June 20, 2019
Kicking off the season Summer Fest 2019 arrives with new carnival, yoga classes
the sky over the park. If the forecast calls for rainy skies Thursday, the fireworks will be held Friday.
EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group
Summer will start a day early this Thursday with the return of Summer Fest. The weekend will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, and go through Sunday, June 23, on the Summer Fest grounds at Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. This year’s festival will be filled with the usual favorites like live music, “Thrilla on the Grilla” and athletic tournaments, along with some new attractions like Saturday morning yoga and a new carnival vendor. Since 1964, the festival has grown to be a family-oriented event that features something for everyone, Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Knutson told the Observer, and that tradition will continue this year. For a complete list of events, visit summerfest. oregonwi.com.
File photo by Kimberly Wethal
The first evening of Summer Fest events will offer rides, fireworks lighting up the sky and a ten-piece horn band. From 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 22, the Spectrum Carnival will dazzle visitors with rides like the Ferris
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The second day of Summer Fest will help visitors celebrate the solstice with more music and time to enjoy the carnival -- all with food served by the Oregon Rotary Club. Once again, visitors will be able to enjoy the carnival from 5-11 p.m. as well as the food and commercial vendor rows and the softball tournament. Attendees will be able to enjoy some live music starting at 6:30 p.m., with SuperTuesday to perform at 8:30 p.m. The group, which started as a four-piece alternative rock band in the 1990s, will likely play songs that remind audience members of Bon Jovi and even Bruno Mars. The Oregon Rotary Club will cook up some grub all evening long. The menu will include brats, hot dogs, hamburgers and other summer fixings. For those wanting to stay later and drink, the SafeRide program will provide free rides home from
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A thrilling weekend
Spectrum Carnival to come to Summer Fest EMILIE HEIDEMANN
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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – but, as Summer Fest is showing this year, you can get a new carnival at an old festival. T h i s y e a r, t h e S p e c trum Carnival will offer up amusement options to entertain a broader set of people, Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Knutson told the Observer. The carnival will take place from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 20; 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 21; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 22; 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23. Midway hours are the same hours as the carnival. Attendees have the option of purchasing a megaband
What: Spectrum Carnival When: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 20; 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 21; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 22; 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23 Where: Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Info: summerfest.oregonwi.com or 835-3697 to ride all weekend, which costs $50 in advance or $60 at the Midway. Daily wristbands will cost $20 in advance or $25 at the Midway.
Ticket information Attendees have the option of purchasing a megaband to ride all weekend, which costs $50 in advance or $60 at the Midway. Daily wristbands will cost $20 in advance or $25 at the Midway. Presale wristbands are available at the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce office, 117 Spring St.; Oregon Community Bank, 733 N. Main St.; and Hometown Pharmacy, 815 N. Main St. Midway hours will be the same as carnival hours.
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On his last day as a resident of Oregon, Paulie Gurrera rides, 3, rides on a motorcycle on Friday, June 22 in 2018. Presale wristbands are available at the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce office, 117 Spring St.; Oregon Community Bank, 733 N. Main St.; and Hometown Pharmacy, 815 N. Main St. Jim Saari, Public
Relations manager for the Spectrum Carnival, said visitors will be able to choose from larger rides like the Eli 16 Ferris Wheel, the Zipper and the Gee Wizz, with an array of kiddie rides to select from as well.
There will also be an a s s o r t m e n t o f c a r n iva l food as part of the Spectrum package, from fries to philly cheesesteaks to chicken tenders. “We are excited about coming to Oregon,” Saari said.
For more information about the carnival and to register for Summer Fest events, visit summerfest. oregonwi.com or call the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce at 835-3697.
