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You know what? There’s a reason autumn is (almost) everybody’s favorite season. It’s not too hot, not too cold, not too humid, and everything has pumpkin spice in it. Literally everything. And it’s great! To get psyched, check out this special section before the leaves turn and we’re left in the bitter darkness of winter’s freezing grasp ... Uh, enjoy!

Cranberries Revealed

TA R T B E R R Y, A T O P W I S C O N S I N P R O D U C T, C E L E B R AT E D I N L AV I S H P H O T O B O O K b y B A R B A R A A R N O L D / / p h o t o s b y w a y n e m ar t i n


coffee table book with luxurious photographs of cranberries in all of their possible shapes and forms followed by scrumptious-looking images of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, salads, and desserts – all with recipes – was the farthest thing from Wayne Martin’s mind when he embarked on a five-year journey that resulted in Cranberries Revealed – From the Marsh to the Table … a visual journey (Martin PhotoMedia, LLC: Plymouth, Minn., 2015). No, in the fall of 2009, Wayne, a commercial and corporate photographer, decided that he wanted to experiment with the medium. He had read an article about a photographer named Ryuijie. Ryuijie had taken botanical specimens, placed them in water, froze them, and then started shooting. Wayne was fascinated with those images – almost impressionistic – of flowers, ferns, and the like, frozen in time. But, what to photograph? Well, how about cranberries? Wayne had grown up in Wisconsin Rapids, the heart of cranberry country in Wisconsin. And, heck, on a paper route as a kid, he had gladly imbibed tart-and-sweetat-the-same-time cranberry juice from a dispenser at the Wood County National Bank where he took his route money every week. His mother also had worked part-time sorting berries in a cranberry processing facility to supplement the wages of his father, who worked in a paper mill, the other mainstay industry in the area. Cranberries? Well, they’re colorful. They’re also a sturdy fruit. The result of Wayne’s experiment is

Harvest time in the bog

spectacular as evidenced by the cover of the book, which at first glance, looks like rare, Chinese, hand-painted porcelain. Only after opening the book and reading Part One The Art and Beauty of the Cranberry do you realize that these are cranberries photographed in ice. And for a different effect, he sliced and diced the berries, and arranged them in interesting patterns. In one of those rare or perhaps not so

rare coincidences, Wayne found himself in October 2010, high above the cranberry marshes of his hometown, riding in an ultralight aircraft, which Wayne describes as “a lawn chair on a stick.” Exposed to the elements, his feet nearly froze despite layers. And, forget changing out lenses as his fingers were so cold that he was afraid he would drop one of the lenses into the marsh below and it would be lost. Forever. 30 Sept. 2, 2015

“The experience was exhilarating,” he exclaims. “There was the harmonic convergence of a slow wind speed, a sunny day with clear blue skies, beautiful fall colors, and water temperatures warmer than the air that caused the steam and fog to rise for an ethereal mood. Everything came together that day.” And thus began Wayne’s journey for the second part of the book, Cranberry Culture: The Marsh, The Harvest, and

The Processing. He made connections to additional growers, which enabled him to take photos high above from a helicopter; in the marsh itself, where he recorded the harvest; and finally back on the ground, in the processing facilities where the cranberries are initially dried and sorted. A special sorting device called a Bailey Mill separates the good berries from the bad ones by culling off the bad berries that don’t bounce. Later they are more closely inspected by hand – actually the human eye. He also met an organic cranberry grower, Brian Ruesch, who sells his organic berries to the Willie Street Co-Op in Madison. He even showed Wayne a patch of wild cranberries on his property. As he was sharing prototypes of the book for review, “Women consistently asked me where the recipes were,” he comments. “I had not planned on doing recipes, but based on the feedback, I knew I had to.” His path for the third part of the book, Cranberry Inspirations The Recipes, was set. He secured the Wisconsin State Fair cranberry recipe winners from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association and Warrens Cranberry Festival recipe winners. And, through a friend who works as a food photographer for General Mills and Hormel, he learned the craft. And not only did he shoot and style the food, he actually made each recipe and taste-tested it afterwards. “Each recipe took about two days to do,” he says, “from concept to buying the ingredients for the recipe, getting the accessories to style the shoot, actually making the recipe, and then setting up the lights, figuring the best angle to shoot it at.” Wayne never earned a degree in photography, although he took many college photography and art courses and attended numerous professional workshops. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point

