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We Welcome You to the Hidden Valleys of Southwest Wisconsin! The “Mighty Mississippi” and the Wisconsin River have etched pathways through this beautiful region for many years. It’s been called “God’s Country” and the “Driftless Region”…a great territory for motorcycling, biking, ATVing, hiking, birding, fishing, camping and boating.

Savor our local foods scattered throughout the region—cheese, beer, wine, homegrown fruits and vegetables. Visit our orchards, farmers markets and family farms. Meet our local artists and craftsmen.

Plan your visit to our charming towns and picturesque countryside. A great adventure awaits you in the Hidden Valleys of Southwest Wisconsin. —Bernie Arena, President

The friendly people in our nine counties have been inviting visitors to come and play in Southwest Wisconsin for 40 years. Immerse yourself in the richness of the land and its inhabitants. Our heritage includes many attractions. The House on the Rock, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and the A.D. German Warehouse designed by him, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, the National Historic Cheesemaking Center, the Cranberry Discovery Center, Fort McCoy, artisan cheese makers, the Dickeyville Grotto, the Potosi Brewery and the National Brewery Museum, Villa Louis, the Great River Road, the Bluebird Nest Nature Center, Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, the Necedah Wildlife Refuge and Shullsburg’s Gravity Hill. Check out our events guide for festivals, art events and fun community activities.

Hidden Valleys Board Members and Sales Staff: Front row: Bernie Arena, Sandy Williams, Mary Rae, Harvey Kubly, Ron Benish, Joe Fisher. Back row: Bob Scallon, Grant Loy, Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold, Lon Arbegust, Randy Kirking, Bob Boyle, Rob Wilson. Missing from photo: Gary Peters, Paul Fredrickson, Marie Sersch, Carol Larson, and Dave Anderson.

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Table of Contents IOWA COUNTY • iowacounty.org • iowacountyedc.org ................................ 6-14

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Cobb • Dodgeville • Highland • Hyde • Mineral Point Governor Dodge State Park • Blackhawk Lake State Park

VERNON COUNTY • driftlesswisconsin.com..................................................15-25 Chaseburg • Coon Valley • De Soto • Genoa • Hillsboro • La Farge Ontario • Readstown • Stoddard • Viola • Viroqua • Westby

WINERIES AND VINEYARDS DRIVING TOUR............................................ 26-28 RICHLAND COUNTY • co.richland.wi.us • richlandcentertourism.com .29-35

Contact Hidden Valleys, Inc. 608.562.6450 | 1.800.592.6968 email: hv@mwt.net hiddenvalleys.com P. O. Box 176 Camp Douglas, WI 54618 Office - Sandy Williams | 608.562.6450 Contact office for sales representative information. Like us on facebook.com/HiddenValleys

County Tourism/ Resource Contacts CRAWFORD Sherry Quamme – 608.734.9077 GRANT GCEDC – 866-472-6894 or 608-822-3501 GREEN Noreen Rueckert – 608.328.1838 IOWA Paul Ohlrogge – 608.930.9850 JUNEAU Tamaya Oldenhoff – 608.427.2070 LAFAYETTE Bob Boyle – 608.776.4860 or 608.776.4584 MONROE Joan Kuderer – 608.269.8722 RICHLAND Sherry Klatt – 608.459.0721 VERNON Sue Noble – 608.638.8332 (Vernon Economic Development Assoc.)

Boaz • Cazenovia (our only lake) • Gotham • Lone Rock • Richland Center Rockbridge • Viola • Yuba

JUNEAU COUNTY • juneaucounty.com ....................................................... 36-44 Camp Douglas • Elroy • Finley • Hustler • Lyndon Station • Mather • Mauston Necedah • New Lisbon • New Minor • Sprague • Union Center • Wonewoc

HEART OF HIDDEN VALLEYS DRIVING TOUR .........................................45-46 GRANT COUNTY • co.grant.wi.gov • grantcounty.org/tourism ................ 47-57 Bagley • Beetown • Bloomington • Blue River • Boscobel • Cassville Cuba City • Dickeyville • Fennimore • Hazel Green • Kieler • Lancaster Livingston • Montfort • Mount Hope • Mt. Ida • Muscoda • Platteville Potosi • Sinsinawa • Stitzer • Tennyson • Woodman

LAKES, TRAILS AND STREAMS DRIVING TOUR ...................................... 58-59 MONROE COUNTY • gomonroecounty.com ............................................... 60-69 Cashton • Cataract • Fort McCoy • Kendall • Leon • Melvina • Norwalk Oakdale • Sparta • Tomah • Tunnel City • Warrens • Wilton • Wyeville

CENTERFOLD MAP of Southwest Wisconsin hiddenvalleys.com • Explore the Hidden Valleys! CHEESE COUNTRY TOUR .................................................................................70-72 CRAWFORD COUNTY • crawfordcountywi.org ...........................................73-80 Ferryville • Gays Mills • Lynxville • Mount Sterling • Prairie Du Chien Seneca • Soldiers Grove • Steuben • Wauzeka

LAFAYETTE COUNTY • co.lafayette.wi.gov ...................................................81-89 Argyle • Belmont • Benton • Blanchardville • Darlington • Fayette • Gratiot Hazel Green • New Diggings • Shullsburg • South Wayne • Wiota • Woodford

ADVENTURING INTO HIDDEN VALLEYS DRIVING TOUR ......................90-91 GREEN COUNTY • greencounty.org ............................................................... 92-99 Albany • Brodhead • Monroe • Monticello • New Glarus

THE GREAT RIVER ROAD DRIVING TOUR • wiggrr.com .....................100-104 BIKES AND BERRIES DRIVING TOUR • gomonroecounty.com ......... 105-106

Cover photo taken at Sandy Lake at Fort McCoy by Matthew J. Whitehead; small cover photos provided by: Matthew J. Whitehead, Fort McCoy Public Affairs, and Sparta Chamber of Commerce. Hidden Valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin is produced by Towns & Associates, Inc., 126 Water St., Baraboo, WI 53913 608.356.8757 | townsandassociates.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS .................................................................................107-126 TOPICAL INDEX .................................................................................................127-130 The Hidden Valleys Board dedicates this 2017 guide to the fond memory of Patrick Reinsma, our caring friend and devoted tourism representative.

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IOWA COUNTY

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Welcome to Iowa County

Miles and miles of magnificent views... canoe trips past rock bluffs and bucolic scenery...live theater under the stars... award-winning cheeses...handcrafted beers and wines...artist demonstrations... historic site tours...architectural marvels... native prairie restorations...world-class golf...challenging bicycle rides...hands-on workshops...picturesque hikes...fishing... outsider art...out of the ordinary shopping... delicious dining...charming places to spend the night. All of that and much more await you in Iowa County. Untouched by the glaciers, the county lies in the unglaciated “driftless” area where rolling hills and rugged sandstone bluffs stand proud, giving shape to a landscape of wooded hills, rock ravines, and the cultivated

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mosaic of farm fields. You can enjoy nature at its best in Iowa County. Pack a picnic and your camera and get ready for some great outdoor adventures, like hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, bird-watching…and more. Rolling hills, beautiful vistas, and a night sky where you can still see stars. Treat yourself to a relaxing dose of nature and enjoy the splendor of each season in turn. This is where Wisconsin began. You can stand on the spot where, in 1836, Henry Dodge was sworn in as the first governor of the newly formed Wisconsin Territory, an area that included portions of what would become the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. When Dodge

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Don’t Miss… • Governor Dodge State Park • Blue Mound State Park • Tower Hill State Park • Cave of the Mounds • House on the Rock • Montfort Wind Farm • Pendarvis Historical Site • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin • American Players Theatre • Military Ridge State Trail • The Many Historic Districts


IOWA COUNTY arrived, the primary attraction was lead mining. Thousands of tons of the mineral were shipped out of the county by wagon, train, and water. Wisconsin’s nickname, the Badger state, originated with these early miners. Unsure of how long they would stay and anxious to start mining, they built temporary housing by digging holes into sidehills, mimicking the burrowing habits of badgers. Mining days are past, but stories and historical artifacts are right below the surface. Visitors can recall these days at many sites throughout the county that preserve this important part of Wisconsin’s history. As mining declined, the fertile valleys and rolling hills came under cultivation with the great influx of immigrant farmers. Agriculture remains at the heart of Iowa County. Dairy and beef herds still dot our hillsides, and other innovative agriculture is also emerging, including alpaca, deer, organic vegetable, and tree farming. Iowa County is home to numerous outstanding attractions that are visited by guests from around the world. You, too, can find yourself immersed in history, the arts, and a variety of cultural activities. Plus, if you’re looking for interesting shopping, visit Mineral Point, Dodgeville, and many of our charming villages and towns. You will not only find a unique and creative selection of products, but friendly people, and a comfortable pace of life.

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ENJOY OUR ATTRACTIONS…

American Players Theatre, located on 110 wooded acres, has grown to become one of the largest and best-regarded theaters of its kind in the country. Each season, the hilltop amphitheater plays host to romance, deceit, drama, and laughter with the greatest stories under the sun, the moon, and the stars. playinthewoods.org. Botham Vineyards, located at 8180 Langberry Road, Barneveld. Vine-to-bottle has been a fundamental part of our winemaking philosophy for more than 25 years. We know that great wines begin in the vineyard, and that in Wisconsin, great wine can only be made from grapes that grow best in our climate. We grow red wines; lovely, earthy, fruit-forward, and regionally distinctive wines. We produce white wines too, but find that they grow better in other climates, so we source the grapes accordingly and make the wines here. Visit our tasting room, housed in a historic

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renovated barn, sample our wines and learn more about our uncommon approach to winemaking. Pack a picnic to enjoy on our terrace, on the grassy hillside in the shade of a big oak tree, or in the comfortable and cozy Back-barn Lounge. We’re confident that you will join the thousands of visitors who return each year to embrace our singular brand of Wisconsin hospitality and savor our regionally distinctive wines of international acclaim. We look forward to welcoming you. Dodge Mining Camp Cabin, built in 1827, has been designated Iowa County’s oldest building. The interpretive center documents the story of Governor Henry Dodge, the Black Hawk War, the crude beginnings of lead mining in Iowa County, and the actual construction handiwork of lead miners more than 170 years ago. 608.935.7694 or 608.935.5557. Folklore Village is a nationally recognized heritage center presenting a year-round schedule of dances, concerts, folk culture retreats, festivals, and family events. folklorevillage.org. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, where the world famous architect lived and worked in Wisconsin, is a place of pilgrimage for Wright’s admirers from around the world. Guided tours of Taliesin and Hillside School, as well as walking tours of the grounds, are available. taliesinpreservation.org. Global View, at 6595 Clyde Road, includes a Buddhist teaching and healing center, and a shop and gallery featuring fine art and artifacts hand selected in India, Indonesia, and other regions of Southeast Asia. Grandview is the former estate of Nick Englebert, a dairy farmer, storyteller, and self-taught folk artist. Englebert decorated the entire exterior of his small farmhouse

with a colorful mosaic of stones, shells, glass, ceramic fragments, and porcelain figures. Visitors are treated to a collection of concrete sculptures, mosaics, and paintings sure to fascinate people of all ages. nicksgrandview.com. House on the Rock adds to their remarkable collection each year, ensuring that new and returning visitors to the Streets of Yesterday, Organ Room, Cannon Building, Dollhouse Building, Circus Building, Armor Room, Crown Jewel Room, Gun Collection, Infinity Room, and the “World’s Largest Carousel” will find a visual feast. thehouseontherock.com. Museum of Minerals & Crystals hosts one of the biggest collections of minerals found in the U.S. Orchard Lawn The Gundry House is a wonderful example of the graciousness of a bygone era. The Italianate mansion built in 1868 offers a fascinating view of merchantclass life in the early days of Mineral Point and features authentic furnishings and local historical artifacts. mineralpointhistory.org. Pendarvis Historic Site is one of the most exceptional historic building restorations

SPURGEON VINEYARDS & WINERY

FREE WINE TASTING

Gift Shop with Wisconsin Artisan Cheese OPEN EVERY DAY 10am-5pm except Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Relax and enjoy a glass of wine and the beautiful scenery from our covered deck.

HARVEST FESTIVAL OCT 7-8

Free winery tours, live music, food available, hayrides thru the vineyards (weather permitting).

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE NOV 18-19 (Weekend before Thanksgiving)

Product Sampling • Wine Sale • Gift Baskets

Southwest Wisconsin Wine Trail Events May 27-28: Great Wine & Chocolate Trail June 24-25: Cheesy Weekend Trail July 15-16: Wine Party Trail August 19-20: The Wurst-Wine Trail EVER

Visit our website for more details 16008 Pine Tree Road, Highland, WI 53543

4 miles west of Highland on Q; then follow signs

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over the country to join in the creative fun that takes place here. Workshops offered year-round at Shake Rag Alley are lively, rambunctious, and hard to find anywhere else. shakeragalley.com.

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in Wisconsin. Winding footpaths connect quaint stone-and-log cottages and a threeunit rowhouse on a craggy slope dotted with blooming gardens and charming rock courtyards. Guides outfitted in 19th-century garb walk you through the cottages and grounds, explaining the evolution of the Shake Rag neighborhood. pendarvishistoricsite.org Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, set in the beautiful and historic Shake Rag neighborhood, is a lively hands-on creative learning center. Students come from all

Arena Cheese 300 Highway 14 Arena, Wisconsin

“Home of Co-Jack” See cheese being made.

Open Monday-Friday 800-600 Weekends 900-600

Fresh Cheese Curds 608-753-2501 www.arenacheese.com

PLAY IN OUR GREAT BACKYARDS…

The 970-acre wet-mesic Avoca Prairie is the largest tall grass prairie east of the Mississippi—probably the only place in the eastern U.S. where only natural prairiesavanna features form the landscape. The prairie plant and animal species found here, and at other remnant prairie sites in the area, are of the pre-settlement prairie that once covered two million acres; today a little more than 2,000 scattered acres survive. Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area has 150 campsites, a 220-acre lake, and 2,000 acres of surrounding beauty, with opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating. Blue Mound State Park is located at southern Wisconsin’s highest point. The park is open year-round and offers 78 wooded campsites, two observation towers, double and singletrack bike trails, nature and hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and a swimming pool. Cave of the Mounds, just a stone’s throw across the county line is a National Natural Landmark, opened in 1939 and offers guided tours from March 15 to November 15th. caveofthemounds.com. Cheese Country Trail is a shared use trail which allows ATVs, horseback riding, snowmobiles, and bikes. The 47-mile trail runs from Mineral Point to Monroe, and has 57 overpasses, including a 440-foot bridge spanning the Pecatonica River. Cycle Southwest Wisconsin is a threecounty map consisting of 28 bicycling loops

that provide wonderful opportunities for avid and amateur bicyclists alike. This is a bicyclist’s paradise with challenging hills for the serious cyclists and gentler routes for the less adventurous. Dolby Stables offers visitors the opportunity to horseback ride on beautiful trails in the rolling hills north of Dodgeville, near the entrance to Governor Dodge State Park. Governor Dodge State Park is Wisconsin’s second-largest and third-busiest state park. With more than 5,200 scenic acres of steep hills, bluffs, deep valleys, two lakes, and a waterfall, you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, mountain biking, swimming, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The park has nearly 300 campsites Hyde’s Mill dam and millpond, built in 1850, is a tranquil and scenic stop surrounded by lush woodlands and prairie openings. Enjoy the gentle waterfalls, listen for bird calls, and take a step back to a quieter time. Don’t forget the camera. Military Ridge State Trail, a 40-mile trail for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing connects Dodgeville and Fitchburg, near Madison. Most of the trail follows the former Chicago and North Western Railway line, which has a gentle grade of only 2 to 5 percent. The Military Ridge Trail is also directly accessible from Mineral Point via a bike/hike-only trail. Tower Hill State Park, with campsites, hiking trails, a canoe landing, picnic areas, and a fully staffed park office, was the site of a major lead shot production operation that supplied ammunition to the military and the market.

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ARENA

Arena, at the northeast corner of Iowa County, is a small community on the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. The Arena Landing lies across the river from a set of bluffs on the north side of the Lower Wisconsin River. Cheese, beer, and water— what could be more Wisconsin than that? You’ll find all of that in Arena. Home to the maker of the original Co-Jack Cheese, you can watch the artisan cheesemaker at work and sample some great Wisconsin cheeses. You can’t miss it—just look for the

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IOWA COUNTY giant mouse! Tour groups are welcome and a narrative of the cheese-making process is available with an advance notice. Grab some cheese, then head around the corner for some locally brewed beer at the Lake Louie Brewery, where there are really fun and free tours on most Saturdays by appointment. And then take a trip down the river. With several places in the area to rent canoes, you can discover the Wisconsin River at her best.

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AVOCA

Avoca, a small, beautiful village nestled between lush hills and the scenic Wisconsin River, straddles the northwest border of Iowa County. Avoca’s yearly celebrations include Firemen’s Annual Fisheree, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, Memorial Day Celebration, Country at the Crossroads Music Festival with fireworks, and Labor Day Celebration. Avoca has the biggest prairie land east of the Mississippi River, from which you are able to walk to the Wisconsin River and enjoy the natural beauty. In 2008, Avoca dedicated its new Veteran’s Memorial in Legion Park on Front Street, complete with a retired military tank. The Avoca Lakeside Park features a campground, ancient Indian mounds, ball diamond, concession stand, two picnic shelters, playgrounds, a swim at your own risk beach, and boat ramp. The Avoca Campground has 75 sites, accommodating both permanent and vacationing campers. Sites are large and well spaced, which allows for all campers, from tenters to big rigs. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided at each site. The campground is open from April 15 to November 30. Reservations are recommended for holiday weekends. Call 608.532.6831 for campground information.

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pheasants, and other small game. The prairie is the largest contiguous prairie east of the Mississippi River. The bottomlands are covered with many different grasses, flowers, and other plants.

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BARNEVELD

Barneveld, the site of a devastating tornado which struck Iowa and Dane counties on June 8, 1984, is known for its resiliency. Barneveld took the brunt of this storm, which killed 9 people, injured 200, and did $40 million worth of physical damage, leaving much of the village destroyed. Today a new modern and thriving community has grown out of the rubble. Just west of town is the new Deer Valley Golf Course, a par-72 championship facility and a water park for kids of all ages. South of Barneveld on Highway K is Botham Vineyards and Winery, a 15-acre vineyard rich in Iowa County history. Tastings of distinctive regional wines are offered during seasonal hours. East of Barneveld is Blue Mound State Park, located at southern Wisconsin’s highest point. The park is open year-round and offers 78 wooded campsites, two observation towers, double- and single-track bike trails, nature and hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and a swimming pool. The Military Ridge Trail is a great place for a bike ride or hike, and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing when the snow flies. Or grab a fishing pole and head to Brigham Park, next to the Village of Blue Mounds, just a few miles away on County F. The Cave of the Mounds, a National Natural Landmark, opened in 1939 and offers guided tours all year.

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are lots of reasons to visit Cobb for the annual Corn Roast, including fast-pitch tournaments, a chicken BBQ, and other great Wisconsin food and beverages, music, and a parade. Oh, and don’t forget—free sweet corn! For a pleasant break from the hustle and bustle, there are two village parks that provide places to play and picnic. Located just a few miles to the north, Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area has 150 campsites, a 220acre lake, and 2,000 acres of surrounding beauty with opportunities for picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating.

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DODGEVILLE

Dodgeville, the county seat of Iowa County, has been at the hub of activity for Iowa County for well over a century. In the early years of settlement, Dodgeville was a mining

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Cobb, a quiet rural village, hosts a big community festival every summer, typically on the second Saturday of August. There

Indian mounds are in the park overlooking the Avoca Lake. The group includes six linear and four conical mounds. The Avoca Lake is a backwater of the Wisconsin River and is great for fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. The lake is approximately 2 miles long, and during most of the summer is shallow, with the deepest areas about 8 to 10 feet. The Avoca Prairie is located about two miles east of the village and is one of four Department of Natural Resources public hunting areas within seven miles of the village. Game common to the area are the whitetail deer, wild turkey, waterfowl,

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IOWA COUNTY IOWA COUNTY CAMPGROUNDS Avoca Lakeside Campground A municipal run campground. 80 camping sites. 608.532.6831 Blue Mounds Area - Blue Mounds State Park, located on the eastern side of Iowa County. 608.437.5711 Dodgeville Area - Governor Dodge State Park, north of Dodgeville on Hwy 23. 608.935.2315 Tom’s Campground - 2626 Spring Road, Dodgeville (just off State Hwy 191). 608.935.5446 Traders Campground between Arena and Spring Green on Hwy 14. 800.871.0115 Cobb/Highland - Black Hawk Lake on Hwy BH near Highland. 608.623.2707 Mineral Point - Iowa County Fairgrounds in Mineral Point. 608.987.2487 Spring Green Area - Tower Hill State Park near Spring Green. 608.588.2116

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town. Its namesake, Henry Dodge, came to the area seeking his fortune through lead mining and became the first Governor of the Wisconsin Territory. Many of the miners left for the California Gold Rush of 1849, but the city continued to grow and expand as a business and agricultural center. In 1995, the downtown area was declared a National Historic District. There are plenty of reasons to plan a trip to Dodgeville, including several annual events: Wisconsin grilled cheese championship, Lands’ End Summer Concert Series, Halloween Street party, Off the Vine wine tasting, Farmers Appreciation Day, Kiwanis Chicken Barbeque, the Bloomfield Balloon Fest, and more. Three world-renowned attractions, The House on the Rock, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, and American Players Theatre, are just a short drive up the road. When you come to town, shop in our stores, both on the north end and in our historic downtown. Dodgeville’s business community keeps good company, from multi-generational family-owned retail businesses to international corporations, including the headquarters for Lands’ End. Eat in our restaurants, supper clubs, and fastfood places, and stay in our hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds. Play in our parks, visit our apple orchard, golf, go horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, bowling, or take in a movie. Get in touch with history at the Iowa County Historical Society, the restored cabin from Henry Dodge’s original mining party, and other artifacts from the hey-day of the lead mining era. One of the most notable structures in the downtown is the Iowa County Courthouse, the oldest continuously active courthouse in the state. The foundation was laid in 1859,

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when Dodgeville became the county seat (a distinction previously held by neighboring Mineral Point). The Dodge Mining Camp Cabin has been designated Iowa County’s oldest building by the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Historical Preservation Division of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Located at 205 East Fountain Street in Dodgeville, the cabin is open by appointment only year-round. Call 608.935.7694 or 608.935.5557. Just getting to Dodgeville is a delight. No matter the season, the landscape provides miles and miles of scenic beauty. You can venture off modern highways to the state parks, trails, and rustic country roads and enjoy many a bucolic view. Contact the Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce for more information. Call 877.863.6343 toll free or email info@dodgeville.com.

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HIGHLAND

Highland, a vibrant small community of 860 friendly residents is located in the rolling hills of west-central Iowa County. Nearby, the Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area has 150 spacious campsites, a 220-acre lake, and 2,000 acres of nature’s beauty. It is a great location for picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating. The Highland Village Park, with over 15 acres of green space, is centrally located in the Village and offers picnicking opportunities, shelter facilities, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, softball diamonds, and a large playground area. OUR TOWN!, held annually on the fourth Saturday in July, is a fun-packed day to celebrate all that makes Highland a great community and to honor active service people. Chicken barbecues, ball tournaments, and a fisheree at Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area are annual events. Every July 4th, kids, from little tykes through high school, participate in rodeo activities, such as bull riding, calf roping, barrel and pole racing, mutton busting, and tug of war. Award-winning wines are produced from 16 acres of grapes at Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery. Wines from cranberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and honey (mead) round out their line of wines. You can sample wines, tour the wine cellars (phone ahead for tour times), relax on the deck, or hike up to the hilltops for a view of the vines. The hike is an invigorating 20 minutes to the top, but only 10 minutes back!  Several events are planned for the summer and fall


IOWA COUNTY for your enjoyment. Of course, the peace and quiet and beautiful scenery are free for your enjoyment.

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HOLLANDALE

Hollandale is home to one of the more unique places in the county. A trip to southwest Wisconsin should include a visit to Grandview, on Highway 39 just outside this tiny village. You are welcome to stop by anytime for a self-guided tour. This is the former home of Nick Engelbert, a folk artist who created a mosaic masterpiece by covering his unassuming farmhouse with shards of china, glass, beads, buttons, and sea shells. Over the next 15 years, Nick created more than 40 concrete sculptures in his yard, combining patriotic themes with imagery from history, fairy tales, mythology, and his own imagination. Surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills and bucolic farmland, Engelbert named his sculpted panorama Grandview. Now owned by the Pecatonica Educational Charitable Foundation, Inc., his vivid imagination and love of life live on. One trip to Grandview and you will understand why we agree with Nick—“If a man can’t find happiness on a little farm in Wisconsin, he hasn’t the makings of happiness in his soul.”

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LINDEN

Linden, settled in 1828 following the 1827 discovery of lead by the “Dodgeville Peddler,” was called Peddler’s Creek until the 1850s, when it was renamed in honor of the numerous linden trees in the area. The tiny community, nestled in the beautiful hills and woods, is home to less than 700 people today, but during the lead rush days, it was a bustling center of mining with over 2,000 residents. The Methodist Church, built of local limestone in the fashion of Wesleyan chapels in Cornwall, was dedicated in 1851 and is the oldest Methodist Church building in continuous use in Wisconsin. The sanctuary, lighted by lovely stained glass windows, features a horseshoe gallery with the original box pews with doors and a raised pulpit platform.

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MINERAL POINT

Mineral Point, population 2,500, has 17 art galleries and more working artists’ studios, historic sites, world-class workshops, cultural events, wood-fired pizza, handcrafted beer, pasty, figgyhobbin and other Cornish

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traditions, award-winning artisan cheeses, quaint historic lodging, fine dining and friendly folks. It’s another world…and it’s a pleasant, scenic drive from anywhere, through rolling hills and valleys. In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named it one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations in America. In 2008, it was voted the Most Beautiful Town in Wisconsin and the Best Wisconsin Town for a Historic Getaway. Mineral Point, an early commerce center in the lead region, was settled in 1827. On July 4, 1836, Henry Dodge was sworn in as the first governor of the Wisconsin Territory, making Mineral Point “the Place Where Wisconsin Began.” Miners from Cornwall, England, began arriving in the 1830s. Besides mining, they constructed stone buildings resembling their homes in Cornwall. Many of their buildings have been painstakingly restored and are part of the city’s historic district. With over 500 contributing structures, Mineral Point was the first Wisconsin city placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several museums, including Pendarvis Historic Site, the Mineral Point Depot (the oldest existing depot in Wisconsin), and Orchard Lawn offer a glimpse into the past. A unique shopping experience awaits you, including many working studios where you can purchase works of art made by the person behind the counter. Restaurants ranging from an English-style pub to a traditional Midwestern family cafe offer plenty of choices for dining. You will find a delightful respite at the end of the day in any of our motels, guest houses, and B&Bs. Come on July 4th for a small-town celebration reminiscent of times gone by. The last weekend of September is reserved for the annual Cornish Festival, with food Hwy. 23 North Dodgeville, WI 53533 (608) 935-2321 (800) 666-7848 Donqinn.net

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IOWA COUNTY tasting, Celtic music, pub games, and more. During the Fall Art Tour, held the third weekend in October, some of the state’s best-known artists invite you to their personal studios, some of which are open to the public during this event only. The holidays, too, are magical—Charles Dickens would feel at home here. Mineral Point is home to the County Fairgrounds, which hosts one of the oldest county fairs in the state; with harness racing, an annual regional high school rodeo, and a variety of other events throughout the year. For more information, contact the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce at info@mineralpoint.com or call toll free 888.764.6894.

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Montfort, on Iowa County’s western border, is a quiet, friendly town and home to the Montfort Wind Farm. You can see these graceful structures for miles and miles around the area. The largest wind farm in Wisconsin, its 20 turbines produce enough power to supply approximately 10,500

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homes. They’re nearly as tall as a 33-story building—that’s the closest we get to skyscrapers in our corner of the world. If you happen along this ride in the late afternoon, you will have a beautiful silhouette of the windmills in the orange glow of the western sky. And for popcorn lovers—and who isn’t?—there’s a great place where you will find all kinds of gourmet, award winning flavors: Rural Route One Popcorn.

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Rewey is a tiny Iowa County community that swells by gigantic proportions for its annual fireworks display. By far the very best fireworks display seen in the area, this tradition draws thousands of spectators every year on the second Saturday after July 4th. If you like fireworks, you should not miss Rewey. If you want another adventure, take a short jaunt to the west, where you can climb the 265 steps of the “World’s Largest M”—the landmark of nearby Platteville and the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. In the winter of 1936, the engineering department of UW–Platteville was enlisted to build this permanent reminder of their alma mater. Four hundred tons of light-colored limestone were placed here to form a symmetrical “M” that some say has been seen from space. The incredible view is well worth the climb.

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Ridgeway, famous for ghost stories, lies just off Highway 151 and along the Military Ridge Trail. The town’s mascot is the Ridgeway Ghost, who, according to local folklore, took many forms, frightening travelers as a headless man, an old woman, a ball of light, and a number of spectral animals, appearing from

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nowhere and attacking passersby. Origins of the ghost stories have been traced back to 1840, when two young men were murdered at McKillip’s Saloon in Ridgeway. Some say the Ridgeway Phantom departed when the town burned down in 1910, but others believe the spirit is still out there, lurking in the woods. Ridgeway residents still claim him as their own. Visit the 60-year-old railroad depot that the Friends of Military Ridge State Trail have restored. It is the only depot still standing from the time when Chicago and North Western passenger trains ran along the corridor. Stand on the traditional brick platform and imagine a time when the railroad was the heart of the community and the connection to the rest of the world. The Ridgeway Depot is open from May 1-November 1 on Sundays 1-4pm and features interpretive displays and a mural depicting life along the trail as a transportation corridor. The community celebrates Labor Day with a big festival, complete with a parade and ball tournaments, topping off the day with fireworks.


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Welcome to Vernon County

Don’t Miss… • Snowflake Annual Ski Jumping Tournament • Kickapoo River (One of the most crooked rivers in the world) featuring Canoeing & Kayaking • Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center • Viola Horse & Colt Show • The “Stabbur” in Westby • Cesky Den (Hillsboro) • “Syttende Mai” Festival 

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• Amish Settlements Come enjoy all we have to offer. If you like breathtaking scenery, enjoy history, or are seeking recreational opportunities, Vernon County can provide them all. Picturesque strip-contoured farmland, rock outcroppings, shadowed hollows and soaring ridge tops, hillsides studded with maples, oak and birch, winding country roads, and hidden valleys contribute to the quiet beauty and lure of Vernon County. Untouched by the glaciers that flattened the eastern part of Wisconsin, the steep hills and meandering valleys of Vernon County are as inviting today as theywere to Norwegian, Italian, German, Czech, Bohemian, and other immigrant groups in the 1800s. Vernon County communities are proud of their heritage and history, a legacy of land stewardship, sense of community, hard work, and commitment to friends and family. The work ethic is evident in the co-operative effort and volunteer spirit of Vernon County communities and organizations, which sponsor a multitude of events, fairs, and festivals throughout the year. Our history is preserved in numerous museums throughout the county. Vernon County has more round barns than any other county in the nation.

Recreational opportunities abound throughout the county. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you can hike, bike, camp, hunt, fish, canoe, horseback ride, or take photos of wildlife. If indoor activities are more to your liking, visit our many artisans, antique stores, B&Bs, and unique shops.

• Wildcat Mountain State Park • Round Barns of Vernon County • World-Class Trout Streams

Vernon County is located midway between Chicago and the Twin Cities, about a four hour drive; it is a short drive from Interstate 90/94 and the La Crosse airport. It is an enjoyable drive of 1.5 to 2.5 hours from Rochester, Dubuque, Madison, Wisconsin Dells, and Eau Claire. The pace here is a little less hectic, with only three stoplights in the entire county. For more detailed information on our community events, recreation opportunities, parks, camping and accommodations, contact our advertisers or the village offices via their email, websites, or by telephone. Visit vernoncounty.org and click on Tourism.

n ACCOMMODATIONS Lodging and camping facilities, rental cabins, motels, B&Bs, farm vacations, business retreats, gourmet dining, and reception facilities are conveniently located throughout Vernon County.

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n SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE Vernon County is a prime destination for wildlife watchers. A must-see on any vacation is watching the glorious bald eagles as they soar above the bluffs along the Mississippi, or dive into the river to catch a fish. Vernon County also offers abundant small game, deer, and turkey hunting. With over 200 miles of trout streams, much of it Class 2 and 3 manmade lakes, the Mississippi, Bad Axe, Kickapoo rivers, Vernon County is an angler’s delight. The Kickapoo River, rated number one with Silent Sports Magazine’s readers in 1992, aptly deserves its title of the crookedest river in Wisconsin, as it zigzags 120 miles down its 70-mile-long valley, passing through Ontario, Rockton, La Farge, Viola, and Readstown, on its way to the Wisconsin River at Wauzeka. A network of 160 miles of signed snowmobile trails connects with adjacent Richland, Sauk, Crawford, Juneau, Monroe, and La Crosse County trail systems. Five biking loops, including Wildcat and Amish Country, are recommended in “WORLD CLASS BIKE ROUTES”. Vernon County’s many well-maintained back roads offer cyclists endless opportunities to create their own bike tours to explore her hidden valleys.

n S PECIALTIES Tours are available at many of the cheese factories and creameries located throughout Vernon County. It’s still possible to order your favorite ice cream treat at an oldfashioned soda fountain or dairy bar. Many fine dairy products are available locally, including squeaky-fresh cheese curds. The annual June Dairy Days is an opportunity for visitors to have breakfast on a dairy farm. Area folks eagerly await the many ethnic church suppers, held annually in the fall, as well as the Friday night fish fries, chicken-ques, smelt fries, lutefisk, meatball and lefse dinners, and pig roasts.

n H ISTORICAL ROADSIDE MARKERS There are eight Wisconsin historical roadside markers in Vernon County: Coon Valley - First Watershed Protection Project, De Soto - Battle of the Bad Axe and Chief Win-no-shik, Genoa - Dams on the Mississippi and Wisconsin’s first nuclear fueled electrical generating station (also in Genoa), Hillsboro - Admiral Marc A.

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M i t s c h e r a n d C h e y e n n e Va l l e y Heritage, Viroqua - Governor Rusk. Call 608.637.7396 for information on locating the distinctive signs that mark the stages in the tragic Black Hawk Indian War, which ended on the banks of the Mississippi in the 1830s (Blackhawk Trail Markers).

n INTERESTING SHOPPING The largest Amish settlement in Wisconsin is found in eastern Vernon County from northeast of Westby to Ontario, Mount Tabor and Hillsboro. Amish families are also now settling west of Viroqua, at Dach Ridge and Retreat, and near Readstown. Amish wares are advertised by roadside signs and include maple syrup, hickory bent furniture, produce, bakery goods, candy, cheese, rugs, and quilts. While shopping with the Amish, please dress conservatively and leave your camera in your car. No Sunday sales. Opportunities for antique and bargain hunters abound in Vernon County at auctions, antique shops, garage sales, holiday bazaars, flea markets, and unique gift, craft and bargain shops. Arts and crafts fairs and consignment shops feature work of many resident artisans.

n C OON VALLEY Coon Valley is nestled among the scenic bluffs on the junction of 162 and U.S. Highway 14/61 between La Crosse and Madison. Strong family and ethnic heritage is noticeable here. Enjoy the beautiful scenery every season. For the summer enthusiast the beautiful Coon Valley Memorial Park offers a memorable place for a wedding, accommodations for a family reunion, and Legion and youth baseball games all summer long. Handicapped fishing and the Veteran Memorial are part of Coon Valley’s charm, offering camping with electrical hookups as well. The Annual Coon Creek Festival/ Rendezvous, the Coon Creek Trout Fest ,and DeVerne Seland Memorial Car Show are spring and summer events that are not to be missed. Fall brings the glorious color of the hills, which is worth the drive from miles away, and while there, you can dine at one of the town’s four restaurants and stop at the local shops. Winter brings snowmobiling with over 40 miles of trails, and hunting is a pleasurable sport for many sportsmen. Cabin rentals are available locally all year.


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Spring brings the promise of good fishing, growing crops, and another successful season for the locally run shops and restaurants alike. Trout fishing in many of the local streams is a must for many fishermen. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center is a 400-acre facility that is located three miles north of Coon Valley on County Highway PI. Norskedalen holds many seasonal cultural events and provides educational programs all year. Hiking trails, museums, a library, gift shop, and a pioneer farmstead let people enjoy a little Norwegian Heritage. An annual fall Threshing Bee and Norskedalen’s Old Fashioned Christmas are highly awaited events. Skumsrud Heritage Farm is owned and operated by Norskedalen, and is located a half mile west of Coon Valley on Highway 14/61. This is an open air museum with 11 historic buildings and is on the National Register of Historic Places, open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Westby was first settled in 1843 by Norwegian immigrants who set up farmsteads similar to those in Norway. Westby is located in the north central part of Vernon County at the junction of Highways 14/61 and 27.

competition is held at the ski club’s Nordic Center, located north of Westby off Highway 27, west on County P. Snowflake’s landing runway converts to a popular 9-hole par-3 golf course in summer. Info 608.634.3211.

A city for all seasons, Westby offers hiking, biking, golfing, snowmobiling, and the internationally recognized Snowflake Ski Hill.

The Stabbur–Westby Tourist Information Center 866.4.Westby.

Syttende Mai. Westby holds a three-day celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day the weekend closest to May 17 each year. Includes a troll hunt, arts and crafts exhibits, music, Saturday stage performance, and large afternoon parade—all amidst ethnic food and craft demonstrations, costumes, and hospitality. Info 608.634.4011. Snowflake Annual Ski Jumping Tournament In February, a two-day 114-meter world-class

Thoreson House Museum features special seasonal events. Enjoy burgers in Davidson Park every Thursday night in June, July and August. Local musicians entertain in a beautiful shady setting.

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While visiting Westby, you’re welcome to stay at our motels, B&Bs, condos, and campgrounds. Enjoy our restaurants,

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supper club, and cafe. Area attractions include the largest Amish settlement in Wisconsin, located off Highway 27, east on County P, and north on County D; Three Chimneys Rock, visible from the wayside on Highway 14/61, south of town; Country Coon Prairie Church and Cemetery, east on Old Town Road and south on Coon Prairie Avenue, was the first Lutheran Church in western Wisconsin. The present twin tower brick church was built in 1909 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Info 608.634.4101. westbywi.com

44 Rooms • Indoor Pool Continental Breakfast Meeting Facilities Internet • Pets Allowed 1235 Water Avenue 608-489-3000 www.hotelhillsboro.com

608-489-3141 www.petersonpharmacy.com 608-489-3007

Outdoor Bar & Decks 8 Big Screen TVs Noon Lunches Full Menu Breakfast on Weekends

The Cheese Store & More County Trunk FF, One block off Hwy. 33, 80 & 82

608.489.2651 Store Hours Monday-Friday 8-4 Saturday 8-12 Cheese, Butter, Sausage, La Farge Bologna Ice Cream, Shakes, Malts Noon Lunches from 11-2 Monday-Friday

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La Farge • Ontario • Rockton Village of La Farge Village Park

1-877-GET-SUNK Hwy 131 N & Main St. • Ontario, WI 54651 titaniccanoerental.com • 608-337-4551 Open Daily

Food 6 am–930 pm

Friday Fish Fry Saturday Prime Rib Homemade Pizza 314 Main Street, Ontario 608-337-4803

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Picnic shelters. Camping with electric, restroom & shower facility.

4th of July–3 & 4th Farmers Market on Saturdays Small Town Christmas

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608-625-4422

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FREE Local Calls FREE Cable TV

115 S. Bird St, La Farge

(608) 625-2501

Mr. Duck’s Canoe Rental Best Tubes on the Kickapoo! (608) 337-4711 100 Main St., Ontario mrduckscanoerental.com

Canoes • Kayaks • Tubes Just north of Ontario

608-337-4522

30352 State Hwy 131 Norwalk www.kickapoowild.com

WILDTHINGS COTTAGE Full kitchen, bath, deck. Book a romantic Get-Away or Group Reunion. Hunters Welcome. Borders Kickapoo Reserve. Guide service for hunting, fishing, wildlife watch. wildthingscottage.com

S3661 St Hwy 131 | La Farge, WI 54639 (608) 625-2960 | FAX (608) 625-2962 EMAIL kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us WEBSITE kvr.state.wi.us

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FUN, FUNCTIONAL, AFFORDABLE FUR Fur Hats, Earmuffs, Headbands, Mittens, Gloves, Motorcycle Apparel, Sheepskin Rugs & Seat Covers wildthingsfur.com

5 mi N of La Farge, 5 mi S of Ontario in ROCKTON furhats@mwt.net | 608-625-4181

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entertainment, shopping, and outdoor recreation. Viroqua, Vernon County’s seat and largest city, is located on a ridge in the Ocooch Mountains of southwestern Wisconsin in the heart of the Driftless region. Since 1856, the Vernon County Fair is held the second weekend in September in Viroqua.

n B EAUTY & RECREATION The striking beauty of the Kickapoo and Mississippi River Valleys consistently draw people to Viroqua. The area offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, canoeing, snowshoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, golfing, hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, road cycling, and mountain biking. Viroqua is the ideal base camp for all your recreational adventures and daily excursions.

n ENTERTAINMENT From the excitement of Wild West Days and the Vernon County Fair, various seasonal and cultural celebrations, the arts and musical

Pleasant Valley Log Cabins Nestled on 80 acres.

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New, authentic log cabins privately situated in the woods. 2, 3, and 5 bedrooms with full kitchen, bath, fireplaces, porches, fire ring, grills. 608-633-0029 • www.PVLC.com Ontario, Wisconsin

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Kickapoo Inn Restaurant & Bar

Hwy. 14 & 61 Readstown, WI 608-629-5565 Open 7 days a week. Great Food and Drink

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performances at the handsomely restored Temple Theatre, and the thrill of a hockey game at the indoor ice arena, Viroqua is the place to go for entertainment. Viroqua is home to four amateur theater groups, a community band and an abundance of entertainers from bluegrass to gospel to small string ensembles.

n SHOPPING Listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, Viroqua’s downtown is home to dozens of specialty shops offering everything from books, clothing, jewelry, and art to home goods and unique and wonderful gifts from around the world. At the center of one of the greatest organic farming regions in the U.S., our Europeanstyle Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday morning, May through October, outdoors in downtown Viroqua. Featuring Amish wares, heirloom vegetables, reclaimed wood furniture, crepes, orchids, and fresh brewed

locally roasted Kickapoo Coffee, our Market offers a wonderful sample of the bounty of our area.

n LODGING & DINING For a village of around 4,500 friendly folks, Viroqua knows how to make you feel right at home. You’ll have your choice of lodging family-friendly motels, classy B&Bs, and campgrounds to pitch your tent or park your RV and stay the night. We offer a nice selection of restaurants from one end of town to the other. Dining options include supper clubs, cafes, bistros, and restaurants offering something for every palette. After a satisfying meal and good night’s sleep, you will be ready to explore the scenic Driftless Area. Come to visit, stay a lifetime!

n READSTOWN Readstown is the southernmost village in Vernon County. The historic village of Readstown was founded in 1849 and is

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94th Annual Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament FEBRUARY 3-4, 2017

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Ski Jump Tournament • Amish Wares & Tours Golf Course • 200 Miles of Trout Streams Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center Rural Art & Craft Shops • National Historic Church Creamery Fresh Cheese • Biking, Hiking & Canoeing

WESTBY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE P.O. Box 94 • Westby, WI 54667 (608) 634-4011 • www.westbywi.com

Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts

100 S. Main St., Westby dregnesscandinavian.gift Our 42-year tradition brings you the finest selection of unique Scandinavian gifts. Your shopping experience at Dregne’s will be a revelation of Norway’s most treasured gift lines in one location.

We feature a year-round Christmas shop Annual Anniversary Sale—Contact us for Dates

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Country Coon Pr airie Church and Cemetery Visitors Welcomed!

