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WELCOME TO

Prairie du Chien WISCONSIN

AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

A D V E N T U R E , RELAXATION, RECREATION, HISTORY

800-732-1673

www.prairieduchien.org


VISITOR’S GUIDE AND Area Maps Events Parks

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Attractions

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Big River Long Rifles.............8 Casino Queen .......................9 Crawford County Tourism ...13 Dousman House..................16 Eagles Landing Winery .......18 Firemen’s Association Flea Market ........................14 Fort Crawford Museum........14 Froelich Museum .................18 Maiden Voyage Tours ......... 11

Prairie Cinema.....................12 Prairie du Chien Country Club .....................15 Prairie Fun Land ....................7 Shihata Orchard ....................7 Spook Cave .........................13 Sunrise Orchards ................17 St. Feriole Gardens .............18 The Cassville Car Ferry ......10 Villa Louis ..............................6

Campgrounds (Page 28-29) Big River Campground.......................29 Scenic View Campground......................28

Lodging

Spook Cave and Campground.......................29 Sports Unlimited Campground......................28

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AmericInn & Suites .............. 24 Fenmore Hills Hotel ............. 22 Frenchtown Charmer........... 19 Frontier Motel ...................... 25 Lonesome Hollow Homestead ........................ 25

Motel 6................................. 26 Point of View B&B ............... 19 Prairie Motel ........................ 22 Quality Inn & Suites............. 20 River District Hotel............... 21 Waterfront Hotel .................. 23

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY Restaurants & Taverns (Page 30-37) Breitbach’s Country Dining ...... 37 Culver’s.................................... 37 Dunkin ..................................... 31 Eddie’s Irish Pub ..................... 31 Fort Mulligan’s Grill Pub .......... 34 Huckleberry’s ........................... 35

Leisure Time Sports Bar & Bowl ............................. 35 Pete’s Hamburger Stand ......... 30 Spring Lake Inn ....................... 30 The Barn Restaurant ............... 36 The Crooked Oar..................... 34

Services (Page 46-61) 3M............................................ 46 Cabela’s................................... 51 Crossing Rivers Health............ 52 Dental Associates.................... 54 Design Homes, Inc .................. 56 Fillback .................................... 55 Freedom Tire ........................... 61 Gundersen Clinic ..................... 57 Halpin Tire Service .................. 49 Homesteader Homes .............. 53 K9000 Dog Wash .................... 50 Marine Credit Union ................ 59

Shopping

Mayo Clinic .............................. 46 MotoRace Tire ......................... 54 Novares ................................... 48 PdC Dentistry .......................... 58 Peoples State Bank ................. 49 Remax Ridge’N’River Realty ..................................... 47 Supreme Graphics .................. 48 Tender Care Animal Hospital, LLC. ............................59 WI-IA Shopping News ............. 60

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BP North & Piccadilly Pizza ... 43 Cabela’s................................... 39 Check’s Antiques..................... 45 Mississippi Meats .................... 44 Pickett Fence, The .................. 42 Quality Beverages ................... 38 Stark’s Sport Shop .................. 44

The Cannery, Ashley Furniture & Our Neck of the Woods.......... 40 The Local Oven ....................... 43 The Planted Tree..................... 41 Tiller’s Furniture....................... 38 Turkey River Mall .................... 41 Valley Fish & Cheese ............. 42

Area Information

Local Tourist Information/ Chamber of Commerce Office ........................... 608-326-8555 Fire/Police/Rescue ............................................................... 911 Hospital................................................................. 608-357-2000 Prairie du Chien City Hall ..................................... 608-326-6406 Road Conditions ................................................800-ROAD-WIS Road Conditions in Iowa ...................................... 515-288-1047 Prairie du Chien Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center (May - Oct.) ........................... 608-326-2241 Crawford County Tourism .................................... 608-326-6658

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A LOOK AT OUR PAST History of Prairie du Chien When permanent settlement began at Prairie du Chien in the early 1770s, the prairie was part of the British colony of Canada. As such, Prairie du Chien was under the governance of the British Colonial Governor in Montreal, with a lieutenant governor in residence at Mackinac. At the close of the American Revolution, all of the land south of the Great Lakes and east of the Mississippi River passed from Great Britain to the United States of America. In 1787, Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, which set a form of government for the territory north and west of the Ohio River. In the Northwest Territory, land would be surveyed into townships, governments established, and eventually new states created. The population grew, and as Ohio worked to become a state, all the remainder of the territory was designated Indiana Territory. Prairie du Chien became part of St. Clair County. In 1800 Governor William Henry Harrison appointed the St. Clair county a government, which included a militia. Henry Munro Fisher, Bazil Giard, and Michel Labatte, all of Prairie du Chien, were made officers of the 7th Company of the Indiana Militia. More and more people moved into Indiana Territory, so in 1805 the northern portion became Michigan Territory, and the west section was formed into Illinois Territory in 1809. Prairie du Chien now was part of Illinois Territory. By this date, over 300 people lived at Prairie du Chien. For the next eight years, various residents of Prairie du Chien held offices in the militia and as justices of the peace for the Territory of Illinois. In 1818 part of the Illinois Territory became a state. Prairie du Chien and all of what would become Wisconsin were now in Michigan Territory. The Michigan Territorial Legislature created two new counties: Brown and Crawford. Crawford County was named after William Harris Crawford. He had been Secretary of War, and in 1818 was United States Secretary of the Treasury. Crawford County covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin. As the only established community in the new county, Prairie du Chien became the seat of government. When Wisconsin Territory was created in 1836, Crawford County had been decreased in size, but Prairie du Chien remained the county seat, and in 1836 a territorial courthouse was constructed. With the formation of Bad Axe County in 1851, Crawford County was reduced to its present size. Prairie du Chien is still the seat of government for Crawford County. History submitted by local historian Mary Elise Antoine For more history, please request the “History of Prairie du Chien� brochure through the Chamber of Commerce. Prairie du Chien Tourism Guide 2020

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WELCOME

Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center, 211 S. Main Street – Between the Bridges

Welcome to the Prairie du Chien Area! The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council proudly welcomes you to Historic Prairie du Chien: a wonderful tourist destination, a great place to raise your family and the right location to start or grow your business. Prairie du Chien is a community that has placed a high value on preserving its historical landmarks and heritage, small-town charm and recreational opportunities providing the perfect setting in which to live, work and play. As the county seat for Crawford County, Prairie du Chien possesses a wealth of outdoor recreational resources, great neighborhoods, reliable industries, excellent healthcare facilities and educational opportunities. With a population just over six thousand and a regional population exceeding sixteen thousand, Prairie du Chien has a vibrant downtown, a thriving business community and many historical destinations that provide living lessons in history. The businesses of Prairie du Chien and surrounding area’s invite you to browse through the colorful pages of our tourism guide. The Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council is a vital part of promoting business, community activities, events and opportunities. Open year round, our Chamber office and Official Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center are conveniently positioned at the Gateway to Wisconsin at the Wisconsin and Iowa border, conveniently located on US Highway 18 and along the Mississippi River. Enjoy the Prairie du Chien area, our natural attractions of rolling hills and picturesque ravines and valleys, recreational opportunities, cultural offerings, great dining establishments, abundant shopping options, fine lodging and the warm, friendly service that greets you at each of our local businesses. Sincerely, Robert Moses, President/CEO Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council

Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center www.prairieduchien.org

****** Thank you to the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council for its financial support of room tax dollars, (collected by the City of Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport Township), that went toward the publication of this brochure. Disclaimer: To the best of the Chamber’s knowledge, all information in this brochure was accurate when it was printed. To avoid disappointment, we urge you to phone for confirmation prior to planning a trip around a specific attraction and/or event. www.prairieduchien.org

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ATTRACTIONS BOAT RENTALS ◆ Captain’s Cove Canoe & Kayak Rental Enjoy a relaxing canoe or kayak adventure on the Lower Wisconsin River for a couple of hours or for a couple of days. Specials available for canoe and kayaking plus lodging at our motel, 608-994-2860. Located five minutes south of Prairie du Chien on Hwy 18 at the County C intersection just across the Wisconsin River, www.captainscovecanoeing.com.

CASINO ◆ Casino Queen Slots, table games, regional and headline entertainment in the Sevens Bar. The Buffet serves breakfast only on Saturdays and Sundays, with lunch, and dinner available seven days a week. The casino is also open 7 days a week, www.casinoqueen.com, 800-4-YOU-BET (800-496-8238), Hwy 18 W, Marquette, IA.