with degrees in history and Spanish with the intention of being a teacher. After graduation, he decided to move to Madrid, Spain, to teach English, and his brother-in-law gave him an old 35mm range finder camera. He took along a pocket tripod, and he found that, “Holy Cow! Photography is kind of fun.” Upon his return to his home town, he joined the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune for a few years. Then, he traveled west and worked for community newspapers in Portland, Ore. Later he earned a master’s degree in media technology from UW-Stout in Menomonie. From there, he joined Prudential Insurance in Minneapolis as an AV producer and photographer. He made the leap to start his own photography business in the early 1990s, when Prudential experienced a series of downsizings. The book is dedicated to his mother, the cranberry sorter. She saw a prototype of the final version before she passed away in 2013, and was pleased with the result. Wayne acknowledges 22 friends, family members, cranberry growers, and others, who, without their help, the book would never have happened. Last but not least are his family: wife Anne, now a retired teacher after 40 years, and his two daughters: Katie and Kelly, both in their 20s. “I’ve never done a book before,” he concludes. “And I don’t know that I will ever do a book again. But I do know that as a photographer, I did this my way. I was inspired by the cranberries. I made a book with my creative passion. And, now people are buying my creation, and that’s pretty cool.” Wayne Martin will discuss and sign his book, Cranberries Revealed, from 6:308:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 22, at The Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire. To learn more about the book, visit

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Bumper crop awaits WISCONSIN CORN HARVEST E XPECTED TO BE NE AR RECORD b y t o m g i f f e y / / PH O T O S BY N I C K MEYE R


t’s not just your imagination: The Chippewa Valley’s cornfields are looking especially bountiful as the annual harvest approaches. So bountiful, in fact, that 2015 could be one for the history books. “We’re on the cusp of having as good a cropping season straight across the board in this county – and for the most part in this state – on record,” said Mark Hagedorn, Eau Claire County agriculture agent for UW-Extension. Unless there is abnormal weather in the next few weeks (the sound you hear is the region’s farmers knocking on wood to fend off that possibility) and as long as temperatures remain seasonal, the corn crop will make for a “bin-busting year,” Hagedorn said. Several factors worked together to bring about the bumper crop, he noted. First, most farmers were able to get their crops planted in a timely fashion this spring. Second, there was enough rain – and rain at the right time – during the spring and summer. According to figures compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), since June 1 Eau Claire has had about 6.5 inches more rain than average. Finally, the region has gotten an above-average number of growing-degree units, a measurement of the accumulation of heat that allows plants to flourish. “You’re set up to have a good crop, and we have a really good crop in Eau Claire County,” Hagedorn said. “And in my travels across the state, I would say that crops are comparable.” Corn production is predicted to be strong nationwide. In mid-August, the NASS – a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – forecast that American farmers would produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year. While that would be a dip of 4 percent from last year, it would nonetheless be the third biggest year for corn production in history. Furthermore, the report anticipated “record-high corn yields in several states,” including Wisconsin, as well as Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, and South Dakota. As of Aug. 23, 77 percent of the state’s corn crop was rated as good or excellent condition, the NASS reported, compared with 58 percent at the same point last year. Furthermore, corn was maturing earlier than it had the previous year. While Wisconsin is known as the Dairy State, we produce a fair amount of corn, too. (All those cows have to eat something, right?) Last year, it amounted to 485 million bushels, putting us among the Top 10 corn states. (If you guessed Iowa was No.

Last year, Wisconsin produced 485 million bushels, putting us among the Top 10 corn states. 1, you’re right: Iowans grew 2.37 billion bushels, barely edging Illinois.) It almost goes without saying that bumper crops are good for farmers and the many businesses – from grain elevators to implement dealers – that fall and rise with their fortunes. However, in a market economy, there is a downside to high production: Put simply, a huge supply can drive down prices. The corn 32 Sept. 2, 2015

price is hovering around $3.50 per bushel, Hagedorn noted, while two summers ago the national average flirted with $7 per bushel. What does this mean for farmers’ pocketbooks? “I think there are going to be a lot of producers who are going to be right on that line” between making a profit and taking a loss, Hagedorn forecast. The price of seed, fertilizer, and land have all risen, and having high input costs makes turning a profit more difficult. That being said, having a huge harvest is preferable to the alternative, even if commodity prices are relatively weak. “If production is going to be as high as what it looks like it could be, even with lower prices, this is going to be helping the producers to at least break even,” Hagedorn said. 33 Sept. 2, 2015

Scenic stunners

a g uide to so m e o f wisconsin ’ s best fall drives b y t ra v e l w i s con s i n travel wisconsin


utumn in Wisconsin is all about the color and getting out to see it. Here are five fall color tours within easy driving distance of the Chippewa Valley that are guaranteed to put you in a front row seat for Mother Nature’s annual show. Of course, you can always design your own fall driving tour; from urban parks to colorful country roads, Wisconsin is loaded with colorama opportunities throughout the autumn season. •••••

1. BLACK RIVER STATE FOREST The Black River State Forest lies just east of Black River Falls in west-central Wisconsin. Its 68,000 acres accesses some unique geology that makes it a great destination for fall foliage road trips. The forest lies in two lobes; the largest north of Interstate 94, and a smaller lobe to the south. The southern lobe includes Castle Mound. A hike to the top provides colorful fall views of the former bed of glacial Lake Wisconsin, as well as the unglaciated buttes, sandstone hills, and castellated bluffs that dot the fall forest landscape. While driving through the beautiful fall colors, you can access the northern lobe of the forest via North Settlement Road (I-94 exit 128 at Millston). The road sweeps north 10 miles to the Dike 17 Wildlife Area. Climb the observation tower there to see the autumn splendor, as well as sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, bobolinks, warblers, harriers, and bald eagles. The forest also offers 98 family campsites, 27 miles of hiking trails, and 33 miles of mountain bike and ATV trails. As a bonus, the Black River Falls area is rich in cranberry bogs, turned red in autumn with the seasonal harvest.