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Three huge floors of Antiques • Furniture • Gifts • Collectibles Garden Decor • Linens • Housewares Primitives • Jewelry Handmade Crafts by Local Vendors

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“Where Friends Meat”

A Family Owned Business Since 1971 Striving to produce top quality meats and sausages at an affordable price. Stop in and check out our state and national award-winning products. www.westbylockerandmeats.com 406 N. Main, Westby Phone 608-634-4515 E-mail meatsusa@mwt.net


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Westby Rod and Gun Club

BETHEL BUTIKK Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

215 South Main and Timber Coulee 608-634-4314 or 608-634-4278

M, W, Th, Fri 10 am-4 pm; Tues. til 6 pm First Sat. of month 9 am-Noon Community volunteer operated thrift store for clothing, furniture, appliances & household items.

Camping, Rental of the Club House and Reception Hall, Rifle Range, Trap Shoot Daily Lunch Specials • Saturday & Sunday Breakfast Trout and Pheasant • Public Welcome

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located at the junction of Highways 131, 14, and 61. It has three historic cemeteries, including a Civil War Cemetary. Visitors can use Readstown as their base for exploring the wonders of the Kickapoo Valley and the Hidden Valleys of Vernon County.

n VIOLA In the heart of the Kickapoo Valley lies Viola. It is nestled amidst the bluffs along the picturesque Kickapoo River. This rural community is host to the unique Viola Horse and Colt Show, held annually the third weekend after Labor Day. For details check the website violahorseandcoltshow.com. Camping is available in the park. A number of B&Bs are located in the area as well. For more information go to vi.viola.wi.gov.

n L A FARGE La Farge, seven miles upriver of Viola, is at the junction of Highways 131 and 82. It is a scenic drive east from Viroqua and the gateway to the splendid 8,569-acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Stop by the Visitor Center, speak to the staff, view the many

exhibits, pick up maps, and unlock this treasure trove of outdoor opportunities. Info kvr.state.wi.us La Farge is home to the Organic Valley Family of Farms, the largest organic farmer owned co-op in the world. A canoe launch is easily accessible from Highway 82 on the west edge of the village. Visit La Farge for the 4th of July Celebration. Many lodging and camping facilities in the La Farge area offer visitors both primitive and deluxe accommodations. Info 608.625.4422. LaFarge-wisconsin.com.

Eight miles to the west on Highway 33 is Cheyenne Valley. This settlement was the northern terminus of the underground railroad, becoming the largest black settlement in Wisconsin. Free men of color made their way from the south to settle farms in this area. Alga Shivers built many of the distinctive round barns which still exist in eastern Vernon County to this day. A historical marker of Cheyenne Valley Heritage is located adjacent to Field Veterans Memorial Park along the lake in Hillsboro.

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The Historical Society maintains the Hillsboro Museum and Log Cabin, located in the City Park. Info 608.489.3322.

Hillsboro, 16 miles east of Ontario on Highways 33, 80, and 82, is known as the Czech Capital of Wisconsin. It is so named for the many Czechoslovakian immigrants, mainly from Bohemia, who moved to the area in the late 1800s. Their Czech heritage is vividly displayed at the annual Cesky Den (Czech Day) celebration, held the second weekend in June. This festival features storytelling, ethnic food, dance, music, crafts, and a polka mass. ceskyden.com.

Hillsboro State Trail is a scenic 4.5 mile bike and hiking trail connecting to the 400 State Trail at Union Center. Hillsboro celebrates the 4th of July with fireworks and the 5-day Firemen’s Labor Day celebration features tractor pulls, demolition derby, food, exhibits, fun, and a huge parade. Purchase fresh produce and Amish baked goods at the Farmers Market on summer Saturday mornings. Info 608.489.2521. hillsborowi.com

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Stay in your own 2-story fully equipped pine cabin. A large front porch invites you inside. Paned windows, honey-finished floors, quilttopped beds and rocking chairs are there to make it cozy and comfortable. VCR and dish included. Fully equipped, all you do is unpack your bags! The Farmer’s Inn is located on its own private corner of our family farm. Hay rides are available. Feed a calf, milk a cow, or get eggs from the chicken coop!

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• Outdoor Pool • Free Continental Breakfast • Free Wireless Internet • Reasonable Rates

• Picnic Area • In Room Microwave • In Room Refrigerator • Extended Stays

S5539 US Hwy 14 • Viroqua, WI 54665

608-637-3104

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Historic Homesteads, Hiking Trails, Arboretum, Museum, Gift Shop, Historic Rental Cabin, 15 minutes south of La Crosse www.Norskedalen.org 608-452-3424


VERNON COUNTY

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nO  NTARIO Ontario, the northernmost village on the Kickapoo River in Vernon County, sits at the junction of Highways 131 and 33. It is a favorite destination for canoeists. Ontario offers canoe rental for trips on the Kickapoo River. Many lodging options are available from B&Bs to cabins and camping. Just east on Highway 33 is Wildcat Mountain State Park, offering camping and picnic areas, a canoe landing, trails for hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing. Info dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/wildcat and 608.337.4381; email villageofontario@ centurytel.net.

n C HASEBURG Chaseburg is a charming town located southwest of Coon Valley on Highway 162. It features a downtown with restored log cabins and a converted stone schoolhouse to interest history and architecture buffs. Several restaurants make it a good place to stop for a meal. The town hosts SnoTrail Days, and is the home of the Heartland Tradesman’s Museum. Info 608.483.2660.

n V ILLAGES OF THE GREAT RIVER ROAD The Mississippi River borders the western edge of Vernon County. Wisconsin Highway 35—the Great River Road—passes through the unique river towns of De Soto, Victory, Genoa and Stoddard. Majestic bluffs, scores of bald eagles, and flocks of migrating ducks are an outdoor lover’s delight. Three miles north of De Soto you’ll find Blackhawk Park on County Road BI. Don’t miss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatchery south of Genoa. A scheduled tour is available. Call 608.689.2605. Visit Lock and Dam #8 at Genoa and you might see a barge lock through. Great fishing, water sports, and famous catfish dinners are all part of river life. One mile north of Genoa is Old Settlers Overlook, with a magnificent view of three states. Stoddard hosts a great walleye fishing tournament in April as well as a big Labor Day Weekend Bash. Info genoawi.com, desotowi.com

n D E SOTO De Soto in the heart of the Driftless Area, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Its location offers many outdoor opportunities such as hunting for turkey, deer and waterfowl, fishing, bird watching, and hiking. De Soto Bay is known for great walleye fishing. As a member of Wisconsin’s Bird City, the Village hosts guided bird walks each year and offers birding programs during its Migratory Bird event. It is currently building hiking trails connecting and celebrating the uniqueness of the community’s topography and history. De Soto is the most southwestern community in Vernon County and shares a small part of its location with Crawford County. Its original name was Winneshiek Landing. A resident from the East, trying to attract more settlers to the area, renamed it De Soto, although the explorer never explored the area. The community annually celebrates its history in June during the Winneshiek Land Day event offering activities for all ages, with vendors, great food, and local exhibits.

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WINERIES AND VINEYARDS

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1-B  URR OAK WINERY N5873 Hwy 12 & 16, New Lisbon | 608-562-5271 2-W  EGGY WINERY 30940 Oak Ridge Dr, Muscoda | 608.647.6600 3- S  PURGEON VINEYARDS 16008 Pine Tree Rd, Highland | 800.236.5555 4-W  HISPERING WINDS WINERY 13541 Blue School Rd, Fennimore | 608.943.9941 5 - BOTHAM VINEYARDS 8180 Langberry Rd, Barneveld | 888.478.9463 6 - SINNIPEE  VALLEY VINEYARD & WINERY 4547 Timber Ln, Cuba City | 608.568.3212 7-S  TONE CLIFF WINERY 600 Star Brewery Dr, Dubuque, IA | 563.583.6100

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N5873 Hwy 12 & 16, New Lisbon | Juneau County | 608.562.5271 | burroakwinery.com

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2 - WEGGY WINERY 30940 Oak Ridge Dr, Muscoda | Richland County 608.647.6600 | weggywinery.com Our featured red wines, Oak Ridge Red, Weggy Red, and Proprietor’s Choice Oakey Red, are all made with grapes grown in our Oak Ridge Vineyard. We have a selection of white grape wines, apple wines, and other fine fruit wines. You can choose from over 30 different wines, including several sweet wines. Vineyard tours available Saturday and Sunday and by appointment. Wine Tastings available daily. Summer and fall: open 7 days a week starting at 10 am. Call for other hours during off-season. *Member of Southwest Wisconsin Wine Trail

3 - SPURGEON VINEYARDS

16008 Pine Tree Rd, Highland | Grant County | 800.236.5555 | spurgeonvineyards.com Glen and Mary Spurgeon planted their first vines more than 30 years ago, which grew to 16 acres filled with Aurora, Foch, Baco Noir, and Rosette, just to name a few. Their most popular wine is Ruby Lady, a sweet red. They also use other Wisconsin-grown fruits, like cherries and cranberries. Don’t miss their Harvest Fest in mid-October, complete with hayrides into the vineyard. The cooler in the tasting room and store features local cheeses and meats. Tours offered April through October. Visit 10 am-5 pm daily. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. *Member of Southwest Wine Trail

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13541 Blue School Rd, Fennimore | Grant County | 608.943.9941 | whisperingwindswinery.com A scenic setting provides for a most memorable experience when visiting winemaker Jim Eisele’s Whispering Winds Winery. Sip on one of Jim’s handcrafted wines while relaxing on the deck, or while enjoying the view from the large viewing windows in the remodeled winery. Try the popular Drupleberry, an infusion of 4 flavors, or choose from a wide array of wines. Groups welcome! Reservations for over 20 accepted with ample bus parking. April-November: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. December-March: Friday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. *Member of Southwest Wisconsin Wine Trail

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5 - BOTHAM VINEYARDS

8180 Langberry Rd, Barneveld | Iowa County | 888.478.9463 | bothamvineyards.com Botham’s vine-to-bottle has been a fundamental part of our wine-making philosophy for more than 25 years. We grow red wines: lovely, earthy, fruit-forward and regionally distinctive wines. We also produce white wines. Visit our tasting room and sample our wines; we look forward to welcoming you.

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8 - WHISPERING BLUFFS WINERY 196 ½ S Main Street, Potosi | Grant County | 608.763.2468 | whisperingbluffswinery.com Whispering Bluffs Winery is located in Potosi, nestled along the scenic Mississippi River, directly across the street from the Potosi Brewery and National Brewery Museum. In addition to great wine, Whispering Bluffs offers gourmet chocolates, cheese, coffee, gift items, and works of art. For Wes Helmick and his family, southwest Grant County is truly a “Vision of Vines.” We invite you to come, sit, relax, be entertained, and enjoy our hospitality! *Member of Southwest Wisconsin Wine Trail

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9 - EAGLES LANDING WINERY 127 North St, Marquette, IA | 563.873.1905 | eagleslandingwinery.com Residing on the Great River Road in Marquette, IA, we welcome you to come and sample our International Award Winning Wines. Voted Iowa’s Wine Maker of the Year, Rose Wine of the Year, Best of Class, and Best Iowa Wine. We offer over 32 varieties of wines, ranging from dry to semi-dry, semi-sweet to sweet, and of course our award-winning dessert wines. Our wines include: Red, White, Blush, Mead, Fruit White Port Styled, and Red Port Wines. Come relax in our wine garden. We are located within 3 miles of Effigy Mounds National Park and Pikes Peak State Park. Free wine tasting daily. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, and Easter Sunday.

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RICHLAND COUNTY

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Richland County…EXTREME to Serene Don’t Miss… These annual events that are held in Richland Center and Richland County throughout the year… • 4 Seasons of Fun Events: Motorsports Mayhem, Churning Dirt National Truck & Tractor Pull and Hybrid Redneck Rally • Outdoor Movie Drive-In Theater open June to Labor Day • Wisconsin State High School Rodeo Finals with parade on Saturday morning in June • Richland County Dairy Breakfast in June • Lone Rock 4th of July Celebration and parade

Richland County is known for its rich farmland, steeply wooded hillsides, lush valleys, and beautiful sandstone and limestone bluffs. As you visit Richland County you will fall in love with the scenery of the Ocooch Mountain range that surrounds you, the graceful curves of the Scenic Byway 60, and will be captivated by the wildlife that shares the bounty of this rich land with us. You will enjoy the myriad of local activities, outdoor opportunities, rich heritage, the beautiful hills and valleys, and our diverse base of businesses that combine to make Richland County an ideal tourist destination or your home. Richland Center is home to the University of Wisconsin–Richland, which serves as an educational and cultural center for the area.

n MILES FROM... Madison, WI La Crosse, WI Chicago, IL Minneapolis, MN Milwaukee, WI Rockford, IL Wisconsin Dells, WI Dubuque, IA

61 miles 68 miles 208 miles 222 miles 146 miles 133 miles 50 miles 72 miles

n LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Richland Center is situated halfway between La Crosse and Madison, within the Ocooch Mountain region of southwest Wisconsin. The city is at the mid-point between the big-city markets of Chicago and Minneapolis. U.S. Route 14 and Wisconsin Highway 80 intersect in Richland Center, providing convenient links to other major arterial highways running through Wisconsin. Running along Richland County’s southern border is the 100-mile Wisconsin River, from the Empire Prairie to the Mississippi river.

• Thunder in the Hills Independence Day Celebration in Richland Center • Mick Memorial Park in Hub City Softball Tournaments, Truck & Tractor Pull, ATV Drag Races held in June, July and August •  Boaz Fun Days & Cazenovia Celebration in July •  Walk with G.R.A.C.E. in August (Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination) • Sangria Days at Weggy Winery in August

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• Richland County Fair in September

In 1842, Richland County came into being. Wisconsin itself was a young state gaining statehood in 1848. In 1851, Richland Center was platted by Ira S. Haseltine, covering 16 square blocks. Haseltine offered land and other benefits to the county if it would move its seat of government to Richland Center from Orion, on the Wisconsin River. In 1852, the move was approved. Throughout the remainder of the 1850s, Richland Center grew as a commercial and financial center in the county.

• Center Color Fest with many activities, and the “Canyon of Lights Parade” in October • Rotary Lights in the Park display Event dates and details for Richland Center are listed in the Calendar of Events section on our website at richlandcentertourism.com. Check back often to see what’s happening!

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RICHLAND COUNTY With a past full of citizens, like Frank Lloyd Wright and Ada James, and landmarks such as the A.D. German Warehouse, the Mapleside footbridge, a bridge across the Pine River, and the first Municipal Auditorium in the State of Wisconsin, Richland Center is a historical area. Today, with more than 5,000 residents, Richland Center is the only incorporated community in Richland County. The city’s central location in the county and its significance as the county’s commercial and cultural focal point make the community the ideal base from which to explore the rest of beautiful Richland County. Stop in the Visitor’s Center for a historic walking tour map of the Court Street Commercial Historic District, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Many commercial buildings and homes from the late 19th century are still intact and within easy walking distance of each other.

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Frank Lloyd Wright was born on June 8, 1867, to William Carey Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones in Richland County. During 1917 through 1921, some of the most tumultuous years of his life, Wright designed the German Warehouse in his hometown for Albert Dell German’s wholesale grocery business. The warehouse follows the design mode of this time frame exhibited in other Wright buildings, including the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Midway Gardens in Chicago, and the

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Frederick C. Bogk House in Milwaukee. The warehouse is a significant example of early poured concrete construction topped off by an impressive ornamental frieze. It is the only commercial building designed by Wright from this period that is still extant.

n A DA JAMES Ada James is Richland Center’s most widely known suffragist and is known for her work with disadvantaged children and women. In 1892, she and several other high school girls formed the Equality Club to assist in the campaign for women’s suffrage. Thanks to their efforts, in 1919 Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th amendment. Richland Center women exerted influence in the suffrage movement far beyond the boundaries of Richland County. Ada James and her colleagues worked diligently for years, culminating in women voting nationwide for the first time in the presidential election of 1920.

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MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM The Richland Center City Municipal Auditorium was built in 1912. The Women’s Federated Clubs pushed the city council to be progressive and establish a place of culture and governance. This is the first municipal auditorium (both theater and government offices in one setting) in the state of Wisconsin. The process of fully renovating the building and creating the Richland County Performing Arts Center is currently underway.

Lodging Facilities in Richland County RICHLAND CENTER Motels Center Lodge 608.647.8988 | 100 Foundry Dr Park View Inn 608.647.6354 | 511 W. 6th St Ramada Inn – White House 608.647.6158 | 1450 Veterans Dr Starlite Motel 608.647.6158 | 2000 Hwy 14 East

Bed & Breakfasts/Guest Houses Candlewood Cabins 608.647.5720 | 29493 Hwy 80 Jacquish Hollow Angler (seasonal) 608.585.2239 | 32491 Jacquish South Rd Littledale Farm (seasonal) 608.647.7118 | 21925 Cty Hwy ZZ Rembrandt & Rutabagas 608.647.6859 | 21945 Galway Ln

Campgrounds Alana Springs Campground 608.647.2600 | 22628 Covered Bridge Rd Richland County Fairgrounds 608.647.6859 | 23630 Cty Hwy AA

BLUE RIVER Bed & Breakfasts/Guest Houses Cream Pitcher Bed & Breakfast 608.536.3607 | 16334 Gault Hollow Rd

Campgrounds Eagle Cave 608.537.2988 | 16320 Cavern Ln

LONE ROCK Bed & Breakfasts/Guest Houses Dalewood Retreat 608.647.3708 | 30977 Cty Hwy B

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Campgrounds Fireside Campground 608.583.5111 | 29996 Hwy 14

ROCKBRIDGE Campgrounds Pier County Park 608.647.4673 | St Hwy 80

VIOLA Bed & Breakfasts/Guest Houses Inn at Elk Run 608.625.2066 | S4125 Cty Rd SS

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Blakely Hobbit 608.627.1461 | S5106 Elk Run Rd Viola Banker Park 608.627.1831


RICHLAND COUNTY n PURPLE HEART CITY Governor Scott McCallum designated Richland Center as Wisconsin’s first Purple Heart City in the nation, in 2002. The Purple Heart Memorial is located in the American Legion Veterans Memorial Flag Park on Highway 14 West, between the UW–Richland Campus and Krouskop Park. You will see the flags blowing as you travel Highway 14.

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VETERANS MEMORIAL The memorial is dedicated to all Veterans of Richland County, beginning with the War of 1812, and honors those who have served, those who are serving, and those who will serve. It lists names of individuals who have been military personnel during a war or a conflict, or in peacetime, a resident of Richland County at some period in their life and who have been honorably discharged by the military (names are verified).

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• Trout Fishing There are 267 miles of Class I and Class II Trout Streams here in Richland County. The county has become a destination for anglers from near and far to experience this world class fishery. • C anoeing and Kayaking The lower Wisconsin River is large, relatively swiftmoving, and surrounded by hidden backwaters. The Kickapoo River is famous for its winding course and a favorite of paddlers. The Pine River winds through valleys, under a natural bridge, and boasts scenic views of bluffs and lowlands. • Snowmobiling in Richland County offers 134 miles of groomed trails. • The Pine River Recreation Trail is a 15-mile bike trail constructed on an abandoned railroad bed. The scenic trail follows the Pine River from Richland Center to Lone Rock. Ride over 15 bridges with spans up to 240 feet. Includes four ecosystems and longest curved bridge in Wisconsin. The trail is for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling.

• Lower Wisconsin River Road Scenic Byway, Highway 60, follows the Wisconsin River for 100 miles threading between the bluffs and the Wisconsin River or its backwaters. The byway has thousands of acres of public lands to explore and a variety of recreational opportunities Visitors to the Richland County area soon discover that creativity and originality are part of what rural Wisconsin is all about. From live music to theater, from galleries to historical sites, to the scenery of the Ocooch Mountain range, and the wildlife that shares the bounty of the rich land, there is plenty to do and see. Come explore, celebrate, and experience the Midwest seasons in Richland County.  Richland County offers adventures that are peaceful and serene or exciting and extreme to help you relax, recharge, and get away from it all.

The Memorial is located along US Highway 14, next to the old railroad depot where our soldiers and marines boarded the train as far back as the Civil War to go off to war.

n EFFIGY MOUNDS Richland County and Southern Wisconsin is where thousands of earthen monuments in the shapes of animals, spirit figures, and humans were built by ancient peoples. These fascinating mounds provide us with rare insights into the ideas of those bygone people. Internationally famous, the mounds have few items deliberately included that might help to explain them—adding to the mystery. The mounds were built 1,000 years ago, between A.D. 750 and 1050. The end of the mound construction coincides with the arrival of foreigners from the south (Illinois). Many of the effigy mounds contain human burials. All mounds are regarded by Indian people as being sacred.

n FOUR SEASONS OF FUN FROM EXTREME…TO SERENE Richland County offers adventures that are peaceful and serene or exciting and extreme to help you relax, recharge, and get away from it all. Camping, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, golfing, biking, hiking, ice skating, snow shoeing— Richland County has it all.

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Richland Center Tourism Richland Center Tourism promotes the natural beauty of Richland Center and Richland County, Wisconsin as well as the entertainment and activities in the area. We promote area special events to draw visitors wanting to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop at local businesses. We assist in educating our local patrons to provide tourists with information to create a great place to visit. Come to visit and stay a while!

Information: richlandcentertourism.com 397 W. Seminary St., Richland Center, WI 53581 608.649.3376 | Fax: 608.647.8360 | visitor.center@richlandcenter.com The Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday 10am-3pm between May and October. Off season please call the Clerk’s office 608-647-3466 at 450 S. Main Street.

Candlewood Cabins candlewoodcabins.com

608-647-5720 info@candlewoodcabins.com Owned and operated by Norbert and Susan Calnin, Candlewood is open year-round, bringing you the beauty of each season. 21558 Candlewood Lane Richland Center, WI

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EVENTS

Plus many more events throughout the year! Event dates and details for Richland Center are listed in the Calendar of Events section and on our website at richlandcentertourism.com. Check back often to see what’s happening! April 8 | Big Top Chautauqua May 13 | Motorsports Mayhem June 9-11 | Wisconsin State High School Rodeo Finals June 10 | June Dairy Days-Rodeo Parade June 11 | Richland County Dairy Breakfast July 1 | Thunderfest | Richland Center

July 3-4 | Lone Rock 4th of July Celebration July - TBD | Churning Dirt National Truck & Tractor Pull Richland County Fairgrounds August - TBD | Hub City Days Celebration | Hub City September 7-10 | Richland County Fair Richland County Fairgrounds

September 22-23 | Viola Horse and Colt Show | Viola October 6-8 | Center Color Fest | Featuring the Annual “Canyon of Lights” Parade. October 14 | Hybrid Redneck Rally | Richland County November 18 | Annual Area Craft Fairs Nov 22-Dec 31 | Rotary Lights in the Park | Richland Center

This project is an effort of Southwest Partners to utilize natural resources to meet the current and future needs of our residents, so they can stay active and engaged at all ages utilizing multi-use trails for mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We will further enhance our existing trails, and will install educational signage. Camping locations are being developed and all of our canoe/kayak landings will be improved. Select landings will be made handicap accessible along the Pine River in Richland County to provide opportunity to all residents. The Pine River is one of the area’s most picturesque venues known for its winding currents and breathtaking rock outcroppings. If you have not experienced the Pine River yet, do so soon.

For more information visit pinerivertrails.com Like us on Facebook

Richland County Performing Arts Center

To learn more information about the building or how you may become involved: 608.475.0973 182 North Central Avenue, NRHP 1980 e: norbertcalnin@gmail.com

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Designed by La Crosse, Wis. architect Percy Dwight Bentley, this red brick municipal building was completed in 1912. Much of the impetus for the creation of the building originated with the influence of the Federated Women’s Clubs. It was described as the finest show house between Chicago and Minneapolis; first rate acts came to Richland Center because there were suitable dressing rooms and a sizeable stage for their shows to go on. The building was acquired in 2009 by the Richland County Performing Arts Council (RCPAC). The organization plans to create a selfsufficient cultural and business center that will strengthen the economic and artistic growth of the community. RCPAC is embarking on phase one of the building renovation. The Richland County Performing Arts Council (RCPAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to operating and restoring the first municipal auditorium built in Wisconsin.

The A.D. German Warehouse An architectural masterpiece, like any masterpiece, gains in meaning and enriches its owners and its community. The joys of an architectural masterpiece are its long lasting lessons and beauty. Such distinction belongs the the A.D. German Warehouse designed in 1915 by Frank Lloyd Wright, located in Richland Center, his birthplace in 1867. This building is one of Wright’s architectural gems listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Wisconsin. It is the only For more information visit the warehouse designed by Wright and was built during A.D. German Warehouse website: his “organic” or “natural” period (1911-1924) www.adgermanwarehouse.org which also included the famous Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and Midway Gardens in Chicago. The A.D. 608-649-1915 or 608-604-5034 German Warehouse is an impressive brick structure A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. • P.O. Box 436 topped by a magnificent concrete frieze. It employs a unique structural concept known as the “Burton Richland Center, WI. 53581 Open Sundays, May through October, Spider-web system.” The A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy (ADGWC) is comitted to seeing 10am-2pm. Additional times by appointment. this building redeveloped and reoccupied with a Facebook.com/germanwarehouse stable primary use compatible with the building, www.adgermanwarehouse.org including a heritage tourism program.

Richland County History Room Brewer Public Library 325 North Central Avenue Richland Center, WI 53581

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Enjoy a guided tour viewing structures in the Richland Center Residential Historic District and the Court Street Commercial Historic District (NRHP 1989). Richland Center has a long history of interesting citizens including prominent architect Frank Lloyd Wright and noted suffragist and reformer Ada James. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center, his birth place. You have a choice of a walking tour or a guided tour using a vintage convertible. The auto tour is much more extensive and we see the many sites that have connections to Wright and other modernist architects. Richland Center has examples of most 19th and 20th century architectural styles including mid-century modern, you will be surprised. Reservations are highly recommended, weather dependent, additional times and group rates available by appointment.

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Welcome to Juneau County

Don’t Miss... In May • Camp Douglas Armed Forces Days • Wonewoc Old Fashion Days In June

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• Elroy Fair From the rigors of your labor to the rivers and the lakes, from work to the woods, or your business to your backpack, it’s only minutes away in Juneau County. We invite you to explore Juneau County. We know you’ll find a reason to stay for a day, a week, or a lifetime. Juneau County offers nourishment for the soul, so let the adventures begin!

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EASY ACCESS

Geographical diversity is a hallmark of Juneau County with each community’s unique and beautiful landscape. Interstate 90/94 provides immediate access to Lyndon Station, Mauston, New Lisbon, and Camp Douglas. State Highways 21, 80, and 82 reach into the communities of Necedah, Elroy, Wonewoc, Union Center, Finley, and Sprague. The Village of Hustler is only a short distance from Camp Douglas via County Highway H, while Highway 173 takes you to Mather.

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CAMPGROUNDS AND PARKS

Half of Juneau County is forested, and about 75,000 acres are park land. Mile Bluff State Park has picturesque rock formations that overlook a camping/picnic area, hiking trails, and a swimming pond with sand beach. Climb the trail and stone steps to the bluff’s top and you’re at the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. The southeastern access to Juneau County begins at Rocky Arbor State Park, straddling the border with Sauk County. Gorgeous Buckhorn State Park, located between Mauston and Necedah off Highway 58, is on the western shore of Castle Rock Lake. The 160-acre Juneau County Castle Rock Park is situated in a beautiful wooded area along the lake’s southwestern shore and offers nearly 200 camping sites. In northeastern Juneau County, you’ll find Wilderness County Park situated along the west shore of Petenwell Flowage, offering

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In July • New Lisbon’s Wa Du Shuda Days • Lyndon Station’s ParkFest In August • Waterfest Venetian Lights Boat Parade • Hustler’s Hustlerfest • Juneau County Fair In September • The Juneau County Fly-In/Drive-In In October • River of Memories • Mauston Pumpkin Bash Plus many more events throughout the year. Check juneaucounty.com often to see what’s going on!


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nearly 100 camping sites. Kennedy County Park is north of New Lisbon and has several rustic camping sites. Bass Hollow in southcentral Juneau County is 280 acres, ideal for picnicking or hiking on the five miles of walking trails. There are also several private campgrounds throughout the county.

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If its sun and water fun you seek, Juneau County’s lakes region is the place to be. Petenwell and Castle Rock Lakes are the second and fourth largest inland bodies of water in Wisconsin. The lakes offer numerous beaches with several public boat-launching areas. Built on sand, the Castle Rock and Petenwell Dams are unique, and were the first such projects undertaken in the U.S. The concrete dams are classified as “floating type construction” with imbedded cutoff walls that penetrate deep into the glacial sands for anchoring. The construction of the lakes was started in 1947 and completed in 1950. Both lakes have plenty of room for water skiing, jet skiing, and boating. They also offer exceptional fishing with many species of fish. Other lakes in Juneau County include Lake Decorah in Mauston, Eagle’s Nest Flowage and the Meadow Valley Flowage near Camp Douglas, New Lisbon Lake, Sprague-Mather Flowage near Necedah, and several others. You’re sure to find the fishing and water festivities of your choice in these lakes!

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The refuge is open year round from sunrise to sunset for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting, and much more! The visitor Center is open 9am-4pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Federal holidays, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. Please see the website for seasonal information and events: fws.gov/refuge/Necedah. Events and hours are subject to change so please call ahead. Contact the refuge at 608.565.2551 or Necedah@fws.gov for more information. All events are supported by the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Inc.

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BICYCLING AT ITS BEST

Juneau County offers three exceptional bicycling trail experiences. Elroy, once a prominent railroad center, is now the hub of these well-groomed bike trails. The Elroy-Sparta State Trail, most renowned as the “Grand Dad of All Trails,” was the first in the U.S. to be converted under the now popular Rails-To-Trails conversion program. Formerly the Chicago and North

Western Railroad bed, this 32- mile-long trail passes through three tunnels which were hand dug in the 1870s. The 12.5-mile Omaha Trail runs between downtown Camp Douglas and Elroy, passes through the Village of Hustler, and features an 875-foot-long tunnel. The 400 State Trail is the namesake for the Chicago and North Western Passenger Train, which traveled the 400 miles from

WILDLIFE

Follow nature’s calendar and you’re likely to see many examples of Wisconsin’s wildlife species in their natural habitat. Karner blue butterflies, wild turkeys, bald eagles, redtail hawks, partridge, pheasants, white-tail deer, gray wolves, coyotes, fox, whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, wood ducks, loons. and swans are just some of the variety that can be seen in Juneau County. The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1939, is 44,000 acres of preserved natural beauty. It is located about four miles west of Necedah and is easily accessed from State Highway 21. The refuge provides programs for organized groups by reservation and general programs, which are open and free to the public, on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

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Chicago to Minneapolis in 400 minutes. The Baraboo River intertwines the entire 22 miles of the smooth packed trail, which connects Reedsburg and Elroy. Along the route of wetlands, sandstone bluffs, meadows, and rolling farmlands, you can take a break in the friendly communities of Wonewoc and Union Center. There are also 33 trestles along with wooden bridges that have been planked over and fitted with guardrails for added user protection. During the season, only bicyclists and hikers are allowed on the trail. All motorized traffic is prohibited. As Juneau County is still home to three major modern rail lines, the nostalgic sound of rolling cars and the occasional train whistle can still be heard while biking on these Rails-To-Trails pathways.

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Trail passes are required. Bicycle rentals are available. Flashlights and jackets are recommended when walking bikes through the tunnels. For more information about the bike trails, contact the Elroy Commons Information Center at 608.462.BIKE (2453) or 888.606.BIKE (2453), or Omaha Bicycle Trail Headquarters at 608.427.6542.

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Camp Douglas is home to the Volk Field and Camp Williams military facilities. Nestled among the rugged peaks of natural rock formations and the beautiful terrain of the area, Volk Field is a full service military readiness training complex. Camp Williams is co-located with Volk Field and is operated by the Army National Guard. An open house is held every two years for the public and affords the opportunity to increase awareness of the Volk Field/Camp Williams military facilities. Questions can be directed to 608.427.1210.

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Camp Williams is the headquarters of the United States Property and Fiscal Office for the State of Wisconsin, as well as the Army National Guard’s Consolidated State Maintenance Facility. Camp Williams boasts facilities that range from the early 19th century to the late 20th. Be sure to visit the Wisconsin National Guard Museum, located at historic Camp Williams/Volk Field; it is dedicated to preserving the memory of service and sacrifice by our military men and women, and also features the rich history of the

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National Guard. Its log building was constructed in 1896 originally as an officer’s club for National Guard members. Nestled in a park-like setting, the museum—with its numerous exhibits—is complemented by an outdoor collection of unique and unusual historic aircraft, tanks, and selfpropelled guns. Finley is the home to the Hardwood Airto-Ground Weapons Range (R-6904), which is one of fifteen Air National Guard (ANG) ranges located throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The entire facility is under the operational control of the Air National Guard as part of the Combat Readiness Training Center, Volk Field ANG Base. The mission of Hardwood Range is to provide training for combat aircrews through presentation of a variety of realistic target arrays for air-to-ground weapons delivery. An open house is held every two years for the public and affords the opportunity to increase awareness of the range and its activities. Range personnel can be contacted at 608.427.1555 for more information.

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Winter offers Juneau County visitors a bounty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, and snowmobiling are popular activities along with sleigh rides and horseback riding. Red Ridge Ranch and Woodside Ranch are both located just outside of Mauston and are open year-round. The Oak Ridge Trail and Buckhorn State Park Trails, both located just outside of New Lisbon, offer excellent cross-country skiing routes through miles of well-marked

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BARABOO RIVER: Put in at the Highway 33 bridge next to the Golf Course at Union Center. Head downstream to Wonewoc, for a nice three-hour passage. Try a picnic lunch (about half way) at Third Castle, which is a rock pinnacle where a picnic table awaits. For rentals contact Beyond Boundaries at 608.464.7433 or goingfarbeyond.com. LEMONWEIR RIVER: Paddle the popular route from Kennedy Park to New Lisbon’s Riverside Park & Campground. Continue on to Mauston, doing some fishing along the way. The next leg to Lemonweir Mills is a full day’s journey to the Wisconsin River, with possible log jams requiring portaging. There is a nice boat landing just before the junction with the Wisconsin River. For information contact the Mauston Chamber of Commerce at 608.847.4142 or visitmauston.com, or the New Lisbon

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Chamber of Commerce at 608.562.3555 or newlisbonchamber.com. WISCONSIN RIVER: From Wood County across Lake Petenwell to the dam is big water paddling where winds can cause high waves. The Wilderness Park has great camping. Put your canoe/kayak in at the Highway 21 boat ramp to go down river to the Buckhorn State Park (dnr.state.wi.us) or the Castle Rock County Park. From the Adams County side, use the boat landing below Castle Rock Dam. Paddle or tube

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your camera for the breathtaking scenery and panoramic views. The waterways of Juneau County have many islands to stop and explore, or even to cookout for lunch.

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COME JOIN US!

Each of our communities offers various activities, festivals, and celebrations throughout the year. The Juneau County Fair is in August and features a rodeo, draft horse pull, and demolition derby, as well as showcasing the many, many crafts and products of local artisans and 4-H youth.

float to Castle Rock Resort, Point Bluff Marina, or the Two Rivers Boat landing on the Lemonweir River. Further downstream you will access the River Bay Marina on the Juneau County shore. For rentals contact: Point Bluff Resort at 608.253.6181 or pointbluff.com. YELLOW RIVER: Paddling from the Necedah Dam to Crappie Point on Castle Rock Lake is a steady five to six hour jaunt, with some portaging likely due to log jams. For information, contact the Village of Necedah at 608.565.2261 weekdays or necedah.info@tds.net, or the Reel Inn at 608.565.2262 after 11am and weekends, or on Facebook. The forested setting of our rivers has a remote feel. Take in the diverse collection of wildlife and birds. Be sure to remember Phone • Internet • TV

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The Juneau County Economic Development Corporation has made tourism a priority and works closely with the area Chambers of Commerce to ensure the most enjoyable experience for every guest to our county. They have been instrumental in mapping out bike, ATV, and snowmobile trails, as well as boating and paddling routes through our plentiful waterways. Check out juneaucounty.com or call 608.427.2070 for a wide variety of up to date tourism information.

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CAMP DOUGLAS

Camp Douglas has some of the most breathtaking, freestanding rock formations and bluffs surrounding the Village. Camp Douglas is the trailhead for the Omaha Bike Trail and also home to Camp Williams and Volk Field military facilities. Camp Douglas Armed Forces Day Celebration takes place in May. The village hosts citywide garage sales the third week of August. Call 608.427.3355 for more information.

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ELROY

The noise and the rush of passenger trains carrying countless pioneers and dreamers west are no more than an echo. The city of Elroy, once a prominent railroad center, is now the hub of three bike trails. Nestled in southwestern Wisconsin, visitors to this area will find a thriving, friendly community that extends a warm welcome to all those who come to visit. The Elroy-Sparta Trail is 32 miles of smooth, hard-packed, crushed limestone that wind through wooded valleys and small towns. This trail boasts three century-old tunnels that were dug out with pick axes in the 1870s. Two of these tunnels are a quarter mile long, and the other tunnel is just under a mile long. The 400 State Trail runs 22 miles from Elroy to Reedsburg and has a limestone surface.

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This trail was named for the Chicago and North Western passenger train, which traveled the 400 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis in 400 minutes. The 400 trail parallels the Baraboo River, crossing it 11 times. The Omaha Trail is a peaceful, secluded ride from Elroy to Camp Douglas. This asphalt trail brings you through 12.5 miles of beautiful farmland and one 875-foot tunnel. The hub of these three trails is the Elroy Commons, which is a lovely downtown park providing a trail shop where trail passes can be purchased along with souvenirs, snacks, and many other items. The Elroy Commons is also a trail information center which offers restrooms with shower facilities, parking, bike rentals, and a picnic area. If you are planning to stay the night or the whole week, Elroy has camping available at Schultz Park, which is located a half mile south of the Elroy Commons, and just off of the 400 State Trail. This campground offers tent camping, RV camping with water and electric hookups, a swimming pool, playground, and a dump station. Arrangements for camping at Schultz Park can be made at the Elroy Commons.

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FINLEY, SPRAGUE, & MATHER

Finley, Sprague, and Mather of northern Juneau County may appear small on a map, but they are big on adventure! While Finley and Sprague border the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Mather sits between the refuge and the Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area. In addition to the excellent hunting and fishing offered, the immense size and diversity of both of these properties provide some fine opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, hiking, berry picking, and observing wildlife in a truly natural setting. Finley is also home to the Hardwood Air-to-Ground Weapons Range, which provides training for combat aircrews through presentation of a variety of realistic target arrays for air-to-ground weapons delivery. An open house is held every two years for the public and affords the opportunity to increase awareness of the range and its activities, and visitors are welcome to observe activities during operating hours. Events are held each year in Finley, Sprague, and Mather. At Josie’s Hideaway and Wilderness Inn just north of Necedah along Highway 80, activities


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include pool tournaments, ATV poker runs, and an annual “Can’t afford to go to Sturgis” party, which is held the first weekend in August.

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HUSTLER

Hustler is a small farming community that settled in the 1880s. The last weekend of August, however, Hustler doesn’t settle down until their annual Hustlerfest is done. Hustlerfest celebrations overflow with food, fun, crafts, games, music, tractor pulls, and a parade.

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LYNDON STATION

Lyndon Station is a quaint little village with a historic connection to Ireland and an interstate connection to I-90/94. The interstate provides Lyndon Station with easy access to nearby Rocky Arbor State Park as well as ample camping throughout Lyndon Station. Towards the eastern part of Juneau County, just past Lyndon Station, you’ll find the 15-inch gauge railway of the Riverside & Great Northern Railway steam locomotives that the entire family will enjoy. The small steam engines take you

through picturesque woods before or after you tour the Locomotive Shop, the Boiler Shop, the Roundhouse, and the Coaling Tower. Even though the right-of-way is wide enough for a full-size train, only the small locomotives are on these tracks. Take your time and visit the Gift Shop or the historical Lunch Room.

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Mauston has plenty of choices for eating experiences. There are several locations of fast food, buffets, or family-style dining whether enjoying your meal downtown or all around Castle Rock Lake. While downtown, take a walk along “the river of memories,” otherwise known as the Lemonweir River. The Hatch Public Library has a spacious view of the river. A lot of local history can be found at The Boorman House, just across the river. Other adventures located around Mauston include unique shopping at The Red Geranium, golfing, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, horseback riding, and more, such as: • Waterfest Parade of boats at Castle Rock Park the first weekend in August

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NECEDAH

Necedah is a Ho-Chunk Indian word meaning “land of yellow water.” The Yellow River, Wisconsin River, Castle Rock Lake, and Petenwell Lake are located near Necedah. Step into the beauty of central Wisconsin and immerse yourself in a mosaic of habitats on 44,000 acres of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Savanna, prairie, wetland, and forest all intertwine across the refuge’s new visitor center and boardwalks. Take in the sights and sounds of the refuge in the exhibit hall or visit with friendly staff to find the right hiking trail or driving experience for you. The refuge hosts over 230 bird species, including red-headed woodpeckers, whooping cranes, wood ducks, and eagles. Visitors also have a chance to see bears, deer, porcupines,

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otter, turtles, wolves, and many more wildlife species. Although the “Great Swamp” may be known for its biting insects, don’t dismiss our dragonflies and butterflies! One of the most sought after insects by photographers includes the endangered Karner blue butterfly. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge stretches north and south along Highway 80 and east and west along Highway 21. The visitor center is located off of Highway 21 four miles west of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah. Turn north onto Headquarters Road and follow the signs two miles to the visitor center.

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The New Lisbon area once was a gathering place for the Woodland Culture Indians during the winter months. Today people gather in New Lisbon at Riverside Park to celebrate Wa Du Shuda Days, held the first weekend after July 4th with music, food, fireworks, and family fun. The park has a large campground, shelters, and a boat landing for access to the Lemonweir River. It also has newly renovated RV parking, tent camp sites, restrooms, and showers. The Burr Oak Winery hosts a Spring Festival the end of April and a Harvest Festival the first weekend after Labor Day. Both events showcase artists, crafters, entertainers, and of course, wine. For tours, call 608.562.5271 or visit burroakwinery.com. A lot of Native American history is preserved in New Lisbon, including the Effigy Burial Mounds and a large arrowhead collection at the New Lisbon Public Library. The New Lisbon area attracts visitors year-round for activities, including fishing, canoeing, hunting, biking, snowmobiling, and hiking the beautiful bluffs left as reminders of the glaciers that once covered the region.

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The Village of Union Center is located at the junction of State Highways 33, 80 and 82. Surrounded by towering bluffs along the Baraboo River, Union Center offers a friendly community full of hospitality, recreation, and amenities. The Eagle Parkway is situated near the center of the village, right along the 400 State Trail. The trail offers visitors hiking, bicycling, and snowmobiling.

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The Eagle Parkway offers an open shelter for picnics, a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, and horseshoe pits. To reserve the shelter for your special occasion, please call the Village Hall at 608.462.8810. Near the park, St. Theresa’s Adoration Chapel is available for 24-hour adoration. This tranquil and exquisite chapel, open year-round, was formerly the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, which was built in 1863. Along the bluffs and around the Baraboo River is Spring Valley Golf Course, which, in addition to exceptional golf, offers a bar and restaurant to start off or finish up your day of activity. Come see what Union Center has to offer. Visit us for a great day or entire weekend away!

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WONEWOC

Wonewoc, located in southwestern Juneau County, is the midpoint of the 400 State Trail. If you want recreation and beautiful scenery—we have it! Biking, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, and canoeing on the Baraboo River. Camping facilities are available at Baker’s Field or at the American Legion Park, which has a swimming pool. Situated on the hill overlooking the Village of Wonewoc is the Wisconsin Spiritualist Camp established in 1874. The camp is visited by thousands of people each year. The 400 State Trail is a 22-mile recreational trail that runs between Reedsburg and Elroy and links with 101 miles of recreational trails. Wonewoc offers a variety of retailers, gif t shops and many f ine eating establishments. Visit Wonewoc often— you’ll definitely enjoy it. Thank you for taking a closer look at Juneau County, where you’ll make many memories by enjoying its adventures.