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ATTRACTIONS FARMERS MARKETS ◆ Prairie du Chien Held Saturdays May through October, 8 am - 1 pm at Lucky Park, downtown Prairie du Chien, contact 608-326-0960. Markets also held at various other locations in Prairie du Chien. ◆ Ferryville, WI Held Saturdays, May 16 - October 24, at the Sugar Creek Park, Hwy 35, 608-734-9077, www.visitferryville.com. ◆ Marquette, IA Held Friday nights, May 22 - October 9 at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, 563-873-3537.

GOLFING ◆ Prairie Fun Land 18 hole mini golf course, go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, trampoline basketball, video arcade, driving range, water wars, children’s bounce castle, and refreshments, open 10 am daily from Memorial Day weekend to August 31, open weekends only May, Sept. & Oct. (weather permitting), available for group parties, 608-326-0888, 515 Paquette St, (west of Culver’s), Prairie du Chien. ◆ Prairie du Chien Country Club 18 hole scenic golf course open to the public, par 72, power carts, bar & grill, 608-326-6707, Hwy 18 South, Prairie du Chien. ◆ Barnyard 9 Scenic golf course open to the public, par 21, rentals for golf clubs and carts, 608-326-2141, 32800 County Rd K, Prairie du Chien.

Breads •• Cookies • Turnovers Breads Turnovers Open Pies •Thursday Fritters -•Sunday Coffee

Shihata’s Orchards

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Open Daily 9am-5pm Mid August to Early November

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ATTRACTIONS HISTORIC TOURS

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◆ Fort Crawford Museum The Museum is located on the Fort Crawford Military Tract. The Fort Crawford Hospital is the only remaining structure of the second Fort Crawford. At Fort Crawford, Black Hawk surrendered to the Indian Agent Joseph Street who presented him to Colonel Zachary Taylor to end the Blackhawk War. Colonel Taylor then sent Lt Jefferson Davis to escort Black Hawk to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. The Museum consists of three buildings: The Fort Crawford Hospital, the Museum of Prairie du Chien, and the Museum Store. Featured exhibits for 2020 include: The Artesian Wells, Sanitariums, and Cigar Factories of Prairie du Chien. Permanent exhibits in the Hospital include an 1832 Wardroom, the stories of Fort Crawford, Dr. William Beaumont, Treaties signed in Prairie du Chien, the Surrender of Black Hawk, artifacts located under Beaumont Road during utility work, a pharmacy, dentist office, and many more. The Museum of Prairie du Chien contains exhibits on prominent citizens, exhibits on the railroads, clamming, and other businesses, as well as an exhibit on the Battle for Prairie du Chien during the War of 1812. Other exhibits include St. Mary’s Academy and Campion (segregated schools for men and women), an iron lung, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, a hall of Family Trees dating back around 200 years, and many more. Fort Crawford Museum is open daily from May 1– October 31, 9 am - 4 pm. Tours are self-guided, but schools and groups are encouraged to come any time during the year by making a reservation. An admission is charged. Visit our website at fortcrawfordmuseum.com, or email the Fort at ftcrawmu@mhtc.net for more information. The Fort is located on the corner of Beaumont Road and Rice Street at 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, WI. Special events include: A Pillar Restoration Dedication, Fridays at the Fort from June–August, Tour of Historic Cemeteries, Spirits of Fort Crawford in October, and Christmas at the Fort in December. We look forward to your visit.

Blacksmithing, pottery making, glass blowing, flea market, cooking, and camp life. www.bigriverlongrifles.com • 608-391-0370

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Froelich (Foundation) Museum & 1890’s Village The Froelich tractor, first gasoline propelled tractor was invented here in 1892. Tour includes Froelich tractor, general store, blacksmith shop, train depot, one room school, semis, and barn event center. Open 5 days a week: Sun, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat. May 9 - Sept. 27, and the first two weekends in October. Admission charged. 563-536-2841, www.froelichtractor.com, 24397 Froelich Rd, Froelich, IA, four miles east of Monona. ◆ Mississippi River Sculpture Park This park features life-sized bronze statues of historical figures from the area. Located along Bolvin St. on St. Feriole Island adjacent to the Villa Louis, this city park is open year round, free of charge. A picnic shelter is available, call 608-326-7207 for reservation, www.statuepark.org.

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◆ Villa Louis Historic Site Experience Victorian life during the 19th century as you visit the estate of one of Wisconsin’s most prosperous families. Built on the banks of the Mississippi River, Villa Louis was the country home of the Dousman family. It has been vividly restored to its 1890s splendor. Costumed guides conduct tours daily, exploring everyday life in the 1890s through the lens of the Dousman family. Villa Louis is open daily from May 16 - October 24. Museum Store hours are 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Tour hours vary by month. In June, July, and August, tours begin at the top of the hour from 10 am - 4 pm, seven days a week. In May, September, and October, tours begin hourly from 10 am - 3 pm on Sunday through Thursday, and 10 am - 4 pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission charged includes entry to the Fur Trade Museum. For more information call 608-326-2721, www.villalouis.org, located at 521 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien. Numerous special events held on the Villa grounds and in the mansion include the hands-on Breakfast in the Victorian Kitchen, Carriage Classic, and more.

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Mississippi River Boat Tours 2020

Nominated Tourism Attraction of 2017 & 2018 for the state of Iowa

Maiden Voyage Tours Book Online @ www.MVTours.us or call 563-880-8970

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ATTRACTIONS HORSE TRAILS ◆ La Riviere Park A 300 acre nature park located on Vineyard Coulee Road in SE Prairie du Chien. One of the region’s largest horse camps is located here. The six acre camp at 62048 Vineyard Coulee Road has water and electrical hookups on a first come first serve basis at 80 campsites. Horse camping is free. Donations are accepted. Six miles of horse trails are located in the park with access to additional trails off the park on private property. The camp and horse trails are managed by the La Riviere Riders. For additional information call 608-412-2087 or go to www.lariviereriders.com.

MARINAS ◆ Marquette Marina Open May 20 through October 11, Wednesday through Sunday. Gas, pump-out station, private slips also available. Walking distance to restaurants and the Casino Queen, 563-880-8970, Hwy 18 W, Marquette, IA. ◆ Winneshiek Marina Open April - October, gas, pump-out station, overnight and seasonal docking, bait shop, restrooms and showers, private slips available. 3 miles north on County K. 608-326-2888.

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ATTRACTIONS MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISES

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◆ Maiden Voyage Tours Maiden Voyage is one of the last small working tour boats on the Mississippi River. A 49 passenger, U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel. Maiden Voyage Tours specialize in off the beaten path tours. Spend time in the braided stream, the most beautiful part of the river. See, hear, and learn things like no other boat tour offers. Nominated for tourist attraction of the year in 2017 and 2018 in the state of Iowa. Maiden Voyage Tours is family owned and operated. Visit the website at www. maidenvoyagetours.com For boarding information please reference the schedule in this guide, book online at www. MVTours.us, or call 563-880-8970. Located under the bridge in Marquette, Iowa, two minutes from Prairie du Chien.

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ATTRACTIONS ORCHARDS ◆ Shihata’s Orchard Scenic apple orchard in the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Open mid-August through late fall. The Apple House features several apple varieties, fresh pressed cider, specialty foods, local cheese and sausages, wine and gift items. The Bakery Barn, open Thursday thru Sunday, bakes up fresh apple goodies and Apple-licious Cider Donuts. Experience the Country Fun Park, pumpkin patch, U-Pick apples, and Orchardfest (first weekend in Oct.). www.shihataorchard.com, 608-326-2785, six miles NE on Hwy 27 left on Limery or North on Hwy 35 and right on Limery. 61549 Limery Rd, Prairie du Chien. ◆ Sunrise Orchards, offering 22 varieties of apples, legendary apple cider donuts, award-winning apple cider, apple cider slush, apple butter, gift boxes, corn salsa, cheeses, meats, free weekend events. Fun for the whole family! 48340 Hwy 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645. Take Highway 27 to Highway 171, or Highway 18 to Highway 60 and turn left on Highway 171. www.sunriseapples.com.

RECREATION ◆ Bear Foot Bay Located inside Country Inn & Suites, the water park includes body slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children’s pool with water geysers, and kid’s slide. Daily individual and group passes available. Call for hours and rates 608-326-5700, 1801 Cabela’s Lane, Prairie du Chien.