2. HILLTOP COLOR TOUR Three of the state’s highest points can be found in central Wisconsin along the Hilltop Fall Color Tour from Wausau to Ogema to Neillsville. A 60-foot observation tower in Rib Mountain State Park near Wausau affords a breathtaking perspective of the Wisconsin River Valley’s fall foliage below. The mountain, estimated at one billion years old, is one of the oldest geological features on the planet. Timm’s Hill, near Ogema, is the highest point in Wisconsin – 1,951 feet above sea level. The peak is preserved in Timm’s Hill County Park. At its top,

an observation tower rises an additional 60 feet for outstanding views of the surrounding forest and its breathtaking fall colors. One of the best fall foliage drives includes The Highground near Neillsville which occupies a ridge that overlooks colorful hillsides and glacial moraines. It is dedicated as a memorial park with many sculptural tributes to Wisconsin veterans.

3. UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER The Upper Mississippi River Valley is fantastic for scenic fall drives; a broad ribbon of water shouldered by sandstone bluffs daubed in amber and rust. Follow Highway 35, affectionately known as the Great River Road, from Prescott to Potosi for nearly 250 miles of charming river towns, antique shops, great cafes, and stunning bluff-top views. Along the way, observation platforms allow you to watch river barges “lock through” at Lock & Dam No. 4 at Alma, No. 6 at Trempealeau, and No. 8 at Genoa. Enjoy three Wisconsin state parks, a pair of Wisconsin Historical Society sites, terrific walleye and bass fishing, and some of the finest bird watching in the Midwest (they do, after all, call it the “Mississippi Flyway”).

4. HAYWARD LAKES AREA The Hayward Lakes Area in northwestern Wisconsin has developed six fall color tours ranging from 45 to 70 miles in Sawyer County. Most of the driving routes traverse portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation, or 34 Sept. 2, 2015

the Blue Hills, which are vibrant with fall color this time of year. Fall foliage scenic routes are well-marked with numbered signs that incorporate a distinctive leaf design. Hayward is one of Wisconsin’s prime fall vacation areas, so you’ll find plenty of resort accommodations and eateries, as well as world-class fall walleye and musky fishing. The 74-mile Tuscobia State Trail, popular with ATV riders, bisects Sawyer County and offers other fall driving tour options.

5. BAYFIELD PENINSULA Fall colors frame the views along the Bayfield Peninsula tour. Start in Ashland at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center where a wonderful series of exhibits detail the area’s regional history and culture. During your scenic fall driving tour follow Highway 13 and the Lake Superior shore north to Bayfield, a quaint harbor town with a great fall vacation vibe. Bayfield is also the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; 21 gem-like coastal islands and 12 miles of mainland that are home to six lighthouses, labyrinthine sea caves, terrific blue-water sailing, and some of the best sea kayaking in the world. You can take a ferry to Madeline Island where you can visit Big Bay State Park and a State Historical Society site. North of Bayfield, Highway 13 swings west paralleling Lake Superior’s southern shore for 40 miles to the Brule River State Forest – 40,000 acres of beautiful fall color, whitewater canoeing, kayaking, camping, and trout fishing.

Leafy listings ORCHARDS

flavored butter, honey, crafts, and more.

AVEnue Orchard 6700 Highway 53, Eau Claire •

(715) 835-5141 • Producing at least 15 types of apples, three types of plums, two types of pears, and more. Also featuring a shop on location and occasional events.

Blueberry Ridge Orchard E2795 Hageness Rd., Eleva

• 715-287-3366 • contact@blueberryridge-orchard. com • Family owned orchard offering u-pick blueberries and raspberries and pre-picked apples and plums when in season. Blueberry Ridge Orchard has over seven varieties of blueberries and offers a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere where you can make friends, build relationships, and meet families that come together year after year.

Bushel and a Peck Market 18444 Co. Hwy OO, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-0133 • • This is a family-owned, pick-your-own orchard of 5,500 trees produces over 30 varieties of apples, plus pears, raspberries and plums with a bakery, craft and gift shop on site. Located on a ridge overlooking the Chippewa River Valley, the orchard also features a shop offering jams and jellies, honey, recipe books, crafts, and other gifts. The on-site bakery serves up pies, turnovers, and cookies.