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City of Elroy 225 Main Street | Elroy, WI 53929 elroywi.com | 608.462.2400 For bike information 888.606.2453 | 608.462.2410 Mauston Area Chamber of Commerce 503 Street, Highway 82 East (PO Box 171) Mauston, WI 53948 mauston.com | chamber@mauston.com 608.847.4142 | 866.516.1646 Necedah National Wildlife Refuge fws.gov/refuge/Necedah Necedah@fws.gov | 608.565.2551 Information on crane migration: savingcranes.org Necedah Village Hall 101 Center Street | Necedah, WI 54646 necedah.us | 608.565.2261 New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce 218 East Bridge Street (PO Box 79) New Lisbon, WI 53950 newlisbonchamber.com nlchambr@mwt.net | 608.562.3555 Village of Union Center 339 High Street | Union Center, WI 53962 villageofuc.com | 608.462.8810 Village of Wonewoc 200 West Street (PO Box 37) Wonewoc, WI 53968 wonewocwisc.com | 608.464.3114 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources dnr.state.wi.us Take a closer look at Juneau County website for more community events and adventures by going to juneaucounty.com or juneaudells.com

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HEART OF HIDDEN VALLEYS Heart of Hidden Valleys Driving Tour Driving Tour

We begin our adventure through the Heart of Hidden Valleys in Richland County’s largest community and county seat, RICHLAND CENTER. Richland Center was settled on both sides of the Pine River by trappers canoeing up the Wisconsin River. By 1880 it was a thriving community of 1,227. World-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born here in 1867. He returned in 1915 to build the unique A.D. German Warehouse located on Church Street. The beautifully restored, 1909 railroad depot now houses Richland Center’s Visitor Center, 800.422.1318, on the corner of Highway 14 and Seminary Street One block north of the Visitor Center is Court Street, the downtown main street. Restaurants, art galleries, and many unique shops are readily available in the downtown area. On the outer areas of Richland Center, apple orchards cover the hillsides with spring blossoms and fall fruit. Take advantage of more shopping, a place to spend the night, and a fast burger, all of which can be found before leaving town, as we head east on Highway 14. You can hop on your bicycle and take a lazy ride on the Pine River Recreation Trail. It meanders through bluff scenery and broad valleys and crosses a number of bridges from Richland Center to Lone Rock. The river backwaters are havens for great blue herons, egrets, turtles and other wildlife. We will take Highway 60 West out of GOTHAM. This winding road that follows the Wisconsin River never fails to be a traveler’s delight. For the absolute greatest view of the river, rent a canoe for an advanture you are not likely to forget. At the junction of Highway 60/80, just across the bridge over the Wisconsin River is MUSCODA and Riverside Park, a scenic little park with a playground, shelters and a camping area that overlooks the river. Wisconsin Avenue is Muscoda’s downtown. At the end of Wisconsin Avenue follow Highway 80 to the left, about half a block, to see the outdoor sculptures of Tom Nelson. Stop and look around—he has a very creative yard. Backtrack and go straight through the intersection staying on Catherine Street out of town. It becomes County G. A few miles out, take County Q up the hill, which then winds through a beautiful valley on a very narrow road. A few miles out start watching for the sign for Spurgeon’s Vineyards. Down Pine Road,

off the beaten path, about two miles is the winery. They are open year round, 10-5, tours April through October. The bald eagles come into the valley around October and stay until March, so keep an eye open to the sky. Back up on County Q there’s a race horse ranch and a bison farm before you enter the back side of HIGHLAND. You will go to the stop sign and head down the steep hill, back on Highway 80, which is Highland’s downtown, where you can get something good to eat at any of a number of small restaurants. At the bottom of the hill, Highway 80 makes a sharp turn to the left to head out of town. As soon as you reach the outskirts of Highland keep your eyes to your right. Twenty wind turbines, spanning approximately five miles of farmland, fill the horizon. These are the largest wind turbines manufactured in the U.S., each nearly as tall as a 33-story building. They can supply enough energy to power 10,500 average Wisconsin homes. They don’t look that big from here. Three miles up the road is the entrance to Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area which consists of a 220-acre lake with a 300-foot sand beach, shower house, playground, picnic shelters, canoe, boat, kayak, paddle boat, and pontoon rentals, 135 campsites, cabins, and a boat launch. Back to Highway 80 south and you will come into COBB which hosts the annual Cobb Corn Roast each August with all the sweet corn you could possibly eat, a carnival and parade. Continuing on Highway 80/18, follow the windmills about six miles, you will come across a very unique depot and bowling alley. Take the kids in for a game of bowling. They have bumper rails for the youngsters. The walls are covered with pictures of old railroad cars and they also have information on the Montfort Wind Farm.

MONTFORT is less than one mile down the road. It is home to Rural Route 1 Popcorn and gift shoppe, where you can sample

many of their scrumptious popcorn flavors. Take Highway 80 back in the direction you just came from and turn south to Livingston.

LIVINGSTON is a small town established in 1880 from mining and agriculture. Take one of the streets to your right to Center Street which is the downtown area. They have a few small businesses, and several serve food. Heading out of town on Highway 80 keep your eyes to the right. There aren’t many lighthouses in this area, but this residential house will sure fool you! Coming down off the ridge, you come into the little town of ARTHUR. It may be small but it hosts a very big class act at a comedy club on the weekends. We are staying on Highway 80 and heading toward Platteville, the biggest town on our tour. In PLATTEVILLE, you will hit a four-way stop which is the beginning of Platteville’s downtown main street. Take a stroll in this Historic shopping district and enjoy a very diverse selection of shops. There are restaurants, a photography shop, a bridal

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shop, crafts, tattoos, wines, a coffee shop, and even a bicycle shop. Continue down Highway 80 until you get to the stoplights. Take a right on Highway 151. You will find an abundance of places to eat, sleep and play. From the historical and artistic to the great outdoors, you can find it all right here in Platteville. The Tourist and Area Information, on the left of Highway 151 heading south, is open 9-5 M-F. From there, you can start exploring. See the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine at the Mining Museum or the thousands of farm and home exhibits at the Rollo Jamison Museum. Visit the Stone Cottage built in 1835 by one of the founders of Platteville, or bike the Rountree Branch Trail. University of Wisconsin– Platteville is a liberal arts college with the Wisconsin Room on campus which is open to the public. The Nohr Gallery features art exhibits & collections. Rountree Hall is the site of the first School of Mining built in the U.S. in 1866. UW–Platteville Center for the Arts features international music and theatre performances throughout the year. Katie’s Garden arboretum offers a peaceful setting along the Rountree Branch stream. Climb the World’s Largest “M,” enjoy the Family Aquatic Center with its 150-foot water slide, or stroll through any one of Platteville’s 14 city parks. Take your time and the enjoy the sights in this one area. We will head out of town staying south on Highway 151 to DICKEYVILLE. Go north on Highway 35/61 to Dickeyville’s Grotto, built about 1925. It is a religious and patriotic wonder made of stone, mortar and millions of pieces of colored glass, gems, petrified wood, stalactites, seashells, fossils and all kinds of rock collected from all over the world. The shrines and gardens are open to the public year round, with a gift shop in the back.

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of the Mississippi River. It is home to Nelson Dewey State Park, the Roe Nature Preserve, and the Stonefield Historic Site, featuring the Governor Nelson Dewey home site, the state Agricultural Museum, a 1900 farmstead, and a 1900 village. You can also take Charlie D, Cassville’s car ferry —the fun way across the Mississippi. When you are done discovering all that Cassville has to offer, take Highway 81 North to the very small town of BEETOWN. You will find Grant River Canoe, Kayak, and Tubing Rentals there with scenic rock ledges and high bluffs and a quiet class 1 river ideal for family fun. Continuing on Highway 81 east will take you into LANCASTER “City of the Dome” right up to the square where you will find the Grant County Courthouse. The courthouse’s octagon copper and glass dome sparkles over downtown Lancaster. The turn of the century architecture is prominent in the shops that surround the square and traffic goes only one way. Cunningham Museum is just off the square along with the grave of Wisconsin’s first governor, Nelson Dewey. The Grant County Fairgrounds are in Lancaster, where stock cars race around the tracks every weekend during the summer. Continue on Highway 61 to FENNIMORE where the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum has a great collection of dolls, puppets, tractors, circus clowns and more. A few blocks further up Lincoln Avenue is Fennimore Railroad Museum, which resembles a 1900 depot with a replica water tower. It features train memorabilia from Fennimore’s past and the kids will love the miniature train ride. It is open Memorial Day to Labor Day and also serves as one of Fennimore’s tourist centers.

On to POTOSI/TENNYSON. Through Tennyson, take a left north on Highway 133 down the hill. We come to Potosi, having the longest main street in the world without an intersection. Potosi hosts its Catfish Festival each year, the second weekend in August. Just out of town on your left is the road to the Grant River Recreation Area along the Mississippi River. It is open April-October, with campsites, boat dock, fishing, and picnic areas.

Kronsage Park in BOSCOBEL sits on your immediate right. It hosts one of the largest Civil War Reenactments in the Midwest, the first weekend in August. Boscobel’s main street offers the Railroad Depot, a restored depot that also serves as a museum. Follow Wisconsin Aveue to the stop sign and take a left on Prairie Street to Highway 61. Go north and cross the bridge, taking Highway 60 west to the left, which follows the Wisconsin River until you reach Highway 131 North.

Continue on Highway 133 to CASSVILLE. This small community sits on the banks

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the woods. Keep your eyes open for the sign for Husher Park Wayside. As you ascend the hill, it comes up pretty suddenly. It’s well worth stopping for the view. There are two lookout stands that allow you a 360º view of the Crawford County countryside. It is absolutely astounding! From the wayside you will come down into the small community of STEUBEN. Stay on Highway 131 north. The river you see that snakes to and from the road is the Kickapoo River. It is one of the crookedest rivers in the world, as you can very well see on this stretch of Highway 131. Coming into GAYS MILLS, at the stop sign, a left will take you downtown, but we are going to take a right up the very steep hill. One-half mile up and you can pull over into the historical marker and wayside. There is an amazing view of Gays Mills worth stopping for. And then the apple orchards begin with all have something to offer—bakeries, gift shops, Amish goods, and a whole lot of apples. The orchards are beautiful in the spring, and the apples are delicious in the fall. No matter what time of year you travel this section of road, it is quite a site for all. At the stop sign at Highway 61/171 head north five miles to SOLDIERS GROVE, America’s first solar village. A short drive farther, continue to READSTOWN, where you can rent canoes, kayaks, get a fishing license and supplies, and enjoy a day on the river. To complete our circle tour, take Highway 14 back to Richland Center, via Boaz, where Boaz Fun Days is celebrated every July at the Community Park. As you once again enter RICHLAND CENTER, you cross over the small bridge. Look to your right to see the Richland Center Footbridge. It was built in 1912, enabling west side residents to walk across the river to attend functions on the east side. It has been rebuilt and is maintained well and lighted at nighttime. To your left is Krouskop Park where Star Spangled Celebration is held the last full weekend each June. If you love country music, you won’t want to miss this three-day event with many top Nashville entertainers. Continue on Highway 14 to your right to the stop lights and you are once again at Richland Center’s Visitor Center. Stay and take full advantage of all Richland Center has to offer—there is something for everyone.


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Welcome to Grant County

For More Info On Grant County please check out the following websites: Boscobel Depot Heritage Museum. Photo by Nancy Rutherford.

Grant County’s highways and byways offer outstanding views of this unglaciated and pastoral landscape. Grant County is one of the largest counties in the state, nestled between the mighty Mississippi River to the west and the beautiful and ever-changing Wisconsin River on the north. There are hills, valleys, open space, scenic vistas, rivers and streams, and history abounding. For a free color map, calendar or events, listing of accommodations, or someone to talk to about your visit, please contact Grant County Economic Development Corporation at 866.472.6894 or visit them online at grantcounty.org/visitor. Whatever the reason, Grant County has a season for you. During the spring and summer. it is green and gorgeous. In the fall Grant County has an eyefull of color, and in the winter, when snow is on the ground, it is a white playground that features 370 miles of snowmobile trails. Fall is a wonderful season to enjoy the breathtaking scenes, the rolling hills of colorful trees, and beautiful sunsets throughout Grant County.

Nestled within the bluffs and ridges of Grant County are many retreats that allow you to forget about your hectic life and just relax in a place of more simple pleasures. Walk through the woods along a ridgetop or stream, or canoe down one of Grant County’s many rivers. At the end of your adventures, enjoy a cozy retreat in one of Grant County’s diverse lodging offerings, including bed and breakfasts, rental cabins and homes, cottages, hotels, and motels. grantcounty.org/visitor/lodging. Throughout your travels, you may travel down one of the rustic roads meandering through the contour-stripped farms and the tree-covered hills of the Platte River Valley. Got a bike? Then travel Grant County highways and byways, whether you enjoy a simple ride along one of the many streams or rivers, or rushing through trees and creeks. Grant County is a sportsman’s paradise, noted for its excellent wild turkey hunting and cold-water trout fishing streams. Grant County has a rich history, which

Grant County Tourism grantcounty.org/tourism Grant County Economic Development grantcounty.org/economic -development Grant County co.grant.wi.gov Potosi – The Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art greatriverroadmoca.com Boscobel Depot Heritage Museum facebook.com/ BoscobelDepotHeritageMuseum includes Chief Black Hawk, Nelson Dewey, and the Iron Brigade. It is the home of Wisconsin’s first governor, the State’s Constitution, and the first Civil War Monument. Additional attractions can be found at the Stone Cottage in Platteville, Pleasant Ridge outside of Lancaster, Stonefield Village and Nelson Dewey State Park in Cassville, the Stone Cottage in Platteville, along with several historic reenactments: Muskets & Memories in Boscobel, Mount Hope June Dairy

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Wisconsin’s Great River Road follows the Mississippi River through 60 miles of Grant County. Along the way you will find picturesque river towns, scenic vistas, and two state parks: Wyalusing State Park near Bagley and Nelson Dewey’s home near Cassville. Visit the Grotto in Dickeyville, ride the Cassville Car Ferry from May to October, and get a different perspective on the Mississippi River. Watch birds migrate along the Mississippi Flyway from both state parks, and at Potosi Point, near Potosi. Cassville’s Riverside Park offers great eagle watching during the winter months.

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BAGLEY

This small community, dating back to 1884, is a gateway to a network of sloughs on the Mississippi River, ideal for fishing and recreation. Yogi Bear Jellystone Campground is located one mile north of Bagley on County Highway X and includes a large heated pool, two playgrounds, and 200 camping sites. Also located just outside the community of Bagley is the River of Lakes Resort, which offers camping, boat landings, and dining.

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BLOOMINGTON

Nestled along the Blake Fork Creek, Bloomington is home to Taft’s Mill pottery (1852) and the Blake’s Prairie Fair—check the website for date: blakesprairiefair.com. Within the village there are other businesses, such as a bakery, supper club, hardware stores, and furniture stores, to mention a few.

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BOSCOBEL

Located near the junction of Highways 60 and 61 along the scenic Wisconsin Riverway, Boscobel is not only known as the Wild Turkey Hunting Capital of Wisconsin, but also the birthplace of the Gideon Bible. Located in the heart of downtown Boscobel is the Boscobel Hotel. This three-story native limestone landmark is now on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Historically important buildings that preserve the city’s architectural heritage include the old rock school and the Boscobel railroad depot, which was a meeting place for Civil War veterans. On the first weekend in August, Boscobel now hosts one of the largest Civil War reenactment events in the Midwest. The Floyd Von Haden Boat Landing allows access to the Wisconsin River’s final stretch. The Blaine Bridge, which spans the Wisconsin River between Grant and Crawford Counties, is the gateway to one of the most beautiful and pristine regions of the state.

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BLUE RIVER

Blue River is located just south of the Wisconsin River, along Highway 133. Blue River is a quiet place to raise your family and retire in. There is a well maintained park with three shelters, wonderful playground equipment for the children, a baseball field where you can usually catch a game by the Riverdale Little League or the 4-H club. We have two churches in our community The Gospel Hall and The Blue River United Methodist Church, which is over 100 years old. The Blue River Museum (a one-room schoolhouse built in 1866) is open on the third Sunday of each month from 2-4p.m.


GRANT COUNTY June through August, or by appointment. On the third weekend in August, the village holds Autumn Fest Weekend, filled with ball games, tractor pulls, horse shoe pitching, and a host of other events for the entire family. We invite you to join us and find out why we are the Heart of the Lower Wisconsin.

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CASSVILLE

Cassville, a Mississippi River village along Wisconsin’s Great River Road, is nestled under the bluffs and along the banks of the Mississippi River in a setting of nature’s splendor. Travel here by scenic county roads, or ride the Cassville car ferry, seasonal operation June through October. From bald-eagle watching in January and February to beautiful fall color in October, there is something to enchant every visitor any time of the year. Cassville offers all kinds of river recreation, hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, and hunting. Nelson Dewey State Park, named for Wisconsin’s first governor, is located nearby, along with the Stonefield Historic Site, featuring the Governor Nelson Dewey home site, the State Agricultural Museum, a 1900 farmstead, and a 1900 village.

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CUBA CITY

Cuba City is located on Highway 80 in southwest Grant County on the county line with Lafayette County, just north

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of the Illinois and Iowa state borders. A bicentennial project in 1975-76—a presidential silhouette of each president, the state they were born in, and their time spent in office—has adorned each light pole in the downtown business district along with an American flag. The presidential plaques have been updated a few times with the help of local businesses and organizations. The Chamber of Commerce put this theme to work in 1993 by adopting it as the official motto for the city: “The City of Presidents.” The motto was then painted on the water tower; a few years later new entrance signs were erected on the entrances to the city depicting the motto. While in Cuba City, visit the newly remodeled Veterans Memorial Park, where a list of all area veterans’ names are depicted—from the Spanish American War through the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also, stop by the newest park in Cuba City, the Presidential Courtyard, located on Main Street, complete with a vintage restored caboose, a railroad workman’s car, a railroad signal, and a gazebo which is a great picture-taking site. These are a few of the ways the motto was put to work for the city. To solidify this claim, the 43rd President of these United States of America, George W. Bush, passed through twice in his bid for re-election in 2004. On his second trip through, he stopped at the high school and gave an impressive speech to students and the general public during a standing-room-only historical event. A trip through Cuba City would not be complete without stopping at some of the local businesses. If you are into antique shopping, there are four antique malls for your exploring pleasure, as well as gift and craft shops. If you are hungry, there are many

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solutions for that in the pubs and eateries. If it’s golf you’re looking for, Cuba City boasts a beautiful 9-hole public golf course at Cole Acres Golf Course. They are located on the east side of the city. But many visitors find the award-winning cheese factory and meat plant a reason to return to Cuba City after tasting some of the products featured by these two businesses.

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DICKEYVILLE

Dickeyville is home to the famous Dickeyville Grotto, which is located on the grounds of the Holy Ghost Church. The grotto and religious and patriotic shrines were built by Father Mathias Wenerus and dedicated on September 14, 1930, in the presence of nearly 10,000 people. The grotto, shrines, and gardens are always open to the public, and donations are requested and appreciated to offset upkeep and maintenance of the grotto and shrines.

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FENNIMORE

The wooded ridges and farmland valleys surrounding Fennimore are a sportsman’s dream. Springs band together to form trout streams, such as the nationally famous Big Green River, the Little Green River, the Blue

THE GROTTO Religious and Patriotic Shrines Gift Shop Open 9:30 a.m. Daily April thru October 608-568-3119 www.dickeyvillegrotto.com 305 W. Main Street, Hwy. 151, 35 & 61 Dickeyville, WI 53808 Builder Rev. Mathias Wernerus

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River, and Crooked Creek, as well as the pioneering catch-and-release trout fishing sections of Castle Rock Creek.

Grant County Courthouse, Lancaster

Fennimore is also home to two charming museums: The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum & Gift Shoppe and the Fennimore Historical Railroad Museum; these cultural attractions offer something for everyone. After shopping, you can eat at one of the unique eating places. Fennimore’s 45-acre nature park offers visitors a glimpse of native trees and flowers, with a wide variety of birds available for birdlovers to view. Three miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails entwine the park which also has RV parking.

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Another historical landmark in Lancaster is the City Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. This striking building is an example of prairie-style architecture, popular in the early 1900s. Visitors can see many beautiful older homes with architectural styles ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright to Queen Anne.

HAZEL GREEN

Established in 1824, Hazel Green is Wisconsin’s “Point of Beginning”—the place where the land survey began in 1831. Just outside of town lies the Point of Beginning Historical Marker. Many of Hazel Green’s historic buildings remain, including the Wisconsin House (1846) and the Opera House/Town Hall (1898).

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of the courthouse contain statues and monuments attesting to the rich history of the area.

LANCASTER

Lancaster is situated in an area known for its rolling hills and picturesque valleys and home to the Grant County Fair in August. Check the website grantcountyfairwi.org. The county fairgrounds also hosts a number

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LIVINGSTON

Livingston was established in 1880, when the railroad was routed through the area. Many of the older houses in Livingston were moved in from the Cokersville mines in the 1920s, and the two churches in town are each over 125 years old. Livingston is located a short drive from some of the best trout fishing streams in southwest Wisconsin as well as three very good lakes for fishing located at Blackhawk Lake Park and Governor Dodge State Park.

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Although it is a small community of just over 600 residents, Livingston is home to four different parks equipped with playgrounds, several large shelter houses with utilities, a veterans’ and local citizens’ memorial, gazebos, and ball diamonds.

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Held each June the weekend after Father’s Day, the Livingston Festival has been an annual tradition for over 40 years. In

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Relax and enjoy our beautiful hills and valleys Annual Morel Mushroom Festival held the weekend after Mother's Day Campground reservations, call 608-739-2924 General information, call 608-739-3182 e-mail cljohnson@wppienergy.org • internet muscoda.com

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GRANT COUNTY previous years, the festival featured a battle of the bands, bed races, fireworks, car show, parade, chicken BBQ, children’s rides and games, as well as other events. While visiting Livingston, there are several places to get a bite to eat. Rebel’s Supper Club on Main Street serves noon lunches and dinner specials Wednesday through Sunday. You’ll also find J’s Bar on Main Street and the Friendly Place Mobile Station and convenience store on Highway 80. Check out the meteorite on the water tower, a reminder of the meteorite that landed close to Livingston in 2010.

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MUSCODA

Located on the Lower Wisconsin River, Muscoda offers a beautiful prairie that includes a wide variety of native grasses and wildflowers. A walking path connects the prairie with the Victora Riverside Park & Campground, complete with electric hookups and dumping station. Adjacent to the campground is a playground, three picnic pavilions, and a gazebo overlooking the scenic river. Also available is a nicely paved boat landing. There are several backwater lakes to fish summer and winter and to view the beautiful waterfowl. Within walking distance, there is plenty to do. Enjoy a swimming pool facility, tennis courts, outdoor volleyball, horseshoes, ball fields, and a new track for you to exercise. While in Muscoda, stop by the home of renowned metal sculptor Tom Nelson, try fine cheese at our local cheese factory, visit our many merchants, and enjoy fine dining. Be sure to take part in the Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival, held annually the weekend after Mother’s Day. There is

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something for everyone at the festival, including buying and selling morels, and sampling them already prepared. Visit muscoda.com for festival details and for more information about Muscoda.

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MONTFORT

Montfort is located on Highway 18 and State Highway 80, east of Fennimore, situated among the rolling hills and strips of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa fields. The Montfort Wind Farm provides visitors an enchanting look at these white sculptures rhythmically moving across the landscape turning wind power into electrical energy.

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This small town has a friendly atmosphere and an array of businesses, including the Rural Route 1 Popcorn outlet and gift shop, the blue cheese factory, the restaurant, bar, and bowling alley. The village of Montfort hosts a VFW chicken BBQ and parade the first weekend in June.

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Outdoorsmen will love this area with its trout streams, deer, wild turkey, and other game. Blackhawk Lake and campground is just a 20-minute drive north of town.

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PLATTEVILLE

Platteville is a picturesque community nestled among the unglaciated rolling hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. With a population of nearly 10,000, it is one of the most rapidly growing areas of the region. Activities such as UW-Platteville Center of the Arts’ Heartland Festival, Dairy Days, the annual Historic Encampment, and many recreational activities make Platteville a destination for visitors throughout the year. A beautiful family aquatic center, complete with 150-foot waterslide and a first class

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18-hole golf course, offer a variety of activities for the traveler. Other definite attractions in the city are the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums and the Stone Cottage, a home built in 1837 by Rev. Samuel Mitchell, one of the first settlers in Platteville. Platteville is also home to the world’s largest “M” and was the #1 choice for Disney Corporation when it brought its first-ever “Mickey’s Hometown Parade” to Platteville in 1998.

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(608) 943-8525 15040 Shemak Rd | Muscoda, WI 53573

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Whispering Bluffs Winery

you can enjoy bird watching from a viewing platform. Over 270 species of birds have been counted in this area.

Wine Tasting • Cheese Gourmet Coffee • Chocolate • Gifts

Visit Potosi-Tennyson events and festivals. Potosi Brewery Brewfest is held the fourth Saturday of August. More details on these events can be found at potosibrewery.com.

608.763.2468 196 1/2 S. Main St., Potosi Email: whisperingbluffs@tds.net whisperingbluffswinery.com See us on Facebook Check Facebook for winter and summer hours.

great wines, chocolates, gourmet coffees, and gift items. The winery is located across the street from the brewery. If you are looking for a place to camp, try the Grant River Recreation Area. This 73-campsite park is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is located on the Mississippi River. Pine Point Lodging offers cabins to rent close to the Mississippi. The Potosi Point is a finger of land extending 0.6 miles into the Mississippi River where

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The Potosi-Tennyson area is steeped in history and beauty. Located along the Great River Road in southwest Wisconsin, the two communities date back to the lead mining days of the 1830s and 1840s. The National Brewery Museum, opened to the public in July 2008, is located in the restored 1852 Potosi Brewery. Thousands of people visit the museum, library, microbrewery, restaurant, Great River Road Interpretive Center, and gift shop each year. The Potosi Brewing Company production facility brings large capacity brewing back to Potosi with craft beers produced, bottled, canned or kegged in this state-of-the-art facility. For tour information check the Potosi Brewery website potosibrewery.com. The “Catfish Capital of Wisconsin” awaits you with fishing, bird watching, boating, snowmobiling, camping, hunting, canoeing, tubing, and much more. The Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art displays works by noted artists. Whispering Bluffs Winery offers

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The Potosi Firemen’s catfish festival is the second weekend in August. While there visit the memorial honoring the men and women who have served our country and communities proudly. For more information on the Potosi-Tennyson area businesses and events visit potosiwisconsin.com.

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Sinsinawa Mound has been the home of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters for over 150 years. This order of religious women was founded by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli in 1847, and since that time the Mound has served as an educational and cultural landmark within Grant County. Today, Sinsinawa Mound hosts retreats and meetings for small or large groups, and continues to promote culture and education through its many ministries.


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Fennimore Chamber & Economic Development 800-822-1131 • FENNIMORE.COM

Variety of Dining and Lodging options | Home to Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum Fennimore Historical Railroad Museum | 45-acre Oakwood Nature Park & Disc Golf Course World Class Trout Streams | Turkey & Deer Hunting | Home of Southwest WI Technical College Fennimore serves as a great base camp for your explorations of SW Wisconsin. Known as the Crossroads of SW Wisconsin with major Highway 18 & 61 gives travelers easy access to nearby communities and attractions. Fennimore boosts more than 100 miles of world-class trout streams within a 10 mile radius of the community. Fennimore is home to the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum and Fennimore Historical Railroad Society

both are open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. A variety of dining and lodging options are offered. The Dinky bike trail begins at the Railroad Museum and travels the roadway near the historic narrow gauge rail line to Woodman, Wisconsin. Fennimore is home to Southwest Tech College which offers state of the art classes on a full-time, part-time or online basis www.swtc.edu Fennimore Community Schools is an outstanding K-12 School System, offering quality education and diverse opportunities to students and is the school of choice for many in the region. The Fennimore countryside is surrounded by hills and valleys in what is often referred to as the Driftless Area. These wooded ridges and farmland valleys delight outdoor sports enthusiasts. We invite you to visit us for a day or stay a lifetime.

Fabric • Notions • Yarn • Janome Over 5,000 bolts of quality quilting cotton fabric 4420 US Hwy 18 E., Fennimore, WI 53809 | 608.822.6822

April - November 10 am - 5 pm Wednesday - Sunday December - March 10 am - 5 pm Friday - Sunday 13541 Blue School Road, Fennimore

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Boscobel Chamber of Commerce 800 Wisconsin Avenue • Boscobel, WI 53805 • 608.375.2672 • visitboscobel.com • chamber@visitboscobel.com Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Hiking Trails, Depot Museum, GAR Historical Hall, Wild Turkey Capital of Wisconsin, Beautiful Parks for Picnics and Family Reunions.

June Boscobel Extravaganza & Car Show, Antique Tractor Pull July 4th Run/Walk Event, Large Fireworks Display September Fly In Breakfast, ICC Chicken BBQ

Boscobel Bowl & Banquet Call Ahead Orders Welcome • Gas • Diesel • Car Wash

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Fennimore’s Best Kept Secret

Fenmore Hills Hotel

3 miles west of Fennimore on Hwy 18 PETS WELCOME 5821 US Hwy 18 West Fennimore, WI 53809 608.822.3281 fenmorehillsmotel.com

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on Petenwell Lake. Power dams on the Wisconsin River created both Castle Rock and Petenwell Lakes, the second largest inland lake in Wisconsin. Retrace the drive back to Hwy 21, turning right. Follow Hwy 21 west to Hwy G north. This time your destination is Wilderness County Park on Petenwell Lake for more camping, fishing, swimming, and boating. Upon leaving the park, take Hwy G (left) back to Hwy 21 west (right) to go into Necedah.

From spectacular sunrises over Castle Rock Lake to calm canoeing on the crooked river of The Kickapoo, we invite you to enjoy serene summers, vibrant fall colors, and the winter playground of the lakes, trails, and streams region of Hidden Valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin. Activities for the entire family include swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling for all to enjoy! We begin the adventure at the Lyndon Station exit of I-90/94 in Juneau County, which was once an Irish settlement. Hwy HH north is the route to pursue, which encompasses the juncture of Lemonweir River and Wisconsin River. There are several locations to plunge right into fun. Turning left onto Hwy 82, we now head west toward Mauston. Along this major route, no matter what season it may be, there is horseback riding or sleigh rides along the Lemonweir River at Red Ridge Ranch and breakfast on the trail at Woodside Ranch. Refueling your body and your car, continue on 82 west and turn right at the corner of The Bank of Mauston, just one block before the intersection of Hwy 82 & 58. Several blocks down, is a four way stop sign, turn right. This leaves Mauston on Hwy G, which has several sharp curvy turns with plenty of scenic countryside between them. At the next four way stop sign, Hwy G continues to the right followed by another

sharp curve. The intersection after that has Hwy HH and Hwy G coming together at Castle Rock Hideaway. Going straight leads you to fourth largest inland lake in Wisconsin of Castle Rock Lake. Castle Rock Park hosts fireworks, food, and family fun as it celebrates Waterfest the 1st Saturday in August. After enjoying the park, turn right onto Hwy G heading west. There are campgrounds, boat landings & restaurants along the lake. Turn right onto 17th street and continue on as the road curves to the left and becomes 37th street, which will take you to Hwy 58. At Hwy 58 turn right to head north and then right again at the next junction, Hwy G, to Buckhorn State Park. Crossing the Buckhorn Bridge provides safe passage toward the state park. Stay and enjoy the park area awhile before turning right out of Buckhorn. Then follow Hwy G winding its way several miles towards Hwy 21 in Necedah. If turning left on Hwy 21, go approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This is the home of the Whooping Cranes, Karner Blue Butterfly, Blanding turtles, and Trumpeter swans. If at Hwy 21 you turn right, you will cross over the Wisconsin River to go to the wayside for picnicking, boat launching, fishing, or just a rest stop. Petenwell Rock can be seen looking across the river. Leaving the wayside, cross over the Wisconsin River again and take the first right turn (19th street), then right again on 18th. This takes you to Petenwell Dam

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Before heading north on Hwy 80, turn left for Hwy 80 South and take time to explore the 1865 house that was almost demolished 15 years ago but now hosts The Red Hen Antiques. It is filled with many interesting old fashion items including a picture of one of the original owners of the house. Tea and coffee weekends are scheduled for early spring and late fall. Continuing on Hwy 80 north to the Sprague, Finley, Mather area, turn left at the Wilderness Inn Bar & Grill to go thru part of the Sprague Mather Flowage in the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge has various educational events including the National Crane Count all year long. When you get to Hwy H, turn left to get to the Eagles Nest Flowage for more water sports and fun. Hwy H south is a countryside drive into Camp Douglas, the start of the Omaha Bike Trail. Leave Camp Douglas headed west on Hwy 12 & 16 to Mill Bluff State Park. The village of Oakdale is next with the Antique Mall. Continuing on brings you into Tomah to the famous European Café. Great place to take a break and check out some Amish goods. Cross over Superior Avenue following Hwy 16 towards Tomah Recreation Park. Make a right turn onto Butts Avenue to get to Winnebago Park. The City of Tomah’s Recreation Trail winds through Winnebago Park, Veteran’s Park, and Butts Park. For more information, contact the Tomah Area Chamber at 800.948.6624. Backtrack on Butts Avenue to Hwy 16 to continue this adventure headed west toward Sparta. In Sparta, walking or bicycling the 32-mile Elroy-Sparta National Bike Trail is a great adventure for the entire family to enjoy the scenery along the La Crosse River or Beaver Creek. Leaving Sparta via its downtown may bring shopping adventures to a new level with


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the unique stores and historical buildings. Definitely a must see before traveling on Hwy 27 south to Cashton, “the heart of Amish Country.” Cashton has panoramic views of the hills and valleys throughout the Amish community. Staying on Hwy 27, continue into Westby where there is “always a big Velkommen waiting for you!” Westby celebrates its Scandinavian heritage in all seasons with annual Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournaments and Syttende Mai Festival in spring. Westby has over 200 miles of trout steams as well as paved biking roads, handcrafted Amish furniture, and studios run by local artists. Hwy 27 then takes you into Viroqua, “the heart of Vernon County.” Viroqua’s Wild West Days of rodeos, civil war encampments, and a cattle drive enhance the variety of commerce in Viroqua’s historic downtown. Viroqua is definitely worth more than a day to drive through. When you are ready to move on, take Hwy 82 east headed for La Farge which lies along the Kickapoo River adjacent to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Hwy F runs through the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and gets you into Wildcat State Park. Hwy 33 west then takes you from Wildcat State Park to canoeing, tubing or kayaking on the Kickapoo River north of La Farge in Ontario. From Ontario, travel north on Hwy 131 into Wilton for more biking adventures or even to stop at Dorset Valley School Restaurant and Bakery further down the road before heading east to Kendall on Hwy 71. Kendall is the headquarters for the Elroy Sparta Trail. Leaving Kendall, take a leisurely back road route of Hwy W to Hwy WW to get into Hillsboro. Hillsboro is the “Czech Capital of Wisconsin” and is the trailhead for new rails to trails bikeway. The seven mile route follows the West Branch of the Baraboo River and crosses several times on wooden bridges to link up with the 400 State Bicycle Trail in Union Center. Hwy 82 east (running with Hwy 80) exits Hillsboro and brings the journey into Union Center. Go straight on Hwy 33 east going into Wonewoc. The 400 State Bicycling Trail runs through Wonewoc where specialty shops, a bakery, and Beyond Boundaries canoe/kayak/bike rentals are located in the historic old Taig’s Feed Mill. Wonewoc is the midpoint on the 400 State Bike Trail. Fine dining can be experienced just east

of Wonewoc on Hwy 33 at Club Chaparral and shopping in historic Wonewoc. Return on 33 west to Union Center and take a right onto Hwy 82/80. Union Center is located on the 400 State Bike. Continue on 82/80 to the right, heading for Elroy—home of former governor Tommy Thompson. Elroy is the hub for bicycling, as it lies where 3 bicycle trails come together; Omaha Trail between Elroy and Camp Douglas, the 400 State Trail connecting Elroy with Reedsburg, and the Elroy-Sparta Trail. Leaving Elroy, Fertile Grounds Cave provides tasty food to take you on Hwy 80 north out of Elroy onto Junction H. This scenic and leisurely route brings you into “the one and only” Hustler. Hustler not only hosts a section of the Omaha Trail but also, Hustlerfest held the last weekend in August. There is lots of food, including Friday night fish frys at the Hooterbowl, Tuesday steak & shrimp at Hustle Inn. Now on Hwy A, head east toward New Lisbon for more festival fun. Dine at The Opera House, (great homemade pizza). Walk along the Lemonweir River (river of memories) at Riverside Park. Wa Da Shu Da Days is held at the park the beginning of July. Camping is available at Riverside Park as well as Kennedy Park on Hwy M. Also on Hwy M is the seven miles of Oak Ridge Trail, great for cross country skiing. Historic Indian relics can be viewed in Raabes Pharmacy or New Lisbon’s Public Library. Effigy mounds are located east of

New Lisbon on Hwy 12 & 16. A mile further east brings you to the Burr Oak Winery which hosts a spring festival at the winery the last weekend in April and a fall harvest the weekend after Labor Day. Continuing past the winery is the New Lisbon-Mauston airport where Juneau County EAA offers a Pancake Breakfast Fly-in every Labor Day Saturday. After a few miles, stop in Mauston to take a walk by the river flowing behind the beautiful Hatch Library. Enjoy delicious lunch specials Beyond the Daily Grind. On summer Saturdays you’ll find the Farmers Market. Continuing east on Hwy 12/16, Carr Valley Cheese also offers tasty treats as you head back into Lyndon Station. Whether for camping, biking, train rides, or paintball, this route also takes you to the borderline of the Dells with Rocky Arbor State Park. Just before the park, turn left to get to The Riverside and Great Northern Railway where 15” gauge steam locomotives take you through picturesque woods. Hikers, cyclists, trail riders, naturalists, birders, bikers, boaters, swimmers, waterskiers, canoeists, hunters, anglers, crosscountry skiers, and snowmobilers can all enjoy two of Wisconsin’s largest inland lakes; as well as the numerous trails, the abundant wildlife, the thousands of acres of parks, and the lakes, trails, and streams of southwestern Wisconsin’s Hidden Valleys.

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Welcome to Monroe County Don’t Miss... • Cranberry Country • Elroy-Sparta & La Crosse River State Trails • Monroe County Museum •W  isconsin Cranberry Discovery Center • Wegner Grotto • The Amish • Fort McCoy • World’s Largest Bicycle • Tomah Historical Museum • Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum • Little Falls Railroad & Doll Museum

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Monroe County offers visitors a variety of contrasts in each of the four seasons. Historic bike trails with cavernous tunnels, an Amish community, thousands of acres of cranberries, Fort McCoy, numerous museums, and great hunting and fishing opportunities lure visitors from across the nation to Monroe County. Visit the Monroe County Museum and the Tomah Historical Museum to check out our rich history. We boast seven museums where you can explore dolls, railroads, cranberries, Fort McCoy, Astronaut Deke Slayton, space, bicycles, and so much more. The people in our communities work hard for a living and enjoy the quality of life that our area provides for a good family “country style” of life. It’s not only the beauty of our land, but the people that make the place.

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Nestled in the rolling hills is the community of Kendall, incorporated as a village in 1894, growing from a railroad community to a farming community.   The former Chicago and North Western railroad bed is now the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, serving thousands of hikers, bikers, and snowmobilers throughout the year.  Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the scenic Baraboo River, which flows through the village park. Trail headquarters is the restored Kendall Depot, which offers specific information about the trail, bike rental, and shuttle service.  The Kendall area has an active arts community. The Colors of Kendall, held

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the second Saturday in October, features the Autumn Ridge Art Tour and local producers. The towns along the trail welcome bicyclists with open arms.  They offer food, refreshments, and plenty of places to stop and rest. 

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WILTON Wilton is a small, picturesque farming community located at the headwaters of the Kickapoo River and at the middle of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail.  Gentle rolling hills lend the area a charm all its own. Wilton Wood Turtle Days is a celebration held annually on the first weekend in August.  It features a 5K run, fantastic fireworks show, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, arts and crafts display, parade, water fights, and fun for the whole family. The Wilton Lions Club members serve up a tasty pancake breakfast each Sunday morning in the summertime in the Wilton Village Park Campground, located only five blocks from the bike trail.  Tunnel Trail Campground lies next to the bike path and offers visitors a swimming pool, bike rentals, mini golf, and a repair shop. Wilton offers visitors several restaurants, a small hotel, and several bed and breakfast establishments.


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NORWALK The community of Norwalk welcomes visitors with open arms.  The community has several restaurants and the ElroySparta Bike Trail winds through a beautiful community park, which offers relaxation and camping. Norwalk hosts a National Tractor Pull Association Region 3 pull the second full weekend in August. A local truck and tractor pull is held on Sunday. Come and enjoy the Friday fish fry, Saturday steak fry, and Sunday charcoal chicken.

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FORT MCCOY Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. The installation, which was established in 1909, is named after Major General Robert Bruce McCoy. The son of a Civil War captain, McCoy was a prominent local resident who served as a lawyer, district attorney, county judge, and mayor of neighboring Sparta, while also serving 31 years in the Wisconsin National Guard. The installation offers year-round recreational opportunities at Pine View Campground

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and Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. Both areas are open to the public. Pine View features picnic and playground areas (one handicapped accessible), a campground with a camp store, lodging units, a recreational-equipment checkout center, miniature golf, hiking trails, and a beach. Winter enthusiasts can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding at Whitetail Ridge. The Whitetail Ridge Chalet provides an indoor respite. In addition to providing a break from the cold, the family area of the facility serves a variety of food and beverages and has large windows allowing views of the activities outdoors. Tactics Paintball and Laser Tag are also located at Whitetail Ridge. Hunting and fishing opportunities are offered to military (active and retired) and their dependents, government employees, and the general public. Appropriate Fort McCoy permits and State of Wisconsin licenses are required. More information can be found on the Fort McCoy public website: mccoy.army.mil/Visitors/FishHuntInfo.asp. Tours of Fort McCoy’s award-winning Commemorative Area are available to the

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Wilton & Kendall – All along the Elroy-Sparta Trail Dorset Valley School

Restaurant & Bakery • (608) 435-6876 Delicious Home Cooking  •  Freshly Baked Daily Mon.-Thurs. Amish Furniture 8 am-8 pm & Original Local Crafts Fri.-Sat.

Bed Frames, Hutches, Tables, Chests Bedroom Pieces, Custom Orders Available

8 am-9 pm Sun. 8 am-2 pm

Now offering Gourmet Coffees & Smoothies! 608-387-4878

Trail-Side B&B 608-435-6525

26147 State Highway 71, Wilton 888-435-6525 • www.trailsidebnb.com

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The Wilton Village Campground Just 5 blocks from the trail.

Located on the banks of the Kickapoo River. Swimming Pool, Bathhouse, Electric/Water/Dump Station

For camping information 608-435-6666 No Reservations Taken www.villageofwiltoncampground.com email us at villageofwilton@centurytel.net

 Village of Kendall

Headquarters of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Glenwood Park in downtown Kendall features a bathhouse with showers and restrooms, volleyball courts, baseball diamond, basketball court, and playground. Fish the Baraboo River. Wilderness camping available. Village Clerk, PO Box 216, Kendall, WI 54638

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Family Owned & (best time to call is before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.) Operated  • Cozy (608) 435-6685 A/C  • Cable P.O. Box 296 •  Wilton, WI 54670  •  www.mid-trail-motel.com

26983 State Hwy. 71 Wilton

(608) 435-6829 On the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail

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gomonroecounty.com Armed Forces Day. This is an excellent time to visit—no appointment required! All Commemorative Area buildings are open and many special activities are scheduled. Visit mccoy.army.mil to learn more about Fort McCoy and its rich history.