Fireworks to light night sky June 20 KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group
Chrome Fireworks technician Jim Krueger doesn’t like to see the night stars during a fireworks show. That’s why next week’s Summer Fest display won’t have much space between each firework that gets set off. “There’s no dark sky,” he said. “We like to keep (the fireworks) entertaining, and keep it moving for the entertainment value.” The fireworks show is set for Thursday, June 20, at dusk. Set off on the Jaycee Park grounds, Krueger said the festival grounds just to the west will be the perfect viewing spot for the aerial show – or really anywhere throughout the village. The fireworks show will feature different colors, shapes and heights of the fireworks to keep the show interesting, Krueger said. “We have so much to choose from,” he said. “We’ve got lots of specials that we mix in … that’s
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If you go What: Summer Fest fireworks When: At dusk, Thursday, June 20 Where: To the west of Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Info: summerfest.oregonwi.com
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Rain couldn’t stop the fireworks show on Saturday, June 23, after Summer Fest organizers postponed it from Thursday night for rain conditions in 2018. kind of where the amusement factor comes in.” The show’s rain date is Friday, June 21. For more information,
visit summerfest.oregonwi. com or call the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce at 835-3697.
June 20, 2019
Showcasing Wisconsin Pride Retired village president will be grand marshal
If you go What: The Inspired Mat free 20 minute yoga sessions When: Adult class from 7-7:20 a.m. Saturday, June 22; Kids class from 9:30-9:50 a.m. Where: Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Info: 291-5583
JUSTIN LOEWEN Observer correspondent
The Summer Fest parade will once again help round out the final day of festivities on Sunday, June 23. A procession based on the theme of “Wisconsin Pride” will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Lincoln Street and North Main Street and will run until 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.. The parade will head south, turn left onto Janesville Street, left onto Spring Street and right on to Park Street. Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce member associate Tiffany Houtsinger described Wisconsin pride as relating to cheese, cows and regional sports teams. The chamber’s board of directors chose the theme as a way of uniting all of the participants in the parade, Houtsinger said. Judges will choose the top three entries based on creativity, humor, and theme representation, with Oregon Community Bank providing prizes of $300, $200 and $100, respectively. “Some of the people that participate in our parades have been really creative,” Houtsinger said. “People really get involved and they really
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Julia Hrubes rides in the ODI train during the Summer Fest parade in 2018. get into it.” Steve Staton, the recently retired village president of Oregon, will serve as grand marshal of the parade. He resigned in April following 12 years in the role. “I was pleased and honored to be asked to be the grand marshal,” Staton said. “It’s always nice to participate in Summer Fest but also it’s nice to have finished my term and
not just be totally forgotten.” Staton also said he expects his first Summer Fest since retiring to be the same experience he has enjoyed for years. “Judy (Knutson) has made it much more of a family event and I think that’s been a really nice touch,” he said. For more information about the parade, visit summerfest. oregonwi.com.
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If you go What: Summer Fest parade When: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 Where: North Main Street to Janesville Street to Spring Street to Park Street Info: summerfest.oregonwi. com
Visitors looking to relax before getting some exercise can do so on the Summer Fest grounds this weekend. Back again this year, the 10-mile run, 10k classic, two-mile walk/5k classic and kids 1k will take place at 7:45 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Before the races, instructors from The Inspired Mat will host two free 20 minute yoga sessions -- a new addition to festivities this year. The class for adults will take place from 7-7:20 a.m. and the kids class from 9:30-9:50 a.m. at Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Kelly Scholz, assistant manager and yoga instructor at The Inspired Mat, said when she and staff looked at the Summer Fest schedule, they saw a chance to get involved. Scholz will teach the adult class and Katie Monk the kids class. She said Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce Judy Knutson was “all for it.” Each session will offer adults and youngsters a chance to warm up their bodies before their respective races, Scholz said. She also said the sessions will help race participants get into the zone, embrace mindfulness and get rid of “pre-race jitters.” For information about the yoga sessions, call The Inspired Mat at 291-5583. For more information about Summer Fest events or to register, visit summerfest.oregonwi.com. – Emilie Heidemann
June 20, 2019
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Ben Peyer gets set to toss a bean bag during the Summer Fest cornhole tournament on Sunday, June 24 in 2018. Peyer and his wife Erica made up team “Stoughton Vikings” and “crushed” their first match. File hoto by Alexander Cramer