Cain’s Orchard W13885 Cain Rd., Hixton • (715)

963-2052 • • CainsOrchard. com Growing around 20 varieties of apples, plus blueberries.  Also featuring a picnic area, play area, and hiking trails. Cain’s Orchard’s apple season usually begins the end of August through mid to late Oct. Their fruit is grown utilizing sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management.

Class Apple 5198 Sunset View Dr., Eau Claire • (715)

834-9060, (715) 577-4601 • • This is a great little mom-n-pop, pickyour-own orchard features a scenic view. Call to arrange a visit. 

Connell’s Family Orchard 19372 Co. Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-5889 • • .com Established in 1858, Connell’s grows apples, raspberries, pumpkins, and much more, plus an impressive shop and bakery on location, farm tours and wagon rides. Call for details. Ferguson’s Morningside Orchard 6470 Balsam Rd.,

Eau Claire • (715) 830-9370 • • Stroll through a  large pick-yourown orchard,  pick the perfect pumpkin, and  find hours of fun for all ages in the Apple Blossom Park. Their country store offers delicious baked pastries, local jams, syrups and gifts, and caramel apples. Check out the corn maze and look forward to the haunted house later in the season.

Hillview Farm Orchard E6198 Hickory Rd., Eau

Claire • (715) 878-4526 • At Hillview, you’ll find ready-picked apples, country crafts, pumpkins, and squash for sale. Make sure you stroll the scenic nature trail and the kid’s playground, featuring a new obstacle course and apple slingshot. On the weekends, horse-drawn wagon rides through the orchard. Pick your own apples and horse drawn rides on weekends.

John McIlquham Orchard, LLC 19947 County Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1663 • The McIlquhams offer visitors several varieties of fresh-picked apples. Visitors to the Autumn Harvest Winery tasting room can enjoy complimentary sips of apple, fruit, and grape wines produced and bottled on-site. Season permitting, apple cider and hard cider are also available. The gift shop offers McIlquham Orchard jams, preserves, and apple butters. Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, plus a free corn maze and weekend wagon rides will delight the kids. Niblett’s Apple Shed 18027 Cty Hwy OO, Chippewa

Falls • 715-456-0634, 715-828-4976, 715-723-1159 • Featuring around 20  varieties of apples, pre-picked or pick your own, plus prepicked pumpkins. Niblett’s Apple Shed also features free wagon rides, mini golf, a picnic area, tours, and other items for sale including salsa, syrups, dressings,

Schaefer’s Orchard Run 1726 County Hwy K, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-8865 • orchardrun@yahoo. com Schaefer’s is a certified organic orchard offering fresh-picked and pick-your-own McIntosh, Cortland, Connell Red, Harla Red, Honeycrisp, Honeygold and Wealthy apples. The orchard is open from Labor Day until Halloween or until the apples are gone.

Leffel Roots Apple Orchard W2369 Maple Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 514-5171 • • A small, quiet, family owned apple orchard who would love to have you visit during the harvest.


See contact info for hours. See scarecrow for directions.

Bushel and a Peck Market 18444 Co. Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0133 • • Ferguson’s Morningside Orchard 6470 Balsam Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 830-9370 • •

Govin’s Meats & Berries N6134 670th St., Menomonie • (715) 231-2377 • Hawkins’ Hollow 8966 County Hwy X West, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-0192. John McIlquham Orchard, LLC 19947 County Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1663 • Klinger Farm Market 12756 132nd St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 288-6348 • klingerfarmmarket@yahoo. com •

Schultz’s Country Barn 50996 N. Main St., Eleva • (715) 287-4684 • Valley Pasture Farm E7631 N Cty Rd. E, Elk Mound • (715) 256-7676 •


Connell’s Family Orchard 19372 Co. Hwy OO, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-5889 • confamilyorchard@ • .com.

Ferguson’s Morningside Orchard 6470 Balsam Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 830-9370 • •

Fields of Pumpkins Route 1 Box S15966, Mondovi • (715) 834-7556.

Govin’s Meats & Berries N6134 670th St., Menomonie

• (715) 231-2377 •

Hawkins’ Hollow 8966 County Hwy X West, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-0192. Hillview Farm Orchard E6198 Hickory Rd., Eau Claire • (715) 878-4526 •

John McIlquham Orchard, LLC 19947 County Hwy

J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1663 •

Klinger Farm Market 12756 132nd St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 288-6348 • klingerfarmmarket@yahoo. com •

Lowes Creek Tree Farm October for pumpkins •

S9475 Lowes Creek Rd., Eleva • (888) 878-4166, (715) 878-4166 • •

Niblett’s Apple Shed 18027 Cty Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • 715-456-0634, 715-828-4976, 715-723-1159 • Pleasant Valley Tree Farm N7240 810th St., Elk Mound • (715) 879-5179 •

Schultz’s Country Barn 50996 N. Main St., Eleva • (715) 287-4684 • Valley Pasture Farm E7631 N Cty Rd. E, Elk Mound • (715) 256-7676 • 35 Sept. 2, 2015


about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and its effects, followed by a walk around the Irvine Park loop. No registration required.