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FORT CRAWFORD MUSEUM

A Blackhawk War Site, Exhibits: 1830s Military, Civil War, Railroad, Steamboats, Mississippi River and History of Prairie du Chien 717 S Beaumont Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 608-326-6960 fortcrawfordmuseum.com ftcrawmu@mhtc.net Owned & Operated by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Leisure Time Sports Bar & Bowl Bowling alley, 10 lanes, automatic scoring, bumpers for kids, video arcade, sports bar and grill, open daily at 11 a.m., 1618 S Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2782. ◆ Hoffman Hall Recreation Center City operated facility with a gymnasium and heated Olympic-size indoor swimming pool. Facility rental available. Leisure activities and group fitness classes offered daily including newly upgraded tennis and Pickle Ball courts. 608-326-7207, email mulrich@prairieduchien-wi.gov, 1600 S. Wacouta, Prairie du Chien. ◆ Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Located on Hwy 18 on the west side of Marquette, IA. The Wetland Centre’s mission is “to provide a unique learning experience that connects people to the natural world and empowers them to positively impact their local environments.” The Centre features a wetland available for exploring and environmental science class work, a native prairie, bird and mammal mounted displays, a rock and fossil display, and a Mississippi River fish aquarium. Monthly and seasonal programs run throughout the year as well as a weekly farmer’s market that runs from May to October on Fridays, Free admittance. 563-873-3537, www.driftlessareawetlandcentre.com.

Prairie Du Chien Country Club “18 Hole Par 72 Public Golf Course”

Maple Leaf Bar & Restaurant Friday Night Fish Fry • Noon Lunches

Banquet Rooms/Outdoor Pavillion

Business Meetings/Weddings/Graduation & Christmas Parties

Located 5 Miles South of Prairie Du Chien on Hwy. 18

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Outdoor Recreation Center Rental equipment for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking and disc golf. Located at Washington Street Park. Open Saturdays and Sundays, JuneSeptember noon - 4 pm. Weekday rentals and group rentals available by calling 608-326-7207, Mon-Fri. (prior reservation required). Rentals subject to availability. Co-sponsored by Prairie du Chien Park & Rec Dept. and Local Boy/Cub Scouts. ◆ Prairie Fun Land 18 hole mini golf course, go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, trampoline basketball, video arcade, driving range, water wars, children’s bounce castle, and refreshments, open 10 a.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Open weekends only May, September & October (weather permitting), available for group parties, 608-326-0888, 515 Paquette St. (west of Culver’s), Prairie du Chien. ◆ Prairie du Chien Skateboard Park Located next to Wacouta Aquatic Park, is free and open during park hours to skateboards, rollerblades, and BMX bikes. It has multiple challenging units and is one of few skateboard parks in a 60 mile radius with all ability levels. For more information e-mail mulrich@prairieduchien-wi.gov or call 608-326-7207, 1401 E Wells, Prairie du Chien.

The Dousman House Built in the 1860’s, this historic landmark is now a Family owned & operated Elegant Event Center just steps away from the Mississippi River

230 N Water Street • Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 • 608-326-2012 thedousmanhouse@gmail.com • thedousmanhouse.com

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A family owned orchard, with 22 varieties of delicious apples and fun for the whole family! • Apple cider donuts | Apple cider • Caramel apples | Candy | Pumpkin logs • Apple butter | Corn Salsa | Applesauce • Cheeses | Meats | Honey | Jams | Cookies • Pies | Wild Rice | Gift Shop | Apple Gift Boxes • Sunrise Express Model Train • Dog Walk Park | Apple Packing TV • Sunrise Family Park Playground

There’s something g for everyone, y at Sunrise Orchards! 48340 State Hwy. 171 | Gays Mills, WI 54631 Phone: 608-735-4645 OPEN DAILY August 17 - October – 9 am -5 pm November - December 18 –9 am -4 pm www.SunriseApples.com – Online Store Open 24/7 Follow us on Facebook.com/SunriseAppleOrchards

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Rotary Disc Golf Course 18 hole course, located on St Feriole Island, is free and open to the public. All holes are par 3; however, there are many challenges and hazards. The scenic beauty adds to this great course that caters to beginners and experts. Disc golf rentals are available by calling 608-326-7207.

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◆ Spook Cave & Campground Underground guided boat tours tell about the discovery and development of the cave. View stalactites and other natural formations. Tours are from 9 am - 5:30 pm daily, May through October. Group rates available. Also available: camping, cabins, lake swimming and fishing. For more information visit the web site www.spookcave.com or call 563-873-2144. Spook Cave is located 10 miles West of Prairie du Chien in Iowa, on Hwy 18, then turn onto Spook Cave Rd.

Open Daily 10am - 5pm Free Wine Tasting Daily Live Music in the Wine Garden June-Oct.

563-873-1905 127 North St. Marquette, IA 52158 1 mile from Prairie du Chien, WI

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Froelich 1890s Village Museum 24397 Froelich Rd, Froelich, IA

Home to John Froelichs 1892 inention of the first successful gasoline roelled Tractor forerunner to John Deere. Hands on Family tours! www.froelichtractor.com Guided Tours include the 1891 General Store & Post Oce, 1866 One Room School, Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Depot, Vintage Barn, Warehouse, Froelich Tractor Replicas, and Semi Building. Open daily except Tues & Wed, May 9  Sept 27, 2020 Large groups please call ahead. #5635362841

“FallerAll Celebration”

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SHOPPING ◆ Wacouta Aquatic Park & Fort Fun Zero-depth outdoor swimming pool. Open mid-June-mid August. Waterslide, city operated, picnic area, Fort Fun playground, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits, 608-326-8071, 1401 E Wells, Prairie du Chien.

SHOPPING ◆ Ashley Furniture Store Open 10 am - 6 pm, Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm Sundays, 608-326-0040, located on Hwy 35 N (Marquette Rd) in Prairie du Chien. ◆ Computer Support Plus Verizon Authorized Dealer, 37493 US Highway 18, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7587. ◆ U.S. Cellular 37885 Selch Road, Suite 117, Prairie du Chien, WI, 608-326-7016. ◆ AT&T Authorized Retailer 32 Riverside Sq., Suite 50, Prairie du Chien, WI, 608-380-1009. ◆ The Cannery Over 30,000 sq. ft. of primitives, home decor, specialty foods, and unique hard to find gift items displayed in a historic building, which in 1912 was the home of the Prairie du Chien City Canning Company. Open daily 9 am - 5 pm, 608-326-6518. The Produce Patch, women’s casual wear, 608-326-6516. These two stores are located on Hwy 35 N (Marquette Rd) in Prairie du Chien.

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SHOPPING ◆ Quality Beverages Party headquarters for a variety of liquor, beer, wine & cheese, fresh cheese curds on Friday, walk-in beer & wine caves, open daily at 9 am, 37461 Hwy 18 South, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7777. ◆ Nelson True Value Lawn care and garden needs, various hardware, home , and outdoor projects, party rentals also available, open daily at 7 am, except Sundays at 9 am, 125 North Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2491. ◆ McGregor-Marquette Left Bank Shop and Gallery Sales and display of art by local artists. Open May through October. Located at 158 Main St, McGregor, IA. www.mmcenterforthearts.weebly.com. ◆ Mississippi Meats Prairie du Chien’s fresh meat destination. Full service meat department and deli. Select grocery products. Open Monday - Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm. 700 East Blackhawk Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-MEAT.

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SHOPPING ◆ Downtown Prairie du Chien Various businesses are located in historic downtown on Blackhawk Avenue. Some of these retail businesses include: The Local Oven Bakery, local ingredients & products, 608-326-0960; The Pickett Fence, quilting, framing, gifts, candy store, 608-326-4593; Sports World, premier dealer for custom clothing, team gear and accessories, 608-326-5118; Stark’s Sport Shop, Wisconsin cheese, 300 wines, sporting equipment, 608-326-2478; The Planted Tree, original art, handcrafted gifts and home decor, 608-326-8733; Panka Shoe Store, quality shoes, 608-326-8112; and Rockweiler Appliance & TV, rockweilerappltv.com, 608-326-8788. ◆ Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly Groceries, fresh produce, meats, beer, wine & liquor, deli, bakery, and more, 608-326-5111, Hwy 18 South (Riverside Square), Prairie du Chien.

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SHOPPING ◆ Valley Fish & Cheese Market Finest in hickory smoked fish and shrimp; homemade bolognas and sausages; beef, pork, turtle, alligator, and catfish jerky; variety of Wisconsin cheeses, many hard to find specialty items, complete line of seafood and fresh fish; open daily at 9 am, March 1 - December 31, 608-326-4719, 304 S. Prairie St, Prairie du Chien. ◆ Walmart Super Center Hwy 18 South, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2408.