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Staple sporting events return JUSTIN LOEWEN Observer correspondent
With the return of the Summer Fest softball and volleyball tournaments, 32 teams will clash in Kiser Park. The 16 team, double-elimination softball tournament will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night and will continue throughout the weekend. A 16 team volleyball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with round-robin play, which will sort the teams into two separate single-elimination tournaments, including a championship bracket of eight teams. Softball will resume play at 10 a.m. on Saturday and four teams will remain in contention by Sunday, with
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What: Volleyball tournament When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22 Where: Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Info: summerfest. oregonwi.com
What: Softball tournament When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday Where: Kiser Firemen’s Park softball diamonds, 245 Brook St. Info: oregonadultsoftball.com
the final games starting at 10 a.m. The top three softball teams will receive trophies and $450, $350 and $200, respectively. Fourth place will also get $150, while fifth and sixth place will earn $100 each. The final three volleyball teams will win an amount of cash that will be determined by how many people sign up, volleyball tournament organizer JJ Giese told the Observer. The Oregon Area Softball Association will
sponsor the softball tournament, which first appeared at Summer Fest in 1979. “As far back as I can remember it’s been all local Oregon league teams c o m p r i s e d o f O r eg o n , Fitchburg, Stoughton and Brooklyn players,” softball tournament organizer Robert Klein wrote in an email to the Observer. “We invited back old league teams to make things interesting and see old friends.”
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The volleyball tournament first appeared at Summer Fest in 1993, but was discontinued in 2001. The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce reintroduced the tournament in 2015 and it has become one of the festival’s most popular events. The registration date for this year’s tournament was June 17 but will remain open until all 16 teams have been filled, with all players receiving a t-shirt, Giese wrote in an email to the Observer. “I am frequently reassured of the value of the volleyball tournament as I see our shirts of years past in leagues and tournaments around Dane County and beyond, as well as in team photos on social media,” he wrote. “The shirts represent additional long-term exposure for the sponsors that support the tournament as well as the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce.”
If you go What: Cornhole tournament When: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 Where: Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Info: 588-6692
JUSTIN LOEWEN Observer correspondent
Prepare your bag tossing skills for this year’s Summer Fest cornhole tournament. The double elimination contest will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. Pure Integrity Homes, Inc. is sponsoring the event and the business encourages anyone interested to sign up by June 20 for one of the 16 team slots. “It has tended to be a fairly competitive tournament and we are really excited to continue this tradition,” Anna Petrie, Pure Integrity Homes, Inc. team manager, wrote in an email to the Observer. Each two-person team must pay $20 for entry and all proceeds will go to the Pure Integrity Homes Inc., Scholarship fund, which was started in 2018, Petrie wrote.
The $1,000 scholarship will be given to a graduating Oregon High School senior. Pure Integrity Homes, Inc. is also making all cornhole boards regulation size, 24 inches by 48 inches, and will cover the boards with vinyl for a consistent “feel,” Petrie wrote. Each board will be sponsored by a local business. Tournament cash prizes will be $100 for first place, $40 for second and $30 for third. All players must fill out a waiver and a parent or legal guardian must sign for participants under 18. For registration information, call 588-6692.
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Event held in beer tent at Kiser Firemen’s Park MARI DEVEREAUX Observer correspondent
The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce fundraiser Thrilla on the Grilla, sponsored by JL Richards, will be back with a pintsized twist at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 23. JL Richards founder Rich Wisden said this year the event will offer kid’s meals for just $5. The meals include a hot dog, chips, macaroni salad and a cookie. BBQ baby back ribs, BBQ chicken and pulled pork will comprise the main course options for adult meals. For sides, people will be able to choose baked beans, salad, or a roll with butter. Adult meal tickets are $12, or $10 when bought in advance at JL Richards, 668 Janesville St. The tickets can also be used as a raffle entries for the chance to win a $500 first prize, $100 second prize or $50 third prize. The raffle drawing begins at 4 p.m. In addition to the food, which will be served until 5 p.m., local bands will play
If you go What: Thrilla on the Grilla When: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 23 Where: Beer Tent, Kiser Firemen’s Park, 249 Brook St. Oregon, WI 53575. Cost: $12, $10 in advance at JL Richards, 668 Janesville St.