Blue Devil Sep. 3, 9am • 3rd St. E. between the Sports

& Fitness Center, Menomonie • See contact info for cost • 715-232-5390 • A 5K and 10K. Race day registration will end at 8:30am on Oct. 3.

Farm to Fork Retreat - Pizza Night with Live Music

Every Thursday until Oct. 29, 5-9pm • Farm to Fork Retreat at Dancing Yarrow, S1-93 County Road BB, Mondovi • $15-$20 • All ages • 715-833-9975 • The brick pizza oven is hot and the beer is cold, so it’s time to kick back and enjoy the fresh farm view. We’ll be offering a variety of handmade and oven-fired pizzas served in our re-purposed Horse Barn with brews on tap, wine, and soda in the Milk House Bar. Live music per night - Aug. 20: Dayne & Tom; Aug. 27: Two Frets Up; Sep. 3: Brian Bethke; Sep. 10: Two Frets Up; Sep. 17: Rich Schroeder; Sep. 24: Nate & Christy.

ECSA’s Lakeshore Skate Jam Sep. 6, noon-5pm • Lakeshore Park, 900 Broadway St., Eau Claire • All ages • The third annual Lakeshore Skate Jam will be held Sunday, Sept. 6, to beef up the ECSA’s budget and showcase area talent. The near 40 skaters who registered last year were encircled by a crowd of more than 100 people from Eau Claire and surrounding cities. The 2014 competition raised roughly $1,200, and Johnson said this year’s plan is to top those numbers. Registration begins at 11:30am. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Walk

Sep. 9, 9:09am • Irvine Park at the duck pond gazebo, Bridgwater Ave., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All ages • Community members are encouraged to gather for a moment of silence as bells ring throughout the city from area churches and businesses. Afterwards enjoy a short educational presentation

Friendship and Flowers: A Standard Flower Show

Sep. 10, 3-5pm • Cook-Rutledge Mansion, 505 W. Grand Avenue, Chippewa Falls • FREE • (715) 7237181 Lake Wissota Garden Club invites the public to view 24 floral designs displayed throughout the Cook Rutledge Mansion, as well as horticulture exhibits including freshly cut annuals and perennials, container plantings, and fruits and vegetables in the mansion’s carriage house.

Great Community Cookout & Tailgating Party Sep.

10, 4-8pm • Corner of Main & 4th Streets in downtown, Menomonie • Menomonie’s annual downtown community party where local vendors bring in their delicious food and the community enjoys taste testing it all. Check out the beer tent, live music, and raffle drawings. Kids will enjoy the children’s games and activities 4-7pm.

Cleghorn Harvest Fest Sep. 11-13 • Cleghorn Harvest Fest, Downtown Cleghorn - 8 miles south of Eau Claire, WI • No Admission or parking charges. • All ages • Cleghorn Harvest Fest is family oriented fun including a wood bat tournament, bean bag tournament, sanctioned bike race, classic car show on Sunday, dancing, parade and, fireworks on Saturday, great food, pie & ice cream. Craft and vendors on Saturday. Harvest Fest Sep. 11, 5pm; Sep. 12, 9am • Chetek

(see contact info for location details), • On Friday enjoy a Co-Ed Softball Tournament at City Field behind Kwik Trip. On Saturday, enjoy an arts & craft fair, a Walk for the Environment, the continuation of the Softball Tournament, pie & chili contest, boy scout chicken feed, kids coin hunt, 5K Mud Run, music by Dezired Sound, and ball drop at 5:30pm with a bonfire to follow.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Sep. 12-13 • Pepin • lau-

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enjoy a fun day at the farm. Participants will follow a route that takes you out into the beautiful countryside of the Chippewa Valley, while getting the chance to learn more about local food, local agriculture, and family health. Same day registration and check in starts at 8am.

Eau Claire Rock n’ Run Sep. 12 • The Grand Theatre,

Harvest Fest Hustle 5K Sep. 12, 9am • Cleghorn

102 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • See contact info for cost • A half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K run/walk, and Grand Avenue Kids Fun Run. Preregistered runner packet picket-up and registration on Sep. 11, 5:30-7:30pm at the Grand Theatre.

End of the Summer Hallie Block Party Sep. 12, 9am-

10pm • Eagle’s Club, 2588 Hallie Rd., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0172 This all day festival features a kickball tournament at 9am (call to sign up), a beer fest (15pm, $20 admission), the Army National Guard noon5pm with a climbing wall, zip line, and inflatables for kids, dunk tank, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, custom car and motorcycle show noon-5pm, live music by Crystal and the Commotion 6-10pm, and a food tent. Proceeds go to the Unmet Needs Program.