SCENIC SITES ◆ Lynxville Lock & Dam #9 Impounds largest federally managed pool on the Mississippi River known as Lake Winneshiek. Pool area is spring and fall migration stopover for thousands of ducks and Tundra Swans. Over 6,000 lockages annually. An observation deck is on site. Wisconsin DNR/Crawford County boat landing one mile south. A popular spot for fishing and viewing eagles, 608-874-4311, Hwy 35 N, Lynxville, WI.

Lodging

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Prairie du Chien’s most picturesque and serene garden area emphasizes the natural beauty within the Memorial Gardens. The gardens consist of ten acres of a various perennial and annual flowers that adorn the pocket parks, multiple walking paths, memorials, and over 50 species of historical trees. Also included are the Children’s Active Gardens, the Shade Gardens, and the Patio Garden. The area hosts numerous events including weddings and receptions, garden parties, plant sales, annual first grade Arbor Day ceremony, and Oktoberfest. Free self-guided tours. Group tours offered for a nominal fee. Located at 200 N 4th St on St. Feriole Island. For more information call 608-326-7207. ◆ The Trail of Presidents Planting of 22 oak trees for every United States President that lived in or has visited Prairie du Chien. The oak tree is America’s national tree. The trail is located on the north end of St. Feriole Island beginning at the end of 4th Street.

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ River View Park Observation Deck View the Mississippi River, bluffs, barges, birds and trains. Located on Highway 35 North on the Great River Road, Ferryville, WI.

THEATER ◆ Prairie Cinema Six-screen all-digital, 3D capable movie theater. Matinees and evening shows daily; open 365 days a year. Hwy 35 South, Prairie du Chien. For features and show times visit www.PrairieCinema.com, or call toll-free 1-855-My-Flick (855-693-5425).

WINERY ◆ Eagles Landing Winery Free wine tasting daily, January through December from 10 am - 5 pm, 127 North St, Marquette, IA. “Marquette Maid” wines are produced locally, gift shop, group tours welcome, 563-873-1905, www.eagleslandingwinery.com. Special events are held throughout the year at the winery. See the calendar of events section in this guide.

Lodging

The Frontier Motel

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ATTRACTIONS PARKS ◆ Effigy Mounds National Monument The monument is located three miles north of Marquette, Iowa, off Highway 76 and is open year round. Effigy Mounds National Monument was established in 1949 to preserve outstanding examples of earthworks created by the ancestors of modern day American Indian tribes. More than 1,000 years ago, these people began constructing large earthen mounds in the shapes of mammals, birds and other animals. The monument contains 2,526 acres with 206 mounds, of which 31 are effigies. The visitor center contains museum exhibits and a book sales outlet. Visitors may hike among the mounds, see spectacular views from bluffs along the Mississippi River, and experience more than 100 acres of prairie by venturing onto several miles of hiking trails. In the summer months, ranger-led programs are often available. Inquire at the Visitor Center for schedules and availability, 563-873-3491, 151 Hwy 76, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146. www.nps.gov/efmo. ◆ Lawler Park Located on the west side of St. Feriole Island, features gardens, picnicking, playgrounds, and a river walk with interpretive markers detailing the many layers of Prairie du Chien history. The park is named for railroad tycoon, businessman, and philanthropist John Lawler, best known for building an innovative pontoon railroad bridge. Picnic shelters may be reserved by calling the City Park and Rec Department at 608-326-7207.

Lodging

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ La Riviere Park La Riviere Park is a 300 acre nature park located on Vineyard Coulee Road in SE Prairie du Chien. The park is managed for its natural beauty, wild plants, and wildlife. There are 6 miles of nature/hiking trails, 6 miles of horse trails that link to trails on adjacent private property, a 6 acre horse camp with electrical hookups and water, and 3 primitive walk-in campsites in the park. All camping is free. The barn on this former working farm is now a picnic shelter. In the picnic area is a new shelter with access to water and flushing toilets. Reservations for special events at either shelter can be made by calling the Prairie du Chien City Hall at 608-326-7207. You can also enjoy a picnic under a large elm tree in the picnic area. An archery range, managed by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club, is located off Wildernest Road. Winter activity includes snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding. Wildlife abounds in this nature park. Everything from jumping mice to deer and wild turkeys can be seen here. Pocket gopher mounds can be seen in prairie habitat. Bath houses provide roosting and nesting at two locations. The park is a statewide and regionally known birding area where birders can enjoy birding activity, especially the fall and spring migrations. Food-producing plantings provide food for birds and other animals. A bird blind along the Bird Bath Trail allows for easy viewing of birds coming for water at a bird bath. Two chimney swift towers provide nesting sites for the swifts. Nesting birds, including the Scarlet Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker, and Carolina Wren can be seen in the woodlands. Birds of note that have been seen at the park recently include the Yellowbreasted Chat, Mockingbird, and Henslow Sparrow. In late March and April the American Woodcock conducts its “Timberdoodle Dance”, a courtship display that is easily observed at sunset. Prairie du Chien has been a Wisconsin Bird City since 2013. The habitat management practices in place at the park is one of the reasons the city received this designation. Native prairie remnants and plantings cover over 40 acres of the park. These prairies contain populations of prickly-pear cactus, prairie milkweed (which is a Wisconsin threatened species), and the somewhat rare poppy mallow along with a variety of other flowering plants and grasses. Hardwood forests contain many of the common woodland plants, but showy orchids, shooting stars, and trillium can also be seen. www.prairieduchien.org

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Mount Hosmer A 25 acre, wooded city park atop a majestic bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at Lansing, Iowa. Spectacular views of the river and its backwaters as well as vistas of three states can be seen from two overlooks. The bridge at Lansing, 30 miles north of the Marquette-Jolliet Bridge in Prairie du Chien, is the northern gateway to Crawford County. ◆ Nelson Dewey State Park Located across from Stonefield Village in Cassville, WI. Part of the original estate of Wisconsin’s first governor, Nelson Dewey. Features a panoramic overlook of the Mississippi River. Indian mounds, camping, hiking, picnicking, playground, bird and wildlife observation area. Weekend and holiday tours of the home and grounds. Park information call 608-725-5374, camping reservations call 888-947-2757.

Campgrounds

Camping, boating, golfing, dining, swimming and mini golfing Open from April 15th to October 15th

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Pikes Peak State Park One of Iowa’s most beautiful state parks located on the highest bluff of the Mississippi River. Popular scenic overlook. A favorite spot of photographers who take majestic shots of two great rivers in any season or weather. Also contains 70 campsites, picnic grounds, waterfall, hiking and nature trails. Named for Lt. Zebulon Pike, army surveyor of the Mississippi in 1805 who suggested a fort be built on this site. Free admission to park. 32264 Pikes Peak Road, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2341. ◆ “Upper Miss” Refuge The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge provides many opportunities to hunt, fish, camp, watch wildlife or enjoy a lazy afternoon. Highlights in the Prairie du Chien area include the Sturgeon Slough Hiking Trail, (one mile trail) accessed from the rest stop located on Highway 18 between Prairie du Chien and Marquette. Displays and information at the District Office located at 470 Cliffhaven Road, Prairie du Chien. 608-326-0515.

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ St. Feriole Island Located on the west side of Prairie du Chien and is accessed via Blackhawk Ave. or Washington St. Site of the earliest Euro-American settlement on the Upper Mississippi, the Island evolved into the City’s colorful Fourth Ward. Persistent flooding in the 1960’s and 70’s prompted relocation of more than 100 homes and businesses, resulting in the Island becoming a public park. Today it features numerous historic sites, event venues, and recreational opportunities including the Villa Louis Historic Site, Mississippi River Sculpture Park, Lawler Park, St. Feriole Island Garden, The Trail of Presidents, Disc Golf Course, and St. Feriole Island Ball Park. The Island hosts many special events throughout the season including the Prairie Villa Rendezvous, Prairie Dog Blues Fest, Villa Louis Carriage Classic, and Oktoberfest. St. Feriole Island is an ideal destination for walking, biking, picnicking, birdwatching and boating. To reserve park shelters contact the Prairie du Chien Park & Rec Department, 608-326-7207. ◆ Wacouta Aquatic Park & Fort Fun A residential park featuring an outdoor swimming pool complete with waterslide and Fort Fun playground, picnic area, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. A perfect spot for the entire family. Pool opens second week in June through third week in August. 1401 E. Wells, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8071.