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OAKDALE Tall bluffs rise abruptly from the flat plains surrounding Oakdale, gateway to Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Mill Bluff State Park offers opportunities to picnic, swim, and camp. Oakdale has a new pedestrian path from County PP (by Granger’s Campground) that goes to County NN (by the elementary school). It is open year-round.

n public, free of charge. The Commemorative Area consists of the History Center, five World War II-era buildings (open seasonally April through October), the Equipment Park, and Veterans Plaza. Tours of the area can be arranged for groups of 15 or more Monday through Friday by appointment. To schedule a tour, contact the Public Affairs Office at 608.388.2407 or send an

email to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.list .pao-admin@mail.mil. Guided, narrated bus tours of the installation are also available for groups that arrive by bus. These tours can be paired with a Commemorative Area visit for a complete experience. A self-guided driving tour is also available daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for individuals or smaller groups. A self-guided driving tour brochure can be picked up at the Main Gate or by contacting the Public Affairs Office. Each year, Fort McCoy typically hosts its Open House the third Saturday in May,

Leon Valley Campground Enjoy a peaceful, quiet vacation nestled in the hills of Hidden Valley Country.

Sparta exit 25 I-90. Take Hwy. 27 S. 31⁄2 miles to Leon. In Leon, E. on Jancing Ave., 1 mile on left. •  Near 2 state bike trails, canoeing, fishing •  Spotless showers & bathrooms •  Heated pool  •  Playground & game room •  Campstore, snackbar, pavilion  •  Cabin rental •  Spacious wooded sites for Campers or Tents •  20-30-50 amp. electric hookup •  Planned weekend activities 9050 Jancing Ave., Sparta, WI 54656 www.leonvalleycampground.com leonvalley@centurytel.net

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CATARACT Nestled in the countryside just outside of Cataract is the Wegner Grotto.  Paul and Matilda Wegner developed this grassroots art environment of glass and pottery shards in concrete in the late 1920s to early 1930s. A chapel, known locally as the glass church, animals, a peace star, peace garden, and replicas of their 50th anniversary cake, and of the Bremen, the ship they came to America on, are part of the many structures you’ll see. The Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum is located just two miles east of Cataract on Hwy II.  Hundreds of dolls from the 1800s to the present-day Barbies are displayed throughout the museum.  The railroad museum features three operating layouts, including a garden railroad, and for children there is an outdoor train ride.  A large library of photos, books, videos, and railroad art retell the story of railroad history.  The Cataract Sportsman’s Club holds its annual field days the weekend after Labor Day.  The event features many activities for the entire family: clay shooting, archery and shooting sports contests, softball tournament, games, music, and great food.

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MONROE COUNTY stagecoaches heading north to Sparta and other cities. Almost entirely surrounded by the beautiful coulees of the Driftless region, Cashton is located just off of I-90 and within 30 minutes of Sparta, Viroqua, and LaCrosse. Highways 27 and 33 provide easy access to the Cashton area. Enjoy the peace and quiet of small-town America in Cashton. Front Street and Main Street take you on a ride through historic downtown Cashton. Cashton has a beautiful park, award-winning schools, healthcare access, and affordable opportunities for highquality housing plus the safety and sense of community of a small village. Be careful of slow-moving horse-drawn wagons as you drive through Amish country along Highway 33. The Amish post signs advertising their wares: quilts, furniture, rugs, and baked items. The Amish do not sell on Sundays. A cheese factory, Amish tour service, several restaurants, organic farms, and many local artists’ wares can be found throughout the region. Saint Mary’s Church, located at the highest point of St. Mary’s Ridge just northeast of Cashton, was built more than 100 years ago. Follow Highway 33 east from Cashton to the Village of Ontario, Kickapoo River, and Wildcat Mountain State Park situated in the unglaciated area of Wisconsin known as Coulee Country. High bluffs and long, narrow valleys make this a spectacular scenic area.

1997.  The world’s largest bicycle was built by the FAST Corporation in Sparta. Sparta is host to the northern end of the famous 32-mile Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail and the eastern end of the 21.5-mile La Crosse River State Bike Trail. Each of these trails hooks up with additional state bike trails, offering the bicycle enthusiast more than 100 miles of biking pleasure. The Elroy-Sparta Trail boasts three cavernous tunnels and more than 30 trestles for the bike enthusiast to enjoy. Area businesses offer bike rentals, shuttle services to all trails, and sales and repair. A bridge erected in 2002 gives bicyclists, pedestrians, and snowmobilers a safe and scenic connection between the Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River Trails. Sparta is the county seat and home to the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum. The museum features  permanent and changing exhibits that educate the public on the history and evolution of bicycling; explores Monroe County’s rich aviation history; and examines the life and career of Monroe County’s Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton, one of America’s first astronauts.

Engage History, Science & Art at Sparta’s Museums

Monroe County Museum www.monroecountyhistory.org

FAMILY FUN ü FREE ADMISSION 200 West Main Street, Sparta, WI Open Daily, Monday­-Saturday Call 608-269-8680 for more info

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Call (608) 269-0033 www.dekeslaytonmuseum.org • Wi-Fi • Best location in town! • Walking distance from dining, conveniences & the bike trail • Highest quality rooms for best value 303 West Wisconsin Street, Sparta 608-269-3066 • Res 800-201-0234 bestnightsinnmotel@gmail.com

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LEON Leon is a small community located three miles south of Sparta along Highway 27. In 2002 USA Today published an article stating Leon had an “alligator problem.” It was not true, but the fun loving residents of Leon decided to celebrate with a fun festival called “Gatorfest,” held the third weekend in August. It includes a laundry basket softball tournament and a standstill parade (where the people walk by the entries that are standing still). Leon boasts a beautiful community center which is available for rent all year long, a nearby campground, a tavern, and several businesses. n SPARTA Sparta was well known for the healing powers of its magnetic mineral waters. Sparta, the “bicycling capital of America,” is home to the world’s largest bicycle, a 30-foot-tall high wheeler bike with Ben Bikin’ riding on the structure, erected in

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Speed’s Bicycle Shop Rentals • Shuttles Special Group Rates

Repairs • Accessories Parts

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In June, Sparta celebrates “Butterfest,” a three-day event dedicated to the rich dairy industry in the area. The Butterfest agenda includes a carnival, flea market, golf and softball tournaments, a milking contest, quilt show, poker run, lots of live family entertainment, food, music, and a huge parade on Sunday. The Monroe County Local History Room Museum and Library includes a research room which houses the county newspapers up to 1990, all state and federal census information, as well as a cemetery card file on county gravestones. Photographs,

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maps, and many published books on Monroe County are available for research. The History Room is also Monroe County’s History Museum. Exhibits include pioneer history through modern times, illustrating farming, industry, and life in a typical home in past years. For more information visit bikesparta.com

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Tomah is truly Wisconsin’s “Cranberry Country” and the crossroads for westcentral Wisconsin. Our location, where the state’s interstate system (I-90/94) divides, makes us the perfect destination. Whether it’s a family vacation, reunion, business meeting, or if you just need to get away, Tomah’s your place. There’s something for every season: biking, hiking, fishing, boating, camping, golfing, snowmobiling, skiing, or shopping for unique Amish and cranberry items and antiques. The City of Tomah has 10 lodging properties offering over 635 rooms. Our lodging properties offer hot tub suites, indoor swimming pools, and an indoor aquatic center—all conveniently located by more than 20 area dining establishments. Enjoy meals from a simple cup of soup to steaks and seafood. Enjoy ethnic foods, such as Chinese or Mexican, meals with a European flair, or a great pizza. Numerous fast food options are available if you’re on the go. Or savor a meal created with locally grown cranberries. Looking to get back to nature? The Tomah area offers eight campgrounds. Whether you enjoy staying in an RV or prefer your tent, our area campgrounds offer all the amenities you need for a great camping trip. Looking to do a little hiking or bird watching

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during your trip? The Tomah Recreational Trail is located throughout Tomah, passing through many beautiful parks. It begins at Winnebago Park on Lake Tomah, winding north around the lake to the Lemonweir River. Follow the river northeast to Memorial Park, just off Superior Avenue. Once you hit North Glendale Avenue you head south along the east side of Tomah. The four-mile trail ends at Buckley Park, home to the Tomah Aquatic Center. The trail can be used for walking, biking, blading, or anything else. Be sure to visit Mill Bluff State Park, just to the east of Tomah; Wildcat Mountain State

Country & Primitive Home Decor • Cupboards Shelves • Signs • Candles • Linens • and much more!

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Wetherby

Cranberry Marsh

  Cranberry Harvest Bus Group Tours   Fresh Cranberries Available   Shipping of Cranberries in Season   Public Cranberry Harvest Day    Always

the first Saturday in October, 9 am-11 am

Located Just 6 Miles From I-94, Exit 135

608-378-4813

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45th Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival September 22-24, 2017

Photo opportunity during cranberrry harvest in Warrens

Parade at 2pm on Sunday Marsh Tours Friday & Saturday 8-3

cranfest@cranfest.com 350 Antique/Flea Market Booths 800 Art/Craft Booths www.cranfest.com 90 Food Booths 100 Farm Market Booths

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Cranberry Museum Gift Shop Ice Cream Parlor Open Daily May thru November

204 Main Street, Warrens Cranberry Blossom

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Park, located to the southwest of Tomah; or the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, also located east of the Tomah area. Learn more about the Amish families who reside in our county or how cranberries grow by taking a self-guided driving tour. The Amish Country Tour will take you past several Amish family farms. Watch for little signs at the end of their driveways offering goods for sale, such as quilts or rocking chairs. The Cranberry Country Tour will take you past several area cranberry marshes. Harvest season is normally the first three weeks in October. Both tours are a great way to see our fall foliage colors too!

Tomah offers great events, such as the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull, held annually in June and the Monroe County Fair held in July. For more information on the Tomah area or community events call the Tomah Visitors Bureau at 800.948.6624 or visit tomahwisconsin.com.

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Warrens, located in the northeast corner of Monroe County, has the largest concentration of cranberry marshes in the area.  More than 3,700 acres of bright

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red berries are harvested every year.  Manufacturing companies in the area make the equipment for the cranberry industry.  Sphagnum moss is the area’s other atypical export.  The moss is commonly used for keeping plants and nursery stock alive.  Wisconsin is the only state that produces sphagnum moss commercially. McMullen County Park has wonderful camping opportunities. The 71-site park, located on 600 forested acres, offers secluded campsites, electrical and water hookups, restrooms, and showers. A 50acre fishing lake is part of the park. A threequarter-mile hiking trail goes around the bluff and wetlands area. Turkeys, hawks, Canada geese, osprey, and deer can be found in the park habitat. The Warrens Cranberry Festival is held in late September each year and brings more than 100,000 visitors to the area.  Highlights of the event include more than 1300 booths, featuring arts and crafts, a farmers market, antiques/flea market, and plenty of good food and cranberry products.   Cranberry marsh tours, recipe contests, music, and plenty of great food bring people back year after year for a great festival experience. The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center is dedicated to the Wisconsin cranberry industry, providing a historic and contemporary look at all aspects of the industry.  Browse the unique gift shop, which features cranberry products and cranberry glassware. The bakery and ice cream parlor atmosphere offer plenty of opportunities to try some delicious cranberry products. Wetherby Cranberry Marsh in Warrens offers cranberry marsh tours for individuals, and small and large groups. The first Saturday in October they host harvest tours in the morning. Fresh cranberries are available for sale at Wetherby’s, one of the only independent growers in the area. Ride the historic bike trails, step back in time with the Amish, tour Fort McCoy, visit our museums, and browse our unique specialty shops.  Come hunt, fish, bike, hike, ski, and snowmobile with us. Monroe County attractions welcome group motor coach tours.  For assistance in setting up tours and itineraries, call the Sparta Chamber at 800.354.2453 or Tomah Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800.948.6624.


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Junction 1-94 & Hwy 12 East, Exit #143, 1510 Eaton Ave - Tomah Toll Free 888.757.0044 www.cranberrycountrymall.com

Cranberry Country Mall, Art Gallery & Tomah Antique Mall

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Humbird Cheese I-94 & Hwy. 21, Exit 143 Tomah, Wisconsin 888-684-5353 www.humbirdcheese.com

Visit one of the Country’s Oldest Family-Owned Department Stores!

CELEBRATING 115 YEARS

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914 Superior Ave. • Tomah, WI 54660

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Nostalgic Variety Store • Silk Flowers • Prints Gifts • Tools • Mattress Sets • Furniture and so much more at Great Prices! Celebrating 17 Years in Business 1006 Superior Ave • 608.374.3404

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HOURS M-Sat 9-5 Sun 11-5 "Home of Juusto Cheese" Cheese Trays Gift Boxes Amish & Local Artisans Will Ship in U.S.

Home of Juusto, the award-winning baked cheese! Toll Free

608-654-7444 866-248-7444

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We make over 60 varieties of cheese. Gift boxes • Goat Cheese Organic Cheeses Amish Candy, Jams,Jellies and Preserves

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Open seven days a week at 1100 a.m. Daily lunch specials Monday-Friday Full Soup & Salad Bar (all you can eat) every day beginning at 4 p.m.

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Nightly Specials Monday Pasta Tuesday Chef’s Choice Wednesday BBQ Ribs Thursday Ribeye Friday All Day Fish Fry Saturday Prime Rib Sunday Steak & Shrimp Weekend reservations appreciated

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Cheese Country Driving Tour Of course the entire state of Wisconsin is famous for cheese. After football fans started wearing those yellow wedge-shaped foam hats in support of our favorite team, we became officially and affectionately known as “cheeseheads.” And we consider the nickname a compliment! Here in southern Wisconsin, we are also cheese eaters; cheese lovers; and, most importantly, cheesemakers. This tour along scenic back roads and over rolling hills also highlights history, outdoor recreation, and kid-friendly stops along the way. Another way to enjoy the scenery of Cheese Country is by taking an off-road trip on the Cheese Country Trail— a multi-use trail (popular with ATVs) running through Green, Lafayette, and Iowa Counties.

Driving Tour

Begin your tour of Cheese Country in BRODHEAD. Climb on your bicycle and ride just north of the city on the Sugar River Trail to the replica Clarence Covered Bridge. In addition to an engine and caboose, open for exploration, the Brodhead Depot Museum offers lots of local history. Brodhead Depot Museum, 1108 1st Center Avenue. 608.897.4150. Take Highway 11/81 west to Juda.

CHEESE STOPS n D  ecatur Dairy, Inc. W1668 Cty Rd F | 608.897.2777 n Maple Leaf Cheese Factory Outlet W2616 Hwy 11/81 | 608.934.1237 Continue west on Highway 11/81 to Monroe. MONROE – Start downtown on Monroe’s Historic Courthouse Square, an eclectic shopping district surrounding the majestic 1891 Green County Courthouse. Stop in for a Limburger-with-onion-on-rye sandwich at Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern. Just west of the square is the Monroe Arts Center, featuring performing arts and an exhibition gallery. Get a taste of Monroe’s Swiss history at Turner Hall, just two blocks south of the square.

CHEESE STOPS n A  lp and Dell Cheese | 657 2nd Street (intersection of Highway 69 south and Highway 11/81) | 608.328.3355 | FREE TOUR! Visit weekday mornings to see cheesemaking in action. n National Historic Cheesemaking Center & Imobersteg Farmstead Factory, 2018 6th Avenue. (Highway 69 South) tracing the path to fame as the epicenter of Wisconsin cheesemaking. n Minhas Craft Brewery, 1208 14th Avenue. 608.325.3191 | Take the “taster’s tour” and witness the brewing process at the nation’s second-oldest family-owned brewery. Beer, plus five fun flavors of premium sodas can be found in the Founder’s Tap Room. MONTICELLO – Stop along Highway 69 South and enjoy the view of Lake Montesian, or stroll through the Montesian Gardens, a community garden with blooms from spring til frost. Downtown Monticello offers several unique restaurants; be sure to check out the textile displays at the Dining Room at 209 Main.

CHEESE STOPS n S  ilver-Lewis Cheese W3075 Cty EE | 608.938.4813 n S  wiss Heritage Cheese, Inc. 114 E Coates Ave | 608.938.4455 NEW GLARUS “America’s Little Switzerland” Swiss immigrants admired the hilly region and decided to call it home in the 1840s. Take a glimpse into the lives of those early settlers at the Swiss Historical Village Museum. The entire village of New Glarus is a showcase of Swiss architecture and heritage. You’ll find several restaurants with ethnic specialties. Try fondue at the Glarner Stube, the New Glarus Hotel, or the Chalet Landhaus Restaurant. Taste many varieties of locally made cheese, including Braun Suisse Kase (made exclusively from the milk of Brown Swiss cows) downtown at Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate.

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FUN FOR KIDS! n S  wiss Historical Village Museum 612 7th Ave | 608.527.2317 n S  wissland Mini Golf | 700 Hwy 69 South 608.527.5605 | Travel on Hwy 39 west out of New Glarus. HOLLANDALE FREE TOUR! Nick Engelbert’s Grandview, located onehalf mile west of Hollandale on Highway 39, is a tribute to the artistic efforts of a man who created more than 40 concrete folk art sculptures in his yard. The quirky “monkey tree” is a tribute to the Engelbert family.

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ARENA – A giant mouse on the front lawn marks the home of Arena Cheese. Step inside to view the cheesemaking process and munch some squeaky fresh cheese curds. Further west on Highway 14, you’ll discover two farm markets. Heck’s Market Place is famous for their fall display of more than 8,000 pumpkins. Peck’s Farm Market offers loads of fresh produce, baked goods, and preserves. Kids love the petting zoo with all sizes and types of animals ranging from giant llamas to the tiniest of pygmy goats.

just south of Spring Green for areat view of the “Point of Infinity” at nearby House on the Rock.

SPRING GREEN is an artisan’s haven, with numerous shops and studios. Check out the Wisconsin Artists Showcase on South Washington Street, located in a restored 1900s Wisconsin cheese warehouse. If you’re hungry, locals heartily recommend the “Ms. Ruthie” sandwich at The Shed, named in honor of a bartender employed there for nearly three decades. Work off those calories on the long, steep climb up to the smelter house at nearby Tower Hill State Park. There you will discover how lead was melted, poured down the 180foot tower to the cool water below, and formed into lead shot in the mid-1800s.

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SCENIC VIEW! A short half hour ride on Highway 14 West to Highway 60 West to Highway 80 South will bring you into Muscoda where you will find Meister Cheese. For a return trip on the other side of the Wisconsin River, take Highway 133 East to Highway 130 North which brings you back to Highway 14. Take Highway 23

FUN FOR KIDS! Climb aboard the 1952 Boeing C-97 (Strato-Cruiser) at the Don Q Inn and check out the instrument panel in the cockpit or imagine trying to get a good night’s sleep on the “bunk beds.” The plane was used to transport troops and cargo during the Korean War. Look closely for the signature of actress Farah Fawcett, who autographed the plane when it was used for a car commercial.

n N  ordic Creamery | S2246 Langaard Lane, Westby | 608.634.3199 | Follow the signs off Hwy 14 between Westby and Coon Valley DODGEVILLE – namesake Henry Dodge, first Governor of the Wisconsin Territory. Built in 1859, the Iowa County Courthouse is the oldest continuously operating courthouse in the state. Satisfy your sweet tooth just down the street with a square ice cream cone at Corner Drug Store. You can even stop in to check your email in the lobby at the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce, 338 N. Iowa St. MINERAL POINT – “The place where Wisconsin began” is home to numerous artisan studios and galleries, plus an assortment of other shops featuring coffees, gifts, books, toys, and cheese. Stop for some traditional homemade Cornish fare or enjoy a sandwich at Pointer Cafe.

Travel on County K north from Hollandale, turn left on Langberry Road. BARNEVELD – You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see lush hillsides covered with grape vines. In addition to wine tasting and tours, Botham Vineyards has an expansive terrace perfect for picnic. They’ll help you pair a bottle of wine with some award winning locally made cheese. Continue north on County K, turn right on Mounds Park Road. SCENIC VIEW! Climb the observation towers at Blue Mound State Park for fantastic panoramic views of the area. Continue north on County K, turn left on Highway 14.

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n G  ile Cheese, 116 N. Main Street, Cuba City 608.744.3456, named Tri-State’s #1 Cheese Store, making 31 varieties of specialty cheeses. From Cuba City take County H east to County J. Travel on County J south through Benton to County W and east to New Diggings.

CHEESE STOP n H  ook’s Cheese, 320 Commerce Street, 608.987.3259 n M  ineral Point Opera House, 139 High Street, 608.987.2642. Current movies every weekend, plus special events all year. n M  ineral Point Railroad Museum, 11 Commerce Street, 608.987.2769. Oldest depot in Wisconsin, featuring many railroad artifacts. Open 10am4pm, Thursday through Sunday. n O  rchard Lawn/Gundry House Museum, 2 blocks east of the water tower on Madison Street, 608.987.2884. Guided tours June – September.

Take Highway 151 south from Mineral Point to Belmont. The First Capitol is located on County Road G. BELMONT - First capitol for the Wisconsin Territory in 1836. Take a drive through this tiny hamlet for a firsthand look at where a hardy group of fledgling legislators founded territorial Wisconsin’s government. Lawmakers huddled in the cold in the fall and winter of 1836 to build the framework of law and order that would evolve into the State of Wisconsin 12 years later. Stop in at Montchevre Cheese and try fresh goat cheese, goat brie, or chevre in blue.

CHEESE STOP n M  ontchevre-Betin, 330 Penn Street, Belmont, 608.762.5878 Take Highway 126 to Highway 81. Go east to Highway 80, then south to Cuba City.

NEW DIGGINGS – In 1824, the lead rush was on, and prospectors traveled up the Fever River from Galena, Illinois— the “old” diggings—to seek riches at the “new” diggings. Hard to believe, but in its heyday, New Diggings had more people than Chicago! Relax outside on the porch at Anton’s Bar, and discover what “supersize” really means as they grill up a Macho Burger. St. Augustine’s Church stands just as it did when Father Mazzuchelli gave mass, from the imported Italian sculptures, to the stained glass windows. Look closely at the right side of the altar for the secret passageway built into it for quick escapes in case of Indian attacks. Open Sundays May 31 through September, 1-4 p.m. or by appointment by calling 608.744.3438 or 608.854.2396. Take County W east to County O. Take County O north to Shullsburg. SHULLSBURG – Home to Shullsburg Cheese since 1938. The Irish town namesake comes from Jessie Shull, a fur trader and lead miner. Founded in 1827, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli platted the community and named the streets Friendship, Charity, Justice, Judgement, Mercy and Hope. The Water Street Business District is home to a diverse and eclectic group of shops, restaurants, and lodging establishments. FUN FOR KIDS! Gravity Hill. Drive south from Shullsburg past the water tower and check out this eyebrow-raising phenomena about one mile south on County Highway U. Stop your southbound vehicle next to the curve/25-mph sign. Put the vehicle in neutral, and roll backward UP the hill. Honest! (This is a public highway so watch for other vehicles.) Take Highway 11 east to Roelli Cheese, 15982 Road 11, 800.575.4372, an artisan cheese factory and retail store that has been in business for over 100 years. Turn

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left on Highway 23 north to Darlington. DARLINGTON – Lafayette County Courthouse, 627 Washington Street, 608.776.4171. Built in 1905, it holds the record as Wisconsin’s oldest active courthouse and features a rotunda made of Tiffany glass. Open weekdays 8 am430 pm. Lafayette County Historical Society Museum, 525 Main Street, 608.776.8340. The museum is noted for their original collection of paintings by Laverne Kammerude, depicting farm scenes and rural life in southwestern Wisconsin from 1910 to 1940. Open daily 1-4 pm, Memorial Day – Labor Day.

CHEESE STOP If you are interested in touring a cheese factory and local cheese producer… n B  runkow Cheese, 17975 Hwy F, will show you how cheese is made. Take Highway 81 east toward Argyle. Turn left on County N and follow to Lake Road. Turn left on Lake Road to Yellowstone Lake. ARGYLE - Visit Yellowstone Lake State Park, with fishing, swimming, and boating on the lake. Stop in for an ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar—a seasonal restaurant owned by Lafayette County Dairy Promotion. Partridge Hall/Star Theatre, 200 South State Street, 608.543.3960. Unusual bellshaped trim distinguishes this building (National Register of Historic Places) that once served as the town meeting place. Now a restaurant and antique store. Return to Monroe on Highway 81.


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Welcome to Crawford County Don’t Miss... • The Kickapoo River (One of the most crooked rivers in the world) • Prairie Villa Rendezvous • Soldiers Grove America’s First Solar Village • Gays Mills Orchards • The Mississippi River • The Wisconsin River • The Great River Road • Fort Crawford Museum •S  pring Fest and Folk Fest - Gays Mills • Rummage Along the River Stoddard, Genoa, Victory, De Soto, Ferryville, Lynxville, Seneca • Soldiers Grove Dairy Days

Crawford County should be savored and enjoyed, not hurried through. In this unglaciated county, roads follow the rhythm of the land, and farms and orchards are contoured around the twisting hills and valleys. There’s a wealth of opportunity for the hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, biking, and canoe enthusiast!

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The Mississippi River’s beauty in this area rivals the Rhine and surpasses the Hudson, giving the visitor a romantic thrill of having stepped into one of Mark Twain’s visions. From the bordering highways, one beholds an ever-changing panorama of wind-andwater carved rock formations and colorful bluffs. The rivers are filled with hundreds of wooded green islands and water concourses, challenging to the exploring boater or photographer. The Wisconsin River is a famous waterway that was the center of the bloody dispute over the Fox-Wisconsin river route that connected the Mississippi with the Great Lakes. The Wisconsin River delta is like an outstretched palm reaching for the Father of

Waters. Father Marquette and Jolliet viewed the mighty Mississippi from towering bluffs at this confluence. The Kickapoo River is one of the most crooked rivers in the world. Snaking its way 100 miles through the Kickapoo Valley, it covers a distance of only 33 linear miles. This river provides nature’s photographic wonderland, which can be viewed from the many highways that follow its winding path. One of the best views of the Kickapoo can be seen from the apple orchard road above Gays Mills. This river is an exciting adventure to the canoe travelers. This heartland of the Upper Mississippi River abounds with excellent fishing for pan and sports species. There are numerous launching ramps and several marinas with small boat and houseboat rentals. The backwaters of this area provide a meandering series of waterways into nature’s extravaganza. The area is renowned for hunting waterfowl, deer, grouse, squirrel, and rabbit. Fly fishing for trout on the many streams of Crawford County is yet another adventure to be had. The Driftless Area, with many trails, is a haven for the hiker. The back roads of the

• Prairie Dog Blues Festival Prairie du Chien • Kickapoo Stump Dodger Bash Gays Mills • Crawford County Fair - Gays Mills • Apple Festival - Gays Mills • Villa Louis Carriage Classic • Driftless Area Art Festival Soldiers Grove

area are ideal as bicycle ways. Bicycling the back roads and main roads of Crawford County is a growing interest, and we see more and more people touring on bikes. Some camp at Sugar Creek Campgrounds, Stump Dodger Campgrounds in Gays Mills, and at other sites. In a rural area of many nationalities, you are provided an unusual array of antiques with the antique stores of various styles being located along almost every byway. Rock and fossil collectors will find this a geological area of rich exploration. There are many exceptional supper clubs and restaurants in the region. The unusual and historic eateries include a grill and bar, deli, and fine family dining. Nationally and

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locally renowned quick food stands also balance the hunger needs of visitors to the area. The West begins in Crawford County, at the heart of the Upper Mississippi River bluff country, where you find a combination of scenery and history unsurpassed anywhere in the Midwest. The rich historical lore found here in the exploits and daring of men and women who made the Northwest is equally fascinating to the casual visitor or learned traveler. The first American flag flown on Wisconsin Territory was raised here on September 4, 1805, on the visit of Lieutenant Zebulon Pike to explore the Upper Mississippi.

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Located at the confluence of the Wisconsin River with the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien was of economic and military importance in the early 19th century. The British controlled the prairie and the Upper Mississippi Valley, along with the fur trade, until the close of the War of 1812. To establish the presence of the U.S. in the region, a chain of military forts was constructed: Fort Armstrong at Rock Island, Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, and Fort Snelling at the mouth of the Minnesota River. The first Fort Crawford was a log structure, constructed in 1816 by the U.S. Army. It was built in the Main Village, located in what is now St. Feriole Island. A series of floods in the 1820s forced the War Department to move Fort Crawford to the mainland of Prairie du Chien. In 1829 the second Fort Crawford was erected. Built of local limestone, the fort sat atop the highest ground, looking down on the Mississippi River. Stone barracks formed a quadrangle; outside the compound, a one story L-shaped hospital was built, facing south. Fort Crawford was staffed throughout the 1830s. Troops stationed at the fort were involved in the Black Hawk War and the construction of the military road from Prairie du Chien to Green Bay. Here, Dr. William Beaumont performed many of his experiments on Alexis St. Martin to determine how humans digest food.

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In the 1840s, Fort Crawford was abandoned. It was used as a recruiting station during the Mexican War and again during the Civil War.

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In 1872, the fort property was purchased by John Lawler, and he had a school for young women built where the barracks had once stood. The hospital fell into ruin and was often the subject for paintings executed by the students attending St. Mary’s Institute. The second Fort Crawford Hospital was first occupied in 1831, with Dr. William Beaumont as the first surgeon. Zachary Taylor, Jefferson Davis, and Chief Black Hawk are also associated with the second Fort Crawford. Some tireless DAR women bought the site in the 1920s, and in the 1930s it was reconstructed as a WPA project, with restoration completed in 1960. Since 1995, the museum has been owned and operated by the nonprofit Prairie du Chien Historical Society. The restored Fort Crawford Hospital contains exhibits on Dr. William Beaumont and his experiments, Fort Crawford, Black Hawk’s surrender, and the use of Fort Crawford as a recruiting station during the Civil War, and the Swift United States Army General Hospital, one of three Civil War hospitals in Wisconsin. An additional museum contains exhibits on the first railroad to cross Wisconsin, Mississippi River clamming and boating, and a special exhibit on the 200th anniversary of Fort Crawford. It is open daily 9 am to 4 pm as a museum from May through October. It is a National Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Villa Louis is a Victorian country estate with one of the nation’s finest collections of late 19th century decorative arts. Home of three generations of the Hercules L. Dousman family, the site today includes 25 acres of land on St. Feriole Island. The Dousman family rose to prominence during the last days of the Upper Mississippi Fur Trade. Through timely investments in farm lands, lumber, steamboats, and railroad stock they became prominent and wealthy leaders in the economic and social development of southwestern Wisconsin. Villa Louis also includes sites, structures, and exhibits pertaining to the French-Canadian Fur Trade, 1816 Fort Crawford, and the War of 1812 in Wisconsin. The Villa Louis Historic Site opens for the season in May and closes the end of October. Call 608.326.2721 for hours and days open.


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Prairie du Chien, French meaning  “Prairie of the Dog,” was named for a clan or family of Fox/Meskwaki who lived on the prairie. The name is unique and the only known community in the world so named. Long before the coming of the white men, the prairie was neutral ground where Indians met, most often to trade. It was claimed for France in 1673 by Marquette and Jolliet, who were the first white men to view the Upper Mississippi from the Wisconsin River. Nicolas Perrot established a fur depot (fort) in the 1680s and named it for his patron saint. The first known white settlers came in the 1770s. After the Revolutionary War, it was part of the Northwest Territory, the Indiana Territory, the Illinois Territory, the Michigan Territory, the Wisconsin Territory, and finally in 1848, the State of Wisconsin. Prairie du Chien was founded after Green Bay, which is the oldest European settlement in Wisconsin. American troops built Fort Shelby in 1814, and the British captured the fort in the same year. The first Fort Crawford was built in 1816 and the second in 1829. Chief Black Hawk surrendered to fort personnel and was imprisoned at the fort in 1832.

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is believed to have been constructed in 1843, five years before Wisconsin became a state. The jail was operational from that point on until the present jail was erected in 1896. A monument to Robert Lester, the Sheriff of Crawford County killed in the line of duty in 1844, when Wisconsin was still a territory, is located at the entrance to the Sheriff’s Department headquarters at the Courthouse. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, Prairie du Chien is a community of over 6,000 residents. Located along the Mississippi River and towering bluffs, the community offers unlimited recreational opportunities, scenic beauty, and historic sites. It has become a popular tourist destination in southwest Wisconsin. Unique shopping, a variety of dining, attractions for all ages, family-oriented annual events, plus over 40 lodging properties keep people coming back year after year. For tourism information, contact the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce/ Tourism Council, 211 S. Main, Prairie du Chien, 800.732.1673, or visit their website at prairieduchien.org

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The Gays Mills area is the center of the largest and most concentrated apple orchard area in the Tri-States. Mother’s Day Weekend is the date for the Annual Spring Festival. For up-to-date information on the dates of full bloom, call one of the orchards, or 608. 735.4810. The apple harvest starts with early apples in August, and continues through mid-October. Some apple salesrooms are open until Christmas. The Annual Gays Mills Apple Festival is the last full weekend in September. The Pioneer Log Cabin Village

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Crawford County was formed in 1820. The courthouse as it stands today was built in several stages. The oldest central section dates back to 1867. An earlier courthouse on this site was built in 1836, when Wisconsin became a territory. The Territorial Prison, referred to as the “Dungeons,” is located in the basement. The Territorial Prison—or more practical word, jail—since its function was to hold felons for only a short time,

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The parish dates back to the 1820s and the stone church to 1836. The early settlers met in a log cabin on the banks of St. Feriole Slough. In 1908, the church was modernized when the twin spires and the new front were added. Father Galtier, early priest and the founder of St. Paul, is buried in front of the church. The cemetery behind the church holds the graves of most of Prairie du Chien’s early Catholics. St. Gabriel’s is the oldest operating parish in Wisconsin.

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and Museum of the Kickapoo are also located in Gays Mills, Wisconsin.

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From the junction of Highways 61 and 171 east of Gays Mills to three miles west of Gays Mills are the famed orchards of southwestern Wisconsin. From August through December of each year there is a different experience and a different atmosphere to enjoy at each orchard. In addition to apples, strawberries, and cherries, some orchards grow grapes, plums, squash, and pumpkins, plus other Wisconsin and local products are displayed during the season.

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It’s a new century at the natural crossroads formed by the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. The annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien invites men, women, and their families from all walks of life to dress in their authentic buckskins and calico dresses as they recreate life as it was in the 1840s, when Prairie du Chien was the hub of the Mississippi Valley fur trade. As one of the largest trading reenactments in the Midwest, with over 400 lodges, visitors can visit and observe skilled craft persons as they demonstrate spinning yarn, woodcarving, basket weaving, pottery making, and beading. Period black powder rifles, clothing, hats, and beads are just a few of the many items you can purchase. As you stroll through the Rendezvous, you’ll smell the aromas coming from the buckskinners’ lodges, where meals of

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Celebration Belle Riverboat, Prairie du Chein

venison stew, dumplings, fry bread, and kettles of coffee are prepared over an open fire. The Jaycees, co-sponsors with the Big River Long Rifles, are cooking their popular buffalo burgers for everyone to enjoy. Fry bread, Indian tacos, root beer, sarsaparilla, caramel corn, and other foods characteristic to the 1840s are also available for you and your family to enjoy. Registered participants will compete in flint and steel fire starting, black powder shooting, hawk and knife throw, bull whip, and women’s and children’s games. This special event is always held Father’s Day weekend on St. Feriole Island.

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Ice Fisheree—first weekend in February; St. Patrick’s Day Parade—weekend of St. Patrick’s Day; Chamber of Commerce Fireworks; War of 1812—weekend following the 4th of July; Prairie Dog Blues Festival— last weekend in July. See a complete listing in Calendar of Events.

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For tourism information, contact the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce/ Tourism Council, 211 S. Main, Prairie du Chien, 800.732.1673, or visit their website at prairieduchien.org. Fort Crawford Museum: 608.326.6960 Villa Louis Historic Site: 608.326.2721 Prairie du Chien Public Library: 608.326.6211 Wisconsin Room at University of Wisconsin– Platteville, Karrmann Library, Platteville Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical and Historical Research Center, PO Box 202, Wauzeka, WI 53826-0202,

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Queen at Lock and Dam No. 9 locking through as they travel the Mississippi River. Roadside overlooks are available. Lynxville provides boat slip rentals, tourist information, etc. Also in Lynxville, you will find a resort with a bar, lodging, a marina, and campground. The Lock and Dam provide an excellent opportunity to see barges, pleasure boats and the paddle boats lock through to get to the next section of the river. This is a great chance to be up close and see the whole process.

De Soto is a small village on the banks of the Mississippi River. Located on the Great River Road, it was once part of the Northwest Territory that once was the home of the Winnebago Indians. In 1837, the Winnebago’s lost most of their land east of the Mississippi River in a treaty with the U.S. From 1820 to 1854, it was known as the Winneshiek Landing, Bad Axe County. The first settlers did not like the Indian name and finally settled on De Soto after Hernando De Soto, who discovered the Mississippi River. It became a center for grain and lumber to be shipped on the river. The town grew with hotels, a creamery, breweries, sawmills, grain elevators, warehouse, shoemakers, copper shop, blacksmith shop, general store, doctors and lawyers. Today, De Soto is a small community where people enjoy being away from the hustle of the city. Restaurants, taverns, motels, and a boat landing are available to the people who come to fish, hunt, and enjoy the great Mississippi River.

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Soldiers Grove area provides a unique opportunity to explore America’s first solar village, with buildings designed to exploit solar energy—perhaps the only solar village in the U.S. Both country-style and elegant Victorian-style dining and lodging are available locally as well as campgrounds and trailer parks, and a full complement of business services.

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The Village of Ferryville was first called Humblebush. When the ferry started running from Humblebush (Ferryville) to Lansing, they changed the name to Ferryville. Ferryville has lodging, three restaurants, pottery, collectibles, antiques, and some of the most beautiful views of the river from the observation deck. Sugar Creek Park is a terrific place to picnic and/or camp. The public boat launch is actively used to access the Mississippi River for pleasure boating, birding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. This is the widest point on the Mississippi River and the sunsets are glorious year-around. Hiking at Sugar Creek Bluff is a new adventure that gives a panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley in all directions and can be accessed during all four seasons.

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MOUNT STERLING

On the way to the orchards, stop off at the Mount Sterling Cheese Co-op. The co-op has won several awards for their goat cheese, including the Wisconsin State Fair (home of the World’s Champion Cheddar Cheese).

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Wauzeka is a quiet little town located at the mouth of the Kickapoo River which flows into the Wisconsin River. The Kickapoo Indian Caverns along Highway 60 once served as a shelter for the prehistoric Indians of the valley. Also located here is the Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical and Historical Research Center, a very active group in genealogical research. “Currents through History” maps of the Lower Wisconsin River are available. Write: Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical and Historical Research Center, PO Box 202, Wauzeka, WI 53826. A b o at l a n ding o n Fro nt St re e t accommodates canoeists and boaters alike. The floating dock enables fishing right from shore and is handicap accessible. Bathrooms are on site. Century Hall is a restored theater and a community center.


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Historic Sites & Museums Two State Parks • National Monument Scenic Overlooks • River Cruises Family Events • Riverboat Casino

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Nature Areas - Birding, Hiking Boating, Fishing, Hunting Specialty Shopping 40+ Lodging Properties

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“The Finest Smoked Fish in the World” • Catfish, Alligator & Snapping Turtle Jerky • Homemade Hickory Smoked Sausage & Jerkies • Fresh & Frozen Fish & Seafood • Fresh Wisconsin Cheese

The Area’s Most Unique Shop

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Midwest’s largest competitive equine sport driving event!

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2017 Annual Summer & Fall Events

June 15-18 | Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous | St. Feriole Island July 8-9 | War of 1812 Re-enactment | Villa Louis July 28-29 | Prairie Dog Blues Festival | St. Feriole Island August 3-5 | Country on the River Music Fest

Your Hunting & Fishing Headquarters Over 400 Wines to Choose from! Large Selection of Micro Brews & Imports Best Prices on Spirits! Open 7 Days a week!

Homemade Appetizers, Sandwiches, Salads, Pasta, Steaks Open You’ll Love our Daily at Hand-breaded 11 a.m. Cheese Curds! Carryouts Available www.fortmulligans.com

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Prairie du Chien’s Newest Hotel! • Free Hot Breakfast • Indoor Pool & Spa • Free Wi-Fi • In Room Fridge/Micro • Fitness Room • Boat Plug-ins/Parking

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Areas Largest Selection of Fresh Apples, Specialty Foods, Assorted Gifts and Fun! Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins!

• Complimentary hot breakfast • Bear Foot Bay Indoor Water Park • Buckhorn Grill & Pub • Free high-speed internet • Workout facility

Hey Kids!! Visit our... Country Fun Park, Adult and Kids Games, Corn Box & Much More!

• Business Center & meeting room • Free weekday newspaper • Free freshly baked cookies • Read It & Return Lending LibrarySM • Gift Certificates & Packages Available

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Open Daily 9 AM - 5 PM 1 mile north of Cabela’s on Hwy. 35 then right on Limery Rd. 61549 Limery Rd. • Prairie du Chien, WI 608-326-2785 www.Shihataorchard.com

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Welcome to Lafayette County

CHECK US OUT AND “LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK: LAFAYETTE COUNTY WISCONSIN A little bit of country is good for the soul… you will find plenty of it in Lafayette County. Nestled in the hills of the southwest Wisconsin Driftless region, this area was untouched by ancient glaciers, leaving a landscape of undulating hills and valleys with awesome views from atop ridges, a virtual mosaic of farm fields, stone outcroppings, and verdant river valleys. If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, a respite from the hustle and bustle of life, Lafayette County is what you need. Lafayette County played a significant role in the early history of our state. There are numerous places for you to dig deeper into our state’s history. This was lead mining country, with settlers arriving in the 1820s. Early miners, with no time to build permanent structures, clawed into the hillsides, where they dug out lead and made crude dwelling shelters resembling badger holes. These miners were the inspiration for Wisconsin becoming known as The Badger State. Is outdoor recreation more your style? Lafayette County is for you too. No matter the season, there are opportunities for hiking, bicycling, swimming, ATV riding, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and crosscountry skiing. Are you an outdoor lover looking for a quieter way to enjoy nature? Take a drive, find a quiet spot in one of our

numerous parks, go for a walk with your camera, or enjoy a birding adventure.

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No matter how you decide to spend your time here, you will discover that this is a county based in agriculture. We are, in fact, the most agriculturally dependent county in Wisconsin. Farmers range from large dairy farms to small vegetable and fiber producers, and all are important to the fabric of our communities.

• Yellowstone Lake State Park

Speaking of communities, we may be small when it comes to size, but what we lack in numbers, we make up for in friendliness. Wander into our communities for a taste of some authentic American small-town culture. Stay awhile to get to know the people who call these places home. Take your time, there are no stoplights in Lafayette County…just plenty of reasons to slow down and stay awhile.