4th Annual Bethel Boogie Sep. 12, 9am • New Au-

burn Pavilion, New Auburn • All ages • 715-967-4032 (Larry) or 715-577-7319 (Mary) • A 5K/10K and kids’ half mile fun run, 5K corporate run, 10 mile bike ride and 30 mile bike sprint (in 10 mile intervals). Pick up your packet on site 7:30-8:30am. Coffee, rolls, and lunch available 8am-1pm. Awards and cash drawing at 1pm (must be present to win). See website for full details. This event benefits a variety of New Auburn organizations.

Farmer Frolic 5k Run/Walk Sep. 12, 9am • Arrow-

head Farms, 14630 125th Ave., Chippewa Falls • $30 single registration (include one tee), $45 for two adults and children up to age 10 (includes one adult and one kids tee) • The Farmer Frolic 5k Run/Walk is a family friendly event where both runners and walkers are invited to come

school park, S10443 County Road HH/I, Eleva • $20 per person before race day and $25 per person on race day • (715) 829-3284 • Join us for the first annual Harvest Fest Hustle where all proceeds benefit the Pleasant Valley Fire Department. 8am check in and same-day registration. Awards will be given immediately following the race (11:00am) prior to the parade.

The Great Xpedition Race/Triathlon Sep. 12, 10am •

North City Park, 2701 9th Ave., Bloomer • See contact info for cost • (715) 828-3316 • A triathlon ( 4.2 mile run, 14.5 mile bike, 2.5 mile canoe), fun triathlon (2 mile run, 4.2 mile bike, 2.5 canoe), plus 4.2 mile run and 4.2 mile walk. Awards given to top male and female.

Fall Festival Sep. 12-13, 11am-5:30pm • Autumn Harvest Winery, 19947 Cty Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All ages • (715) 720-1663 • This great annual family, fun event will include live music, free wagon rides, pick-your-ownapples, wine tasting, a free corn maze, and Firewoods Traveling Pizzeria will be cooking up fantastic pizza. Chetek Harvest Fest 5K Mud Run Sep. 12, 3:30pm • Hockmeyer Dr., Chetek • Registration 2-3pm. See contact info for details. This event is part of Chetek’s annual Harvest Fest. JDRF One Walk Sep. 13, noon • Carson Park, Car-

son Park Dr., Eau Claire • Check contact info for cost • (608) 833-2873 • The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has become JDRF One WalkTM. We’ve changed the name of our flagship fundraising event to communicate our focus on a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Distance

is 1.5 miles. Check in time is 11am.

ant pumpkins. Find the full event schedule online.

Menomonie Unitarian’s Family Fun Fest Sep. 13,

Chippewa Valley Rock N Roll Kickball Classic Sep.

1-3pm • Menomonie Unitarian Society, 501 21st Street North, Menomonie • FREE • All ages • 715 419 1245 • Join us for an afternoon of family fun and activities. Games, Activities, Root Beer Floats. Learn about us and our Religious Education Program.

Yellowstone Art Trail Sep. 18-19, 10am-6pm • Loca-

tions in Cadott, Boyd, Stanley, and nearby surrounding areas, • The Yellowstone Art Trail welcomes you to the homes and participating businesses where artisans will be showcasing their creative talents and skills. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their craft. You will be able to visit with them and purchase items for sale. See contact info for the full details.

Fall Harvest at Valley Pasture Farm Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Sep. 18 to Oct. 25, 10am-6pm • Valley Pasture Farm, E7631 N County Road E, Elk Mound • $8.50/person, children under age two are FREE • Enjoy a pumpkin patch, corn maze, wagon rides, bounce houses, Spooky Ridge Trail, Pedal Toy Track, Corn Dig, and Magical Woodland Maze, with pumpkin bowling, mini golf, straw fort and tunnel play area, gemstone mining, pet and feed farm animals, a jack-0-launcher, and produce stand.  On Saturdays and  Sundays, enjoy the Crazy Corn Cannons, 80’ Giant Spooktacular Slide, apple slinging, and food stand for an additional fee. 13th Annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Sep. 18,

11am-11pm; Sep. 19, 11am-11pm; Sep. 20, 10am-4pm • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • $15 weekend admission, $8 daily admission • 866-723-0340 • events/oktoberfest Chippewa Falls’ 13th Annual Celebration features four stages with over 30 entertainers, sauerkraut eating contests, beer stein holding contests, kid’s games, authentic German foods, dancing and gi- 37 Sept. 2, 2015

18, 5-11pm; Sep. 19, 9am-11pm • Altoona Cinder City Park, 2300 Spooner Ave., Altoona • Team Registration $250; Free admission to the public • All ages • (715) 839-5188 • While spectators watch the kicking of red-inflatable balls in awe, eat, drink, rock, and party, teams will battle for kickball glory, schoolyard-style, for bragging rights and fabulous prizes. Not just kickball - Music, Beer & BBQ - in a two-day extravaganza. Register your co-ed kickball team today online and claim your custom tshirt color. Registration deadline is Sep. 4.