Restaurants & Taverns Pete’s Hamburger Stand

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Yellow River State Forest One of the nation’s most picturesque regions, with 8,500 acres of timbered hills and valleys. North of Marquette, Iowa, 729 State Forest Rd., Harpers Ferry, IA, just off Highway 76. Biking trails, hiking trails, equestrian trails, plus many miles of snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. Stocked trout streams and marsh areas. Picnic and camping areas. Open for hunting and fishing. Open year round. Groups welcome. 563-586-2254. ◆ Washington Street Park Located at the Washington Street entrance of St. Feriole Island, N. Main Street, features handicapped accessible fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, hiking trail, and Outdoor Recreation Center. Contact the Prairie du Chien Park & Rec Department for more information, 608-326-7207.

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ATTRACTIONS ◆ Wyalusing State Park Located ten miles south of Prairie du Chien, 13081 State Park Ln., high atop the Wisconsin bluffs. Features views of the historic junction of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers where the first Europeans, Marquette and Joliet, landed in 1673. The park, established in 1917, now encompasses 2,628 acres. Wyalusing is a Munsee-Delaware Indian word meaning “home of the warrior.” Park amenities: 109 family campsites, indoor group camping facilities, picnic facilities, 22 miles of hiking and nature trails, scenic overlooks, many Photo by R. Paske opportunities for bird watching, a concession with canoe and kayak rentals, bicycle paths, and cross-country skiing trails. Open year round, 608-996-2261.

Restaurants & Taverns

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JANUARY Prairie du Chien Area 2020 Events Events are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm 1-800-732-1673 or check our web site at www.prairieduchien.org for additions and latest updates.  January: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities.  January 1: New Year’s Day Brunch, Prairie du Chien Rotary Club fundraiser, 608-326-5488.  January 18-19: Wisconsin Winter Free-Fishing Weekend, State residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy free fishing.  January 18-19: Snowball Fest, Let the snowballs fly. Come in and pick a snowball for discounts up to 50% off. Make sure you sample some of our warm mulled award winning wine. Free wine tasting, 10 am - 5 pm, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  January 25: Live Music by The Bruce Bearinger Band, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  January 31-February 2: Annual Fisheree, Ice fishing competition on waters near Prairie du Chien, outing for the entire family, fishing prizes and evening entertainment, (Fisheree WILL BE HELD - ice or no ice), 800-732-1673.

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FEBRUARY  February: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities.  February 1-2: Annual Fisheree, Ice fishing competition on waters near Prairie du Chien, outing for the entire family, fishing prizes and evening entertainment, (Fisheree WILL BE HELD - ice or no ice), 800-732-1673.  February 8: Winter Candle Light Hike, 6 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  February 8: Sny Magill Ice Fisheree, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2258.  February 8: Ferryville Vision and Promotion’s Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast, Ferryville Village Hall, 8 am - 11 am. Homemade pancakes, luscious biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, Norwegian Coffee and more. 608-734-9077, VisitFerryville.com.  February 15: Progressive Dinner, Meal and tours in McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  February 15-16: Cabin Fever Weekend, Put a little fling into your weekend. Register for a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Eagles Landing Winery. Come sample some of our award winning wines and check out special discounts all weekend long. Free wine tasting, 10 am - 5 pm, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  February 22: Live Music by The Bruce Bearinger Band, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  February 28-29: Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Live Bald Eagle and raptor programs, exhibits, birding experts on hand, outdoor viewing of Bald Eagles through spotting scopes, life-sized Bald Eagle nest, activities for children. Friday evening programs at local hotels. Saturday programs run 9 am - 3 pm and are held at Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien. For details on the event call 800-732-1673 or visit the website prairieduchien.org. The event is co-sponsored by Effigy Mounds National Monument and the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council.

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FEBRUARY-MARCH  February 29: Fort Crawford Bald Eagle Appreciation Day, Children’s reading of Old Abe the War Eagle, 9 am - 4 pm, Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  February 29: Villa Louis Bald Eagle Days, Join Villa Louis, area attractions, and area businesses as they celebrate our national bird! The Villa Louis Museum Store will be open at 10 am with mansion tours available at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Admission charged. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721. March: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities.  March 6: Astronomy Night, Spend an evening learning about the universe with digital planetarium programs held every half hour and guided exploration of the night sky through telescopes with the Starsplitters of Wyalusing. Feed your sense of wonder with hands-on science activities for all ages. Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, 6 pm - 8:30 pm, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3537.  March 7: Bald Eagle Day, Ferryville Village Hall, 10 am - 3 pm. Two programs with Bald Eagles, Kids crafts, nest building and very special treats. 608-734-9077 / VisitFerryville.com.  March 14: Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Come enjoy the celebration of the green, 10 am parade with festivities to follow at many local businesses, downtown Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8555.  March 14: Shamrock Shuffle 5K, 3.1 mile fun run/ walk. Registration from 7:00 am - 7:40 am. Race starts at 7:45 am. Held at Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien. Contact Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.

Restaurants & Taverns

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MARCH-APRIL  March 21-22: Leaping Leprechauns, Come sample a wine-a-rita and pick a shamrock for discounts up to 50% off. Free Wine Tasting, 10 am - 5 pm, Live music Saturday, March 21, by The Bruce Bearinger Band from 1 pm - 4 pm. Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  March 21-April 25: Timberdoodle Dance, Courtship of the American Woodcock, La Riviere Park, 62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd, Prairie du Chien, various evenings during these dates, call for information or guided tours, 608-326-2718.  April: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities.  April 3: “Methods and Mediums”, Children’s art program and reception, 6 pm - 8 pm, The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, McGregor, IA, 563-329-2010.  April 3-4: Quilt the Day Away, Largest quilting event in the Tri-state area. Get together to share quilting techniques, socialize and have fun! Held at Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien. Contact Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.  April 4-5: Spring Shop Hop, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  April 11: Welcome Spring, Bring the family to the Wetlands Centre to welcome spring with hands-on nature activities and an Easter egg hunt. Age range: kids 0-11 years old. Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, 10 am - noon, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3537.

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APRIL-MAY  April 18-19: Spring Fling Weekend, Come in and pick a flower for discounts up to 50% off. Make sure you sample some of our award winning wines. Live Music by The Bruce Bearinger Band on Saturday, April 18, from 1 pm - 4 pm. Free wine tasting daily. Open 10 am - 5 pm. Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  April 19: League of Women Voters Tea at the Knowlton House, Enjoy a full afternoon of tea while learning about the Prairie du Chien League of Women Voters as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with a special guest! Beginning at 2 pm. Reservations required. Call 608-326-2721. Tickets: $30  April 23-26: Prairie du Chien City-Wide Garage Sales, maps available two days prior at the Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News, 405 N Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2457.  April 24: Arbor Day, Come celebrate Arbor Day in the gardens at St. Feriole Island.  April 25: Indoor Flea Market, Over 40 vendors, 9 am - 4 pm, Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien, sponsored by Park & Rec Department, 608-326-7207. Fundraiser for Hoffman Hall and PDC Skateboard Park.  April 26: Dedication of the Pillar Restoration Project, open 9 am - 4 pm, Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  May: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmers markets, and more.  May: Banding of Hummingbirds, (Date to be determined), Wyalusing State Park, call for more information. 608-996-2261.  May 2: Run the River, Crossing Rivers Health’s 5K run/ walk, 9 am, chip timed, advance registration preferred. For more information and to pre-register visit crossingrivers.org/RunTheRiver. Don’t miss this opportunity to race on a flat, fast, and fun course! Crossing Rivers Health, 37822 U.S. Highway 18, Prairie du Chien, 608-357-2024.

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MAY  May 8-10: Spring Fest/FolkFest/Antique Tractor Pull, Gays Mills, WI. 608-735-4379.  May 9: International Spring Bird Migration Hike, Sugar Creek Bluff. Meet at Ferryville’s Village Hall at 7:30 am. Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Ferryville host this hike lead by expert birders of the region. Easy hike. 608-734-9077 / VisitFerryville.com.  May 9: Plant Sale, 8 am - noon, St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, Prairie du Chien, proceeds go toward the gardens, 608-326-8602.  May 9: World Migratory Bird Day, Bird Walks held at La Riviere Park, meet at the park barn prior to 8 am. Wear appropriate clothing and foot gear. Binoculars and bird identification book recommended. 62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2718. Bird walk continued at Effigy Mounds National Monument at 10 am, Hwy 76, N of Marquette, IA, 563-873-3491.  May 9-September 27: Froelich (Foundation) Museum & 1890’s Village, The Froelich tractor, first gasoline propelled tractor was invented here in 1892. Tour includes Froelich tractor, general store, blacksmith shop, train depot, one room school, semis, & barn event center. Open 5 days a week: Sun, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat. May 9 - Sept 27, and the first two weekends in October. Admission charged. 563-536-2841, www.froelichtractor.com, 24397 Froelich Rd, Froelich, IA, four miles east of Monona.

