE-IN SPECIAL

$5 Fry

for Carry-out Fish Special One piece Deep Fried Cod, Small Fry, Coleslaw & Tarter

Available EVERY DAY for LUNCH and DINNER No substitutions or additions.

Traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry (available every day) of Perch, Bluegill, Walleye, or Cod (broiled or deep fried)

Featuring our famous Po’Boy Sandwiches & Wraps All Po’Boys include our homemade French Fries or Spring Creek Corn Salad

Loaded Po’Boy Deep Fried Shrimp, Deep Fried Fresh Clams, Deep Fried Fresh Oysters, Grilled Chicken or Sliced Prime Rib Served with our house remoulade, lettuce, tomato, and pickle Choose: French-style Roll or Wrap Wrap choices are Plain, Roasted Red Pepper or Cucumber

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN LODI, NEXT TO SUSIE THE DUCK.


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