Booya Days in Cadott Sep. 19 • Cadott, • FREE • All

ages • (715) 289-3338 • This fall event offers free Booya soup, arts and craft dealers, thrift sale, two mile cancer walk, and entertainment for the family throughout the day on Main Street.

Fall Perennial Exchange Sep. 19, 10-10:30am •

Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie • FREE • All ages • (715) 232-2164 • Bring labeled plants to share, take turns exchanging, and share the joy of perennials. Held on the lawn, rain or shine.

Lake Wissota State Park Walk Sep. 19, 10am-4pm • Lake Wissota State Park Riverside Shelter, 8141 County Highway O, Chippewa Falls • $3 for volkssporting credit, $2 for children or non-credit adults • For the whole family • Join the Dairyland Walkers, based in Madison, as they continue their quest to walk in every county in the state. Walkers may register at the Riverview Shelter and start walking anytime between 10 am and 2 pm, must finish by 4 pm. The 5K/10K routes go through prairies, woods, and along the shoreline. Scarecrow Makin’ Days & Contest Sep. 19, 10am; Sep. 26, 10am; Oct. 3, 10am • Down To Earth Garden Center, 6025 Arndt Ln., Eau Claire • (715) 833-1234 • Your fall decorating isn’t complete

without a scarecrow. Bring in some old, funky clothes, boots, hats & other fashion accessories to create a prized scarecrow. We’ll provide the straw and clean up the mess. Post pictures of your scarecrows on our Facebook page for all to enjoy and be inspired. A prize will be awarded to the person who creates the most unique scarecrow.

4th Annual Sauerkraut Making Fest Sep. 19, 10am •

Sherry Jo’s Wayside, Hwy X, Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • (715) 723-2777 Come have fun making your own sauerkraut! Just bring your own cabbage and a 5 gallon bucket and we supply the rest. Join us on our beautiful deck and backyard courtyard.

Fall Frolic Sep. 19, 10:30am • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls • $15 per person in advance (received by Sep. 12), $20 day of race ($15 day of race without tee) • 715-723-5525 • Race takes place in beautiful Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. The entire course will be on trails that consist of grass, dirt, and wood chips. Race is held in parallel to the Oktoberfest activities held at the Fair Grounds. All proceeds benefit the McDonell Central High School Cross Country Team. Pick & Picnic Days Sep. 19, 11am-5pm; Sep. 20,

11am-5pm • Niblett’s Apple Shed, 18027 Cty Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • 715-456-0634, 715-828-4976, 715-723-1159 • A weekend celebration at Niblett’s Apple Shed, featuring apple picking, apple launching, wagon rides, mini golf, bouncy house, face painting and other activities for the kids, plus product sampling and concessions.

International Fall Festival Sep. 19, 11am-6pm • South

Barstow St., 212 South Barstow St., Eau Claire • FREE • All ages • 715-839-4914 • downtowneauclaire. org Come celebrate the cultures of the Chippewa Valley! South Barstow will be filled with art, craft, and food vendors. There will be Street Performances from various local groups, pony rides, a petting zoo, and at 3pm the Parade of Nations will make its way through downtown.

Dakota’s Bubbaride 2015 Sep. 19, noon • Located at Grandpa Lloyd’s Horse Barn N3287 730th St., Elk Mound (Be sure to go to the correct 730th St. as there are two in Elk Mound. This is the one by the Cty Rd. C and Cty Rd. J intersection between Eau Claire and Downsville) • 715-379-8321 • An organized horseback riding trail ride fundraiser for the Special Olympics of WI held in memory of Dakota William Harnisch, a little boy, who had cerebral palsy and passed away. Ride begins at noon. Not just for horse people, also featuring a potluck, auction, family fun, wagon rides, and music that starts at 5pm at the horse barn after the ride. Menomonie Walk Sep. 20, 8am-1pm • Riverside Park, Intersection of Hudson Rd. (Hwy 29) & Red Cedar

Celebrate the season! JustLocalFood cooperative 1117 S Farwell 715.552.3366 open daily 8am-9pm

Trail, Menomonie • $3 for volkssport credit or $2 for youths or non-credit adults • For the whole family • This is the second Dairyland Walkers event this weekend, the first being in Lake Wissota State Park on Saturday. Walkers may register and start walking anytime 8-11 am and must finish by 1 pm. The 5K/10K routes go through the historic downtown, UW-Stout, a number of city parks, and along the Red Cedar State Trail.

Oktrot Fun Run/Walk Sep. 20, 9am • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls • An untimed one mile and 5K event part of Oktoberfest. See contact info for details.