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MAY  May 15: PdC UnCorked, A wine tasting event, limited tickets available, 5 pm - 8:30 pm. Contact Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce for more information, 608-326-8555.  May 15-16: Rummage Along the River, 70 mile garage sale full of antiques and bargains. Hwy 35-Stoddard, Genoa, Bad Axe Neighborhood, Victory, De Soto, Ferryville, Lynxville, Seneca, Mt. Sterling, WI. 608-734-9077 / Rummagealongtheriver.com.  May 16-17: Uff Da Fest, Celebrate Norwegian Independence Day 10 am - 5 pm, Sample Uff Da Lingonberry wine, along with our other award winning wines, free wine tasting. Live music Saturday, May 16, by The Bruce Bearinger Band from 1 pm - 4 pm. Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  May 16-October 31: Farmers Market, every Saturday, Sugar Creek Park, Ferryville, 608-734-9077 / VisitFerryville.com.  May 20-October 11 (Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 am and 3 pm): Mississippi River Tours, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours, 90-minute river cruise leaving the Marquette riverfront. Book online at www.MVTours.us, or call 563-880-8970. Located under the bridge in Marquette, Iowa, two minutes from Prairie du Chien.

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MAY-JUNE  May 23-25: Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Various handmade arts and crafts, Triangle Park, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  May 23-25: Flea Market under the bridge, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3735.  May 25: Memorial Day Parade & Festivities, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  May 30: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  June: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmers markets, and more.  June 5: Special Exhibit Reception, “Spring into 2020”, featuring our new artists, 6 pm - 8 pm, The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, McGregor, IA, 563-329-2010.  June 5-August 14 (Fridays): Friday Night Music on the River, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours at 7 pm, leaving McGregor’s riverfront, call 563-880-8970.  June 6: Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, Location to be determined, 6 am - 10 am, 608-326-8555 ext. 12.  June 6: Live Music by Johnnie Walker, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  June 6: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

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JUNE  June 6-7: Wisconsin’s Free Fun Weekend, State residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy free fishing, free admission to state parks and trails, and free ATV riding on public trails.  June 10: Chautauqua Summer Series, Larry Scheckel-- “Murder in Wisconsin: The Clara Olson Murder in 1926”. Begins at 6:30 pm. Refreshments. Ferryville Village Hall. 608-734-9018 / VisitFerryville.com.  June 11-July 30 (Thursday Evenings): Free Summer “Concerts in the Park” series, Held each Thursday evening on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lawler Park’s South Gazebo, Prairie du Chien, from 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and snacks. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.  June 13: Live Music by The PeOple, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  June 18-21: Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous, Fur Trading era environment recreating life as it was in 1840’s when Prairie du Chien was the hub of the fur trading, largest re-enactment in the Midwest, open to the public, free admission, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River. Prairie du Chien Fire Association Buffalo Burger Stand serving real buffalo. For camping participant registration information call 563-391-0370 or mail request to: Big River Long Rifles, PO Box 184, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.  June 19-21: Flea Market with over 200 vendors, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien. For vendor registration to the flea market write: Prairie du Chien Fire Association, 720 E. Blackhawk Avenue, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821, or call 608-379-4551 and leave your name and complete mailing address for registration to be mailed.

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JUNE  June 20: Annual “Pies-A-Plenty”, Pie Auction at the Rendezvous at 4 pm. Over 40 homemade fruit, cream, and dessert pies are offered at auction. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society/ Fort Crawford Museum. Auction held on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. For more information call 608-326-6960.  June 20-21: Soldiers Grove Dairy Days, carnival, tournaments, live music, dancing, tractor pull, food, and more, Soldiers Grove, WI, 608-624-3264.  June 20-21: Celebrating Our 20th Year and Annual New Wine Release Weekend, Be the first to sample our new 2020 wines, 10 am - 5 pm, live music by The Bruce Bearinger Band in the wine garden Saturday from 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  June 26: Fridays at the Fort, Special activities and events happening at Fort Crawford Museum from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Museum open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm. 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  June 27: Annual Lazy River Beer & Wine Festival, A premier wine & beer tasting event featuring handcrafted wine from Iowa wineries and handcrafted beer from breweries, food vendors, live music throughout the day. Marquette riverfront, noon - 4 pm. Must be 21 to attend. For tickets call 800-896-0910.  June 27: Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Take a peek behind the velvet ropes of a historic house museum. This tour presents a more in-depth look at the Dousman family and their home and gives a glimpse into the day-to-day inner workings of this restored Victorian mansion. Each round of behind-the-scenes tours features the care and keeping of a different object from the Dousman family collection. Tours include visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion, including the attic and basement! Tours last approximately 2 hours and begin at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Villa Louis Historic Site. Call 608-326-2721 for more information. Tickets: $25.00.

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JUNE-JULY  June 27: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 pm, 563-873-2387.  July: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmers markets, and more.  July (date TBD): Chautauqua Summer Series, Mark Lee -- “NASA Astronaut for Four Space Shuttle Flights”. Begins at 6:30 pm. Refreshments. Ferryville Village Hall. 608-734-9018 / VisitFerryville.com.  July (Thursday Evenings): Free Summer “Concerts in the Park” series, Held each Thursday evening on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lawler Park’s South Gazebo, Prairie du Chien, from 6:30 pm 8 pm. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and snacks. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.  July (Fridays): Friday Night Music on the River, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours at 7 pm, leaving Marquette riverfront, call 563-880-8970.  July 3-4: Stump Dodger Bash, Gays Mills, WI. 608-735-4379.  July 3-5: Flea Market Under the Bridge, parade Saturday at 1 pm along with live music, food stand, and fireworks at dusk; flea market all three days, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3735.  July 4: 4th of July Celebration, Eastman, WI, 608-874-4361.  July 4: 4th of July Celebration, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4341.  July 4: Parade at 1 p.m. Live Music, Fireworks at dusk, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3735.

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JULY  July 4: Emma Big Bear’s 151st Birthday & Winnebago History Day Celebration, sponsored by the Emma Big Bear Foundation. 11 am - 3 pm. Experts on hand, 100-seat attendee capacity and a large exhibit hall of several collectors’ acquisitions of EBB artifacts, baskets, photos, resource materials, paintings, beaded jewelry, etc. Marquette Community Room in Marquette, IA, 563-880-9190.  July 8-12: Crazy Days in Prairie du Chien, Take advantage of fantastic bargains as the merchants in Prairie du Chien get crazy with prices!  July 10: Fridays at the Fort, Special activities and events happening at Fort Crawford Museum from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Museum open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm. 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  July 11: Chamber of Commerce Annual Fireworks, Shot over the Mississippi River, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8555.  July 11: Live Music by Denny Diamond 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  July 11: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  July 15: Went to a Garden Party, Taste and tour of St. Feriole Memorial Gardens, Business After 5 Chamber of Commerce, 5 pm - dusk, public invited, 608-326-8602.  July 17: Fridays at the Fort, Special activities and events happening at Fort Crawford Museum from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Museum open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm. 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  July 18: Live Music by The Bruce Bearinger Band, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

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JULY  July 18: Great River Annual Car Show & Cruise, McGregor, 563-873-2258.  July 18-19: 30th Annual War of 1812 Re-Enactment, Hear the roar of the cannon! This weekend event features a historic encampment and battle re-enactment on Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield, now the lawn of the Villa Louis estate. Watch the British assault on U.S. Fort Shelby in a battle scenario Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tour the camps and learn about military life in 1814. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721. Tickets: General Admission- $13.50, Children- $6, Children 4 and under- free.  July 24: Fridays at the Fort, Special activities and events happening at Fort Crawford Museum from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Museum open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm. 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  July 24: Special Exhibit Reception, “Getting Graphic and the Art of Cosplay”, comic book artists and costuming, 6 pm - 8 pm, The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, McGregor, IA, 563-329-2010.  July 24-25: Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Two stages in a park-like setting, international, national and regional blues bands performing. Camping on site. Event shuttle runs to motels in town. Food and beverage stands, various vendors with hand-made products, 608-326-0085, www.prairiedogblues.com, online ticket/camping orders begin May 1, ticket hotline opens June 1, 888-567-1567, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien.