live music all day. The solo artist Horse will perform first from 11 to 12:30 p.m., followed by Back40 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the ‘grand finale’ performance by Time Travelers from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wisden said the groups perform pop, country and rock music respectively, and are “very popular” throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Proceeds for the 2019 Thrilla on the Grilla will go towards the chamber and Summer Fest’s annual fireworks show, as well as the redevelopment and expansion of Jaycee Park West. Wisden said JL Richards and the chamber will try to make the event “bigger and better” by continuing to give back to the community.
MARI DEVEREAUX Observer correspondent
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Grillmaster Kenny Carl pours barbecue sauce on a batch of ribs during Thrilla on the Grilla on Sunday, June 24, at Summer Fest in 2018.
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With a wide array of sweet and savory food vendors to choose from, Summer Fest will have delicious treats available for attendees to enjoy all throughout the weekend. Tiffany Houtsinger, membership and communications associate for the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce, said many crowd favorites will be making a reappearance this year to
satisfy festival goers’ appetites. Ve r a ’s S n a c k S h a c k , known for its deep fried oreos and twinkies, will return alongside Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Ben’s Soft Pretzels and Dairyland Curds, which serves cheese curds, tater tots and mini dogs. Other notable vendors include Wild West Soda and its homemade beverages, the Mexican cuisine cart Sabor Queretano and Rollicious Creamery, which serves bubble tea, bubble waffles, and rolled ice cream. Houtsinger said a group of Boy Scouts and the
Oregon Rotary Club will be selling brats, hot dogs, hamburgers and strawberry shortcakes near vendor areas. In addition to the many food vendors, Houtsinger said that Summer Fest will also host booths for a variety of businesses such as WS boutique and Angie Designs, which sells jewelry. Cornerstone Family Chiropractic will be offering complimentary health assessments, and Infinity Martial Arts will be talking with kids and their families about the services they provide.
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The Oregon Mason’s annual pork dinner will return this year from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 22 or until food runs out, as it typically has happened in the past. The menu will be similar to previous years. A meal, which costs $7, will include a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, chips, a pickle and lemonade or iced tea. Festival goers will also have the option to buy just a sandwich and a drink for $5. Proceeds from the dinner will be placed in the Oregon Masonic Lodge general charity fund to help the organization support different community fundraising efforts throughout the year. Oregon Mason’s member Jordan Dietrich said the fund is generally used towards “whatever local charities come up.” “ We g ive a [ $ 1 5 0 0 ] scholarship every year to Oregon high school,” Dietrich said. “We donate to some of the local
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Summer Fest to feature variety of live entertainment options
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From country to alternative, the bands taking the stage at this year’s Oregon Summer Fest will suit a variety of musical tastes. After attendees take part in some line dancing from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, the Red Hot Horn Dawgs will perform at 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 -- the first day of summer -- SuperTuesday will perform a blend of rock songs. And at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Cherry Pie will fill Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St. with the sounds of the 1980s. “Thrilla on the Grilla” will feature music while visitors indulge in their favorite foods throughout the afternoon Sunday, June 23. Horse will perform from 11-12:30 p.m., Backw40 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Time Travelers from 2:30-5:30 p.m. There will be no cover charge. For more information about festival music, visit File photo by Kimberly Wethal summerfest.oregonwi.com or call the Oregon Area Charles Thomas, guitarist and singer for the Angels and Outlaw band, performs a Lady Antebellum song with the band on Chamber of Commerce at Saturday, June 23 in 2018. 835-3697. of “two trumpets, a flugel- make their way to the Sumh o r n , t wo s a x o p h o n e s , mer Fest stage. Red Hot Horn Dawgs trombone, tuba and full The Red Hot Horn Dawgs rhythm section,” the web- SuperTuesday was a 10-piece band that • Red Hot Horn Dawgs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 site states. SuperTuesday was origformed in late 1999 by Bill The band soon found it inally a four piece original • SuperTuesday at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 Walker and his wife, Tracy. “increasingly tough” to get alternative rock back when • Cherry Pie at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 The band’s website states hired with the word “aver- it came together in 1996, being alumni of the Univer• “Thrilla on the Grilla” entertainment Sunday, June 23: age” in their name, accord- but it has evolved over time. sity of Wisconsin Marching to the website. T h e g r o u p ’s w e b • Horse at 11 a.m. ing Band and having ties After coming up with site states it turned into • Back40 at 12:30 p.m. to Edgewood College jazz five alternatives, the Red SuperTuesday in 1998, after musicians helped the pair • Time Travelers at 2:30 p.m. Hot Horn Dawgs “got the performing around Madiand others form The Avermajority vote.” son at “influential” house age Blues Band. This year marks the 20th parties, barns and loading The group then composed season for the group as they docks.