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n TRAVEL THROUGH HISTORY Retrace the steps of early Wisconsin on your travels through Lafayette County. With a little imagination, you can hear the echoes of those original “badgers” picking mineral out of the hillsides. And you can almost hear the sound of the gavel as the first Wisconsin Territorial legislators gathered in 1836. Start your history lesson in Shullsburg at The Badger Mining Museum where you can get a glimpse of life through nearly

• Cheese Country Trail • Swindler’s Ridge Museum • Darlington Depot Museum • Pecatonica River State Recreation Trail

• Benton - Mining Capital of the World • Belmont ‘‘Home of the First State Capitol’’ • Shullsburg’s Historic Water Street Business District

190 years of this historic community. You will find farming implements, household items, antique clothing, and a replica of a general store. Learn about Shullsburg’s more infamous stories too—like a daring bank robbery by Chicago mobsters in 1927. At the center of it all is a look back at the important mining industry with displays of minerals, mining equipment, and a working replica of the Eagle Pitcher mine. Take a tour into an actual hand-dug 19th century mine and get a feel for the rough

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY life of early Wisconsin miners. The museum is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. While in Shullsburg, be sure to spend some time downtown on Water Street, a National Historic District. Pay attention to the unusual street names, like Virtue, Judgement, and Hope, named by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, an Italian Missionary Priest. Fr. Mazzuchelli established many parishes in frontier Wisconsin and designed more than 24 churches and civic buildings. Just down the road in New Diggings is St. Augustine’s Church, the only church that remains as he originally designed it. Built in 1844, this structure on the National Register of Historic Places has recently been restored. Although not an active parish, a memorial mass is held annually on the last Sunday of August. St. Augustine’s is open Sunday afternoons from 1-4 from May 31-Sept 30, or by appointment. Call 608.965.4517. In 1993, Pope John Paul II declared Father Mazzuchelli Venerable, and began the process of possible recognition as a saint in

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the Roman Catholic Church. Fr Mazuchelli’s home and gravesite is located just a few miles away in Benton. While in Benton, visit Swindler’s Ridge Museum, where you will find more mining artifacts and a working diorama of a lead and zinc mine. Call 608.776.8340 for open hours. Benton’s historic limestone water tower, built in 1900, served the community for nearly a century. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The 1915 Schoolhouse Museum houses a collection of early education and alumni memorabilia. It is open on Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends and other times by appointment by calling 608.759.3441. Travel to the northern part of the county to visit Belmont, home of the First Capitol Historical Site. It was here that, in 1836, the first session of the legislature of the newly formed Wisconsin Territory met. After 46 days, they had passed 42 laws, forming the basis for a government that would become the State of Wisconsin 12 years later. The two buildings remaining from this 1836 session contain historical exhibits. The First Capitol Historical Site is open daily for tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day or by appointment. Head over to Blanchardville and find a picturesque community nestled along the banks of the Pecatonica River. In 1848 a small group of Mormons broke away from Brigham Young and settled here, establishing what they called their Zarahemla or “City of God.” The river was dammed and a grist mill was built where Blanchardville Historical Society stands today. Discover more fascinating stories at their museum Saturday mornings from 9 until noon. Continue your journey through history in Argyle, the boyhood home of “Fighting Bob” LaFollette, founder of the Progressive movement, who was elected Wisconsin’s Governor in 1900 and served as a U.S. Senator from 1904 until his death in 1925. His home, the Saxton House, is being restored for future use as a museum. Let downtown Argyle transport you back to years gone by. One of the oldest buildings is Partridge Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (under the name Star Theatre) with original storefronts, segmental arch windows, six-over-six panes, and a unique bell shaped fascia.

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Blackhawk Memorial Park, just south of Argyle near the community of Woodford, is the site of the annual Bloody Lake Rendezvous, commemorating an 1832 skirmish of the Blackhawk War. Save the first weekend of May for family fun. Re-enactors from all over the country take you back to the Fur Trade Era, Civil War, and Pow Wows of pre-1840 Wisconsin with food, music, knife and hawk throwing and primitive shooting competitions. The tiny village of Wiota was originally known as “Hamilton’s Diggings” after one of its founders, William “Billy” Hamilton, the youngest son of Alexander Hamilton, U.S. Secretary of Treasury. Though raised in the genteel fashion of his east-coast cultured family, Billy was a miner, and like so many other young men in the 1820s, was anxious to have a share in the quick riches promised in lead mining. The Fort Hamilton Historical Marker tells the story of how Captain Hamilton led an effort to construct a fort to house frightened settlers. Hamilton’s stay in Wisconsin ended along with that of so many other ambitious men when news of gold and even greater riches beckoned them to California. Enjoy a family oriented 4th of July celebration, complete with ballgames, talent show, parade, and fireworks. We wind up our historical travels in the County Seat community of Darlington. Darlington is known as the “Pearl of the Pecatonica” because the Pecatonica River, which flows through the town, was for years a source for the production of pearl button blanks. Take a walk down Darlington’s Historic Main Street, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the buildings contributing to that designation, The Driver Opera House, is in the beginning stages of a project that will restore its original beauty as a performance arts and cultural center. The central landmark in Darlington is the Lafayette County Courthouse, which holds the distinction as the only Courthouse still in use in the U.S. that was funded by the estate of one man, Mat Murphy of Benton. The monumental limestone structure features a central rotunda with an elaborate dome—definitely worth a stop to see. Look around a bit and you will find evidence of Johnny Depp’s visit to the


LAFAYETTE COUNTY Courthouse when it was featured in the 2009 movie Public Enemies. The Lafayette County Historical Museum, located in the Carnegie Building across from the Courthouse, features archives for genealogy research as well as displays depicting lives of early residents. You will find items from the Civil War as well as memorabilia from early businesses, farms, homes and schools and paintings from local artists. The museum is open 1–4pm Monday through Saturday. The Darlington Depot Museum, filled with railroad artifacts, model trains, and railroad maps, is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call 608.776.8340 for hours. Both museums are free, but donations are appreciated. That is just a sampling of the history to be uncovered in Lafayette County. Spend some time digging for more. Have fun with your discoveries. n SOAK UP SOME NATURAL BEAUTY Grab your camera. Bring your binoculars. Take a leisurely drive throughout Lafayette County and enjoy spectacular views, with small towns nested in valleys and winding tree-lined country roads that weave along rivers, beside hillsides and farmsteads. Look for cows dotting the fields, a sure sign that you’re in Wisconsin. Check out 65+ barn quilts featured on barns along the country roads. A map is available online at barnquiltsoflafayettecounty.com. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of our feathered friends. Make a stop at The Bluebird Nest Nature Center in Darlington, recently named a Bird City, USA. The Center features interactive interpretive displays relating to the eastern bluebird and other cavity-nesting birds, along with information about threatened and endangered species, and the general fauna and flora in the Driftless area. The Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1–5 pm. Enjoy a scenic 7.5-mile drive along Rustic Road 66 in the southwest corner of the county, located just off County W in the town of Benton. Look for an abandoned lead mine, complete with tin shacks, rusted ore buckets, and piles of tailings. This stretch of road offers you a gorgeous drive, especially in autumn, with a display of spectacular fall colors.

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While in this part of Lafayette County, make a stop at Gravity Hill to experience something that defies common sense. Just a couple miles outside Shullsburg on County Road U, the highway plunges down a steep hill, across a low area, and back up a steeper hill. Stop your car about threequarters of the way down the first hill, just short of the 25-mph sign (the spot is also marked on the road), and shift your vehicle into neutral. You will start rolling backward up the hill, gradually picking up speed. You have to be there to believe it. While driving through the county, stop for a bit and enjoy a leisurely hike or a picnic at one of our parks. Belmont Mound State Park is located on County Highway G just northwest of Belmont. Belle Mont, French for “beautiful mountain,” is clearly an appropriate name. You will discover why when you visit this park with picnic areas, hiking trails, and playgrounds. In territorial days, the mound served as a landmark to guide travelers. One of the reasons Governor Dodge placed the First Capitol at Belmont was because it was easy to find in the uncharted Wisconsin Territorial wilderness. Yellowstone Lake State Park, located between Blanchardville and Argyle, is open year-round. The park is host to many species of wildlife, including whitetail deer, wild turkey, groundhog, fox, grey squirrel, and cottontail rabbit. There have been over 170 species of birds observed in and around the park. Bald eagles, osprey, common loon, and the double-crested cormorant visit the lake in the spring and fall during migration. Waterfowl of all kinds, including wood ducks, mallards and Canadian geese use the lake as a rest stop during their migration. Sandhill cranes have been observed in the park with their young. The great blue heron is a common resident seen wading in the shallows hunting for fish or frogs. And bats! Yellowstone Lake is the summer home to more than 4,000 little brown bats. Nature programs throughout the summer months cover many topics, from bat houses and stars in the night sky, to prairie ecosystems and more. When you’re in the Yellowstone neighborhood, drive into Argyle and visit the Erickson Wildlife Area. You can enjoy a variety of settings, including open water, wetlands,

Pecatonica River frontage, big oak trees, woodland, rock outcrops, and grassland. Wildlife is abundant! Cranes, songbirds, turtles, frogs, fox, butterflies, and fish call this special place home. And there are plenty of wonderful wildflowers, grasses and trees! The area is open to the public throughout the year for non-motorized uses, like hiking, birding and wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, trapping, and skiing. Six miles south of Argyle off County Road Y, is Blackhawk Memorial Park. Situated alongside the Pecatonica River, you will find a picturesque 120-acre park where you can camp, hike, canoe, and fish. Take plenty of time to enjoy the beauty on your travels through Lafayette County…it is picture postcard material. n FIND FARMS, FOOD, AND FIBER You’re in farm country here. From large-scale dairy farms to small family homesteads, agriculture surrounds us. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself behind some large farm machinery or an Amish buggy during your travels on Lafayette County roads. Although they are likely to slow you down a little, just relax… you might just discover another stunning view or details that would otherwise whiz by your window. No trip to Wisconsin is complete without a stop for cheese…and we have some of the best around. From fresh squeaky curds to aged cheddar, and from artisan specialty cheeses to creamy spreads, you can find a mouthwatering selection of award-winning cheeses made right here by cheesemakers who are following a tradition that goes back over a century. A list of cheese factories is available at the Lafayette

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And don’t forget the Lafayette County Fair every July. Local 4-H and FFA exhibits showcase the young talent of Lafayette County. Adults also get in the game, with food, fiber, and craft exhibits. Livestock shows, grandstand events and farm machinery exhibits round out a week of fun for the whole family. And what is a county fair without midway rides and food?

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County UW—Extension office by calling 608.776.4820. By shopping at local farmers markets, farm stands, or Amish family stores, you will be treated as a VIP, not just another number in a line of customers. And you will taste the difference in the flavor of fresh! Farmers markets are held in summer in several of our communities. As you drive through the countryside, you will see a number of fiber animals too—sheep, llama, and alpaca, along with a growing number of fiber artists. The Lafayette County Dairy Breakfast is held every year in June—Dairy Month. Where else can you get ice cream for breakfast? The breakfast features live music, good food, plenty of cheese, tours

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Pioneer Farm, a UW–Platteville applied research farm located in northwest Lafayette County, provides real-life experiences for students and is open to the public. Visitors may stop by and take a self-guided tour anytime. Guided tours can be arranged by calling 608.342.1850. n HEAD OUTDOORS FOR ADVENTURE Come and play outdoors on the trails and waters of Lafayette County. The Cheese Country Trail is a 47-mile multi-use trail system that runs through South Wayne, Gratiot, Darlington, and Calamine in the heart of Lafayette County. The all-season trail follows the Pecatonica River along an abandoned railroad corridor, meandering through oak and maple woodlots, past farms and fields, and along gorgeous stands of native prairie wildflowers. It is open to bicyclists, horseback riders, ATV riders, snowmobilers, hikers, and cross-country skiers. Visitors can rent ATVs or snowmobiles in Darlington. The Pecatonica State Trail branches off the Cheese Country Trail in Calamine and proceeds west for 10 miles to Belmont. In addition, there is a network of local trails throughout the county available to both ATVers and snowmobilers. For more information on trails in Lafayette County, call 608.574.2911 or check online at tricountytrails.com. Hidden in the hills just outside Belmont, Lake Joy is a campground and 60-acre, spring-fed, no-wake lake where you can enjoy swimming, boating, and some of the best fishing in this part of the state. While in the Belmont area, you will undoubtedly see the giant “M.” UW–Platteville engineering students built it in 1937 as a symbol of the old School of Mines. It lays claim to being the largest “M” in the world,

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measuring 241-feet wide by 214-feet tall. Located on the very edge of Lafayette County, it features steps to climb to the top. The awesome view of the Driftless landscape of three states is worth the workout. Yellowstone Lake State Park is a beautiful 1,000-acre park with a 455-acre lake where you can enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The 4,000-acre Yellowstone Wildlife Area next to Yellowstone Lake State Park offers many additional recreation opportunities, including horse trails and a shooting range. The Pecatonica River, (it means “place of many canoes”) flows through Lafayette County. It is the longest unrestricted flow of water in Wisconsin—over 90 miles of gentle canoeing. The river meanders in large loops back and forth across a beautiful valley next to scenic bluffs. Local wildlife welcomes you to share their habitat. It is not uncommon to see raccoon, muskrat, beaver, deer, giant blue heron, wood ducks, and a wide variety of birds. Some of the best fishing on the “Pec” is accessible only by canoe. Catfish, walleye, and the occasional northern are the main game fish. The Fever River in western Lafayette County is considered the best stream for smallmouth bass fishing in the area, with 14 miles of public fishing along the river and 30 on which to enjoy a pleasant, daylong canoe ride. n ENJOY SMALL-TOWN CULTURE Stroll into shops in historic downtowns, grab a meal at a locally-owned restaurant or pub, and don’t miss an opportunity to take in a concert by local musicians or a performance by local thespians. Every community is proud of the tradition of hosting local hometown festivals—they invite you to join them! Argyle events include the Annual Fish Fry on the last Saturday in June, a Fireman Mud Volleyball tournament the first Saturday in August, and a Holiday Craft Fair the first Saturday in December. For more information on these and other Argyle activities, check online at argylewi.org. Belmont celebrates with the “Brass & Brats” Music Festival, featuring performances by


LAFAYETTE COUNTY the Dubuque Colts Drum & Bugle Corp, the Colt Cadets, and other local musicians. The Belmont School and Community Fair (Wisconsin’s oldest and free) is held the second weekend after Labor Day. It includes a livestock show, carnival, kid’s games, horse show, parade, and dance. More Belmont information is always available at belmontwi.com. Benton is the place to be on Labor Day Weekend. The town overflows with people as families and friends return home for a weekend full of Labor Day traditions­­—119 years in 2015! Activities include a chicken barbeque, a dance, and a big parade. There are midway rides, music, games, a craft fair, duck races, Benton’s famous pasty dinner, and firemen’s raffle. It all adds up to a great end-of-summer celebration. Find more information about Benton at bentonwi.us. Blanchardville celebrates its anniversary in August with a three-day festival that includes games, music, a big parade, and sharing lots of memories. Annual events include the Annual Father’s Day Chicken Barbeque and the Cruis’n Wisconsin Car, Truck and Cycle show on the second Sunday in July. The Pec Jam is a two-day music festival in August. The whole community celebrates a true Homecoming every fall with alumni from across the country returning for a Friday-night torchlight parade, a bonfire, a slightly wacky Saturday parade, and a football game. Keep up to date with Blanchardville at blanchardville.com. If you are looking for a place to learn about history and experience a new adventure, Darlington is your ticket. Main Street was designed like a New England town in the mid-1800s, with a public square at the top and divided by a medium strip in the middle leading to the river. In the past, pearling from the river improved the wealth of the community members. Victorian framed structures grew and graced Main Street, signifying prosperity in a small town. Because Darlington is the County Seat of Lafayette County, the community built the historical Courthouse at the north end of the public square, where a veteran’s monument crowned the boulevard for many years. Across the street, veterans recently built a new memorial, with names of local veterans as a reminder of the continuing sacrifice in

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the name of American freedom. The park was renamed Veterans Park. In the summer, music is in the air when Tunes at Twilight entertain visitors under the shade trees in the park. Continuing across the street, Johnson Public Library is side-by-side to the Carnegie Historical Society Library. Both institutions lead historians and genealogists to discover the history and wonder of Darlington and Lafayette County. The east end of Main Street is now the Festival Grounds, where the annual Cinco de Mayo, Canoe Festival, and the Christmas Parade are held. Behind the Festival Grounds, sports fans enjoy the state-of-the-art Sieg baseball field, which hosts the renowned Cal Ripken statewide events. The ongoing Driver House project on Main Street promises to preserve the arts and theater in the city. Bluebird Nest Nature Center offers information for birders. If you look to the west of Main Street, the Pecatonica Trail Campsite, also known as Collins Park, hugs the bank of the Pecatonica River, providing electricity to campers with access to numerous walking paths, bike paths, and ATV trails.

hayrides, arts and crafts, and lots of food. Small towns shine when Christmas rolls around and Shullburg is a classic example. “A Bit of Yesteryear Christmas” is held the weekend after Thanksgiving. Learn more at shullsburgwisconsin.org. Every summer in South Wayne, the community cuts loose with the Red Cracker Music Festival. The event continues to grow in size and distinction, attracting more and more people to the village during the final weekend in July.

Right next to Collins Park, the historic Train Depot offers visitor information offers authentic depot memorabilia. Read more about Darlington Main Street at darlingtonwi.org and discover your ticket to a new adventure.

Wiota holds their Annual Firemen’s Celebration in July. The festivities include ball games, a 5K Color Run, live music, kid’s tractor pulls, carnival games, a talent show, a car show, capping off the weekend on Sunday with a parade and fireworks.

Gratiot firefighters host fish boils the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in November. The Annual Chicken Barbecue, always on the Labor Day, includes a great parade, music, and ball games. More information about Gratiot is available at gratiot.us.

Whether it is history, recreation, nature, or small-town peace and quiet that you’re looking for, we invite you to come and enjoy Lafayette County. There is no rush here; there are no stoplights to slow you down. You set the pace; relax and enjoy some time with us.

If you’re looking for a classic small-town 4th of July, look no further than Shullsburg. The entire town comes out for this oldfashioned tradition—the town’s oldest and largest celebration of the year. The festivities include a talent show, a softball tournament, a large parade, games, music, raffles, and crafts. The grand finale is always a spectacular display of fireworks! The Music in the Park concert series kick off every year after the 4th of July. The free concerts are held on Thursday evenings at Badger Park. Cheesefest—You knew there had to be a festival for cheese! This one is held every year the first weekend of October. It features free entertainment,

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BELMONT See the Calendar of Events at the back of this book, or visit our website for the latest events and celebrations.

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Adventuring into Hidden Valleys Driving Tour SO YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY TO WISCONSIN’S HIDDEN VALLEYS... Rolling down the wide highway in your RV, bicycles strapped to the back, motorboat towed behind, coolers ready to chill the catch of the day. Leaning into those curves on a shiny Harley, wind in your hair and sun on your back, best friends keeping pace just behind you on the open road. Cruising in the family sedan, Rover and kids in the back seat, portable DVD players, license plate scavenger hunt, and lots of snacks. “Are we there yet?” Pick your favorite way to travel and then head to the Hidden Valleys. This guide showcases the best of southwestern Wisconsin. Use the pull-out map at the center to plot out your own itinerary. Or if you’re looking for some insider travel tips, we invite you to follow one of our driving tours. Of course, you can set off from any location, but here are some “points of beginning” to get you started… FROM DUBUQUE, IOWA – GOING NORTH Take Highways 35 and 151 North. The drive north is an easy glide on the two-lane highway through an area featuring farms tucked into the valleys and the horizon punctuated by the steeples of country churches. You’re following Wisconsin’s Great River Road on Highway 35/61 north toward Dickeyville. Your first must-see stop is the Dickeyville Grotto. At Tennyson, take Highway 133 west to Wisconsin’s Catfish Capital, Potosi. Potosi’s main street seems to go forever with no intersections, and the community is literally wedged between two bluffs leading to the Mississippi River. You’ll get just close enough to the river to get a taste of what is to come. Continue west, and see if you can identify the crops in the fields (hint corn, soybeans, and alfalfa are common). And what do a railroad, an airport runway, and a river have in common? All are within about 150 yards of each other and set against the backdrop of a magnificent limestone cliff at the southern entrance to Cassville’s Riverside Park. Stick around, you may see barges navigating here through one of the river’s most narrow points. From Cassville,

you can follow our GREAT RIVER ROAD DRIVING TOUR. Or, take Highway 81 to Lancaster and follow a driving tour through the HEART OF HIDDEN VALLEYS. FROM DUBUQUE, IOWA – GOING EAST Take Highway 11 east toward Sinsinawa. Of course, you expect to see cattle grazing on the hillsides, but what about dinosaurs? Shortly after crossing Highway Z, check out the prehistoric creatures on the right side of the road. Continue on to the home base of 750 Dominican Sisters for more than 135 years. Sinsinawa Mound is your must-see stop. Well actually, it is also a must-taste, with such specialties in the bakery as cinnamon bread, caramel rolls, and Irish soda bread. At Hazel Green, follow Highway 11/80 north, and then continue on Highway 11 east to Benton. From Benton, join up with the CHEESE COUNTRY DRIVING TOUR, a tasty adventure through the countryside in Lafayette, Green, and Iowa counties. FROM MARQUETTE, IOWA / PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISCONSIN Our Iowa Great Place is nestled between the Mississippi River and the towering bluffs of northeast Iowa. The streets are lined with 19th century buildings, antique and specialty shops, and restaurants. Enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, shopping, a winery, brewery, casino, and more. Our natural beauty is full of magic and wonder at Effigy Mounds National Monument, Pikes Peak

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State Park, and Yellow River State Forest. Lodging options include campgrounds and cabins, hotels and motels, and quaint B&Bs. Join us for special events such as arts and crafts festivals, flea markets, classic car cruises, Old West reenactments, and beer and wine fests. For more information, contact McGregor/ Marquette Chamber of Commerce, 146 Main, PO Box 105, McGregor, IA 52157, or call 563.873.2186 or 800.896.0910. Visit the website at mcgreg-marq.org or email mcgregormarquettechamber@gmail.com. Right after crossing the Mississippi River, stop in at the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center (staffed May through October but open year round). Follow Highway 18 to Bridgeport, and then take Highway 60 east for a journey along the banks of the Wisconsin River—railroad tracks to your right and limestone outcroppings and giant mounded bluffs to your left. Turn left on Highway 131 to Steuben, and follow the Kickapoo River to the north. Your must-see stop is on Highway 171 east at the scenic view overlooking Gays Mills —known as Apple Country—with fluffy white blossoms in spring, lush greenery in summer, and shiny red apples in fall. Your must-taste opportunity is at any one of the apple orchards, with apples, apple cider, and even apple donuts! Return to Highway 131 North. Motorcyclists will welcome the winding curves, and all


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travelers will enjoy the gentle warm glow of the setting sun on the bluffs to the east. Travel north to experience the Bikes and Berries Driving Tour. FROM LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN Your official must-see stop in La Crosse is Grandad Bluff. From 90 east, take the Highway 16 exit west, and travel south on Losey Boulevard. Turn left on Main Street and wind your way up the bluff. From the parking area it is a quick walk to the top. Carry in a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from the shelter. On your way back down, turn right on Highway F (right in front of the Alpine Inn), and then go left on Highway 33 for about two miles to the scenic overlook of the Coulee Region—worth a stop day or night. Further east, you may have to pause for an impromptu “cow crossing” when the herd ambles home for evening milking. In addition to lots of farms and fields, you’ll start to spot signs for Amish businesses offering furniture, bakery, candy, rugs, and baskets. You might even witness a barn raising along the way. In Cashton (truly a rural community with a farm implement dealer right downtown), you can either proceed to the BIKES AND BERRIES DRIVING TOUR or the LAKES, TRAILS, AND STREAMS DRIVING TOUR offering spectacular scenery in Monroe, Juneau, and Vernon Counties. FROM MADISON, WISCONSIN – GOING SOUTH Follow Highway 14 south toward Fitchburg, go west on Highway 92 to Brooklyn. Turn left on Highway 104, which is a straight drive south to Brodhead, and the beginning of the CHEESE COUNTRY DRIVING TOUR. FROM MADISON, WISCONSIN - GOING WEST Follow Highway 18/151 west to Mount Horeb, the Troll Capital of Wisconsin. Continue west toward Dodgeville. Or proceed a bit further on Highway 18 to our HEART OF HIDDEN VALLEYS DRIVING TOUR looping through Richland, Crawford, and Grant counties. And our new tour helps you discover the best of WINERIES AND VINEYARD TOUR. Be sure to taste-test the luscious wines and beers of the Hidden Valleys area. Hidden Valleys—nine counties, hundreds of fun things to see and do, and thousands of memories waiting to be made.

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Welcome to Green County Don’t Miss... · Sugar River Overlook Park, Albany · Lake Belle View, Belleville · Pearl Island Corridor, Brodhead · Brooklyn Wildlife Area, Brooklyn · Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area, Browntown · Badger State Trail, Monroe · Lake Montesian, Monticello · New Glarus Woods State Park

Welcome to southern Wisconsin’s Green County! Here’s an overview of things to do: Get outside. A river that’s perfect for canoeing and trails and paved back roads perfect for biking. The only ATV trail in southern Wisconsin. Parks and prairies. Look around. Cows grazing the hillsides, picturesque dairy farms, and barn quilts dotting the rural landscape with splashes of color. Meet the locals. Friendly natives, vibrant downtowns, specialty shops, bakeries, diners, and local pubs.

Be entertained. Live music and theater. Galleries and musuems. Concerts on the square. Concerts in the park. Eat, drink, yodel. Cheese and beer (a match made in heaven). Swiss traditions and cuisine. Festivals for every season. You’ll soon discover there’s an art to experiencing life and all its rich bounty the right way—here in Green County.

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nation (now Ho-Chunk) lived off the land— hunting, fishing, foraging, and farming. Later came Irish, Scottish, Scandinavians, Germans, and other “Yankees” who had first settled in the New England states. In 1845, a group of Swiss immigrants founded what is now New Glarus. Their first attempts at farming involved raising swine and planting turnips. Eventually the settlers purchased a herd of brown Swiss cows. This innovative approach, first to survival and then to advancement, eventually proved that what the resourceful


GREEN COUNTY Swiss lacked in knowledge of farming, they more than made up for in their experience in raising dairy cows. Commercial cheese -making followed, soon putting Green County on the map as the “Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA.” The Swiss roots established more than 150 years ago are evident today in festivals, cuisine, folk art and architecture, family and business names, and the herds of Brown Swiss that still graze the rolling hills. Is everyone here Swiss? Nope. We’re as diverse here in cultural heritage as we are in opinions, or the variety of cheese produced—ranging from the traditional European flavors, like Limburger and Brick­—to other perhaps less-expected ethnic origins, like Hispanic (Queso Fresco), Italian (Mozzarella), and Greek (Feta). Green County is truly a melting pot. You know, the kind used to serve cheese

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fondue. Picture yourself here—the cozy table surrounded by friends, a basket of good crusty bread, tall tales, and warm conversation punctuated with a glass of wine or favorite local brew.

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Green County is home to a dozen creameries producing more than 50 varieties of award-winning artisan cheese. See cheese being mage (and get a taste!) at Alp & Dell (Emmi Roth USA) in Monroe. Many factories have stores on site, and locally made cheese is for sale at grocery and convenience stores and factory outlets. Cheeses unique to Green County include Limburger (Chalet Cheese Company in Monroe is the only domestic producer) and “big wheel Swiss” with Edelweiss Creamery in Monticello being the only factory in America producing these 180-pound wheels of Old World Emmenthaler.

Green County proudly boasts two breweries crafting favorites like Spotted Cow (“only in Wisconsin” from the New Glarus Brewing Company), and Huber Bock from Minhas Craft Brewery in downtown Monroe. New Glarus Brewing Company offers self-guided tours, a

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The crown jewel of Monroe’s Historic Square is the Green County Courthouse. Stop in weekdays between 8 am-4:30 pm for visitor information and take a quick look at the History Room. Bring your camera for a photo opportunity in the former courtroom (hint: you be the judge). The National Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe (open May through October) offers a history lesson in the evolution of the cheese industry. See artifacts and equipment, and hear stories of days gone by. Authentic farmstead cheese factory on site. Photographs on pages 92, 93, 96 and 98 provided by Green County Tourism.

The Swiss Historical Village showcases the epic journey taken by the original Swiss immigrants and their humble beginnings in New Glarus. Buildings include a one-room schoolhouse, church, original settler’s cabin, replica cheese factory, and more. Open May through mid-October.

Murals in downtown Brodhead offer scenes from the past, including a reflection of the city’s railroading history. Visit the Brodhead Depot Museum to learn how the rails shaped the business and industry of the area. Additional museums and historic sites are mentioned within the community highlights.

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On the Sugar River and the Sugar River State Bicycle Trail Visit us for Yesteryear Weekend - Memorial Day Weekend Fall Festival - 1st Saturday in October Enchanted Christmas - 1st Saturday in December 206 North Water Street, Albany, Wisconsin 53502 608-862-3240   Website albanywi.org

tasting room, gift shop, beer depot, and a panoramic view of the countryside from their expansive outdoor garden area. Minhas Craft Brewery offers guided tours and a step back into history with stories, lore, and legend celebrating the nation’s second-oldest brewery. Also in Monroe—Minhas Micro Distillery. Tours finish with samples of spirits and liqueurs. There’s also a great photo opp with “Godstilla”—the 1,000-gallon still.

New! Minha’s Winery with wine tasting and pairing. Hawk’s Mill Winery near Browntown has the ambience of a cozy log cabin, with the added benefit of a spectacular view over the vineyard, and beyond to the rolling countryside. You can also visit their new tasting room indowntown New Glarus. You’ll also find sausages crafted from Old World recipes handed down through the generations. Each meat market puts its own spin on the popular landjaegger, a jerky-like snack stick of Swiss origin. Other locally-sourced edibles include candy, fudge, bakery, yogurt, yogurt dip, wine, and apples.

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Green County offers a variety of outdoor recreation options, including trails, parks, prairies, a river, and small lakes. 103 N. Water Street | 608. 862.3959 Come In & Try One Of Our Tasty & Delicious Hamburgers!

Pearl Island (Brodhead) – 180-acre recreational corridor with trails, walkways, piers, streambank improvements, bird watching, and fishing. Bring your kayak or your bike.

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Browntown Cadiz Springs Recreation Area – featuring boat launch, playground and beach, and nature trails.

Tubing • Canoeing Kayaking

New Glarus Woods State Park – prairie and wooded areas, “Bison Trail,” playground, and campsites.

100 East Main Street Albany, Wisconsin

Sugar River – fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, parks, and boat landings along the way.

Open Summers 7 Days a Week

Lake Belle View (Belleville) – canoe loop, fishing platforms, and a berm which doubles as a bike and pedestrian pathway.

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Lake Montesian and Montesian Gardens

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(Monticello) – kayak, fish, or take a stroll among the blooming splendor of the gardens from spring to fall. Sugar River State Trail – begins at the New Glarus Depot with optional detour through New Glarus Woods State Park. The trail intersects with the Badger State Trail near Monticello, crosses wooden bridges on the way to Albany, and goes through a covered bridge before ending at the southern trailhead in downtown Brodhead.


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Badger State Trail – with a northern connection to Madison and a southern connection to Illinois. Bring a flashlight to make your way through the darkest trail tunnel in Wisconsin, just south of Belleville. Stop in the new trailhead in Monroe, adjacent to Twining Park.

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Cheese Country Trail – 47-mile multi-use trail most commonly enjoyed by motorized users on ATV, UTV, and off-road motorcycle. There is a large trailer parking lot at the trailhead (near Badger Ethanol in Monroe). Snowmobiling – In addition to these trails, Green County also has a network of “club

Discover a Taste of Switzerland in New Glarus, Wisconsin Modern convenience combined with Old World charm . . .

Chalet Landhaus Inn

• 67 comfortable rooms plus whirlpool suites • Alpine restaurant serving breakfast daily, Swiss & American cuisine • Indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, fitness room • Conference & meeting rooms • 2 blocks from New Glarus Hotel & shops

Located directly on the • Business Center with free high speed internet Sugar River Hike & Bike Trail. • Groups Welcome! Motor coach parking www.chaletlandhaus.com 801 Hwy. 69, New Glarus, WI 53574 | (800) 944-1716 or (608) 527-5234

trails” maintained by area snowmobile clubs. Call 888.222.9111 for a map.

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BARN QUILTS

Check out one of the largest outdoor art installations in Wisconsin! More than 140 barn quilts can be found on the roads less traveled.

Memories Are Made Here

Gain a new perspective on Wisconsin’s Swiss heritage.

Swiss Historical Village & Museum 612 7th Avenue, New Glarus, WI (608) 527-2317

www.swisshistoricalvillage.org

Discover the historic New Glarus Hotel, in the center of America's "Little Switzerland!" Built by Swiss immigrants in 1853, the Hotel has long been a landmark known for its fine Swiss cuisine, Swiss atmosphere and entertainment. •  Groups welcome! Special Group Menus •  Serving lunch & dinner 7 days a week •  Sunday brunch •  In the heart of New Glarus ~ surrounded by    unique shops and near 2 local museum attractions •  Live music every Friday & Saturday evenings

100 6th Ave., New Glarus, WI 53574 (800) 727-9477 or (608) 527-5244 | www.newglarushotel.com

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BBC—Beer, Bacon & Cheese – New Glarus (June) Samples galore, craft beers, and live polka music. Concerts on the Square - Monroe (Summer) Live music series sponsored by Main Street Monroe. Homecoming – Monticello (July) Music, food, parade, tug of war, and fireworks over Lake Montesian. Covered Bridge Days – Brodhead (August) Old-time thresheree, tractor pull, and show; “embrace the race” pontoon boat rides; and Wildflower Art Festival. “Pickers” Flea Market - Monroe (September) Sponsored by Green County Fairgrounds. Main Street Monroe Concert on the Square

Oktoberfest – New Glarus (last weekend in September) Live music, gemütlichkeit, ceremonial tapping of a keg of Staghorn from New Glarus Brewing Company.

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Step-on guides are available for group tours, or request a Barn Quilt map to plan your own itinerary. For more information, visit greencountybarnquilts.com.

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

We really like to celebrate. Below are some events you won’t want to miss in 2017. Find a complete calendar on the website greencounty.org. Yesteryear’s Weekend – Albany (Memorial Day weekend) Community celebration with music, food, and family fun.

Alp & Dell Cheese Store 657 2nd St., Monroe

(Near intersection Hwy. 11/81 and AmericInn)

Free Samples • Bargain Bin Over 125 specialty cheeses, plus wine & beer for sale. Let us suggest the perfect pairing. Guided Cheese Factory Tours M-F 10 a.m.

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Winery, Cheese Country ATV trail, Cadiz Springs Recreation Area (kayak and canoe, lake and natural wetlands, fishing, interpretive nature trails), and local history at Browntown Community Museum. Lodging available—bed and breakfast.

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Badger State Trail, Cheese Country ATV Trail, Historic Courthouse Square, shopping (apparel, antiques, cheese, yarn, and electronics), outlet shopping, brewery, winery, distillery, National Historic Cheesemaking Center and Imobersteg Farmstead Factory, local history and genealogy at Green County Historical Museum, Turner Hall—the Swiss social center of Monroe, Monroe Arts Center, Monroe Theatre Guild, movie theater and outdoor drive-in, bowling, roller-skating rink, public pool, golf course. Lodging available: bed and breakfast, motel, and camping.

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Intersection of Badger State and Sugar River State Trails, Montesian Gardens, Lake Montesian (canoe, kayak, fish, and picnic), quilt shop, cheese factory outlets, and local history and genealogy at Monticello Area Historical Society Museum. Lodging available: extended stay.

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2017 Calendar of Events May EAA Chapter 431 Annual Pancake Breakfast Brodhead Historical Museum Opens June City Wide Rummage Sale Start of Summer Concerts in the Park July Amish Quilt Auction July 4 Annual Parade at Noon, Fireworks at Dusk August Covered Bridge Days and Wildflower Art Festival—Art Show, Horse Show, Classic Car Show, Pontoon Boat Rides,

Tractor Pulls, Thresheree Last Concert in the Park October Autumn Fest—Chili Contest, Children’s Games, Pontoon Boat Rides, Vendors, Music, Food Brodhead Historical Museum Closes November Jaycees Fall Arts & Crafts Fair December Fire & Ice Festival, Lighted Parade, Car Giveaway, Ice Sculpture, Food

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Hiking and biking on the Sugar River State Trail, New Glarus Woods State Park (interpretive trails, prairie, and camping), New Glarus Brewing Company (tours, beer garden, and beer depot), and history and genealogy at the Swiss Historical Village,

bowling, golf course, mini golf, public pool, and shopping (garden and greenhouse, home décor, antiques, bakery, meat market, winery, cheese, and fudge). Lodging available: hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, vacation home rental, and camping.

• Located on the Sugar River Bike Trail connecting to the Badger State Trail • Shops, dining and attractions within walking distance • Pets welcome • Free Hi-Speed Internet

Your Hosts The Gobeli Family

Call (608) 527-2138 www.swissaire.com 1200 Highway 69 New Glarus, WI 53574

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THE GREAT RIVER ROAD

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The Great River Road Driving Tour Eclectic shopping, lodging, and restaurants are balanced by great outdoor recreation, including cave tours, hiking, and riverboat rides. Effigy Mounds National Monument is just north of Marquette on the GRR, while Pikes Peak State Park is only a few miles south of McGregor, also on the GRR. mcgreg-marq.org.

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elcome to the GREAT RIVER ROAD, designated one of America’s Scenic Byways. The 250-mile length of the Wisconsin Corridor, from Kieler to Prescott, invites the traveler to follow the white signs displaying a green pilot’s wheel with the words “Great River Road.” Crossing into Wisconsin from either Illinois or Iowa, we begin our trip in DICKEYVILLE. There, stop at the Grotto, built by Father Mattias Werneus in 1925. At POTOSI/TENNYSON, visit Passage Thru Time Museum, Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art, and Potosi Brewery and National Brewery Museum. Continue on Highway 133 (The Great River Road). Head into CASSVILLE, home of the first governor of Wisconsin, Governor Nelson Dewey. Travel County VV to visit Nelson Dewey State Park and Stonefield Historic Site, featuring attractions from days past.

Cross back to Wisconsin and get back on the GRR (Highway 35). Head north and enjoy the sight of the beautiful Mississippi River to your left. Watch for U.S. Lock and Dam #9 about three miles south of LYNXVILLE. Look to the skies to see the eagles as they float high above near bluff tops. Our next stop is FERRYVILLE. Boasted as “A Sportsman’s Paradise,” one can fish, hunt, camp, or just enjoy the view.

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Farther on, we come to the Lansing Bridge, which allows one to cross the river into Iowa. The next nearest bridge is south at Prairie du Chien or north at La Crosse.

DE SOTO is our next destination. De Soto is unique in that its city’s limits are divided into Crawford and Vernon Counties. Onward to VICTORY, site of the last battle of the Blackhawk Indians, known as the Battle of Bad Axe.

PORT ANDREW

Following the familiar GRR pilot’s wheel, continue on to explore GLEN HAVEN, BAGLEY, the Wyalusing settlement and Wyalusing Park. Travel north on County C, cross over the Great River Road Commemorative Bridge, and turn left onto Highway 18 toward Prairie du Chien. PRAIRIE DU CHIEN dates back to 1689, influenced by the French settlers. During summer, Villa Louis plays host to interesting historical events, and in June, at Feriole Island, Prairie Villa Rendezvous recreates the fur trading era of the 1840s. Just two miles across the Mississippi River from Prairie du Chien is MARQUETTE and MCGREGOR, Iowa. Located on the Iowa Great River Road, these historic towns are nestled among the bluffs and bordered by the mighty Mississippi. With so many great things to offer, Marquette and McGregor boast a winery, brewery, and riverboat casino; a beautiful historic Main Street in McGregor; and a quaint village atmosphere in Marquette.

BLUE RIVER BOSCOBEL

BRIDGEPORT

TO THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI Balltown Dubuque Dyersville

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THE GREAT RIVER ROAD At GENOA, view the U.S. Lock and Dam #8, and three miles north, get a view of the river at Spring Coulee Scenic Overlook. Back on the road, you travel through STODDARD on to LA CROSSE. Highway 35 takes you downtown to State Street. Turn left there to get a close look at the river in Riverside Park. On the north side of the city is ONALASKA. While there, be sure to visit “Sunny,” the largest sunfish in the world, overlooking Lake Onalaska. Another must-see is the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The Great River State Bicycle Trail begins here and connects with three other state trails for over 101 miles of biking adventure. Using the green pilot’s wheel as your guide, continue your travels through PRESCOTT, MIDWAY, and HOLMEN. Each is a unique community with something different to interest you. Thank you for traveling with me on your exciting journey on WISCONSIN’S GREAT RIVER ROAD. Although you have not reached the end of the road, as your Hidden Valleys escort, I must say goodbye. But don’t stop here. Continue your travels through Indianhead Country, enjoying the sights of green forests, clear water lakes, and finally Lake Superior. Have fun! THE LOWER WISCONSIN RIVER ROAD From the Mighty Mississippi to the Empire Prairie, Wisconsin’s 100-mile Scenic Byway 60 follows the graceful curves of the LOWER WISCONSIN RIVER. It sparkles by sunny day or starry night, with the wild beauty of nature left to its own devices for thousands and thousands of years. In constant flux, the “river of a thousand isles” continuously sculpts its sandbars, shifts its channels, varies its flows, and repaints its colors, according to the whims of the weather gods.

ORION

GOTHAM LONE ROCK

MUSCODA SPRING GREEN

Driving Tour

Start your trip at PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, which sits at the juncture of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. As the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi, Prairie du Chien evokes ghosts of voyageurs, settlers, and Native Americans. At the intersection of the Great River Road (Highways 18 and 35), a National Scenic Byway, and Highway 60 lies BRIDGEPORT. It had one of the earliest toll bridges on the Wisconsin River. Built in 1857, it operated until the 1920s as a railroad shipping point for livestock. BOSCOBEL, Italian for “beautiful woods,” is the birthplace of the Gideon Bible, namely at the historic stone Boscobel Hotel. Its main street features period architecture with a frontier edge. On Saturdays or by appointment, visit the Boscobel Depot Museum featuring displays of Rural America, and attend the famer’s market. BLUE RIVER, in the “heart of the lower riverway,” was first a railroad stop that became a cattle town and shipping center for livestock. Today it hosts an Autumn Fest for all ages in late August, two boat landings on County Rd T in town, and a mile east of the village at Jones Lake off Highway 133. PORT ANDREW, described as a “bustling river town” by mid-1800 travelers, was one of the earliest settlements in Richland County. Captain Thomas Andrew built the house still on a hill looking down into one of the deepest parts of the river. Here remains a pleasant wayside and a public access site to the river.

MUSCODA is the Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin, just south of the river in Grant County. It hosts an annual midMay festival in homage to the fungus, and a campground on the Lower River in Victora Riverside Park, which offers access to miles of trails and thousands of acres of public land. ORION is an unincorporated hamlet that lies north and west of the Muscoda bridge. Originally named Richmond, it served as the first seat of Richland County, operating a ferry across the river until the first bridge was built in 1870. GOTHAM lies north of the river where Highway 14 joins Highway 60, reconnecting the traveler with the waterside road leading onto one of its most lovely stretches of bends, rises, and river views. LONE ROCK is named for a tall finger of sandstone on the river’s north bank that was used as a landmark for river travelers. It offers scenic parks and recreational opportunities that include fishing, hunting, canoeing, and biking along the Pine River Bike Trail. SPRING GREEN is equal parts artists’ community and down-to-earth farm town. The natural beauty of the river valley surrounds its neighborhoods’ open space and open people. Spring Green is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, American Players Theater, and House on the Rock. The landscape and the people who have settled here have nurtured the creative spirit of man and nature.

FROM THE EMPIRE PRAIRIE SAUK CITY, Wisconsin’s oldest village, is

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the home to the last eastern Indian battle. Chief Black Hawk’s unique strategies and courage are commemorated. July brings Polka on the Riverway. PRAIRIE DU SAC was named by French fur traders after the Sac Indians before it was settled by Yankees and, later, Swiss. It is home to wintering American bald eagles, and the Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw. LODI means “peaceful valley.” Here the Ice Age Trail beckons the curious hiker and the very-ancient-history buff. The area also boasts trout streams, beautiful parks, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 9-hole golf course. WISCONSIN

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THE GREAT RIVER ROAD

Driving Tour

Marquette Cafe & Bar Home of the Hearty ½ Pound Hamburger Fresh, Never Frozen Des Moines Register (7-9-06) “100 Things to Eat Before You Die”

Friday Night Cod Dinner Full Salad Bar & Desert

“The Finest Smoked Fish in the World” • Catfish, Alligator & Snapping Turtle Jerky • Homemade Hickory Smoked Sausage & Jerkies • Fresh & Frozen Fish & Seafood • Fresh Wisconsin Cheese

The Area’s Most Unique Shop

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87 1st St., Marquette, IA

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304 S Prairie St, Prairie du Chien

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Located 1 block east of the Information Center just across the Mississippi River Bridge from Iowa

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Living the Dream DYERSVILLE, IOWA

Driving Tour

NATIONAL FARM TOY MUSEUM

DYERSVILLE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Open daily • 563.875.2727 nationalfarmtoymuseum.com

Call us today for your FREE visitors guide at • 563.875.2311 or visit us online at dyersville.org 600 Star Brewery Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563 583-6100

DYERSVILLE

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Clements Fishing Barge “World’s Best Fishing” www.clementsfishing.com

Cabin Available!