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JULY  July 25: River Bluff Daze, Antique Tractor pull at noon, Huge Market in the park, fireworks at dusk…all free. Ferryville Village Hall and Sugar Creek Park, 608-734-9077 / VisitFerryville.com.  July 25: River Bluff Daze Nature Hike, Meet at Ferryville boat landing for treats and information at 8:30 am, Ferryville, WI. Hike is led by birding and plant experts, 608-734-9018 / VisitFerryville.com.  July 25: Dino Day, For all ages, learn about prehistoric Northeast Iowa through hands-on educational activities and displays. Activities include a fossil dig, make your own fossil, sizing up the dinosaurs, ask a geologist, and more. Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, 9 am - noon, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3537.  July 25: Live Music by Terry McCauley, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  July 25: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 pm, 563-873-2387.  July 31: “Cannons at Fort Crawford”, 1 pm until dusk. A timeline of historic cannons from the War of 1812 through the Civil War. Demonstration of cannons firing throughout the day. Free admission to the display. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.

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AUGUST  August: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmers markets, and more.  August: Banding of Hummingbirds, (Date to be determined), Wyalusing State Park, call for more information. 608-996-2261.  August 1: Live Music by CrossCut, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  August 7: Fridays at the Fort, Special activities and events happening at Fort Crawford Museum from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Museum open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm. 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  August 8: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  August 8: Smokey Bear’s 76th Birthday Bash, Help Smokey celebrate his birthday, parade through Wisconsin Ridge Campground, various other activities and refreshments, event begins at 6 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  August 8: Live Music by Denny Diamond, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  August 12: Chautauqua Summer Series, Bob O’Connor--”105th Illinois Regiment Marching to the Sea with General Sherman”. Begins at 6:30 pm. Refreshments. Ferryville Village Hall. 608-734-9018 / VisitFerryville.com.  August 14: Fridays at the Fort, Special activities and events happening at Fort Crawford Museum from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Museum open for tours from 10 am - 4 pm. 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  August 15: Live Music by The Bruce Bearinger Band, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

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AUGUST  August 17: Sunrise Orchards Opening Day 2020, Welcome to our Opening Day for 2020! Delicious early season apples are in stock. The Apple Corner Bakery has apple cider donuts and cookies available. All our bakery goods are fresh and hard to resist! Some say our donuts are a legend. Enjoy a warm donut and a cup of coffee or hot cider at one of the tables in the Apple Corner. Each season we add new food products and unique gift items for your shopping pleasure! 9 am - 5 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.  August 21-September 11 (Fridays): Friday Night Music on the River, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours at 6 pm, leaving McGregor’s riverfront, cell number 563-880-8970.  August 22: Live Music by Terry McCauley, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  August 27-30: Crawford County Fair, Gays Mills, WI. 608-735-4379.

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AUGUST-SEPTEMBER  August 29: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 pm, 563-873-2387.  September: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmers markets, and more.  September 5: Live Music by The Bruce Bearinger Band, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  September 5-7: Flea Market under the bridge, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3736.  September 5-7: Annual Labor Day Parade & Festivities, Beginning at 11 am, Downtown McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.

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SEPTEMBER  September 10-13: Prairie du Chien City-Wide Garage Sales, maps available two days prior at the Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News, 405 N Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2457.  September 11-13: Annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic, Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event. Some of the region’s finest horses and over 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross-country events. Learn how this event descends from the Dousman era when the Villa Louis was known as the Artesian Stock Farm and was home to one of the Midwest’s finest racehorse farms. Tickets required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole, Island, Prairie du Chien, www.carriageclassic.com, 608-326-2721.  September 12: Live Music by Johnnie Walker, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  September 12: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  September 18: Special Exhibit Reception Artist Challenge, artists are challenged to create pieces for the show, 6 pm - 8 pm, The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, McGregor, IA, 563-329-2010.  September 19: Live Music by Jon & Jen, 1 pm - 4 pm, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  September 19: Railroad Days, Telegraphy demonstration, Hole in the Sock Gang shootout, children’s rides, caricature drawings, food, and raffle, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1200.  September 19: Fall Fest, Farmer’s Market, music and food at Ferryville Sugar Creek Park, 9 am - 3 pm, 608-734-9077 / VisitFerryville.com.

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SEPTEMBER  September 19-20: Driftless Area Art Festival, Celebrating the visual, performing and culinary arts, free admission, Beauford T. Anderson Memorial Park, Soldiers Grove, 608-624-3600.  September 25-27: Gays Mills Apple Festival, Parade, carnival, arts & crafts, food, music, flea markets, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4341.  September 26: Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Take a peek behind the velvet ropes of a historic house museum. This tour presents a more in-depth look at the Dousman family and their home and gives a glimpse into the day-to-day inner workings of this restored Victorian mansion. Each round of behind-the-scenes tours features the care and keeping of a different object from the Dousman family collection. Tours include visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion, including the attic and basement! Tours last approximately 2 hours and begin at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Villa Louis Historic Site, 608-326-2721. Tickets: $25.00.

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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER  September 26: Apple Fest, It’s apple season! Sample our Spiced Apple Wine. Live Music by The Getaway City Band from 1 pm - 4 pm., Free Wine Tasting Daily, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  September 26: Fall Festival, Pumpkin carving begins at 3 pm, walk will begin at Peterson Shelter, 6 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  September 26-27: Froelich Museum Fall-Der-All Celebration, Two day celebration of old-time demonstrations, tractors, engines, museum tours and kids activities, Saturday tractor ride at 9:30 am, Sunday Breakfast in the Barn from 8 am - 1 pm. 24397 Froelich Road, Froelich, IA 52157 four miles east of Monona, IA 563-536-2841.  September 26: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 pm, 563-873-2387.  October: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmers markets, and more.  Late September/early October, Date TBA, call for info: HawkWatch, A family-friendly celebration of migrating raptors found along the Mississippi Flyway. Driftless Wetlands Centre, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3537.  October 1-11: Fall Foliage Mississippi River Tours, Open Boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours Wednesday - Sunday Wildlife & History Tour, boarding at 11 am and 3 pm for a 90 minute cruise. Boarding in Marquette, IA, under the bridge. Book online @www.MVTours.us or call 563-880-8970.

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OCTOBER  October 3: “Visiting Our Ancestors”, Costumed interpreters guide a tour through Prairie du Chien’s historic cemeteries. The tour begins with the Old French Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in existence in the upper Mississippi Valley, and ends at the Brisbois Cemetery atop a bluff overlooking Prairie du Chien. Admission fee. Limited space, reservations recommended. The tour starts at 12:30 pm at the Fort Crawford Museum, 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  October 3: GRRRR, Great River Road Race, 10k and kids run, Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  October 3-4: Shihata’s Orchard Fest, Visit the Apple House with 19 varieties of apples, jams & jellies, award winning cider, pumpkins, Wisconsin wine, cheese and sausage. Weekend outing of family fun with wagon rides in the orchard, U-pick apple, Country Fun Park, and The Pumpkin Patch. Free samples of many Apple House products, six miles north of Prairie du Chien on Hwy 27, left on Limery Rd., 608-326-2785.  October 3-4: Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, various handmade arts and crafts, music, food, Triangle Park, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  October 3-4: Flea Market under the bridge, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3736.  October 3-4: Froelich 1890’s Village Museum Tours, Home of first gas propelled tractor - 1892, open Saturday 10 am- 5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm, admission charged, 24397 Froelich Road, McGregor, IA, (four miles east of Monona, IA) 563-536-2841.  October 3-4: Sunrise Orchards Samples Weekend, Discover the variety of our specialty foods we offer when our select vendors from across the Midwest will be here to provide you with FREE samples of their products. Ask questions and taste a number of the best products Sunrise Orchards has to offer! Our food stand is open and serving up tasty food. 9 am - 5 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.

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OCTOBER  October 10: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults takes participants on a culinary tour of the late 19th century though the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time. Family style breakfast is prepared and served in the kitchen, followed by a tour of the estate. 8:30 am - 1 pm. Reservations required: Adults only $49.50. Villa Louis Historic site. 608-326-2721.  October 10: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 pm, Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.  October 10-11: Sunrise Orchards Family Fun Weekend, Bring your family out for a FREE special weekend event at our Sunrise Family Park! Horse-play allowed on our horse tire swings at the Sunrise Corral. Plus, the lawn bowling lanes and checkers game are set up for fun! Pick out your favorite pumpkins in our pumpkin patch! Delicious food is being served in our food stand. 9 am - 5 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.