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Also during that time, the band played at stadiums and appeared in commercials. SuperTuesday has opened for acts like Old Dominion, Gloriana, Jessica Andrews and Sawyer Brown. The website states the band now takes its cues from artists like Bon Jovi, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Pat Benatar, Bruno Mars and even Pitbull. “Now they’re bringing their drink-raising, dancea-billy, funfest skills to the next level,” the website states.
Cherry Pie Cherry Pie is a five-piece band from Milwaukee with over 20 years of experience, according to its Facebook page. “Cherry Pie plays all of the biggest ‘Hair Band’ hits and ballads of the 80s, in addition to a few anthems from the 70s,” the page states. The band “prides itself” on putting on extravagant and visually pleasing shows complete with lighting, special effects and “top tier sound.” It has won awards like the W.A.M.I. Award, the Madison Area Music People’s Choice award for Best Cover Band and the Shepherd Express award for Best Cover Band out of Milwaukee. Upcoming performances for Cherry Pie span across the state, according to its website. Also on the band’s site is a group timeline that dates back to 1999. Every show in Cherry Pie’s history is chronicled there as well, complete with photos of each performance.
SafeRide program offered on Friday, Saturday for visitors looking to drink into the evening SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group
To increase safety and encourage people to come out, Summer Fest is once again offering patrons a SafeRide home. The program, offered in conjunction with the Tavern League of Wisconsin and Madison’s Union Cab, will run 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 21 and
Saturday, June 22 (through 1 a.m. Sunday). Summer Fest organizer Judy Knutson told the Observer the idea is for people to “enjoy themselves and have fun.” “If they don’t feel like they can drive, we want to make sure that we get them home safely, so we will be taking anybody home,” she said. “We’d rather have them keep their car parked.”
Union Cabs will be waiting in a designated area outside the “celebration tent,” she said, with regular service to Oregon and Stoughton, and some accommodations for people living a bit further away. “Union Cab goes back to Madison, so if there’s somebody from Madison, that will be the last one,” Knutson said. “We can get four to six people at one time.”
What: Summer Fest SafeRide program When: 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 Where: Outside Summer Fest celebration tent, 245 Brook St. Info: Call Oregon Chamber at 835-3697 or Union Cab at 242-2000
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June 20, 2019
Car show to roll in Sunday In its 11th year, the Summer Fest car classic and custom car show continues to grow. The exhibition will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, with registration open from 7 a.m. until noon. It will be located on Brook and Spring Streets. There will be 13 awards covering six classes of “original” cars, four classes of “custom” cars, motorcycles, as well as the “most creative” and “most interesting” vehicles. For original cars, the classes represent six different time periods, while for
If you go What: Classic and custom car show When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23 Where: Brook and Spring Streets Info: summerfest.oregonwi.com “custom” cars, the classes span four time periods. Commemorative awards known as “dash plaques” will also be given to the first 100 cars that register for the
show, event organizer Greg Granberg said. The car show debuted successfully at Summer Fest in 2009 with a turnout of 140 vehicles at Jaycee Park. It relocated to Spring Street in 2013 to bring the show closer to Summer Fest activities, before moving even closer onto Brook Street in 2017. “It was a great move and I think we’ll see our numbers go up year after year because of that change,” Granberg said. “The cool part about it is, we are now on the Summer Fest grounds, rather than being a block and a half away.”