Closed Holidays Tastings daily, tours upon request Lunch weekdays 11am to 2 pm Appetizers daily. 11am to close Live evening entertainment Thursday - Sunday

12214 Highway 35 De Soto, WI 54624 888.942.6644 rushcreekrealty.com

Experience Illinois, Iowa & Wisconsin

WITHOUT BOUNDARIES www.tristatetourism.com

Mon - Fri - 10 am-4 pm • Sat & Sun - 1-4 pm 331 First Ave East 563.875.2414 • dyersvillehistory.com

Captain Hook’s Bait & Tackle, Inc.

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hwy. 35, De Soto, WI 54624 (608) 648-2112 www.jrmilitarysurplus.com

$5

Admission 10 & under FREE

Located 25 miles west of Dubuque, Iowa on Hwy 20!

J&R Military Surplus

Stepping back in time.

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BIKES AND BERRIES Bikes and Berries Driving Tour Driving Tour | gomonroecounty.com

“Bikes and berries” is the theme as you drive through this unglaciated area. Travel through cranberry country and enjoy the spectacular wildlife. More than 3,700 acres dot the countryside in the northern part of the county. Enjoy one of our seven museums, the Amish countryside, Fort McCoy, the Wegner Grotto, and beautiful rolling hills as you travel through the area. Check out the world’s largest bicycle in Sparta. The Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail and the La Crosse River Bike Trail offer some off-the-road tours you’re sure to enjoy. Come and explore our class 1 trout streams, public hunting, kayaking, canoeing, and hiking opportunities. The tiny, bustling community of WARRENS welcomes visitors in a big way. Warrens is the “cranberry capital of Wisconsin.” Cranberry marshes, sphagnum moss beds, and great blue heron nesting spots are all things to watch for as you drive through this area. Pick up an area map at any of the Warrens businesses to help you find your way around. Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, 204 Main Street, 608.378.4878, is an entity dedicated to the cranberry industry in Wisconsin. Learn all about the challenges of growing cranberries, and their history in Wisconsin. Gift shop—featuring cranberry products, glassware, books, gifts, and bakery. Warrens offers restaurants for your dining pleasure and an array of unique shopping experiences, featuring the work of many local artisans. The Cranberry Festival, held each September, features more than 800 art and craft booths, 350 antique and flea market booths and 100 farmers market booths. The annual festival brings more than 100,000 visitors to the area each fall.

McMullen Memorial County Park offers excellent camping opportunities and a small lake for fishing and swimming. The 71site park, situated on 1,000 forested acres, also offers a three-quarter-mile hiking trail around the bluff and wetlands area. Travel south on County O out of Warrens, four miles to Highway 12. Turn left (south) on Highway 12 and travel four miles to Highway 21 in Tomah. TOMAH Crossroads for west-central Wisconsin, offering recreation and convenience! Tomah’s location is midway between the Twin Cities and Milwaukee, where the state’s interstate system (I-90 and I-94) divides. Tomah boasts small-town charm with plenty of shopping including antiques, Amish and cranberry goods, attractions, over 635 motel rooms, area campgrounds, entertainment opportunities, indoor and outdoor water parks, and several area restaurants. Whether you’re interested in shopping for antiques, arts and crafts; taking our Amish and Cranberry Country self-guided driving tours; golfing at one of our three area courses; silent sports such as hiking, biking, or canoeing; summer festivals or the tractor pull; fall cranberry festival and autumn color tours; or winter activities, like snowmobiling and skiing, you’ll find the Tomah area has a variety of annual activities. Our community is family-friendly where you can experience over 200 acres of green space in one of our ten city parks or walk the Tomah Recreation Trail, which meanders four miles through many city parks.

Five WWII buildings depict a soldier’s life in the 1940s. The History Center highlights Fort McCoy’s role in the armed forces since 1909. Pine View Recreation Area has a beach, boat rentals, campsites, miniature golf and fishing. The Whitetail Ridge Recreation Area has facilities for downhill and crosscountry skiing, a snow tubing slope, snowmobile trails and a chalet. They have rentals, and offer ski lessons. 800.531.4703. Continue west on Highway 21, seven miles into Sparta. Follow Highway 21 onto Montgomery Street. At the first stop sign. Turn left (south) on to Water Street at the first stop light. Go several blocks to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street and go to the intersection of Main and Court.

Tomah is truly Wisconsin’s Cranberry Country, and a great place to plan your next trip in west-central Wisconsin.

SPARTA has the only corner in the State of Wisconsin that has four State Historical Markers, designating the importance of the buildings’ history—The U.S. Post Office, the Sparta Free Library, the Monroe County Courthouse, and the Masonic Temple.

Area attractions include The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, Tomah Area Historical Society Museum, Humbird Cheese Mart, and the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, located just outside of Tomah.

The Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum and the Monroe County Local History Room are housed in the Monroe County Museum Complex Building, also known as the Masonic Temple.

Take Highway 21 west from Tomah, nine miles.

This museum has three permanent exhibits exploring the bicycle revolution, local aviation history, and the life of Mercury 7 Astronaut Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton. Exhibits include antique and vintage bicycles, a full-scale home built

FORT MCCOY, situated between Tomah and Sparta, on Highway 21, has a World War II Commemorative Area, Historical Center, and a Military Equipment Park. Admission is free.

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BIKES AND BERRIES Pietenpol airplane, and one of Deke’s original astronaut space suits. The Kid’s Area is filled with building blocks, books to read, an interactive quiz wall, and a loft to fly paper gliders from. The Local History Room contains the pioneer history of the area, illustrating farming, industry, and life in a typical home in years gone by. It also has a state-of-the-art research room, including microfilm copies of all area newspapers, state and federal census info, as well as a cemetery card file. Go one block east back to Water Street. Turn right (south) and continue to the second stop light on Wisconsin Street (Highway 16). Turn left (east) and then right immediately into the first driveway. Sparta is home to the “world’s largest bicycle.” The fiberglass structure stands 30 feet tall, and the rider, “Ben Bikin’,” will speak to you when you stop by. A great photo opportunity. Sparta celebrates “Butterfest” the second weekend in June. A three-day event dedicated to the rich dairy industry in the area, it includes a carnival, flea market, quilt

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show, and softball tournaments. It features live family entertainment and a huge parade on Sunday.

Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum. More than 2,000 dolls grace the museum, which also includes a gift shop.

Drive back up to Highway 16 (Wisconsin Street). Turn right (east). Turn around when you can and head west on Highway 16 (Wisconsin Street) to Highway 27 (Black River Street) Turn right on Highway 27 (north). Go nine miles. Turn left onto Highway 71. Go one-half mile. Turn left into the driveway.

The Railroad Museum serves as a reference library for over 1,000 books and magazines dating back 100 years. You’ll find a telegrapher’s office, lanterns, and a gallery of railroad art. The campus includes a picnic shelter, outdoor garden railroad, a caboose tour, children’s train rides, and a miniature train on which children may play.

CATARACT is home to the Wegner Grotto, a grassroots art environment. This garden park includes concrete structures decorated with a brilliant mosaic of shattered glass and broken crockery, including an American flag, a 50th anniversary cake, a prayer garden, a glass church, and a peace monument.

Exit back onto Highway II and turn right (west). Go one mile. Turn left on Highway B. Go 10 miles back into Sparta. Turn right at the first stop light onto Montgomery Street. Travel several blocks to the next stop light. Turn left (south) onto Highway 27 (Black River Street). Travel 15 miles to Highway 33 in Cashton.

Turn right (east) onto Highway 71. Go to the first stop sign at Highway 27. Turn left (north) into Cataract, about two miles. Turn right onto County Highway B. Travel one mile. Turn left onto Highway II. Go one mile and look for the caboose.

CASHTON sits atop a scenic hill, and is home to Wisconsin’s largest Amish settlement. Drive through the beautiful countryside yourself or take an Amish tour. You’ll find unique shops, a cheese factory, and plenty of friendly eateries in this cozy town. Follow Highway 33 east 10 miles to Ontario and Wildcat Mountain State Park.

A magical experience awaits you in the

Drive through Wildcat Mountain State Park. High bluffs and narrow valleys make this a spectacular scenic area. Return to Highway 33. Turn right (west) and travel two miles to Highway 131. Turn right on Highway 131 (north) and go 11 miles into the Village of Wilton. The communities of NORWALK, WILTON and KENDALL parallel the Elroy-Sparta National Bike Trail. Norwalk boasts a beautiful community park that offers relaxation and camping. Wilton is a charming community. It offers several restaurants, a small motel, camping, and several bed and breakfasts. It is considered the heart of the trail. Trail headquarters to the Elroy-Sparta Trail is the restored Kendall Depot. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the scenic Baraboo River which flows through the village park in Kendall. Turn right onto Highway 71/Highway 131 and travel four miles to Highway 131, turn left (north) and travel 10 miles back into the community of Tomah. Take a leisurely auto tour and enjoy all that Monroe County has to offer.

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2017 Calendar of Events | JANUARY—FEBRUARY JANUARY 1 | Purple Plunge | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Dirty Turtle | 11am-3pm | Silent auction, raffle, bingo. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. | 715.459.1878 | wendy.staven@ cancer.org

6 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info 6-8 | O’Cooch Indoor Brush Shoot | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 687 Lincoln Ave | Bow Shoot - Fee | 608.778.2472 | Facebook: Ocooch Mountain Broadhead, Inc | fennimore.com

7 | Winter Festival | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 10am4pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoovalley.wi.gov

10 thru March 28 | Lions Club Bingo | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 608.654.7828

13-14 | Showcase of Talent | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe HS Performing Arts Center | 7:30pm | radio variety show | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

13-15 | Winterfest | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

16 | Mayor’s Chili Cook-Off | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | New Lisbon City Hall | 8am-2pm | Proceeds benefit local org. | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com 17 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

26 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

3-4 | 94th Annual Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament | Westby, WI |

26 & 29 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI |

Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 687 Lincoln Ave | Bow Shoot - Fee | 608.778.2472 | Facebook: Ocooch Mountain Broadhead, Inc | fennimore.com

Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

27-28 | Comedy Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | 7:30pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com 28 | Winter Extravaganza | Fort McCoy,

Vernon County | County Highway P | Food & beverages | 608.634.3211 | snowflakeskiclub.com

3-5 | O’Cooch Indoor Brush Shoot |

4 | Bowling Tournament | Hustler, WI | Juneau County | Hooterbowl | Proceeds benefit local charity. | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com

WI | Monroe County | Whitetail Ridge Ski Area | Snow Pile Dig, Slalom race, kids’ obstacle course, rail jam, raffle prizes. | 608.388.7400 | mccoy.armymwr.com/us/mccoy

4 | Lutefisk/Meatball Dinner | Westby,

29 | Annual Highland Lion’s Club Fisheree | Highland, WI | Iowa County |

4-5 | Annual Fisheree | Prairie du Chien,

Blackhawk Lake

27-March 24 | Seasons of the Sugar River | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

27-March 24 | Still Life: An Evolving Image – Exhibit by Sally Hutchinson | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

JANUARY-NOVEMBER 2nd Saturday | VFW Steak Supper | Benton, WI | Lafayette County | VFW Hall | Main St | 4:30-7pm | bentonwi.us

WI | Vernon County | Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 306 S. Main St | 11am – 4pm | 608.634.4871 WI | Crawford County | Lakeview Marina Bar & Restaurant, County K | 7am | Ice fishing competition | 800.732.1673 | prairieduchien.org

4-5 | Winter Toy Train Exhibit | Platteville, WI | Grant County | Rollo Jamison Museum, 405 E Main St | 10am-4pm | 608.348.8888 | mining.jamison.museum

5 | Model Car & Toy Show | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont Convention Center | 10am–3:30pm | Sponsored by the Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club Inc | 608.762.5605 | belmontwi.com 10 | YMCA Daddy/Daughter Dance | Monroe, WI | Green County | 1307 2nd St | 6:30-8:30pm | 608.325.2003 | greencountyymca.org

11 | Loren & Mark | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | 7:30pm | Guitar instrumentals plus vocal duets | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

20-21 | Comedy Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | 7:30pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

FEBRUARY

21 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas,

County | St. Francis de Sales Church Hall, 2720 North Percival St | Auction, raffle | Contact Father Frisch | 608.854.2392

WI | Grant County | Potosi Brewing Company | 2-6pm | 608.642.0321 or 608.763.2042 | portofpotosi@gmail.com

Groundhog’s Day Auction | Benton, WI |

11 | Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast |

Lafayette County | 6pm | and silent auction | bentonwi.us

Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Ferryville Village Hall | 8-11am | Homemade pancakes, Norwegian coffee | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com

21 | Indoor Market on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | Masonic Temple, 1613 10th St | 9am-2pm | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org

21 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

21-22 | YMCA Gems Gymnastics Meet | Monroe, WI | Green County | 1307 2nd St | 608.325.2003 | greencountyymca.org

1 | St. Francis de Sales CCW Soup & Sandwich Dinner | Hazel Green, WI | Grant

3 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info 3-4 | 7th Annual Freeze Fest | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Recreation Park, Tomah Fair Grounds, | Medallion hunt, kids zone, pickleball tournament, snowshoeing, skiing across the lake. | tomahrotaryclub.org

11 | Port of Potosi Cave Party | Potosi,

11 | YMCA Gator Pick Your Distance Home Swim Meet | Monroe, WI | Green County | 1307 2nd St | 608.325.2003 | greencountyymca.org

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2017 Calendar of Events | FEBRUARY—MARCH 11-12 | Valentine’s Weekend Wine & Chocolates | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Burr Oak Winery | Complimentary chocolates with your wine tastings | 608.562.5271 | burroakwinery.com

11-12 | Winter Toy Train Exhibit | Platteville, WI | Grant County | Rollo Jamison Museum, 405 E Main St | 10am-4pm | 608.348.8888 | mining.jamison.museum

12 | Annual Yellowstone Lake Fish-a-ree | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Yellowstone Lake State Park

16 | Senior Drop-In | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Public Library | 819 High Ave | 6:30pm | Local authors/speakers | 608.489.2192 18 | Chili Walk & Wine Tasting for Charity | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Shop Tomah Stores | 11am-4pm | Sample chili, soups & wine. Tickets $5. | 608.372.2166

18 | Dubuque on Ice Brewfest | Dubuque, IA | Dubuque County | Mystique Ice Arena | 1-5pm | 608.763.4002 ext 109 | potosibrewery.com

18 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@ yahoo.com

18 | Indoor Market on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | Masonic Temple, 1613 10th St | 9am-2pm | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 18 | Love Letters | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | 7:30pm | A play of two people | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

18 | Ski Buster MS Poker Run & Auction | Cassville, WI | Grant County | J &J’s Sandbar | 8:30am | Prizes, raffle, auction & a dance

18 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

21 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

23 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

24-25 | Bald Eagle Appreciation Day | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Hoffman Hall, 1600 S. Wacouta Ave | 9am-4pm | Bald Eagle, raptor programs. | 800.732.1673 | prairieduchien.org

24-25 | Villa Louis Eagle Appreciation Weekend | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | 10:30am-4pm | Open for special winter tours | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

25 | Cassville FFA Alumni Breakfast | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Cassville High School Cafeteria | 715 E Amelia St, Cassville | 8:30am-12pm | 608.725.5116

25 | Driftless Deer Classic | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Richland Middle School | 9am – 6pm | Hunting vendors from Wisconsin & Iowa | 608.647.3423 | richlandcenterarchery.com 25 | Fort Crawford Museum | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | 717 S Beaumont Rd | 9am-4pm | Learn about John Muir | 608.326.6960 | fortcrawfordmuseum. com

25 | Lions Club Waffle Brunch | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 10am | 608.654.7828

25 | Lee Lake Polar Plunge | Cazenovia, WI | Richland County | Lee Lake | 9am | Raffles, food, bear hugs. | 608.415.1044 | facebook.com/Lee-Lake-Polar-Bear-Plunge

Feb 1-March 24 | Seasons of the Sugar River | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

Feb 1-March 24 | Still Life: An Evolving Image – Exhibit by Sally Hutchinson | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

MARCH 1-24 | Seasons of the Sugar River | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com 1-24 | Still Life: An Evolving Image – Exhibit by Sally Hutchinson | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

3 | Creative Communities Art Canvas Exhibit Grand Opening | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 6-8pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoovalley.wi.gov

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3 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info 3-5 | O’Cooch Indoor Brush Shoot | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 687 Lincoln Ave | Bow Shoot - Fee | 608.778.2472 | Facebook: Ocooch Mountain Broadhead, Inc | fennimore.com

3, 17, 31 | Cassville Conservation Club Fish Fry | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Conservation Club

4 | Bald Eagle Day | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Ferryville Village Hall | 10am-3pm | Free, eagle, raptor programs, student art, crafts, eagle nest building, hooting contest. | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com 4 | Creative Communities Art Experience | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 10am-4pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoovalley.wi.gov

4 | Historical Society Spring Craft Show | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Sparta High School | 9am-4pm | 300 craft vendors | 608.269.3233 | bikesparta.com

4 | Route 66 | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | 7:30pm | Dancing & timeless tunes | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com 4 | Taste of Fennimore | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | The Silent Woman | 1 -5pm | 800.822.3599 | fennimore.com

4 | Wild Game Dinner | Seneca, WI | Crawford County | SenecaTown Hall | Donations of bear, venison, turkey, catfish, rabbit, beaver, etc. along with door prizes & raffles. | 608.734.3054

5 | Vets Honor Roll Annual Dance | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | White House | 1–6pm | Veteran’s Memorial benefit dance with door prizes, raffles. | 608.647.9040 | facebook.com/ RCVetMemorial

10 | Cordelia Harvey | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | 200 W. Main St | 7pm | Wisconsin Angel impact during the Civil War by Hannah Scholze. | 608.269.8680 | facebook.com/ MCLHR 11 | 7th Annual YMCA Celtic Run Before You Crawl 5K & Kid’s Fun Run | Monroe, WI | Green County | 1307 2nd St | Kid’s run 8:30am, 5K 9am | 608.325.2003 | greencountyymca.org


2017 Calendar of Events | MARCH—APRIL 11 | Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Blackhawk Ave | 10am | 800.732.1673 | prairieduchien.org

18 | St. Patrick’s Dance for Sacred Heart School | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 7-11pm | 608.654.7828

18 | St Patrick’s Day Parade | Avoca, WI |

11 | Celtic Pub Crawl | Monroe, WI |

Iowa County | Noon Parade

Green County | Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day | celticcrawl.com

18 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon

11 | Shamrock Shuffle | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta Ave | 7am | 5K, 3.1 mile fun run/walk | 608-326-7207

11 | Sparta Sports Expo | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Meadowview School, 1225 N Water St | 9am-4pm | Family event of archery, fishing & hunting displays

11 | St. Patrick’s Day Dance | Browntown, WI | Green County | Browntown Fire Department | 608.966.3270 | browntown-wi. us

12 | Farm Toy Show | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe High School | 9am3pm | Sponsored by FFA & FFA Alumni. | 608.214.4817

17 | Celebration of the Arts | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School | 7-9pm | Entertainment, food & silent auction | 608.637.7828 | pleasantridgewaldorf. org

17 | St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Monroe, WI | Green County | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org

17-18 | Villa Louis Behind the Scenes | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours, reservations required. Tour a historic house museum. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

18 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com

18 | Indoor Market on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | Masonic Temple, 1613 10th St | 9am-2pm | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 18 | Kalberwurst Dinner | New Glarus, WI | Green County | New Glarus Fire Department | newglarusfd.com

18 | Port of Potosi Annual Breweriana | Potosi, WI | Grant County | STS Andrew Thomas School | 9am-3pm | Collectors show | 608.642.0321 or 608.763.2042 | portofpotosi@gmail.com

County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

19 | Madison Youth Choirs | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | 2pm | Reading of the Snow Goose by actor Richard Hilger | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter. com

21 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

24-26 | On Golden Pond | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com 24-25 & 31-April 1 | Swing into Spring | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Shop Tomah Stores | Unique specialty stores with door prizes. | 608.372.2166

25 | Annual Garden Expo | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | UW-Richland | 9am–4pm | Vendors, presentations throughout the day | 608.647.6186 Ext. 227 | richland.uwc.edu/events 25 | Fish Fry | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Sports Page | 5–8pm | Sponsored by the American Legion & Belmont Sportsmen’s Club | 608.762.5305 | belmontwi.com

25 | Waterfowl Bird Walk | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 8am | De Soto Bird City sponsors the walk along the Mississippi River | 608.648.2700 26 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

26 | Sacred Heart Chicken Q | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 11am | 608.654.7828

30 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

31 | On Golden Pond | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | 7:30pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

APRIL TBD | City Wide Garage Sales | Benton, WI | Lafayette County | bentonwi.us 1 | Antique Toy Show | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Recreation Park, Tomah Fair Grounds | 9am-3pm | Farm toys, trucks, cars, combines, threshers Adults: $2. Ages 13-17: $1; 12 & under: FREE

1 | Gallery Night | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | Downtown | 5pm-9pm | Artwork in a variety of media is available in artists’ studios, galleries & shops. | 608. 285.2958 | artsmp.org/gallery-night 1 | Freedom Honor Flight Casino Night | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | American Legion on Hwy 21 | Fundraiser for Freedom Honor Flight for WWII & Korean vets | 608.269.4411

1-2 | On Golden Pond | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

1-2 | O’Cooch Outdoor Brush Shoot | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | Green River Rd | 7am | Outdoor Bow Shoot - Fee | 608.778.2472 | fennimore.com

6 | Best of the Region | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | The Barn Restaurant | 5-8pm | Culinary creations, wines, brews, art, music. Admission. Sponsored by Prairie du Chien Area Chamber | 608.326.8555 7 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info 7 | St. Charles Fish Fry | Cassville, WI | Grant County | St. Charles School | 5-8pm 7 | Taste of Art & Wine | Fort McCoy, WI | Monroe County | Whitetail Ridge Ski Area | Local artists, wine, beer & hors d’oeuvre. Tickets – limited availability. | 608.388.7400 | mccoy.armymwr.com/us/mccoy 7-8 | Citywide Garage Sales | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | 100 garage sales throughout town. | 608.987.3201 | mineralpoint.com 7-8 | Quilt the Day Away | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta Ave | 9am-4pm | Largest quilting event in the Tri-state area | 608.326.7207

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2017 Calendar of Events | APRIL 8 | Big Top Chautauqua | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Richland Center High School Auditorium | 5:30 – 10pm | “Big Top Opry 2, The Outlaw Years” | 608.647.4949 | nhsrcwi.org

8 | Breakfast with the Easter Bunny | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Knights of Columbus Hall | 8-11am | $5 Adults ages 17+; $3 kids ages 2-16. FREE for kids under 2. | 608.372.2166

8 | Breakfast with the Easter Bunny | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont Elementary School Gym | 9-11am | Crafts, games, prizes, by Belmont Lions Club | 608.762.5580 or 608.762.5320 | belmontlions53510@gmail.com | belmontwi.com

8 | Cassville Cub Scout Easter Egg Hunt | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Cassville High School | See the Easter Bunny & egg hunt in shredded Easter grass.

8 | Potosi Brewing Company Annual Banquet | Potosi, WI | Grant County |

15 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo.com 15 | Indoor Market on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | Masonic Temple, 1613 10th St | 9am-2pm | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 15 | Spring Fling Craft & Gift Show | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Olson Middle School | More than 60 vendors | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber 15 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

29-30 | New Vintage Premiere Weekend | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County

Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

9 | Pancake Breakfast | Argyle, WI |

20 | Senior Drop-In | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon

Lafayette County | Argyle/Adams Fire Dept. | 608.543.3525

County | Hillsboro Public Library | 819 High Ave | 6:30pm | Local authors/speakers | 608.489.2192

Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info

15 | Easter Egg Hunt | Camp Douglas, WI

21 | Six Appeal Vocal Band | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | 7:30pm | A musical journey through decades & genres – all a cappella | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com 21-22 | Brueggen Bash Polka Fest | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 608.654.7828

22 | Kalberwurst Supper & Silent Basket Auction | Monticello, WI | Green

| Juneau County | Nelson Park | 10:30am | 608.343.0588 | campdouglaswi.com

County | Zwingli Church, 416 E Lake Ave | 4:30-8pm

15 | Easter Egg Hunt | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Heritage Park | 10am-12pm | Sponsored by the New Lisbon Lions Club | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com

22 | Lung Bustin’ Justin 5K Trail Race | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | 7:30am-4pm | Justin Trail Resort, 7452 Kathryn Ave | Trails for running | 608.397.9708 | justintrails.com

15 | Easter Egg Hunt & Bake Sale | New

23 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette

Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Lone Rock School, N8242 6th Ave | 10:30-11:30am | Sponsored by the Lone Rock Community | 608.427.6768 | lonerockschool.com

28-29 | Villa Louis Behind the Scenes

17 | Our Town 2016 | Darlington, WI |

18 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI |

14 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry |

Dodgeville, WI | Iowa County | Harris Park | grilledcheesewisconsin.com

29 | Spring Fish Boil | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Congregational United Church | 4:30-7pm | 608.897.2917

WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Public School | 608.543.3318

Juneau County | Riverside Park | 2:30pm | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

29 | Grilled Cheese Competition |

| Cassville, WI | Grant County | RVCC Fellowship Hall | Help bag food for kids for Haiti

9 | FFA Consignment Auction | Argyle,

14 | Easter Egg Hunt | Mauston, WI |

| La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 3pm-7pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoofriends.org

17 | Kids for Hunger Food Bagging

Holiday Gardens Event Center | 5-9pm | 608.763.4002 ext 109 | potosibrewery.com

Conservation Club

29 | Friends of the KVR Spring Fling

| Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours, reservations required. Tour a historic house museum. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

Lafayette County | Darlington High School Gymnasium | 11am-4pm | Business Home Show | 608.776.3067 | darlingtonwi.org

14 | Cassville Conservation Club Fish Fry | Cassville, WI | Grant County |

27 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

26 | St. Joseph’s Salad Luncheon | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | Salad luncheon fundraiser | 608.489.8259

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| Burr Oak Winery | Taste the newest Burr Oak Winery selections | 608.562.5271 | burroakwinery.com

31-May 1 | City Wide Garage Sales | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Map Available | 608.776.4071 | darlington.wi.org TBD | Children’s Fair | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Darlington Middle School | 10am-1pm | Hosted by Lafayette County “Celebrate Our Children Coalition | 608.776.3032 | darlington.wi.org

APRIL-JUNE April 7-June 9 | WI Regional Arts Program Exhibit | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

April 7-June 9 | Mostly from my Collection – an exhibit by Jonathan Wilde | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

MAY 1 | Swiss Historical Village | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Daily 10am-4pm thru mid-October | Museum open for the season | 608.527.2317 | swisshistoricalvillage.org


2017 Calendar of Events | MAY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 3–7pm | Fresh produce, delicious edibles, arts & crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/ chamber

6 | PorkFest & Pork School | Mauston,

3-31 | Wed Night Open Shoots | Argyle,

WI | Vernon County | Skogdalen Lutheran Church, Oakdale & Cty P | 11-1pm | All you can eat with lefse. | 608.634.4871

WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.543.3986

5 | Cassville Car Ferry Begins Operation | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Ferry Landing Riverside Park | Ferry operation through October 29. | 608.725.5180 | Facebook at Cassville Car Ferry

5 | YMCA Golf Marathon | Monroe, WI | Green County | 1307 2nd St | 6:30am | 608.325.2003 | greencountyymca.org

5-6 | City Wide Rummage Sales | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Ads in The Richland Center Shopping News | 608.647.2911 | richlandcentershoppingnews.com

5-7 | City Wide Rummage Sales | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Locations vary. For a list pick up the Foxxy Shopper. | 608.372.2166

6 | 3rd Annual Derby Days | Platteville, WI | Grant County | 2nd St | 3pm-2am | Food, music & fun | 608.348.8888 | platteville.com

6 | Annual Rose Delivery Day | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Lion’s Club | Orders needed 1 week in advance | 608.214.5894 6 | Cassville’s Farmers Market | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Volunteer Park | 8-11:30am | Homemade baked & canned goods; home grown produce & plants through October 7

6 | Indoor Flea Market | Prairie du Chien, WI |Crawford County |Hoffman Hall, 1600 S. Wacouta Ave | 9am-4pm | Over 40 vendors | 608-326-7207

6, 13, 20, 27 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 7am | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

WI | Juneau County | Wisconsin River Meats, Hwy HH | 10am-3pm | 608.847.7413 | wisconsinrivermeats.com

6 | Skogdalen Salad Luncheon | Westby,

6-7 | Mineral Point Historic Preservation Weekend | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | A celebration of first Wisconsin city to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places | 608.987.3201 | mineralpoint.com

6-7 & 13 | Cassville FFA Plant Sale | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Cassville High School | 8am-12pm

6-7 | Bloody Lake Rendezvous |

13 | Mother-Daughter Breakfast | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | 8:30am-1pm | Reservations required | 608-326-7207 13 | Motorsports Mayhem | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Richland County Fairgrounds | 11am-12am | Truck/ tractor pulls, ATV, snowmobile grass races, demolition derby. | 608.604.5068 | hybridredneck.com 13 | Rose Sale | Albany, WI | Green County | Lions Building, 402 N Cincinnati St | 608.751.2895 | albanylionsclub.com

13-August 6 | Villa Louis Presents: Wisconsin Women of Style-The Victorian Wedding | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | 608-326-7207

Woodford, WI | Lafayette County | Black Hawk Memorial Park | A pre-1840s reenactment camp | 608.862.5724 | darlington.wi.org

14 | Mother’s Day Chicken Q | Cashton,

10 | WOW! Day | Viroqua, WI | Vernon

Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

County | Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School | 8:10-9am | A glimpse into classrooms of Waldorf education | 608.637.7828 | pleasantridgewaldorf.org

11 | Fennimore Legion Spaghetti Supper | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 860 Lincoln Ave | 4:30-7pm | 800.822.1131 | fennimore. com

11-13 | Spring Rummage Sale | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | United Methodist Church | 420 Suszycki Dr | Bake sale & food stand | 608.847.5964 | maustonumc.com 12–14 | Spring Festival | Gays Mills, WI | Crawford County | Tour, flea market, food stands & the annual Festival of Folk Music & Dance | 608.735.4341 | gaysmills.org/ Activities_and_Festivals.php 13 | Bike Rodeo | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 11am | 608.654.7828

16 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI |

18-20 | Fennimore Citywide Garage Sales | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 7am | 800.822.1131 | fennimore.com

19 | PdC UnCorked | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | 5-8:30pm | A wine tasting event, limited tickets available | 608.326.8555 ext. 10 or 12 19-20 | Rummage Along the River | Ferryville, WI | Crawford & Vernon County | 8am-4pm | 70-mile garage sale full of antiques & bargains along Hwy 35 | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com 19-21 | Armed Forces Day Celebration | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Nelson Park | 4–9pm | Carnival, tractor pull, softball tournament, 5K run, music | 608.427.3355 | campdouglaswi.com

20 | Fort McCoy’s Armed Forces Day |

6 | Migratory Bird Celebration | De Soto,

13 | Cinco de Mayo | Darlington, WI |

WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 10am | Program, bird walk & activities for all ages | 608.648.2700

Lafayette County | Darlington Festival Grounds | Noon to Midnight | A Taste of Mexico | 608.776.3067 | cincodemayowi.org

Fort McCoy, WI | Monroe County | 9am-3pm | Free, tours, personalized ID tags, facepainting, interactive marksmanship gallery, obstacle course for kids. | 608.388.2407

6 | Mineral Point Market Opening | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | Watertower Park | 8-11am | mineralpoint.com

13 | International Spring Bird Migration Hike | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County |

20 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas,

6 | Opening Day Ceremony of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Sparta Chamber of Commerce, 111 Milwaukee St | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

Ferryville Village Hall, Sugar Creek Bluff | 7:30am | Free | Easy hike, refreshments. | 608.734.9018 | visitferryville.com

WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall | Tractor pull, softball tournament, 5K run, music | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo.com

20 | Juda Hill Climb 5K/2K Walk/Kids Fun Run | Juda, WI | Green County | Juda High School – N2385 Spring St

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2017 Calendar of Events | MAY—JUNE 20 | Muscoda Firemen’s Steak Feed | Muscoda, WI | Grant County | Fire station at 701 N Wisconsin Ave | 5pm | steak dinner, refreshments

20 | Old Fashioned Day | Wonewoc, WI | Juneau County | 608.464.3210 | wonewocwisc.com/old-fashioned-day 20 | Spring Fling | Monticello, WI | Green County | Ball tournament, pig roast, beer tent | monticello-wi.com 20 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon

25 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

26-28 | Music Fest | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Music, games & inflatable’s, family fun | ngmusicfest.com 26-28 | Yesteryear’s Weekend | Albany, WI | Green County | Music, carnival, parades, duck races.

27 | Breakfast on the Farm | Brooklyn,

County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

WI | Green County | Rollin’ Green Dairy | 6-10am | Farm tours, arts, crafts, entertainment; always last Saturday in May, | greencountyagchest.com

20-21 | 35th Annual Morel Mushroom Festival | Muscoda, WI | Grant County |

27-28 | The Great Wine & Chocolate Trail | Southwest WI | Grant County

10am-4pm | Arts, crafts, wine tasting, morel microbrew beer tasting, bounce houses, parade | 608.739.3182 | muscoda.com

| Sampling at various wineries in SW WI | 10am–5pm | 608.929.7692 | spurgeonvineyards.com

20-21 | Syttende Mai Norwegian Festival | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Craft

27-28 | Spring Winery Festival | New

display, heritage tent, ethnic foods & parade | 608.634.4011 | westbysyttendemai.com

Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Burr Oak Winery | 11am-5pm | Sample wines & local chocolates | 608.562.5271 | burroakwinery.com

20-21 | Winding Roads Art Tour

28 | Annual Dance | Belmont, WI |

| Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Area Art Studios | 10am-5pm | Free selfguided tour of art studios in and around Viroqua. | 608.637.6918 (VIVA Gallery) | windingroadsart.com

May 20-October 31 | Every Saturday | Farmers Market in the Park | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Sugar Creek Park Hwy 35 | 9am-3pm | Produce, Amish goods, crafts | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

21 | Country Coon Prairie Worship Service | Westby, WI | Vernon County | 9:30 | This is on the national register of historic places. | 608.634.3412

Lafayette County | Belmont Fire Station | 9pm–1am | Sponsored by the Belmont Fire Department | 608.762.5495 | belmontwi.com

28 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am--4pm | 608.543.3986 29 | Memorial Day 50 Bird Clay Shoot

May 27-October 9 | Brodhead Historical Depot Museum | Brodhead, WI | Green County | 1-4pm | open every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday & holidays | 608.558.4822 | brodheadhistory.org

MAY-SEPTEMBER Memorial Weekend - Labor Day | Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum Season | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 1135 6th St | Open daily 10am-4pm | 608.778.1192 | fennimore.com

Memorial Weekend - Labor Day | Fennimore Historical Railroad Society | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 610 Lincoln Ave | Open daily 10am-4pm | Museum Open - donation | 608.485.2408 | fennimore.com May 28-Sept 4 | Historical Society Open on Sundays | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Albert Field Memorial Park | 1-4pm | Museum | 608.489.2521 | hillsborowi.com

JUNE 1-3 | Annual Community-Wide Garage Sales | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | 8am | Sponsored by the Belmont Lions Club | BelmontLions53510@gmail.com | belmontwi.com

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Hamburgers in the Park | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Davidson Park | 5 - 7pm. | Entertainment by local service organizations. | 608.634.4405

| Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 10am-3pm | 608.543.3986

1-9 | Mostly from my Collection – by Jonathan Wilde | Monroe, WI | Green

29 | Memorial Day Service & Parade

County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

| Fennimore, WI | Grant County | Lincoln Ave | 9am | Service following | 800.822.1131 | fennimore.com

29 | Memorial Day Parade | Albany, WI |

1-9 | WI Regional Arts Program Exhibit

Westby, WI | Vernon County | 306 S Main St | 11am-1pm | Complete dinner including Lefse & Norwegian pastries. | 608.634.4871

Green County | Sponsored by McDermettSteindorf American Legion

| Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

29 | Memorial Day Parade | Hillsboro, WI

2 | Cars on the Square | Monroe, WI |

21 | Meatball Dinner | Westby, WI | Vernon

| Vernon County | 10:30am | 608.489.2280 | hillsborowi.com

Green County | Classic cars all around the square | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe. org

21 | Our Savior’s Lutheran Church |

County | 500 S Main St | 11am-1pm | Members of Coon Prairie Church serve dinner including Lefse & Norwegian pastries. | 608.634.3412

21 | Pancake Breakfast | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont Fire Station | 7:30am–12pm | Sponsored by the Belmont EMS | 608.762.5715 or 608.778.9715 | belmontwi.com

21 | Pancake Breakfast | Brodhead, WI |

29 | Memorial Day Parade | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | 10:30am | Activities all day | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

31 | Music in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admissions, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

Green County | Brodhead Airport | 7-11am | EAA Chapter 431 | 608.897.1175 | eaa431.org

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2 | Glow Walk/Run | Montfort, WI | Grant County | Montfort Ball Park | 7pm-9pm | Music, photo booth, face painting | Contact Kate Dobson by May 11th to preregister | 608.341.9500 2 | Montfort VFW Post 9298 Memorial & Flag Disposal Ceremony | Montfort, WI | Grant County | VFW Shelter | 7pm | Special dedication to the new VFW Memorial & Flag Disposal Ceremony


2017 Calendar of Events | JUNE 2-3 | 21st Annual Village-wide Rummage Sales | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | 608.625.4422

2-3 | Argyle Community Garage Sales | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | 608.543.3525

2-3 | Bike Me Fun Ride | Kendall, WI | Monroe County | Elroy-Sparta State Trail Kendall Depot | Friday evening reception; Saturday ride | 7am-3pm | Ride to benefit charities | 608.769.9910 | bikemeride.com

3 | Volleyball Tournament | Montfort, WI | Grant County | Montfort Ball Park | Captains meeting 8:30am | Tournament at 9am | contact Mike Kabat 608.732.0709

4 | Visitor Appreciation Day | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Stonefield Historic Site, 12195 CO Hwy V | 10am-5pm | everyone $2 | 608.725.5210 | stonefieldhistoricsite.org

3 | Red Bandana Ride | Montfort, WI

5 | Monroe City Band Concert | Monroe,

| Grant County | Gowdy’s | Sign in 10am, ride leaves at noon | Contact Stan Skaife | 608.943.6286

WI | Green County | Twining Park | Theme – The Golden Age of Bands | cityofmonroe.org

3 | BBQ Rib Contest | Montfort, WI | Grant County | VFW Shelter | 12-4pm | Contact Julie Pustina | 608.574.7818

2-3 | Bike Me | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail | Free admission | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

County | VFW Shelter | 7-11pm

2-3 | Cassville City Wide Garage Sales

3 | Gallery Night | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa

3 | Chicken Truck | Montfort, WI | Grant

| Cassville, WI | Grant County | Cassville Community 2-3 | Fun Fest | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | Hwy 18 & Bronson Blvd | 608.485.0820 | fennimore.com

County | 5-9pm | Artwork in a variety of media available in artists’ studios, galleries & shops. | 608. 285.2958 | artsmp.org/gallerynight/

2-3 | City-wide Rummage Sales | Westby,

3-4 | Green County “Pickers” Flea & Antique Market | Monroe, WI |

WI | Vernon County | 8am | 608.634.4011 | westbywi.com

2-4 | Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament | Montfort, WI | Grant County

Green County | Fairgrounds | 8am-4pm | greencountyfair.net

3-4 | Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend |

| Montfort Ball Park. Concession stand all weekend. | Isaac Campbell 608.732.4630

Cassville, WI | Grant County

2-4 | Montfort City Wide Garage Sales |

Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | 8am-Noon | 608.543.3113

Montfort, WI | Iowa & Grant County

2-4 | Montfort VFW Big Days | Montfort, WI| Iowa County | 50th year for the VFW’s celebration with theme of Family Reunion

2-4 | Montfort VFW Post 9298 51st Annual Big Days | Montfort, WI | Grant County | VFW Shelter 3 | Drenched by the River | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Riverside Park | 5K run

3, 10, 17, 24 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 7am – Sold | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

3 & 17 | Argyle Outdoor Market |

6, 13, 20, 27 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 3–7pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

6 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org June 6-July 14 | Hillsboro Library Summer Reading Program | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | 819 High Ave | 608.489.2192

7 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

7 | Ice Cream Social | Fennimore, WI |

3, 10, 17, 24 | Country Coon-Prairie Worship Service | Westby, WI | Vernon

Grant County | St. Peter Lutheran Church | Sponsored by Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum. Ice Cream & Homemade Pies - Fee | 608.778.1192 | fennimore.com

County | Country Coon-Prairie Church | 7pm | This is on the national register of historic places. | 608.634.3412

7-28 | Wed Night Open Shoots | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.543.3986

June 3-Oct 28 | Hillsboro Farmers Market | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County |

8-11 | Butterfest | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Memorial Park | Family event, music, arts, crafts, motorcycle poker run, carnival, parade on Sunday | 608.269.4123 | spartabutterfest.com

Royal Bank Parking Lot | Saturdays 8am-2pm | 608.489.2521

4 | Chicken BBQ | Montfort, WI | Grant County | VFW Shelter | Tickets on sale 10:30am | Raffle at 1pm

3 | June Dairy Breakfast | Cashton, WI

4 | Iowa County Dairy Breakfast |

| Monroe County | Mlsna East Town Dairy, 30962 Cty Rd D | 7-11am | Wagon rides, educational exhibits | 608.654.5115

Barneveld, WI | Iowa County | Kyle Thompson Farm | 7am-1pm

8-11 | Canoe Festival | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Darlington Festival Grounds | Parade on Sunday | 50 Years of celebrating the Pecatonica River | 608.776.3067 | darlingtoncanoefest.com

4 | Parade | Montfort, WI | Grant County

9 | Concert on the Square | Monroe,

Juneau County | Riverside Park | Dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

| Line up by B&L Ag Service | Registration 12:30pm | Parade 2pm. Family floats encouraged | Contact Julie Pustina | 608.574.7818

9 | Jammin’ on the Porch | Mineral

3 | Pride of Cassville Ferry Days |

4 | DJ music | Montfort, WI | Grant County |

Cassville, WI | Grant County | Riverside Park | Food, entertainment, inflatable’s, games, beer tent, 5k run

VFW Shelter | 3-5pm

3 | Movie in the Park | Mauston, WI |

4 | EMS Pancake Breakfast | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Fire House | All you can eat | 608.543.3525

WI | Green County | 6:30pm | Music on the Courthouse lawn | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org Point, WI | Iowa County | Orchard Lawn, 234 Madison St | 6-8pm | Music outdoors with local musicians. Bring chairs, blankets, food. | 608.987.3201 | mineralpointhistory.org

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2017 Calendar of Events | JUNE 9 | Summer Supper & Monticello Dairy Queen Crowning | Monticello, WI | Green County | Zwingli Church, 416 E Lake Ave | 5-7:30pm

9-10 | City Wide Garage Sales | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Multiple addresses. Maps available. | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com

9-11 | Country at the Crossroads | Avoca, WI | Iowa County | Lakeside Park | Music festival with baseball & kickball tournaments, bounce houses, car show. Camping available. | 608.532.6831 | Facebook: Country at the Crossroads

9-11 | Roger Bright Memorial Polkafest | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Free admission, bands all weekend. | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

9-11 | Wisconsin State High School Rodeo Finals | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Richland County Fairgrounds | 608.475.1886 | richlandcentertourism.com

10 | BBC (Beer, Bacon & Cheese) | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Buy a wristband to sample craft beers, cheese, sausage; music in the Polkafest tent | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

10 | Cesky Den | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Celebrate Czech heritage. | 608.489.2477 | ceskyden.com

10 | City Wide Rummage Sale | Brodhead, WI | Green County | 8am-4pm | 608.897.8411 | brodheadchamber.org

10 | Fennimore Firemen’s Steak Feed | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 1080 8th St | 4:30pm | 800.822.1131 | fennimore.com

10 | Hyde Blacksmith Shop Open House | Ridgeway, WI | Iowa County | Hyde Chapel, Mill & Store, 4896 Hwy H | 10am3pm | Blacksmith shop, Ruggles Stagecoach, wagon rides, tepee. | 608.341.8443

10 | Old Time Cheesemaking | Monroe, WI | National Historic Cheesemaking Center | 9:30am-1pm | See a wheel of Swiss hand stirred in a copper kettle. | 608.325.4636 | nationalhistoriccheesemakingcenter.org 11 | Richland County Dairy Breakfast | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | 7am-1pm | Wagon rides, petting zoo & farm tour. | 608.585.2137 | Facebook.com/ RichlandCountyDairyBreakfastWI

13 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org

14 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

16-18 | Aladdin Junior | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

15-18 | Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | 9am-9pm | Fur trading reenactment circa 1840s. Free | 800.732.1673 | prairieduchien.org

16 | HOPE Fundraiser Walk | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro High School Track | 6-11pm | Local Cancer Fundraiser | 608.489.2376 16-17 | Balloon & Blues Fest | Monroe, WI | Green County | Green County Fairgrounds | Blues bands, balloon flights, car show. Sponsored by ARC for citizens with special needs | monroeballoonrally.com

16–18 | Dairy Days Celebration | Soldiers Grove, WI | Crawford County | Horse show, tractor/truck pull, children’s pedal pull, softball/volleyball tournaments, carnival, music. | 608.624.3264 | soldiersgrove.com

10 | June Dairy Days-Rodeo Parade

17 | A Day on The Farm AG Tourism Expo | Platteville, WI | Grant County |

| Richland Center, WI | Richland County | 10:30am | Join the Dairy Days celebration | 608.647.3466 | richlandcentertourism.com

Digman Grain Farms, 1291 College Farm Rd | 10am-4pm | Free. Local vendors, petting zoo. | 608.348.8888 | platteville.com

10 | Lafollette Days | Argyle, WI | Lafayette

17 | Brews and Blues | Lancaster, WI |

County | A celebration of Argyle native, Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette | 608.439.5783

Grant County | Schreiner Memorial Library | 12-5pm | 608.723.2820 | lancasterwisconsin. com

10 | Mud Assault | Fort McCoy, WI | Monroe County | Whitetail Ridge | 3.5 mile course with over 20 obstacles. It’s time to get dirty! | 608.388.7400 | mccoy.armymwr.com/ us/mccoy

17 | Cassville Firemen’s Picnic in the Park | Cassville, WI | Grant County | 4pm | BBQ Chicken dinner.