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OCTOBER  October 10-11: Leaf Arts & Crafts Festival, Various arts & crafts, music, food, Triangle Park, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.  October 10-11: Flea Market under the bridge, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3736.  October 10-11: Froelich 1890’s Village Museum Tours, Home of first gas propelled tractor - 1892, open Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm, admission charged, 24397 Froelich Road, McGregor, IA, (four miles east of Monona, IA) 563-536-2841.  October 16-17: The Haunted Halls of Terror, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 7 pm - 10:30 pm each night, Sponsored by Scream Extreme, www.HallsofTerrorpdc.com.  October 17: Oktoberfest Celebration, We welcome you to Food, Fun & Festivities at our Annual Oktoberfest Celebration. Live music from 1 pm - 4 pm. Free Wine Tasting Daily, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  October 17: Oktoberfest, Celebration to show the German Heritage of the area, 11 am - 5:30 pm, German food, drink, games, music and more. Parade held at 10 am in downtown Prairie du Chien. Celebration held at St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7207.  October 17-18: Sunrise Orchards Harvest Festival and Helicopter Rides, It’s peak color time at Sunrise Orchards! Sample the wide variety of apples we grow. Take home your selection for eating and baking. Specials on potatoes and other potato-themed offerings this weekend. Enjoy a fall foliage helicopter ride for a truly memorable autumn experience. Soar above the beautiful bluffs while enjoying a bird’s eye view of Mother Nature’s spectacular display and majestic views. It’s a great weekend to create memories your family will cherish! 9 am - 5 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.

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OCTOBER  October 23-24: The Haunted Halls of Terror, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 7 pm - 10:30 pm each night, Sponsored by Scream Extreme, www.HallsofTerrorpdc.com.  October 24: Spirits of Fort Crawford, 4 pm - 6 pm, refreshments to follow, museum open 9 am - 4 pm. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  October 24: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults takes participants on a culinary tour of the late 19th century though the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time. Family style breakfast is prepared and served in the kitchen, followed by a tour of the estate. 8:30 am - 1 pm. Reservations required: Adults only-$49.50. Villa Louis Historic site. 608-326-2721.  October 24-25: Sunrise Orchards Trick or Treat Weekend, Come out to Sunrise Orchards in costume for some Trick-or-Treating! Children in costumes will receive treats. Sample our NEW EverCrisp apple! 9 am - 5 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.  October 30-31: The Haunted Halls of Terror, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 7 pm - 10:30 pm each night, Sponsored by Scream Extreme, www.HallsofTerrorpdc.com.  October 31: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880 Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts and saloon girls, free show 1 pm, 563-873-2387.

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NOVEMBER  November: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities.  November 13: Happy Holiday Open House, artists focus on seasonal art, 6 pm - 8 pm, The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, McGregor, IA, 563-329-2010.  November 14: Kids in the Kitchen, This event brings children into a working Victorian kitchen for a handson cooking and craft workshop, taking them back in time by using the utensils, recipes, and technology of the 1890s. Activities include making cookies, popcorn balls, and a craft, as well as a kid-focused tour of the mansion. 9 am - 12 pm. Villa Louis Historic Site, 608-326-2721. Reservations required. Tickets: Children (Grades 3-8) $25.

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NOVEMBER  November 14: Fall Bird Migration Day, Riverview Park (Observation deck) Birding experts from the Audubon Society will be at the River View Park/Observation deck from 9 - 11 am in Ferryville, WI. View migrating swans, white pelicans, ducks and more, 608-734-9077 / VisitFerryville.com.  November 20-22: Sunrise Orchards Pre-Thanksgiving Sale, Stock up and save with Sunrise Orchard’s apples, cider, applesauce, baking mixes, pickles, jam, jellies, and more. We have amazing take-n-bake pies and mouth watering pumpkin and carrot rolls, ready to serve. It’s a good time to buy items for your holiday gift baskets with our specialty foods, apples, cheeses and gifts! 9 am - 4 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.  November 21: Holiday Craft & Gift Fair, Largest craft fair in the tri-state area, over 50 vendors, music throughout the day, 9 am - 2 pm, Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta Ave, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7207.  November 21-22: Giving Thanks…Home for the Holidays, Come sample our award winning mulled wines. A perfect Holiday Treat! While here check out our specials while you browse our unique gift shop for that ideal Christmas gift. Free wine tasting, 10 am - 5 pm, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  November 26: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Three mile run/ walk, 8 am, Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7207.

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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER  November 27: Sunrise Orchards Black Friday Sale, This Black Friday check out the great deals on Sunrise Orchard’s apples, specialty food products, and gifts! Discounts on selected items, see store for details. Take advantage of the savings! Enjoy creating your own holiday gift baskets with our apples, specialty food products, cheeses, and gifts. 9 am - 4 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.  November 28: Small Business Saturday, Marquette & McGregor, IA, and Prairie du Chien, WI.  November 27-28: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday, Stop in both days to check out our specials throughout the day, 10 am - 5 pm, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  November 30: Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa, Christmas Carols & Treats, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Ferryville, 608-734-9018 / VisitFerryville.com.  December: Refer to the attractions listing in the front of this guide for daily activities.  December 4: Holiday Parade, Downtown Prairie du Chien along Blackhawk Ave beginning at 5:30 pm, holiday lighting program at St. Feriole Gardens following parade, 608-326-8555.  December 5: 9th Annual Open House and Jewelry Show, 10 am - 2 pm, The Planted Tree, 200 W. Blackhawk Ave. in historic downtown Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8733.  December 5: Sunrise Orchards Christmas Celebration, Ho! Ho! Ho! Come visit Santa, from 11 am - 3 pm. Free cookies, coffee, and apple cider provided by Santa. Enjoy holiday music, an Arts and Crafts sale by local vendors, and a kid’s coloring contest with a chance to win a Sunrise Orchard’s gift certificate! Create your own holiday gift baskets with our apples, specialty food products and cheeses. Open 9 am - 4 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.  December 5-6: Victorian Home for the Holidays, This afternoon tour will get you into the holiday spirit! The mansion will be decked out from top to bottom in its Victorian finest, with Christmas music from the restored Steinway and sweet treats and hot cider by the warmth of the wood stove. Tours run on the hour from 12 pm - 7 pm. Villa Louis Historic Site, 608-326-2721. Tickets: General Admission $13.50, Children - $6, Children 4 and under - free.  December 12-January 1: Christmas at the Fort, Lighted Christmas trees and special programs. Celebrate the holidays December 12 with holiday cookies and candy sales and shopping in the Museum Store. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.  December 12: Christmas at the Wetland Centre, 1 pm - 4 pm, Celebrate the holidays with Santa Claus, hot chocolate and children’s activities. Hosted by the American Legion and the Driftless Wetlands Centre, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3365. Prairie du Chien Tourism Guide 2020

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DECEMBER  December 12-13: Victorian Home for the Holidays, This afternoon tour will get you into the holiday spirit! The mansion will be decked out from top to bottom in its Victorian finest, with Christmas music from the restored Steinway and sweet treats and hot cider by the warmth of the wood stove. Tours run on the hour from 12 pm - 4 pm. Villa Louis Historic Site, 608-326-2721. Tickets: General Admission - $13.50, Children - $6, Children 4 and under - free.

 December 16: Sunrise Orchards Customer Appreciation Dinner & Shopping Special Event, Nothing says thank you like a special event dedicated to you, our customers! We’re pleased to invite you to our Customer Appreciation Dinner and Shopping Event. Thank you to all our customers for contributing to a successful year! Here’s to a FREE dinner-on us! Enjoy a chili dinner along with apple cider, coffee, and cookies. We’ll stay open later this evening for your last-minute shopping! We can’t wait to see you there! 4 pm - 6:30 pm, Sunrise Orchards, 48340 State Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4645, www.sunriseapples.com.  December 19-20: Home for the Holidays, Sample warmed mulled wines, free wine tasting, 10 am - 5 pm. Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.  December 28-31: Carp Fest, Week-long family related activities including illuminated sledding hill, torchlight ski/hike, skating party, bowling, snow bowl football, ice fishing, Hoffman Hall Dollar Days, and more. For a list of activities contact the City Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.

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