The car show will also expand back onto Spring Street this year, Granberg said, by adding exhibition space around the Oregon Community Pool. Granberg attributed the show’s growing popularity to an interest in a low key, noncompetitive Summer Fest event, where attendees can browse a massive exhibition that will include 1940s hot rods, 1960s muscle cars and the latest sports cars. – Justin Loewen
Races set June 22 The Oregon Chamber of Commerce will give you a chance to balance out all of the fair food you’ll eat with a group of runs, walks and yoga on Saturday morning. The morning will feature 10-mile and 5K races, a 2 mile walk and a 1K kids run. The events will start at staggered times from 7:45-10 a.m. The 10 mile will begin first at 7:45 a.m., with the 10K starting just after 8 a.m. The 5K and 2 mile walk will start: 8:15 a.m., and the kids 1K will round up the races at 10:00 a.m. Registration for the races can be completed online at summerfest.oregonwi. com, or the day of starting at 7 a.m.
If you go What: 10 mile/10K/5K Classic, 2 mile walk and 1K kids run When: 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22 Where: Kiser Fireman’s Park, 245 Brook St. Info: summerfest. oregonwi.com Free 20-minute yoga classes will also be held on Saturday morning prior to the races, with an adult class at 7 a.m. and a kid’s class at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit summerfest.oregonwi.com – Kimberly Wethal
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Saturday From 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next morning, there will be something for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, June 22, at the festival – whether you want to relax, indulge, be thrilled or exercise. Bright and early Saturday morning, the 10-mile run, 10k classic, two-mile walk/5k classic and kids 1k will take place at 7:45 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively.
Beforehand, yoga instructors from The Inspired Mat will conduct two free gentle yoga sessions – an adult class from 7-7:20 a.m. and a kids sessions from 9:309:50 a.m. to offer race participants a chance to warm up. The carnival will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. as well as the food and commercial vendors row from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The softball tournament will return on the third day of festivities. Saturday will also mark the start for the volleyball tournament,
which will take place all day. The Oregon Rotary Club will once again serve its menu throughout festivities, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Oregon Masons will host their pork dinner. At 8:30 p.m., 1980s themed rock band Cherry Pie will take the stage. Once again, the SafeRide program will operate from 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
festival attendees a chance to show off their “Wisconsin Pride” – this year’s theme for the parade – look at some vintage cars and participate in a cornhole tournament. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., spectators will be able to see vehicles like 1940s hot rods at the Custom and Classic Car show on Brook and Spring streets. Cars will be placed in decade classes spanning Sunday back to the 1940s and prior. Last but certainly not There will also be awards least, Sunday will offer for the “most interesting” and “most creative” models.
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“Dash plaques” will also be given to the first 100 cars that register for the show. From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. visitors can attend “Thrilla on the Grilla” for food and music. From 11-12:30 p.m. Horse will take the stage; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Back40 will perform and from 2:305:30 p.m. Time Travelers will put on a concert. BBQ baby back ribs, chicken and pulled pork will be entrees available for purchase with sides of baked beans, salad or roll with butter. At 12:30 p.m. attendees
can express their love for the Badger and dairy state. Floats will make their way from North Main Street to Janesville Street to Spring Street and finally to Park Street. The cornhole tournament for all registered participants will be held starting at 2 p.m. And of course, the carnival and vendors row will be open throughout the day until 6 p.m. For information, call the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce at 835-3697.
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