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17 | Father’s Day Pie/Cake Sale | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Women’s Club FNB Community Room | 9-11:30am | 608.5 58 .8464 17 | Fly in Breakfast | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Cassville Airport | 7:30-11:30am | Experimental aircraft 17 | GAP Church Rummage Sale Fund Raiser | Albany, WI | Green County | Hwy 59 | 8am-2pm | 608.214.8289 or 608.897.6990

17 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com

17 | Jesse Parker Races | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Tomah High School | 7am | 5K Run/Walk, 1K Senior Stroll, 1K Special Needs Stampede, Angel Run & Firecrackers Races & pancake breakfast. | runjesse.com 17 | Optimists Fishing Derby | Brodhead, WI | Green County | City pond on 23rd St | 8:30am-1:30pm | Children’s annual fishing event | 608.426.1502

17 | Pies-A-Plenty | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Rendezvous St. Feriole Island | 4pm | Auction of homemade pies. Sponsored by Prairie du Chien Historical Society | 608.326.6960 | fortcrawfordmuseum.com

17 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

17 | Winneshiek Landing Day | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | Cottonwood Park | 10am-9pm | De Soto Area Lions Club celebrates De Soto. Free. | 608.648.3060 | Facebook: De Soto Winneshiek Landing Day

17-18 | Wine & Cheese Party | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Burr Oak Winery | Celebrate Father’s Day & sample wines & local cheeses | 608.562.5271 | burroakwinery. com 18 | Annual Father’s Day Chicken BBQ | Blanchardville, WI | Iowa County | Noon-4pm 18 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481 19 | Monroe City Band Concert | Monroe, WI | Green County | Twining Park | Theme – World Tour | cityofmonroe.org


2017 Calendar of Events | JUNE—JULY 20 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org

20 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

22-25 | Elroy Fair | Elroy, WI | Juneau County | City of Elroy Park | Annual 4-H & FFA Fair | 608.462.8286 | elroyfair.com

21 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com 22-25 | Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull | Tomah,

24 | Booster Club 15th Annual Golf Classic | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Yellowstone Golf Course | 8am-Noon | Prizes, awards & raffles | 608.214.3564

24 | Cranberry Blossom Day | Warrens, WI | Monroe County | Wetherby Cranberry Co. & WI Cranberry Discovery Center | 9am | Tour cranberry marsh & sample wine & gourmet food. | 608.378.4879 | discovercranberries. com

27 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org

24 | Fish Fry Celebration | Argyle, WI |

28 | Bonfire Program | Ferryville, WI |

Lafayette County | 78th Annual celebration with duck races & street dance | 608.543.3525

24 | Relay for Life of Green County | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe High School | Fundraising to honor cancer survivors & their caregivers. |608.662.7542 | relayforlife.org/greencountywi

WI | Monroe County | Recreation Park, Tomah Fair Grounds, 1625 Butts Ave | Witness top pullers from the U.S. & Canada compete for the Super National titles. There are food vendors, sales vendors ! | tomahtractorpull. com

24 | Rock Around the Block Festivities |

23 | Cassville Rescue Squad Dance |

Spring Green, WI | Sauk County | Jefferson St | 9am | Over 200 artists, food, entertainment, | springgreenartfair.com

Cassville, WI | Grant County

23 | Concert on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | 6:30pm | Music on the Courthouse lawn | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org

23-24 | Browntown Summerfest | Browntown, WI | Green County | Fire department fish boil, music, tractor pull, 5K Run, fireworks in the park. | 608.293.0742 or 608.966.3273

New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Lone Rock School, N8242 6th Ave | 8am-3pm | Walk/ run, potluck picnic, auction, music & kids games | 608.427.6768 | lonerockschool.com

24-25 | 48th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair |

24-25 | The Cheesy Weekend Trail | SW, WI | Grant County | Sampling wine & cheese at various wineries in SW WI | 10am – 5pm | 608.929.7692 | spurgeonvineyards.com 25 | Albany Lions Car Show | Albany,

23-25 | Aladdin Junior | Monroe, WI |

WI | Green County | Lions Building, 402 N Cincinnati St | 8am-3pm | 14th annual show, awards, entertainment, food, always 4th Sunday | 608.751.2895 | albanylionsclub.com

Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

25 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette Country | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

23-25 | Heidi Folk Festival | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Performances at the high school, craft fair & mini-expo | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

25 | Hillsboro Lion’s Club Dairy Breakfast | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County

23-Aug 11 | A Life With Paint – exhibit by Kay Kittell | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

24 | Beezer’s Poker Run | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Beezer’s Bar & Grill | 10am | Motorcycle & classic car poker run | 608.489.3007 | hotelhillsboro.com

27 | Community Supper | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | New Lisbon Community Center | 4:30–6pm | Complimentary meal open to all. Food for the soul. | 608.562.3555 | sharingsupper.org

| Hillsboro Firemen’s Park | 7-11:30am | 608.489.2521

25 | Livingston Celebration Festival | Livingston, WI | Iowa County | Memorial Park | 10am-6pm | Chicken BBQ, parade, car show, pedal tractor pull, ice cream social

25 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481

Crawford County | Ferryville Sugar Creek Park, Hwy 35 | 8pm | “Birdwatching in the U.S.” presented by Rick Zarwell | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

28 | Community Supper | Elroy, WI | Juneau County | United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave | 4:30–6pm | Complimentary meal open to all. | 608.847.7924 | sharingsupper.org

28 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

29 | Community Supper | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Mauston High School | 5–6:30pm | Complimentary meal open to all. Food for the soul. | 608.847.7924 | sharingsupper.org 29 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com 30–July 1 | Kickapoo Stump Dodger Bash | Gays Mills, WI | Crawford County | Annual celebration with entertainment & outdoor fun on the Kickapoo River | 608.735.4929 | stumpdodgerbash.com

JULY 1 | Annual Chicken Dinner | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Mauston Fire House | 11am2pm | Annual fundraiser for the Mauston Fire Department. Deliveries available. | 608.847.5475 | mauston.com/chamber 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 7am | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

1 | Fireworks Display | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | 608.847.4142 | mauston. com/chamber

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2017 Calendar of Events | JULY 1 | Red, White & Blue Color Run | Fort McCoy, WI | Monroe County | Pine View Campground | Wear red, white & blue. Prizes. Wear appropriate attire (colors may stain) & prepare to be “dusted” with red, white & blue powder! | 608.388.7400 | mccoy.armymwr. com/us/mccoy 1 | Thunderfest | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Krouskop Park | 10am12am | Annual 4th of July Celebration with games, food, music & fireworks. | 608.647.8108, Ext. 1 | richlandcentertourism. com

1-Aug 11 | A Life with Paint – exhibit by Kay Kittell | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

1 & 15 | Argyle Outdoor Market | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County |8am-Noon | 608.543.3113

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Country Coon-Prairie Worship Service | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Country Coon-Prairie Church | 7pm | This is on the national register of historic places. | 608.634.3412

2 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.44814 3 | Dukefest Memorial Golf Tournament & Fireworks | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Cty Hwy P | Fireworks displayed from Snowflake’s 108K ski jump hill, music, food! | 608.634.3211 | snowflakeskiclub. com

3 | Tunes at Twilight | Darlington, WI | Lafayette | Darlington Veteran’s Memorial Park | 6:30pm | Sunday Night Concert Series | 608.776.3067 | darlingtonwi.org/festivals | darlington.wi.org

3-4 | Fourth of July Celebration | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Calhoun Park | Music in the park, ball games, refreshments, parade, fireworks | 608.625.4422

4 | 4th of July Celebration | Ontario, WI | Vernon County | On the Square | All day | Vendors, food, music, fireworks at 9:30pm | 608.337.4381 | ontariowi.com 3-4 | July 4th Celebration | Shullsburg, WI | Lafayette County | Badger Park | Celebration activities including fireworks about 9:45pm | Call Carol Korn 608.965.3128 for more information

3-4 | Lone Rock 4th of July Celebration | Lone Rock, WI | Richland County | Softball tournaments, bounce houses, games for kids, truck/tractor pulls & fireworks. | 608.583.0088 | villageoflonerock.com

4 | 4th of July Celebration | Eastman, WI | Crawford County | Celebrate the 4th with a parade, music, food & fireworks | 608.874.4361 4 | 4th of July | Monroe, WI | Green County | Twining Park | Food, entertainment, games for kids, Monroe City Band Concert; softball, slow-pitch & volleyball tournaments fireworks | cityofmonroe.org 4 | 4th of July Celebration | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Memorial Park | Food, music, kids’ games, swimming, motorcycle run, ballgames & fireworks | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.org 4 | 4th of July Celebration | Tomah,WI | Monroe County | Superior Ave & Recreation Park, Tomah Fair Grounds | Parade 10am. Fireworks 10pm. | 608.372.2166 | tomahwisconsin.com

4 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org 4 | Strawberry Shortcake Social | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Sherry-Butt House, 795 N Main St | 1-5pm | Entertainment & tours of the historic house. | 608.637.7396 | vernoncountyhistory.org

4 | Mineral Point 4th of July Celebration | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | 2 & 5 mile run/walk, parade, community picnic, music, ballgames, ice cream social & fireworks | 608.987.3201 | mineralpoint.com

5 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com 5-26 | Wed Night Open Shoots | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.543.3986

4 | 4th of July Music Festival | Monticello, WI | Green County | Washington Reformation Church, N6026 Church Rd

6 | Corn Boil | Rewey, WI | Iowa County | 608.943.6161 6 | Night in the Park | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Volunteer Park

4 | Annual Fireworks Display | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Westby Industrial Park | 608.634.3214

6-9 | Monticello Homecoming | Monticello, WI | Green County | Ball tournaments, tug-of-war competition, music, parade, motorcycle poker run, food, fireworks over Lake Montesian | monticello-wi.com

4 | Annual Parade & Fireworks | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Parade 12pm. Fireworks at dusk | 608.897.8411 | brodheadchamber.org 4 | Family Fun at the Fire Station | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Fire Station Hwy 27 | 4pm | Food, games & music hosted by Westby-Christiana Fire Department. | 608.634.4737 4, 11, 18, 25 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston,

6, 13, 20, 27 | Hamburgers in the Park | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Davidson Park | 5-7pm | Entertainment by local service organizations. | 608.634.4405

7 | Concert on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | 6:30pm | Music on the Courthouse lawn | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org

WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 3–7pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

7-8 | Kickball Tournament | Stitzer, WI |

4 | Heritage Day | Platteville, WI | Grant County | Rollo Jamison Museum, 405 E. Main St | 9am-6pm | Special demos, music, period children’s games & food | 608.348.3301 | mining.jamison.museum

7-9 | Maxwell Street Days & Community Garage Sales | New

4 | Monroe City Band Concert | Monroe, WI | Green County | Twining Park | Theme – Our American Heritage | cityofmonroe.org

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Grant County | Ball Diamond | 608.943.6301 | fennimore.com

Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

8 | Annual Fireworks | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | Chamber of Commerce fireworks at dusk | 608.326.8555 | prairieduchien.org


2017 Calendar of Events | JULY 8 | Car Show | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | New Lisbon Community Center | 8am-2pm | Cars, trucks, bikes, or anything with a motor! Sponsored by American Legion Post 110 | 608.562.64423 | wadushuda.com

12 | Bonfire Program | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Ferryville Sugar Creek Park, Hwy 35 | 8pm | “From Weeds to Wildflowers on Gobbler Ridge” presented by Tim Eisele | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

15 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

8 | Driftless Music Festival | Viroqua,

12 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI |

WI | Vernon County | Eckhart Park | 12 -10pm | Free outdoor concert with variety of food & beverage vendors | 608.637.6110 | driftlessmusicfestival.com

Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

| Juneau County | Castle Rock Lake | Sponsored by Castle Rock Marine, Docking Solutions & Smith II Marine | 608.847.7200 | castlerockmarine.com

8 | Movie in the Park | Mauston, WI |

12 | Night in the Park | Cassville, WI | Grant

Juneau County | Riverside Park | Dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

County | Volunteer Park

8 | Seneca Ridge & Valley Rally | Seneca, WI | Crawford County | Parade, walk-run, smoked pork chop dinner, pie auction, antique tractor pull & music. 608.734.9440 | crawfordcountyevents.com 8 | Waterfront Rock: Tribute to Classic Rock N Roll | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Dousman House on St. Feriole Island | 1pm | Music of the 1960s, 1970s & 1980s sponsored by Prairie du Chien Historical Society. Admission charge | 608.326.6960 | fortcrawfordmuseum.com

8 | Wa Du Shuda Days 5K & Half Marathon Runs & Health Fair | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Silver Star Health | 7-11am | Free Health Fair. Pre-register for runs | 608.562.3741 | silverstarhealth.us

9 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481

10 | Farmer’s Appreciation Day | Dodgeville, WI | Iowa County | Harris Park | Annual city festival honoring the Ag Community

10 | Tunes at Twilight | Darlington, WI | Lafayette | Darlington Veteran’s Memorial Park | 6:30pm | Sunday Night Concert Series | 608.776.3067 | darlingtonwi.org/festivals | darlington.wi.org

12-16 | Crazy Days | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Crazy prices at retail merchants | 608.326.8555 | prairieduchien. org 13 | Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library Musicale | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Field Veteran’s Memorial Park | Featuring local musicians | 608.489.3549

12-16 | Lafayette County Fair | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Lafayette County Fairgrounds | 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, games, tractor pull, rodeo | 608.776.4828 | lafayettecountyfair.org

14 | Jammin’ on the Porch | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | Orchard Lawn, 234 Madison St | 6-8pm | Music outdoors with local musicians. Bring chairs, blankets, food. | 608.987.3201 | mineralpointhistory.org

14-15 | Flea Market | Browntown, WI | Green County | Vendors with antiques, crafts & produce. | 608.293.0742

15 | Chicken in the Park & BBQ Contest

15-16 | Boat Bash | New Lisbon, WI

15-16 | War of 1812 Reenactment | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis | 10am-5pm | Encampment on Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield. Admission charged. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

15-16 | The Wine Party Trail | Southwest WI | Grant County | Sampling wine & foods at various wineries in SW WI | 10am–5pm | 608.929.7692 | spurgeonvineyards.com

16 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481 17 | Monroe City Band Concert | Monroe, WI | Green County | Twining Park | Theme – Pop Concert | cityofmonroe.org 17 | Tunes at Twilight | Darlington, WI | Lafayette | Darlington Veteran’s Memorial Park | 6:30pm | Sunday Night Concert Series | 608.776.3067 | darlington.wi.org 18 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org

| Necedah, WI | Juneau County | 3-7:30pm | Dinners, band & BBQ cooking contest | 608.547.3543

18 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI |

15 | GAP Church Bash | Albany, WI | Green County | Hwy 59 | 9am-3pm | Cemetery walk, vendor show, bean bag tournament, food | 608.214.8289

19 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI |

Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

11 | Fennimore Chamber Chicken BBQ & Community Awards | Fennimore, WI |

15 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com

Grant County | Memorial Bldg 860 Lincoln Ave | 4:30pm | 800.822.1131 | fennimore.com

15 | Lions & Lioness Day in the Park |

20 | Night in the Park | Cassville, WI |

Cassville, WI | Grant County | Riverside Park | Chicken BBQ, music & concessions

20 | Night on the Square | Lancaster,

11 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org

15 | Pheasants Forever Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.325.4494

19-23 | Green County Fair | Monroe, WI | Green County | Fairgrounds | Youth exhibits, animal shows & auctions, entertainment, food, carnival | greencountyfair.net Grant County | Volunteer Park WI | Grant County | Downtown Lancaster | 5-9pm | Community performances & demos, food, kids games & music | 608.723.2820 | lancasterwisconsin.com

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2017 Calendar of Events | JULY—AUGUST 21-22 | Our Town Celebration | Highland,

26 | Community Supper | Elroy, WI |

WI | Iowa County | 608.929.7781

Juneau County | United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave | 4:30–6pm | Complimentary meal open to all. | 608.847.7924 | sharingsupper.org

21-23 | Women’s Softball Tournament | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Memorial Park | 608.269.6322 22 | Crazy Daze Shopping Extravaganza | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Arts, crafts, sidewalk sales, food | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

22 | River Bluff Daze | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Sugar Creek Park, Hwy 35, | 9am-10pm | Farmers Market with crafts, antiques, Amish vendors, antique tractor pull, fireworks | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

22 | River Bluff Daze Nature Hike | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | 8:30am | Co-sponsored by Mississippi Valley Conservancy & led by birding & plant experts | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

22 | SW WI Tractor & Equipment Ride | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 4th & Washington St | 9am | 608.778.7910 | fennimore.com

23 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

23 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481

23-29 | Hometown Festival Week | Platteville,WI | Grant County | Activities around town ending in Annual Southwest Music Festival | 608.348.8888 | platteville. com

24 | Tunes at Twilight | Darlington, WI | Lafayette | Darlington Veteran’s Memorial Park | 6:30pm | Sunday Night Concert Series | 608.776.3067 | darlingtonwi.org/festivals | darlington.wi.org 24-27 | Woodard Baseball Camp | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | Bronson Blvd & LaFollete St | 608.988.6519| fennimore.com

25 | Community Supper | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | New Lisbon Community Center | 4:30–6pm | Complimentary meal open to all. Food for the soul. | 608.562.3555 | sharingsupper.org

25 | Music in the Park | Belleville, WI | Green County | Library Park | 6:30pm | Free concert. Presented by Belleville Public Library & Belleville Area Cultural Foundation | 608.424.1812 | bellevillelibrary-wi.org

26 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

26-30 | Monroe County Fair | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Tomah Fair Grounds | Animals, rides, food & fun for the whole family! | monroecountyfairwi.com

27 | Community Supper | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Mauston High School | 5–6:30pm | Complimentary meal open to all. Food for the soul. | 608.847.7924 | sharingsupper.org

27 | Concert on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | 6:30pm | Music on the Courthouse lawn | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 27 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com 27 | Night in the Park | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Volunteer Park

28-29 | Fore Fathers 11th Annual Celebration | Juda, WI | Green County | Motorcycle poker ride, music, beer, food, raffles, bike games | judaforerathers.com

28-29 | ParkFest Festival | Lyndon Station, WI | Juneau County | Begins at 5pm Friday. Parade 1pm Saturday & fireworks at 10pm. | 608.666.2071 | facebook.com/ Lyndon-Station-ParkFest

28-29 | Prairie Dog Blues Festival | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | International, national & regional blues bands. | 608.326.0085 | prairiedogblues.com

28-30 | Do It 4 Derek Ball Tournament | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | Bronson Blvd & LaFollete St | 608-822-6111 | fennimore. com

29 | Amish Quilt Auction | Albany, WI | Green County | Amish School House, Hwy 104 & Atkinson Rd | 8:30am-4pm | Home décor, food & bake | 608.897.8500

30 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481

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31 | Monroe City Band Concert | Monroe, WI | Green County | Twining Park | Theme – Crowd Pleasers | cityofmonroe.org 31 | Tunes at Twilight | Darlington, WI | Lafayette | Darlington Veteran’s Memorial Park | 6:30pm | Sunday Night Concert Series | 608.776.3067 | darlingtonwi.org/festivals | darlington.wi.org 31-August 4 | Space Camp | Sparta, WI | Monroe | Deke Slayton Museum, 200 W Main St | 8am-5pm | All week day camp for middle school children | 608.269.0033 TBD | Churning Dirt National Truck & Tractor Pull | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Richland County Fairgrounds | 3 day event. Camping available. | 608.604.5068 | hybridredneck.com

AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 3–7pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

1-11 | A Life with Paint – exhibit by Kay Kittell | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Arts Center | Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10am5pm | 608.325.5700 | monroeartscenter.com

2 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com 2-30 | Wed Night Open Shoots | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.543.3986

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Farmers’ Market | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Heritage Park | 2pm-6pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Hamburgers in the Park | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Davidson Park | 5-7pm. | Entertainment by local service organizations. | 608.634.4405

3-5 | Country on the River Music Fest | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | National & local bands. Tickets available online. | 800.864.1771 | countryontheriver.com

3-6 | Melvina Frog Days | Melvina, WI | Monroe County | Village of Melvina Ball Park | 10am-10pm | Softball tournaments, frog races, food, music, inflatables. Charcoal chicken on Sunday | 608.654.7868


2017 Calendar of Events | AUGUST 3-6 | Wood Turtle Days | Wilton, WI | Monroe County | Village of Wilton Campground | 8:30am-10pm | Softball, volleyball, 5K run, fireworks, crafts, food, parade | 608.435.6512

5 | Waterfest Festival | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Castle Rock County Park | 8am-11pm | Fun family activities: 5K walk/run, bike parade, food & music. | 608.427.2070 | juneaucounty.com

4-5 | City Wide Garage Sales | Mauston,

5 | Waterfest Venetian Lights Boat Parade | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County |

WI | Juneau County | Over 50 participants. Maps available. | 608.847.4142 | Mauston. com/chamber

4-6 | Soil Sisters | Monroe & Brodhead, WI | Green County | Women in agriculture highlight workshops of fiber arts, fermenting, artisan food demos – also farm to table feasts | soilsisterswi.org

5 | Mud Volleyball Tournament | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Legion Park | 608.558.4760 5 | Tomah Crazy Daze | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Gillet Park & Shop Tomah Stores | 7:30am-5pm | Wellness demos, sidewalk art Chalk Walk, music & Farmers Market | 608.372.2166 | tomahwisconsin.com

5 | Albany Lions Steak Fry & Raffle | Albany, WI | Green County | Albany Lions Building, 402 N Cincinnati St | 608.751.2895 | albanylionsclub.com 5 | American Legion Tonnage Tournament | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Riverside Park | Fishing tournament

5 | Cemetery Walk | New Glarus, WI | Swiss Church of New Glarus | 9am-noon | 608.527.2119

5, 12, 19, 26 | Country Coon-Prairie Worship Service | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Country Coon-Prairie Church | 7pm | This is on the national register of historic places. | 608.634.3412

5, 12, 19, 26 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 7am | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

5 | Fire Fest | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Music, food, firefighter water fights | newglarusfd.com 5 | Gallery Night | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | 5-9pm | Artwork in a variety of media in artists’ studios, galleries & shops. | 608. 285.2958 | artsmp.org/gallery-night

5 | Snowflake Open Golf Tournament | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Snowflake Ski Hill, Timber Coulee, County P | 608.634.3211 | snowflakeskiclub.com

11-13 | Covered Bridge Days & Wildflower Art Festival | Brodhead, WI | Green County | 9am-4pm | Art, horse & classic car shows. Tractor pulls, baseball tournament, pontoon rides & vendors | 608.897.8411 | brodheadchamber.org

11-13 | Gypsy | Monroe, WI | Green County

7:30–11pm | Decorated boats from Dirty Turtle to Castle Rock County Park with fireworks. | 608.427.2070 | juneaucounty.com

| Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

5 & 19 Argyle Outdoor Market | Argyle, WI

11-13 | Norwalk Tractor Pull | Norwalk, WI | Monroe County | Village Park | FridaySaturday 5-11pm; Sunday 11am to close | food, garden tractor pull & music, NTPA tractor pull | 608.487.5300

| Lafayette County | 8am-Noon | 608.543.3113

6 | Music in the Park | Benton WI | Lafayette County | Village Park | 6-7:30pm | Food available. Bring your lawn chair | bentonwi.us 6 | Alphorn Man Sprint Triathlon | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Swim, bike, run | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

6 | Twilight in the Park | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | Free Sunday night concert series through August 13 | 608.897.4481 6 | Volksfest | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Swiss folk music & traditional entertainment | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

9 | Bonfire Program | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Crawford County | Ferryville Sugar Creek Park, Hwy 35 | “Harriet Lane” presented by Bob O’Connor | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com 9 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

11 | Concert on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | 6:30pm | Music on the Courthouse lawn | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 11 | Jammin’ On The Porch | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | Orchard Lawn, 234 Madison St | 6-8pm | Music outdoors with local musicians Bring chairs, blankets, food. | 608.987.3201 | mineralpointhistory.org 11-12 | Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull – Lucus Oil Champions | Hillsboro, WI |

12 | Haunted Trails | Fort McCoy, WI | Monroe County | Pine View Campground | Costume contest, trick or treating, s’mores & a scary haunted trail. | 608.388.7400 | mccoy. armymwr.com/us/mccoy 12 | Movie in the Park | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | Dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

12-13 | Cobb Corn Roast | Cobb, WI | Iowa County | Baseball games, car show, volleyball, bean bags, dance | 608. 623.2777 13 | Twilight in the Park Concert | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Veterans Park | 6-8pm | 608.897.4481 13 | Potosi Area Firemen Annual Catfish Festival | Potosi, WI | Grant County | 608.763.2261 or 608.763.2300

13–20 | Grant County Fair | Lancaster, WI | Grant County | Fairgrounds, 916 E. Elm St | 8am-close | 4-H exhibits, grandstand events, carnival rides, food | 608.723.2135 | grantcountyfairwi.org 14 | Annual Bethel Home & Services Foundation Golf Outing | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Viroqua Golf Course | 608.637.6323

14-20 | Juneau County Fair | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Juneau County Fairgrounds | Rodeos, draft horse pulls, demolition derbies, pig races, 4-H crafts, music, food. | 608.547.2426 | juneaucountyfair.com

Vernon County | Hillsboro Firemen’s Park | 6pm | Televised tractor pull | 608.553.1528 | charitypull.com

15 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI |

11-12 | Village Wide Garage Sale | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | 9am | Contact Nicole Lyddy to be placed on map | 608.427.3355 | campdouglaswi.com

16 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

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2017 Calendar of Events | AUGUST—SEPTEMBER 20 | Vernon-Viroqua Cowboy Breakfast

18-20 | Gypsy | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

| Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Viroqua Community Arena | 7-11am | Served by Bethel Home & Services. | 608.637.6323

19 | Chicken in the Park & BBQ Contest

23 | Concert in the Park | Sparta, WI |

29 | Community Supper | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | New Lisbon Community Center | 4:30–6pm | Complimentary meal open to all. Food for the soul. | 608.562.3555 | sharingsupper.org

| Necedah, WI | Juneau County | 3-7:30pm | Dinners, band & BBQ cooking contest | 608.547.3543

Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | 7-9pm | Free admission, concessions available | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

29 | Movie in the Park | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | Begins at dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

23-27 | Crawford County Fair | Gays Mills, WI | Crawford County | Carnival, food, music, tractor pull, exhibits & animal judging | 608.735.4379 | crawfordcountywisconsinfair. com

30 | Community Supper | Elroy, WI | Juneau County | United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave | 4:30– 6pm | Complimentary meal open to all | 608.847.7924 | sharingsupper.org

24 | Concert on the Square | Monroe,

31 | Community Supper | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Mauston High School | 5–6:30pm | Complimentary meal open to all. Food for the soul. | 608.847.7924 | sharingsupper.org

19 | Classic Car Show | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown. com

19 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday. | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com 19 | Movie in the Fair | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Veterans Memorial Park, Ganther Show Building | Dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

19 | Spring Green Car Show | Spring Green, WI | Sauk County | Jefferson St | 8am– 4pm | $15 Pre-registration, $20 Day of Show | Over 500 cars & trucks | 608.588.2054 | springgreen.com

19| | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

19-20 | Railroad Days | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Stonefield Historic Site, 12195 CO Hwy V V | 10am-5pm | Model train displays, kiddie car train, Hobo camp, mulligan stew | 608.725.5210 | stonefieldhistoricsite.org

19-20 | The Wurst Wine Trail EVER | Southwest WI | Grant County | Sampling wine & bratwurst at various wineries in SW WI | 10am–5pm | 608.929.7692 | spurgeonvineyards.com

20 | GAP Church Hymn Sing | Albany, WI | Green County | Hwy 59 | 2pm | Old fashioned hymns & fellowship | 608.214.8289

20 | Ice Cream Social | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | United Methodist Church | 5-7pm | Serving BBQ, brats & featuring a talent show | 608.762.5472 | belmontwi.com

20 | Summer County Fair Parade | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Juneau County Fairgrounds | 12pm | Celebrating the last day of the Juneau County Fair | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

WI | Green County | 6:30pm | Music on the Courthouse lawn | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org

24-26 | City-wide Rummage Sales | Westby, WI | Vernon County | 8am | 608.634.4011 | westbywi.com

25 | Cars on the Square | Monroe, WI | Green County | Classic cars around the square | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 26 | 82nd Annual Fennimore Jr Fair | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 7th St & Marsden Park Rd | 9am-3pm | 800.822.1131 | fennimore.com

26 | Art Outdoors | Cataract, WI | Monroe | Wegner Grotto County Park, 7788 Daylight Rd.| 9am-3pm | Art activities include outdoor painting, clay sculpting & mosaic making. | 608.269.8680 | facebook.com/mclhr

26 | Beezfest-Annual Customer Appreciation Day | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Beezer’s Bar & Grill | 4pm | Pig roast & area bands | 608.489.3007 | hotelhillsboro. com

26 | Potosi Brewery Brewfest | Potosi, WI | Grant County | 1-5pm | 608.763.4002 ext 109 | potosibrewery.com 25-27 | HustlerFest | Hustler, WI | Juneau County | Hustler Exhibition Hall & Museum | Races, games, crafts, vendors, band tractor pull, historical demonstrations, bingo & food | 608.427.6575 | hustlerfest.com

27 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

27 | FFA Alumni Tractor Show | Albany, WI | Green County | Albany Lions Building, 402 N Cincinnati St | 608.628.6975 | albanylionsclub.com

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31 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

August 31-Sept 4 | Iowa County Fair | Mineral Point, WI| Iowa County | Iowa County Fairgrounds | iowacountyfair.com TBD | Hub City Days Celebration | Hub City, WI | Richland County | Mick Memorial Park | Softball & Euchre Tournaments, music, ATV & snowmobile races | 608-983-2770 | richlandcentertourism.com

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | Wilhelm Tell Festival | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Children’s Lantern Parade Friday evening, performances & dancing, “Art in the Park” on Sunday, Swiss heritage, yodeling | wilhelmtell.org

1-4 | 64th Annual Firemen’s Labor Day Celebration | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Firemen’s Park | Festival & parade | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info

1-4 | Iowa County Fair | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | A full calendar of exhibits, music, grandstand events & midway activities. | iowacountyfair.org 1–4 | Labor Day Celebration | Wauzeka, WI | Crawford County | Parade, ball tournaments, food, music, road rally & 5K walk/ run | 608.875.5281


2017 Calendar of Events | SEPTEMBER Labor Day Events | Benton WI | Lafayette

7–10 | Richland County Fair | Richland

9 | Movie in the Park | Mauston, WI |

County | Village Park | Pasty dinner, parade on Monday, street dance Sunday. Sponsored by the Benton Volunteer Fire Department | bentonwi.us

Center, WI | Richland County | Richland County Fairgrounds | 4H exhibits, animal shows, displays, rides, games, food, harness racing. | 608.647.6859 | fair.co.richland.wi.us

Juneau County | Riverside Park | Dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

2 | Cassville Car Cruise | Cassville, WI

8 | Jammin’ on the Porch | Mineral

| Grant County | Riverside Park | Meet at Mystique Casino parking lot in Dubuque IA & cruise to Cassville. Food, family fun, music & refreshments.

Point, WI | Iowa County | Orchard Lawn, 234 Madison St | 6-8pm | Music outdoors with local musicians. Bring chairs, blankets, food. | 608.987.3201 | mineralpointhistory.org

2 | EAA Fly-In/ Drive-In | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Mauston-New Lisbon Union Airport | 7am-2pm | Pilots, builders & enthusiasts welcome | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com

8-9 | 20th Annual Historic Reenactment | Platteville,WI | Grant

| New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Burr Oak Winery | 11am-5pm | Arts, crafts, wine tasting, cooking demos, wagon rides & grape stomping. | 608.562.5271 | burroakwinery.com

County | Mound View Park | Reenactment with military demos, storytelling, food, of early 1800 | 608.348.3301 | mining.jamison. museum

9-10 | Thunder Bridge Fly Wheelers Antique Tractor & Old Engines Power Show | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle

2 | St. Joseph’s Fun Run/Walk | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Firemen’s Park | 9am | 608.489.8259 | hillsborofire.info 2-3 | Labor Day Celebration | Kendall, WI | Monroe County | Village Park | craft vendors, parade, chicken q & tractor pull | 608.463.7124 2 & 16 | Argyle Outdoor Market | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | 8am-Noon | 608.543.3113

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 7am | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber 4 | Hillsboro Firemen’s Parade | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | 10:30am | hillsborofire.info

4 | Labor Day Trap, Skeet & Clay Shoot | Argyle WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.543.3986

5, 12, 19, 26 Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 3–7pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber 6 | Fall Fest Kick-off | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 5 -8pm |608.654.7828

6-27 | Wed Night Open Shoots | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 608.543.3986 7, 14, 21, 28 | Farmers’ Market | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Heritage Park | 2-6pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com

7-9 | Fall Rummage Sale | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | United Methodist Church 420 Suszycki Dr | 4pm-8pm | Huge community rummage sale with a bake sale | 608.847.5964 | maustonumc.com

8-9 | 71st Annual Dairy Days Celebration | Platteville, WI | Grant County

9 | St. Joseph’s Dinner & Golf Outing Fundraiser | Union Center, WI | Juneau County | Fundraiser | 608.489.8259

9-10 | Fall Harvest Winery Festival

Legion Park | Tractor pull, music & more | 608.426.0250

8-10 | Annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford

9-11 | Pecatonica Valley Antique Days | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Lafayette County Fairgrounds | Flea markets, antique tractors & machinery displays | 608.776.2591 | darlington.wi.org

County | Villa Louis Historic Site | Horses & over 100 carriages compete. | 608.326.2721 | carriageclassic.com

10 | Cataract Sportsmen Club Field Day | Cataract, WI | Monroe County | Club

| Legion Field | Tractor & truck pulls, music & parade | 608.348.8888 | platteville.com

8-10 | Cashton Fall Fest | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Village Park & Community Hall | 9am-10pm | Tractor pull, crafts, carnival & parade Sunday | 608.654.7828

8-9 | Community Garage Sales | Monticello, WI | Green County | monticello-wi. com

8-10 | City Wide Rummage Sales | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Locations vary. For a list pick up the Foxxy Shopper the week of the City Wide Sales. | 608.372.2166

8-10 | Pecatonica Valley Antique Days | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Lafayette County Fairgrounds | Flea markets, antique tractors & machinery displays | 608.776.2591 | darlington.wi.org 9 | Apple Dumpling Day Festival | Elroy, WI | Juneau County | Schultz Park | 7am-3pm | Family fun, races, inflatables, crafts. Refreshments by Elroy Lions Club | 608.963.7988 | e-clubhouse.org/sites/elroy or appledumplingdayraces.com 9 | Cassville Park Preservation Party | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Riverside Park | Food, music & refreshments. Donations go to the Park Preservation Fund. 9 | Fall Fish Boil | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Congregational United Church | 4:30–7pm | 608.897.2917

grounds | 7am-10pm | Shooting, archery, kids’ activities, food. | 608.272.3333

10 | Grace Church Free Fest | New Glarus, WI | Green County | Village Park | Noon-5pm | Music, car show, family fun | gracechurchnewglarus.org

10 | Muscoda Firemen’s Chicken BBQ | Muscoda, WI | Grant | Fire Station at 701 N Wisconsin Ave | 11am | Chicken dinner, refreshments; carry-out available

11-17 | 103rd Annual Belmont School & Community Fair | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont Schools | Parade, free admission, carnival, exhibits, , tractor pulls, livestock, horse & car shows | 608.762.5600 during fair week | belmont.k12.wi.us/ community/belmontfair.cfm

13-17 | Vernon County Fair | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Vernon County Fairgrounds | 8am–10pm | The last Fair in Wisconsin | 608.637.3165 | vernoncountyfair.com 15 | Annual Wine Walk | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Downtown | 6–9pm | Sample wines & foods | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber 16 | Fall Fest | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | Sugar Creek Park, Hwy 35 | 9am3pm | Craft market, farmers market, food, Amish vendors, jewelry, antiques, crafts. | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville.com

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2017 Calendar of Events | SEPTEMBER—OCTOBER | Necedah, WI | Juneau County | 3-7:30pm | Dinners, band & BBQ cooking contest | 608.547.3543| townofclearfield.com

16 | Chicken in the Park & BBQ Contest

23 | Great River Road Festival | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Stonefield Historic Site, 12195 CO Hwy V V | 10am-5pm | 608.725.5210 | stonefieldhistoricsite.org

16 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com

22–24 | Apple Festival | Gays Mills, WI | Crawford County | Celebrating with parades, carnivals, arts & crafts, flea markets, music, dancing & food | 608.735.4341 | gaysmills. org/Apple_Festival.html

16 | Kickapoo Brave Ride | Gays Mills, WI

22-24 | Oktoberfest | New Glarus, WI

| Crawford County | Bluffs, Rivers & Valleys Event ride features bicycle rides through the Driftless area in Crawford County | 608.326.6658 | KickapooBraveRide.com

| Green County | Music, tapping of keg of Staghorn Oktoberfest beer, horse drawn wagon rides, big cheese fondue pot & antique tractor pull. | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

16 | Mississippi Mud Run | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | Four miles of mud & obstacles for avid runners & beginners. Family event. All ages welcome | 608.996.2107

22-24 | Warrens Cranberry Festival | Warrens, WI | Monroe County | Over 1,800 food, arts, crafts, antique & flea market booths. A parade on Sunday. Shuttle services available. | 608.378.4200 | cranfest.com

16 | Stepping for Hunger 5K & 10K Walk | Hustler, WI | Juneau County | Omaha Bike Trail | 8–11am | 10K cash payouts for top 3. Proceeds to local food pantries | 608.562.6422 | steppingforhunger.com

23 | Kilby Supper | New Glarus, WI | Swiss Church of New Glarus | 4-8pm | Fellowship & traditional foods celebrating the end of the grazing season in Switzerland, when the herdsmen returned from a summer in the Alps | 608.527.2119

16 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

24 | Annual FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show & Sale | Fennimore, WI | Grant County

16–17 | Driftless Area Art Festival |

24 | Annual Heritage Day | Fennimore,

Soldiers Grove, WI | Crawford County | Beauford T. Anderson Park | Celebrating visual, performing & culinary arts. Meet the artists. | 608.624.3600 | DriftlessAreaArtFestival.com

WI | Grant County | Fennimore Historical Railroad Museum | 610 Lincoln Ave | 10am4pm | Fee | 608.822.3446 | fennimore.com

17 | St. Charles Fall Festival | Cassville, WI | Grant County | St. Charles School | 11am-2pm | BBQ Chicken dinner. Carry outs available. Cake walk, craft & produce, raffles, silent auction, games & bingo.

17 | St. Francis de Sales Famous Fall Festival | Hazel Green, WI | Grant County | 2720 N Percival St | Charcoal chicken dinner, cash raffle, bingo, children’s games. Contact Father Frisch. | 608.854.2392

19 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

22–23 | Viola Horse and Colt Show | Viola, WI | Richland County | Truck/ tractor pulls & parade. | 608.627.1419 | violahorseandcoltshow.com

| 860 Lincoln Ave | Sunday | 9am-2pm | Admission | 608.822.7806 | fennimore.com

24 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

24 | Fennimore FFA Pancake Breakfast at Fennimore Memorial Bldg | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 860 Lincoln Ave | Sunday | 7am-Noon | Admission | 608.822.3245 | fennimore.com

24 | Pedal Tractor Pull/Brat Stand at Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum grounds | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 1135 6th St | 10am-4pm | 608.788.1192 | fennimore.com

28 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

22-24 | Bob on Into Fennimore Sidewalk Sales | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 608.822.1131 | fennimore.com

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29-30 | Villa Louis Behind the Scenes | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours, reservations required. Tour a historic house museum. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

29-October 1 | 25th Annual Cornish Festival | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | 9am-8pm | A celebrating the Cornish heritage with music, workshops, food & Celtic traditions. | 608.987.3201 | cornishfest.org

30 | Friends of the KVR Dam Challenge Pasta Supper | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 5-8pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoofriends.org

OCTOBER 1 | Skogdalen Meatball Dinner | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Skogdalen Lutheran Church, Oakdale & Cty P | 11am-1pm | All you can eat with lefse & homemade pie. | 608.634.4871 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 3–7pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber 4 | Soup & Sandwich Supper | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont Community Bld | 4–8pm | Carry-outs available | Sponsor Belmont Seniors United for Nutrition (SUN) | 608.762.5114 | belmontwi.com 5, 12, 19, 26 | Farmers’ Market | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Heritage Park | 2-6pm | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.562.3555 | newlisbonchamber.com 6-7 | 8th Annual Fall Village-wide Rummage Sales | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | 608.625.4422

6-8 | Center Color Fest | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Various Locations | Celebrating the Fall Harvest & Colors! Featuring the Annual “Canyon of Lights” Parade. | 608.647.3466 | richlandcentertourism.com

7 | Annual Firemen’s Dance | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 1080 8th St | 7-11pm | 800.822-1131 | fennimore.com 7 | Autumnfest | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Downtown Square | 9am-3pm | Chili contest, pontoon boat rides, hay rides, children’s games, music, food, vendors | 608.897.8411 | brodheadchamber.org


2017 Calendar of Events | OCTOBER 7 | De Soto Fire Department Fire Prevention CHICKEN Q | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 12pm | BBQ chicken, served until chicken is gone. | 608.632.0184

7, 14, 21, 28 | Farmers’ Market | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 7am | Fresh produce, arts, crafts | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber 7 | Harvest Day Celebration | Warrens, WI | Monroe County | Wetherby Cranberry Co. & WI Cranberry Discovery Center | 9am | Rain or shine. Cranberry wine, food, tours. | 608.378.4879 | discovercranberries.com

7 | Harvest Festival Parade | Lancaster, WI | Grant County | Local school bands along with businesses & community organizations join in & present a festive parade. | 608.723.2820 | lancasterwisconsin.com

7 | Hillsboro Brewing Co. Octoberfest | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | 608.489.7486

7 | Homecoming Celebration | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Parade at noon, game at 2pm | 608.543.3314 7 | Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 9am-3pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoovalley.wi.gov

7 | Movie in the Park | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | Dusk | Bring blanket, chair & insect repellant | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/chamber

7 | Shullsburg Cheese Days | Shullsburg, WI | Lafayette County | Many activities throughout the day.

7 | Visiting Our Ancestors | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S. Beaumont Rd | 1pm | Tour of six historic cemeteries. Admission | 608.326.6960 | forcrawfordmuseum.com

7-8 | The 27th Annual Harvest Festival | Highland, WI | Iowa County | Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery | 10am–4pm | 608.929.7692 | spurgeonvineyards.com

7-13 | Ben Bike Tour | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | 300- to 450-mile bike ride from Port Byron, IL to Sparta, WI | willtoben.com 7 & 21 | Argyle Outdoor Market | Argyle WI | Lafayette County | 8am-Noon | Many Vendors | 608.543.3113

8 | Harvest Fest | New Glarus WI | Green County | Swiss Historical Village | Old time artisan demos-cheesemaking, sausage, blacksmithing, bratzeli cookies | 608.527.2317 | swisshistoricalvillage.org

14-15 | Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians

13-14 | Fall Harvest Days | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Northwoods Orchard | 8:30am-5:30pm | Corn maze, hayrides, animal park, blacksmithing, candle dipping, wool spinning/weaving, apple butter making demos & vendors. Most activities free. | 608.847.4142 | facebook.com/NorthwoodsOrchard-and-Farm-Market

15 | Fall Festival | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | St. Philomena Catholic Church | 11am – 1:30pm | Serving ham & turkey. Carryouts available. Raffle & crafts. | 608.762.5446 | belmontwi.com

13-14 | The Haunted Halls of Terror | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | 7-10pm | Tour the frightening halls of this haunted house | 608.326.7207

13-14 | Sparta Fall Fest | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Downtown Sparta & surrounding area | Sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, food & entertainment | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com

| New Glarus, WI | Green County | Wilhelm Tell Grounds, W5199 Hwy W | 10am-5pm | Renaissance Faire, singers, crafters. | agatheringofroguesandruffians.com

15 | Port of Potosi 7th Annual Flea Market & Beer Show | Potosi, WI | Grant County | Potosi Brewery parking lot | 9am3pm | 608.642.0321 or 608.763.2042 | portofpotosi@gmail.com

17 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

19 | Senior Drop-In | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Public Library | 819 High Ave | 6:30pm | Local authors/speakers | 608.489.2192

13-15 | Fall Art Tour | Mineral Point-SW-WI | Iowa County | 10am-6pm | 3rd weekend each October of art in studios & galleries from Mineral Point to Baraboo.| 608.987.3669 | fallarttour.com

20-21 | The Haunted Halls of Terror |

14 | 13th Annual Outdoor Quilt Show

21 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday. Memorial VFW Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo.com

| Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Maplewood Terrace, 612 Garfield. | Sponsored by Bethel Home & Services | 608.637.6358

14 | Colors of Kendall Art Tour & Festival | Kendall, WI | Monroe County | Village of Kendall & surrounding countryside | Art tour, crafters, farmer’s market, food, music | 608.463.7124

14 | Hybrid Redneck Rally | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Richland County Fairgrounds | Truck/tractor pull, ATV races, demolition derby. | 608.604.5068 | hybridredneck.com 14 | Pumpkin Bash | New Lisbon, WI | Juneau County | Riverside Park | 11am-5pm | Pumpkin smashing contest, Trunk-or-Treat, chili cook-off | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/ chamber

14 | Viroqua Harvest Parade | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Main St & Eckhart Park | 2-8pm | Giant puppets, stilt walkers, music, food & fire dancing. | facebook.com/ viroquaharvest

Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | 7:30-10:30pm | Tour the frightening halls of this haunted house | 608.326.7207

21 | Oktoberfest | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island Gardens, Blackhawk Ave | 11am-5:30pm | Celebrate German culture with authentic food, drink, music, games. | 608.326.8602 21 | Safe & Spooky Halloween | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Stonefield Historic Site, 12195 CO Hwy VV | 3-8pm | Village decorated by local organizations. | 608.725.5210 | stonefieldhistoricsite.org

21 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

22 | Artifact Show | Monticello | Green County | Monticello Schools | 8am-2pm | Native American Indian & Pre-Columbian artifacts, dealers & displays | 608.329.4781 | monticello-wi.com

22 | STS Andrew Thomas Fall Festival | Potosi, WI | Grant County | STS Andrew Thomas School | 608.763.2671 or 608.763.2120

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2017 Calendar of Events | OCTOBER—NOVEMBER 26 | Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | Lynxx Telcom | 5:30–8pm | Free presentation of topics helpful for business start-ups. Open to all. | 608.427.2070 | ieclub.com

3 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info

27-28, 31 | The Haunted Halls of Terror

| Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours reservations required. Hands on cooking. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

| Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | 7:30-10:30pm | Tour the frightening halls of this haunted house | 608.326.7207

28 | Fall Bazaar | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Skogdalen Lutheran Church, |10am1pm | Lunch available. | 608.634.4871

28 | Halloween Bike Ride | Monroe, WI |

4 | Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen

4 | Chunky Monkey Walk/Run | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Epilepsy Fund Raiser | 608.214.0848 4 | Jaycees Fall Arts & Crafts Fair |

Green County | 6:30pm | A 20-mile round trip ride to Orangeville; costumes optional | friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

Brodhead, WI | Green County | Elementary & Middle Schools | 9am-3pm | Sponsored by Jaycees | 608.295.9698 | brodheadchamber. org

28 | Spirits of St. Feriole Island | Prairie

4 | Fall Bird Migration Day | Ferryville,

du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours at 10:30am & 2:30pm | Lamplight Tours | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

WI | Crawford County | River View Park Hwy 35 | 9am-11am | Birding experts from the Audubon Society. Migrating waterfowl & raptors. | 608.734.9018 | visitferryville.com

28 | UFO Day | Belleville, WI | Green County | Parade, family fun, costumes, craft show | belleville-wi.com

4 | Historical Society Fall Craft Sale | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Sparta High School | 506 N Black River St | 8am-4pm | 300 vendors, food available | 608.269.3233 | bikesparta.com

29 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

30 | Halloween Festivities | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Darlington Middle School Gymnasium | 3-5pm | Children dress in costumes for parties & games | 608.776.3067 | darlington.wi.org

31 | Boy Scouts Haunted House | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | Evening event | 608.654.7828

31 | Halloween Costume Contest | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont Elementary School Gym | 7pm | Prizes by Belmont Lions Club | 608-732-5254 | belmontlions53510@gmail.com | belmontwi.com

31 | Halloween Parade & Trunk or Treat | Monroe, WI | Green County | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org

31 | Trick or Treating | Darlington, WI |

4-18 | Silent Auction Gift Baskets | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Women’s Club FNB Community Room | 608.558.8464

5 | Fall Dinner | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | United Methodist Church | 11am – 1pm | Ham, beef & pork roast. Carry-outs available. Country Craft Corner | 608.762.5783 or 608.762.5157 | belmontwi.com 5 | Norwegian Supper | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Yellowstone Lutheran Church | Noon-4pm | Serving rommegrot, klub, lefse & more | 608.543.3088 5 | Swissfest | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 2pm | Sponsored by Monroe Swiss Singers, Swiss music variety show, followed by dance | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

Lafayette County | 6-8pm | 608.776.4980 | darlington.wi.org

10-12 | Holiday Shopping Open Houses | New Glarus WI | Green County |

NOVEMBER

Retailers are open to assist you with all your holiday shopping needs | 608.527.2317 | swisshistoricalvillage.org

2-5 | Driftless Film Festival | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | Mineral Point Opera House | Independent & student films along with conversations with filmmakers | 608.987.3201 | mineralpointoperahouse.org

10-12 & 17-19 | “Jingle All The Way” Holiday Open Houses | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Shop Tomah Stores | Unique specialty stores with specials & door prizes. | 608.372.2166

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11 | Holiday Craft & Gift Show | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Mauston High School | 9am-3pm | Holiday shopping for the whole family | 608.847.4142 | mauston.com/ chamber

11 | Kids in a Victorian Kitchen | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours, reservations required. Kids grades 3-8 hands on cooking workshop use utensils, of the 1890’s | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org 12 | Fall Dinner | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church | 10:45am – 1pm | Serving Swiss steak dinner. Carry-outs available. Raffle & bake sale | 608.762.5146 | belmontwi.com

17 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info

18 | Annual Area Craft Fairs | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Holiday Shopping at several area craft fairs throughout Richland Center. | 608.647.3466 | richlandcentertourism.com 18 | Bake Sale | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Women’s Club FNB Community Room | 9-11:30am | 608.558.8464 18 | Grilled Steak Dinner | Camp Douglas, WI | Juneau County | VFW Hall Post 10911 & Auxiliary | 4–8pm | $10/plate, every third Saturday | 608.427.3355 | vfw10911@yahoo. com 18 | Holiday Craft & Gift Fair | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Hoffman Hall, 1600 S. Wacouta Ave | 9am-2pm | Largest craft fair in the tri-state area. Over 50 vendors | 608-326-7207

18 | Hunter’s Spaghetti Dinner | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | United Methodist Church, 420 Suszycki Dr | 4:30-6:30pm | All you can eat spaghetti dinner | 608.847.5964 | maustonumc.com

18 | Ladies Day Out | Ontario, WI | Vernon County | Community Hall, 104 N Garden St | 9am-3pm | Vendors, food, specialty lady items | 608.337.4763

18 | Potosi-Tennyson Back Home for Christmas | Potosi WI | Grant County | 9am-3pm | Visit with Santa. Crafters & holiday open house at local businesses. Silent auction. | 608.763.2300 | potosiwisconsin.com


2017 Calendar of Events | NOVEMBER—DECEMBER 18 | Retailer Opening Day Sale | Lancaster, WI | Grant County | Downtown Lancaster businesses | Huge retail sales on opening deer hunting day. | 608.723.2820 | lancasterwisconsin.com

24 | Lighted Holiday Parade | Tomah,

18 | VFW Steak Fry | De Soto, WI | Vernon County | De Soto Community Center | 4:308pm | VFW Post 8123 hosting steak to order meal | 608.648.2127

Green County | Turner Hall | 9am-4pm | Old World Holiday Market; vendors with crafts & baked goods, artisan demos | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

18-19 | 13th Annual Christmas Open House | Highland, WI | Iowa County |

24-26 | Victorian Home for the Holidays | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford

Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery | 10am–4pm | 608.929.7692 | spurgeonvineyards.com

County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours run from 12-8pm. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

18-30 | Christmas Tree Sales | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Poller’s Parlor yard | 10am-5pm or by appointment | Sponsored by Belmont Lions Club | 608.762.5393 or belmontlions53510@gmail.com | belmontwi. com 21 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

22-31 | Rotary Lights in the Park | Richland Center, WI | Richland County | Krouskop Park | 6-9pm | Christmas light display trees decorated by local businesses. | 608-6473466 | richandcentertourism.com

23 | Community Thanksgiving Dinner | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 306 S. Main St | 11am-1pm | Hosted by Westby Lions Club. | 608.634.4871

WI | Monroe County | Superior Ave | 7pm | Theme is: “Jingle All The Way.” | 608.372.2166 | tomahwisconsin.com

24-25 | Christkindlmarkt | Monroe, WI |

25 | 42nd Annual Christmas Creations Craft Show | Fennimore, WI | Grant County | 860 Lincoln Ave | 9am-3pm | 800.822.1131 | fennimore.com

25 | Holiday Home Tour | Spring Green, WI | Sauk County | 9am–4pm | $20 includes luncheon | 608.588.2054 | springgreen.com

25 | Small Business Saturday | Platteville, WI | Grant County | Support your local small businesses | 608.348.8888 | platteville.com 25 | Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

25 | VFW Auxiliary Craft Show | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 9am5pm | 608.654.7828

23 | Thanksgiving Dinner Feast | Hustler, WI | Juneau County | Harmony Bistro | 11am-2pm | Meal with community & friends | 877.427.3719 | fountainchateau.com/bistro

26 | 3rd Annual Tree Lighting | Belmont,

23 | Thanksgiving Dinner Feast |

26 | Chicken Shoot | Argyle, WI | Lafayette

Mauston, WI | Juneau County | Juneau County Moose Lodge | Meal with community & friends | 608.847.7833 | lodge1913. moosepages.org

23 | Turkey Trot-5K Fun Run & Walk | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Hoffman Hall, 1600 S. Wacouta Ave | 8am | 608-326-7207

23 | Sparta Community Thanksgiving Dinner | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | American Legion | 1116 Angelo Rd/Hwy 21 | 11am-1pm | 608.269.6949

23-24 | Cassville Alumni Basketball Tournament | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Cassville High School | Annual CHS Comet alumni showcase basketball skills.

WI | Lafayette County | Leahy Memorial Park | 5pm | Featuring Christmas caroling, cookies & hot cocoa | 608.762.5142 | belmontwi.com County | Argyle Rod & Gun Club | 9am-4pm | 608.543.3986

28 | Christmas Tree Lighting | Ferryville, WI | Crawford County | River View Park, Hwy 35 | 5:30-6:30pm | Free | Santa, Christmas carols & treats | 608.734.9077 | visitferryville. com

30 | A Christmas Carol | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | 7:30pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

TBA | Christmas in Cassville | Cassville, WI | Grant County | Downtown | Parade of Homes, decorating contests, wagon rides, parade, vendors, fireworks & Holiday Open Houses at Cassville Businesses.

DECEMBER 1 | Candle Tree Lighting & Alpine Carol Sing | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 7pm | More than 100 candles on a tree, informal carol sing-along | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

1 | Hillsboro Firemen Fish Fry | Hillsboro, WI | Vernon County | Hillsboro Community Center | 203 Mill St | 5-8pm | Fundraiser | 608.489.3856 | hillsborofire.info 1 | Holiday Faire | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School | 6-9:30pm | Music, food, silent auction & vendors | 608.637.7828 | pleasantridgewaldorf.org 1 | Holiday Parade | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Blackhawk Ave | 5:30pm | 608.326.8555 | prairieduchien.org 1 | Holiday Parade | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Water St to Evans-Bosshard Park | 6pm | Holiday lights ceremony with hot chocolate, carolers & bonfire & over 1/2 million lights | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com 1 | Lighted Christmas Parade | Monroe, WI | Green County | 608.328.4023 | mainstreetmonroe.org 1 | Welcome the Holidays | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle American Legion Park | 6-8pm | Annual lighting of the tree | 608.543.3113 1 -2 | Fire & Ice Festival | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Downtown Square | 5–8pm | Parade, ice sculpture, fire rings, s’mores, car giveaway, cookie decorating, Santa | 608.897.8411 | brodheadchamber.org 1-2 | Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland | Platteville, WI | Grant County | Sponsor Platteville Regional Chamber. Free photo with Santa. Silent auction, food & hot cocoa | 608.348.8888 | platteville.com

1-3 | A Christmas Carol | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com

1-3 | County Christmas – Light up the Season | Spring Green, WI | Jefferson St | Light parade, winter festivities, fireworks | springgreen.com

1 -4 | Hometown Heartfelt Holiday | Lancaster, WI | Grant County | Downtown | 608.723.2820 | lancasterwisconsin.com

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2017 Calendar of Events | DECEMBER 1–17 | Christmas Tree Sales | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Poller’s Parlor yard | 10am-5 pm or by appointment | Sponsored by Belmont Lions Club | 608.762.5393 or belmontlions53510@gmail.com | belmontwi. com

2 | Annual FFA Christmas Craft & Toy Train Show | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Argyle Public School | Art, craft, food vendors, model trains & toy tractors | 608.543.3314

2 | Candlelight Shopping/Gallery Night | Mineral Point, WI | Iowa County | 5-9pm | Hundreds of lighted candles line the streets for holiday shopping. | 608.987.3201 |

2 | Community Christmas Tree Lighting | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

2 | Cookie Walk | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | Yellowstone & Apple Grove Churches EMS Bldg | 7-11am

2 | Cookie Walk | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Congregational United Church | 8am-12pm | Christmas cookie sale | 608.897.2917

2 | Enchanted Sugar River Christmas | Albany, WI | Green County | Santa visits, lighting of holiday tree, carolers, refreshments

2 | Holiday Faire | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School | 9:30am-3pm | Children’s activities, lunch, bake sale, silent auction & vendors. | 608.637.7828 | pleasantridgewaldorf.org

2 | Holiday Party with Santa Claus | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | Belmont HS | 9am | Crafts, face painting, reindeer games, movies | Sponsor Belmont Lions Club | 608.732.5254 | belmontlions53510@gmail.com

2 | Lions Club’s Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | 608.214.5894

2 | Santa Comes to Town | Cashton, WI | Monroe County | Community Hall | 11am-3pm | 608.654.7828

2 | Cookie Walk | Brodhead, WI | Green County | Congregational United Church | 8am-12pm | Christmas cookie sale | 608.897.2917

2 | Small Town Christmas Celebration | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Village wide | Food, huge craft fair, medallion hunt | 608.625.4422

2-3 & 9-10 | Victorian Home for the Holidays | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd | Tours run from 12-8pm. | 608.326.2721 | villalouis.org

2-31 | Christmas Train Exhibit | Platteville, WI | Grant County | Rollo Jamison Museum | Train exhibit & performances | 608.348.3301 | mining.jamison.museum

2-31 | Holiday Lights Display | Sparta, WI | Monroe County | Evans-Bosshard Park | East Ave/Hwy 16 | Santa, hot chocolate, carolers & bonfire on weekends | 608.269.4123 | bikesparta.com 3 | Christmas Parade & Festival | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Darlington Festival Grounds | 5pm | Living windows, lighting of floating Christmas trees on Pecatonica River. | 608.776.3067 | darlington. wi.org 3 | Tree of Love Celebration | Benton, WI | Lafayette County | Main St | 4pm | bentonwi.us

3 | Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst (German Christmas communion service) | Monroe, WI | Green County | St. John’s United Church | 2pm | Monroe Swiss Singers, conducted entirely in German with translation provided | monroeswisssingers.org

3 | Friends of the KVR Holiday Happening | La Farge, WI | Vernon County | Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 3pm-8:30pm | 608.625.2960 | kickapoofriends.org

3 | Candy Cane Tour of Homes | Viroqua, WI | Vernon County | 1-5pm | Visit lovely homes decorated for Christmas. | 608.637.7396 | vernoncountyhistory.org

3 | St. Charles Advent Breakfast | Cassville, WI | Grant County | 9am-Noon | St. Charles School | Santa’s workshop, raffle & visit from Santa

3-31 | Riverside Reflections | Darlington, WI | Lafayette County | Pecatonica River Trails Park | Lighted Christmas Campsites | 608.776.3067 | darlington.wi.org

8-10 | A Christmas Carol | Monroe, WI | Green County | Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave | Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | 608.325.1111 | monroetheatre.com 9 | Bake Sale | Monticello, WI | Green County | Zwingli Church, 416 E Lake Ave | 9am-1pm

2 | St. Nicholas Day | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 8am-noon | Santa visits; cookie walk at Swiss Church | 800.527.6838 | swisstown.com

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9 | Breakfast with Santa Claus | Tomah, WI | Monroe County | Knights of Columbus Hall | 8-11am | Tomah Lioness breakfast with Santa Claus & get a special gift! Bring a camera or purchase photos for $2. 8-10 | County Christmas – Light up the Season | Spring Green, WI | Jefferson St | Winter Wine Walk cost: $25 per guest | 608.588/2054 | springgreen.com

9 | Christmas Lighting Contest | Argyle, WI | Lafayette County | 608.543.3113

9 | Lunch with Santa | New Glarus, WI | Green County | 800.527.6838 | swisstown. com

9 | Old Fashion Christmas | Ontario, WI | Vernon County | Community Hall, 104 N Garden St | 9am-10pm | Santa Claus visits, food, crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, music | 608.337.4393

9- January 1 | Christmas at the Fort | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Fort Crawford Museum | 717 S Beaumont Rd | 608.326.6960 10 | Ecumenical Christmas Cantata | Belmont, WI | Lafayette County | United Methodist Church | 7pm | Serving punch & cookies following performance | 608.762.5472 | belmontwi.com

December 9-January 1 | Christmas at the Fort | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S. Beaumont Rd | Special programs, homemade cookies & candies. | 608.326.6960

19 | Squeezebox Night | Monroe, WI | Green County | Turner Hall | 6pm | Accordion jam | 608.325.3461 | turnerhallofmonroe.org

24 | Christmas Eve Worship | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Country Coon-Prairie Church | 3pm | This is on the national register of historic places. | 608.634.3214

24 | Christmas Eve Worship Service | Westby, WI | Vernon County | Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 306 S Main St | 6:30pm | Live nativity | 608.634.4871

25 | Free Christmas Dinner | Mauston, WI | Juneau County | United Methodist Church, 420 Suszycki Dr | 11am-1pm | Free ham dinner with games & entertainment | 608.847.5964 | maustonumc.com 31 | Droppin of the Carp | Prairie du Chien, WI | Crawford County | St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave | 9pm | New Year’s Eve festivities with bonfire, countdown at 11:40pm | 608.326.8602 | prairieduchien.org


Topical Index ANTIQUE/ART

BANKING/FINANCIAL

203 A to Z............................................................21 Breitbach Feeds .............................................103 The Cannery.......................................................78 Cranberry Country Mall, Art Gallery & Tomah Antique Mall...............................67 Center Avenue Antiques................................97 Central Boarding House Antiques............. 33 Dark Metal Artworks .......................................52 Dorset Valley School Restaurant & Bakery......................................................... 61 The Frame Corner & Gallery.........................32 Kountry Treasure Chest...................................51 The Mulberry Pottery.......................................13 Past 100 Years Antiques..............................102 The Planted Tree Gallery & Gifts ...............79 Red Door Gallery............................................. 33 The Red Geranium.......................................... 39 Red Hen Antiques........................................... 38 Schoolhouse Mall...........................................103 Sinsinawa Mound Center ..............................52 Sparta’s New & Used Shop ......................... 63 Sugar River Mall.................................................97 Treasures on Main ..........................................20 Village Greenhouse .........................................77

Bank of Cashton ..........................................…68 Benton State Bank ........................................ 84 Edward Jones...................................................20 Farmers State Bank......................................... 19 Shullsburg Community Bank ..................... 84 Tennyson/Potosi Community Bank ....... 84 WCCU Credit Union........................................20

ATTRACTIONS A.D. German Warehouse ............................. 33 Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum .................................... 63 Driftless Destinations ................... back cover Eagle Cave Resort........................................... 34 The Grotto.......................................................... 49 Kickapoo Valley Reserve................................ 18 Mississippi River Boat Tours by Maiden Voyage Tours.............. 79 & 103 Monroe County Museum.............................. 63 Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center....22 Pendarvis.............................................................13 Richland County History Room................. 33 Richland County Performing Arts Center............................ 33 Historical and Architectural Walking Tours of Richland Center........ 34 Stonefield .......................................................... 48 Swiss Historical Village ...........................……95 Villa Louis............................................................78 Villa Louis Carriage Classic............................78 Wegner Grotto...............................................…63 Wetherby Cranberry Marsh ......................... 66 Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association..... inside back cover

BAIT & TACKLE Captain Hook’s Bait & Tackle.................... 104 Castle Rock Hideaway................................... 38 Stark’s Sport Shop ..........................................79

Pine River Paddle & Tube ............................ 33 Pine River Trails Project................................. 33 Rockton Bar........................................................ 18 S&B Tubing, Canoeing & Kayak.................94 Sweet Minihaha Campground.....................97 Titanic Canoe Rental....................................... 18 Village of Albany..............................................94

CASINO

BIKING REPAIR/RENTAL

Lady Luck Casino...................................... 79 & 102

Main Street Hobby & Bicycle Shop............32 Speed’s Bicycle Shop, Sparta ....................64 Village of Albany..............................................94

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE/ TOURISM/CVBS

BOWLING Boscobel Bowl & Banquet........................... 54 Dodger Bowl & Banquet Hall........................13

CAMPGROUNDS/CABINS Alana Springs Campground ........................ 31 Bean Park............................................................ 18 Candlewood Cabins ......................... …………32 Captain Hook’s Bait & Tackle ................... 104 Crooked Creek Canoe & Cabin Rentals.... 16 Eagle Cave Resort........................................... 34 Fireside Campground.................................... 34 Iowa County Campgrounds ........................10 Jellystone Warrens............. inside front cover Juneau County Parks .................................... 42 Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground....77 Kickapoo Valley Reserve................................ 18 La Farge Village Park....................................... 18 Lake Joy Campground...................................87 Leon Valley Campground............................. 62 Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center....22 Richland County Fairgrounds..................... 34 Richland County Parks.................................. 34 Serenity Bluff Cabin........................................53 St. Joseph Resort ........................................... 39 Sweet Minihaha Campground ....................97 Tom’s Campground, Inc. ...............................10 Tunnel Trail Campground.............................. 61 Village of Avoca..................................................12 Village of Kendall ............................................. 61 Village of Muscoda..........................................50 Village of Wilton Campground.................... 61 Westby Rod & Gun Club.................................21 Wolf Creek Campground.............................. 84

CANOEING/RENTAL Big Foot Canoe Rental.................................102 Crooked Creek Canoe & Cabin Rentals.... 16 Friends of the Pine.......................................... 33 Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground....77 Kickapoo Wild Adventures............................ 18 Mr. Duck’s Canoe Rental................................ 18

Argyle Chamber of Commerce ................. 86 Boscobel Chamber of Commerce...54 & 55 Brodhead Chamber of Commerce............97 City of Hillsboro ............................................... 19 Crawford County Tourism Council ............77 Darlington Chamber/Main Street ............. 88 Fennimore Chamber of Commerce..........53 Ferryville Tourism Council ............................77 Juneau County Economic Development Corp.....................................37 Lancaster Chamber of Commerce............50 Monroe County Ag Society..........................64 New Glarus Chamber of Commerce........ 95 Prairie du Chien Tourism Council.....78 & 79 Richland Center Tourism........................32-33 Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce...........3 Tomah CVB....................................................... 65 Tri-State Tourism Council........................... 104 Village of Albany..............................................94 Village of Argyle............................................... 86 Village of Avoca..................................................12 Village of Belmont...........................................87 Village of Cashton........................................... 68 Village of Fennimore.......................................53 Village of Kendall.............................................. 61 Village of La Farge............................................ 18 Village of Muscoda..........................................50 Village of Necedah..........................................40 Village of Ontario.............................................. 18 Village of Wilton................................................ 61 Vernon Tourism Committee .......................25 Westby Chamber of Commerce ...............20

CHEESE STORE/FACTORY Alp & Dell Cheese Store................................ 96 Arena Cheese, Inc...............................................8 Cheese Store & More........................................17 Curd is the Word ..............................................97 Gile Cheese Factory Outlet ......................... 48 Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc........................11 Humbird Cheese....................................66 & 67 Lactalis.................................................................87 Meister Cheese Company..............................51

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Topical Index Montchevre.........................................................87 Nordic Creamery ............................................20 Pasture Pride Cheese ................................... 68 Shullsburg Cheese Store & Gifts ............... 85 Valley Fish & Cheese.......................... 78 & 103 Westby Co-op Creamery …...........................21

COFFEE SHOPS Timber Lane Coffee .........................…………54

COMMUNICATIONS LYNXX Lemonweir Valley TelCom ............40

CONVENIENCE/GAS Belmont BP Travel Center ............................87 Central Express, Cashton ............................ 68 Central Express, Westby...............................20 First Capitol Mini Mart, LLC .........................87 Germantown Junction Store ...................... 38 Krachey’s BP..................................................... 54 New Horizons Supply Co-op ......................55

DINING/FAST FOOD A&W, Boscobel ................................................ 54 Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery................... 68 The Barn Restaurant.....................................102 Beer & Bratz Garden, McGregor Marina.102 Beezer’s Bar & Grill ..........................................17 Billy’s Sand Trap...............................................97 Boscobel Bowl & Banquet .......................... 54 Breitbach’s Country Dining ........................103 Bridges Bar & Grill..................................………97 Canterbury Garden Café................................53 Castle Rock Inn .................................................51 Central Express, Cashton............................. 68 Central Express, Westby ..............................20 The Cooks Room................................................9 The Corner Pub & Deli................................... 86 The Cotter Pin, LLC......................................... 62 Cottonwood Sports Bar & Supper Club ..53 Culver’s, Prairie du Chien ..............................79 Culver’s, Richland Center ..............................32 Dam Near Home Bar & Grill ....................... 94 Dairy Queen, Richland Center ....................32 Dodger Bowl & Banquet Hall .......................13 Don Q Inn .............................................................11 The Donut Diner.............................................. 34 Dorset Valley School Restaurant & Bakery ................................. 61 Empire Grill ........................................................32 Fibs North ………................................................97 Fort Mulligan’s Grill..........................................79 Friederick’s Family Restaurant....................53 Germantown Junction Store ...................... 38 Kickapoo Inn Restaurant & Bar................... 19 Marquette Café & Bar...................................103 McCarville’s My Turn Pub .............................87

McGregor Marina ............................. …………102 The Milk Jug Café , LLC.................................. 18 M&J’s Bar............................................................97 New Glarus Hotel Restaurant .................... 95 Old Towne Inn....................................................21 Pointer Cafe.........................................................13 Rachel & Ray’s Pub......................................... 85 Rippers................................................... …………87 Rivers End Bar & Grill...................................... 18 Rockton Bar ……................................................ 18 Subway, Belmont.............................................87 Tofflers Pub & Grill .........................................94 Tony’s Tap Bar & Grill .......................................11 Unique Café........................................................55 Viroqua Food Co-op ..................................... 23 Yellowstone Dairy Restaurant..................... 83 Watercrest Café ................................................77 Westby House Inn...........................................20

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS Lady Luck Casino................................ 79 & 102 Folklore Village Farm.........................................9 Monroe County Fair........................................64 Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center....22 Snowflake Ski Club.........................................20 Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament.......20 Stump Dodger Bash........................................77 Super National Truck & Tractor Pull..........64 Thunder Showers, LLC.................................. 54 Villa Louis Carriage Classic............................78 WRJC................................................................... 39

FESTIVALS/EVENTS Albany Fall Festival......................................... 94 Colors of Kendall............................................... 61 Prairie Dog Blues Festival.............................79 Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament.......20 Sparta Butterfest.............................................. 61 Stump Dodger Bash........................................77 Syttende Mai.....................................................20 Warrens Cranberry Festival ......................... 66 Waterfest.............................................................37

FISHING/HUNTING Clements Fishing Barge.............................. 104 Great River Sportsman.................................. 48 Lake Joy Campground...................................87 McGregor Marina.............................................102 Stark’s Sports Shop.........................................79 Wilton Hardware Hank.................................... 61

FLORAL/GIFTS/CRAFTS Breitbach Feeds .............................................103 Brenda’s Blumenladen.................................. 94 The Cannery.......................................................78 Cranberry Country Mall..................................67 Cushman’s Greenhouse.................................87

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Dorset Valley School Restaurant & Bakery.................................. 61 Down a Country Road Amish Gift Shops/Tours......................... 68 Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts.......................20 Gatherings, Tomah..........................................67 Gatherings, Boscobel..................................... 54 Humbird Cheese.............................................. 66 J&R Variety, Tomah.........................................67 The Market Place.............................................64 Mineral Point Collection..................................13 The Olde Newry Store................................... 68 Pinnow Pharmacy............................................97 The Red Geranium ........................................ 39 Rural Route 1 Popcorn.....................................13 Shullsburg Cheese Store & Gift Shop....... 85 Sinsinawa Mound Center...............................52 The Station.........................................................67 Tomah Cash Mercantile..................................67 Village Greenhouse..........................................77 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.... 66

FRUIT FARM/MARSH/ ORCHARD Oakwood Fruit Farm, Inc. ............................ 34 Shihata’s Orchard.............................................79 Spurgeon Vineyards.......................................... 7 Ten Eyck Orchard..............................................97 Wetherby Cranberry Marsh ......................... 66

FURNITURE Antique Mall of Tomah...................................67 The Cannery.......................................................78 Cranberry Country Mall..................................67 Dorset Valley School....................................... 61 J&R Variety.........................................................67 Sparta’s New & Used Shop.......................... 63 Tomah Cash Mercantile..................................67 Widner Wood Creations................................. 16

GARDEN CENTER/ GREENHOUSE/NURSERY Brenda’s Blumenladen..................................94 Cushman’s Greenhouse.................................87 Village Greenhouse..........................................77

GOLF Deer Valley Lodge & Golf.................................8 Hickory Grove Golf Course........................... 54

GUIDE/TOUR SERVICES Down a Country Road Amish Tour Service.................................... 68 Mississippi River Boat Tours by Maiden Voyage Tours.............. 79 & 103


Topical Index HISTORICAL/MUSEUM

CABINS/COTTAGES

The A.D. German Warehouse..................... 33 Boscobel Depot Museum..............................55 Country Coon Prairie Church and Cemetery..............................................20 Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum.......................................... 63 Depot Museum, Brodhead...........................97 Dyersville Area Historical Society............ 104 The Grotto.......................................................... 49 Historic Argyle................................................... 86 Iowa County Historical Society.....................12 Monroe County Museum ............................. 63 National Farm Toy Museum...................... 104 Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center....22 Pendarvis.............................................................13 Richland County History Room................. 33 Richland County Performing Arts Center............................ 33 Historical and Architectural Walking Tours of Richland Center........ 34 Stonefield........................................................... 48 Swiss Historical Village.................................. 95 Villa Louis............................................................78 Villa Louis Carriage Classic ...........................78 Wegner Grotto.................................................. 63 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.... 66

Candlewood Cabins........................................32 Driftless Lodge..................................................55 The Farmers Inn................................................22 Pine Point Lodge...............................................51 Pleasant Valley Log Cabins........................... 19 Wildthings Cottage.......................................... 18 St. Joseph Resort............................................ 39 Wells’ Lakeside Cottages ............................. 38 Woodman Lake Cabins/RV.........................50

HOUSEBOAT/PONTOON RENTALS McGregor Marina.............................................102

HORSES A to Z Percherons............................................... 7 Hickory Ridge Bed, Breakfast & Bridle...103

LIQUOR STORE Dean’s Liquor.......................................................9 Downtown Liquors.......................................... 49 Hometown Liquor............................................55 QB Quality Beverages....................................78 Stark’s Sport Shop...........................................79

LODGING/BED & BREAKFAST/ GUEST HOMES Castle Rock Hideaway................................... 38 The Cream Pitcher.......................................... 33 Dolly’s Pedalers Rest Guest Home............ 61 Fountain Chateau Bed & Breakfast.......... 42 Green River Guest House..............................53 Hickory Ridge Bed, Breakfast & Bridle...103 Little Switzerland Inn....................................102 Trail-Side B&B................................................... 61 Westby House Inn...........................................20

LODGING/MOTELS/ HOTELS/INNS AmericInn, Monroe......................................... 96 Best Nights Inn, Sparta................................. 63 Best Western Plus Sparta Trail Lodge...... 63 Central Express, Westby...............................20 Chalet Landhaus Inn...................................... 95 Cobblestone Inn & Suites ...........................103 Country Inn & Suites - Sparta..................... 62 Country Inn & Suites - Prairie du Chien...79 Deer Valley Lodge & Golf.................................8 Don Q Inn..............................................................11 Fenmore Hills Hotel....................................... 55 Fenway House Hotel.......................................53 Frontier Motel...................................................102 Hickory Hill Motel..............................................22 Hotel Hillsboro....................................................17 Hubl’s Motel....................................................... 54 Microtel Inn & Suites - Prairie du Chien....79 Mid-Trail Motel................................................... 61 Midway Motel ................................................... 23 Mound View Inn ..............................................50 Napp’s Motel .....................................................53 Old Towne Inn....................................................21 Pine Ridge Motel................................................13 Quality Inn, Belmont ......................................87 Quality Inn of Mineral Point .........................13 River Valley Motel............................................. 18 Sand Berg Retreat............................................87 Super 8 Motel - Sparta..................................64 Super 8 – Mauston.......................................... 42 Swiss Aire Motel............................................... 98 Travelers Inn & Convention Center............. 41

LOUNGE/BAR/PUB Anton’s Saloon, LLC ...................................... 84 Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery................... 68 Beezer’s Bar & Grill............................................17 Billy’s Sand Trap...............................................97 Bridges Bar & Grill............................................97 The Corner Pub & Deli................................... 86 Cottonwood Sports Bar & Supper Club...53 Dam Near Home Bar & Grill........................ 94 Dodger Bowl & Banquet Hall........................13

Fibs North...........................................................97 Fort Mulligan’s Grill..........................................79 Good Fellas Tavern......................................... 86 Kickapoo Inn Restaurant & Bar................... 19 Lady Luck Casino.............................................79 Leisure Time Sports Bar & Bowl.................78 Marquette Café & Bar...................................103 M&J’s Bar............................................................97 McCarville’s My Turn Pub .............................87 Old Towne Inn....................................................21 Pat & Greg’s Pour House...............................55 Pocket City Pub..............................................102 Puempel’s Olde Tavern................................. 95 Rachel & Ray’s Pub......................................... 85 Rippers.................................................................87 River’s End Bar & Grill..................................... 18 Rockton Bar........................................................ 18 Rookie’s.................................................................13 Tofflers Pub & Grill..........................................94 Tony’s Tap Bar & Grille......................................11 Westby Rod & Gun Club.................................21

MEDICAL/HEALTHCARE/ METAPHYSICAL Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospitals & Clinics......................................53 Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County.. 82 Peterson Pharmacy..........................................17 Pinnow Pharmacy............................................97 Reiki Miracles..................................................... 42 Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers............................................. 68 Through Me for You..........................................13 Upland Hills Health...........................................13 Vernon Memorial Healthcare.......................22

PARKS/RECREATION Avoca Park...........................................................12 Bean Park............................................................ 18 Esofea/Rentz Memorial Park...................... 23 Kickapoo Valley Reserve................................ 18 La Farge Village Park....................................... 18 Richland Center Parks................................... 34 Richland County Fairgrounds..................... 34 Richland County Parks.................................. 34 Sidie Hollow County Park............................. 23 Vernon County Parks..................................... 23

REAL ESTATE City of Hillsboro................................................ 19 ERA Real Estate............................................... 49 First Choice Realty........................................... 61 Kickapoo Homes of Viroqua....................... 23 New Directions Real Estate.........................20 Rush Creek Realty......................................... 104 Wilkinson Auction & Realty Co. .................50

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Topical Index RELIGIOUS Country Coon Prairie Church and Cemetery..............................................20 The Grotto.......................................................... 49 Sinsinawa Mound Center...............................52

RETAIL Alp and Dell Cheese Store............................94 Argyle Lumber Co........................................... 86 Bethel Butikk......................................................21 Brenda’s Blumenladen..................................94 The Cakery & Bake Shop...............................22 The Cannery.......................................................78 Cheryl’s Norse Styles.....................................20 The Cotter Pin, LLC......................................... 62 Cranberry Country Mall, Art Gallery & Tomah Antique Mall...................................67 Cushman’s Greenhouse.................................87 The Dinky General Store...............................50 Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts.......................20 Down a Country Road Amish Gift Shops....................................... 68 Ewetopia Fiber Shop.......................................22 Funky Monkey Computers............................67 Gatherings, Boscobel..................................... 54 Gatherings, Tomah..........................................67 J&R Military Surplus..................................... 104 J&R Variety, Tomah.........................................67 Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op.................................77 Kountry Treasure Chest...................................51 Little Stars Boutique.......................................67 The Local Oven...............................................102 Luecke’s Diamond Center............................ 96 Main Street Hobby & Bicycle Shop............32 The Market Place.............................................64 Mineral Point Collection of Shops...............13 Mound View RV, Inc. ......................................87 The Mulberry Pottery.......................................13 Oakwood Fruit Farm, Inc.............................. 34 Ocooch Books & Libations.......................... 34 The Olde Newry Store................................... 68 Organic Valley, La Farge................................. 18 Organic Valley, Cashton................................ 68 The Pickett Fence.............................................78 Piggly Wiggly......................................................97 The Planted Tree Gallery & Gifts................79 The Quilt Peddler.............................................53 The Red Geranium.......................................... 39 Rural Route One Popcorn..............................13 Second Time Around..................................... 23 The Shoe Box......................................................13 Sparta’s New & Used Shop ......................... 63 Stark’s Sport Shop...........................................79

The Station.........................................................67 Swiss Colony Outlet Center......................... 98 Tomah Cash Mercantile..................................67 Treasures on Main...........................................20 Village Greenhouse..........................................77 Viroqua Food Coop........................................ 23 Wehling Farms & Country Store...................21 Wertz Floor & Home........................................32 Westby Locker & Meats.................................20 Widner Wood Creations................................. 16 Wildthings........................................................... 18 Wilton Hardware Hank.................................... 61 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.... 66

SERVICES Ace Concrete..................................................... 84 710 Diagnostics and Repair......................... 49 American Family Insurance ............... 21 & 22 Brechler-Landosky Group.............................53 Cheryl’s Norse Styles.....................................20 City of Hillsboro................................................ 19 Clements Fishing Barge.............................. 104 Edward Jones...................................................20 Kickapoo Homes of Viroqua, Inc............... 23 Lovelace Pump Co.......................................... 86 Massage Works Day Spa & Salon...............87 Mound View RV, Inc. ......................................87 Mr. Tom’s Body & Paint, Inc..........................55 Oak Street Laundry......................................... 48 Pederson Agency............................................ 86 Reiki Miracles..................................................... 42 Sinsinawa Mound Center...............................52 Speed’s Bicycle Shop.....................................64 Superior Trophies & Storage.........................55 Through Me for You..........................................13 Thunder Showers, LLC.................................. 54 Tollakson–Emery Memorials....................... 86 Village Greenhouse..........................................77 Wilkinson Auction & Realty Co. .................50

SPECIALTY FOODS/ GROCERIES/SHOPS Alp and Dell Cheese Store............................94 The Apple House at Shihata’s Orchard....79 Belle’s Argyle Grocery.................................... 86 Bethel Butikk......................................................21 Boscobel Farmers Market..............................55 Brennan’s Market............................................. 98 The Cakery and Bake Shop..........................22 Dorset Valley School Bakery........................ 61 Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts.......................20 Grab A Cone........................................................51 Dinky General Store........................................50 Humbird Cheese....................................66 & 67

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Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op.................................77 Lonesome Stone Milling............................... 34 Nordic Creamery..............................................20 Organic Valley, Cashton................................ 68 Organic Valley, La Farge................................. 18 Piggly Wiggly..................................................... 97 Quality Bakery....................................................13 Ritter’s Fish Market..........................................79 Rural Route One Popcorn .............................13 Sadie’s Sweet Shop.......................................102 Shihata’s Orchard.............................................79 Swiss Colony Outlet Center......................... 98 Valley Fish & Cheese.......................... 78 & 103 Violet Dreams, LLC..........................................55 Viroqua Food Coop........................................ 23 Westby Creamery..............................................21 Westby Locker & Meats.................................20 Wetherby Cranberry Marsh ......................... 66 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.... 66 Wisconsin River Meats.....................................41

SPORTING Deer Valley Lodge & Golf ...............................8 Great River Sportsman.................................. 48 Main Street Hobby & Bicycle Shop............32 Pec Time Tubing.............................................. 86 Snowflake Ski Club.........................................20 Speed’s Bicycle Shop.....................................64 Stark’s Sport Shop...........................................79 Westby Rod & Gun Club.................................21 Wildthings........................................................... 18

TOURISM CONTACT/ TRAVEL AGENT Prairie du Chien Area Tourism Council.....78 Richland Center Tourism.............................. 34 Tri-State Tourism........................................... 104 Vernon County Tourism.................................25

TRAILS Elroy-Sparta State Trail.....................................3 Pine River Trails Project................................. 33 Village of Albany..............................................94

WINERY/VINEYARD Eagles Landing Winery.................................103 Southwest Wisconsin Wine Trail..................51 Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery....................... 7 Stone Cliff Vineyard & Winery.................. 104 Weggy Winery....................................................27 Whispering Bluffs Winery .............................52 Whispering Winds Winery ............................53


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