Movie Marathon 5K Sep. 20, 10am • Carson Park, Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire • $5 pre-registration, $10 day of race • Join Family Video for a good cause, benefiting Lymphoma research. Attend this 5K run/walk dressed as your favorite movie charater. All participants will be entered into a raffle for fun prizes. Those in costume will be entered twice. Register at your local Family Video. Day of registration at 9am. Dutch Oven Cooking Fun Sep. 20, 2-4pm • Wise Na-

ture Center, Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 Cty Rd. K, Fall Creek • Friends $10, non-members $15 • 877-2212 • Join Executive Director Erik Keisler to learn how to cook as the lumberjacks did long ago. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with hands-on food preparation that will put you in the driver’s seat. Chili, stew, cobblers and more will satisfy your appetite. Bring out the whole family. Register and pay by Sep. 16.

Fall Splendor Art Meander Sep. 25-27, 10am-5pm • Find full details online at Gallery owners and studio artists of Northwest Wisconsin invite you to take part in this self-guided roadtrip to fifteen of the finest studios and galleries in the region. Now in its 6th year, this event will wow you with magnificent fall colors while you discover galleries and studios located in quaint communities along the 53 corridor. From Bloomer to Spooner you won’t be disappointed. Watch for the yellow Art Meander signs. Warrens Cranberry Festival Every day from Sep. 25 to Sep. 27 • Warrens, WI • FREE • All ages • 608-3784200 • Cranberry marsh tours, art and craft show, antique and flea market, farmers market, food booths, and gigantic parade. Golf Scramble Sep. 26, 8:30am-3pm • Whispering Pines Golf Course, County Highway X, Cadott • $50 per golfer • Ages 13+ • Lunch included for registered golfers. Beer and bloody mary’s available for purchase. Raffle prizes throughout. Prizes for longest drive and closest to the hole. NFL Punt Pass & Kick Competition Sep. 26, 8:30am •

Cinder City Park, 2300 Spooner Ave., Altoona • FREE • ages 8-15 Altoona Parks & Recreation Department

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is hosting a NFL Punt Pass and Kick Competition . Please go to to register or register at the Parks & Recreation office. You will need to provide proof of age by bringing your child’s birth certificate. The day of everyone is asked to be at the field at 8:30am with the competition starting at 9am.

Robbins 5th annual Run, Walk & Roll Sep. 26,

9-11am • Lowes Creek County Park & Expo Center, 5530 Fairview Dr, Eau Claire • $20 Adult $10 Youth $50 Family • All ages • 715-577-7935 • robbinsrwr. This is a unique fundraising event hosted by Robbins PTO and includes a 5k bike tour and 5k run/walk on an off-road course running through beautiful Lowes Creek County Park. The family-friendly event also includes The Robbins Rush which is a sprint for elementary-age children. Food and fun family activities available.

Heart Walk Sep. 26, 9-11am • Carson Park, Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire • See contact info for admission • 715-838-3012 • Day of registration begins at 8am, but you may call or visit online to register beforehand. Animal Talk’s Australian Petting Zoo + Pumpkin Painting Sep. 26, 10am-4pm • Down To Earth Garden

Center, 6025 Arndt Ln., Eau Claire • FREE • All ages • (715) 833-1234 • Come to Down to Earth for a little “walkabout” in our yard. Kids will be thrilled to see animals native to Australia including kangaroos, armadillo, giant tortoise, dingo and more. We’ll also have pumpkin painting supplies available. Purchase your pumpkin and the painting is free.

Country Fall Festival Sep. 26, 11am-5pm • Mount Washington Residence Assisted Living, 1930 Cleveland St., Eau Claire • FREE • All ages • (715) 8343400 There will be music, games, crafts and food. It will be fun for the whole family. This is a kick-off event for fundraising. We need a handicap accessible van and we need your help. Fall Harvest Dinner Sep. 27, 10:30am-2pm • Holy Family Hall, 136 E Third Ave., Stanley • $9 adult, $4 kids, $30 family • All ages Enjoy a delicious roast beef dinner while listening to the sweet tunes of The Young Old Timers. Bid on the Silent Auction or try your chance at the Bucket Raffle or Artist Creations Raffle. Save room for pie. Color Dash 5K Sep. 27, 2pm • Carson Park, Carson

Park Dr., Eau Claire • See contact info for costs • All ages • (507) 363-0832 • A family-friendly, untimed 5K welcoming all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. Start white (we provide the tee) and at each kilometer add blue, sprinkle green, splash yellow, spray orange, and finish strong in pink. Packet pickup begins at noon. This event benefits the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre.

Stanley-Boyd Spirit Run Sep. 27, 2pm • Chapman

Park, Stanley • See contact info for cost • Find this event on Facebook Kids run at 2pm, 5 mile at 2:30pm, and 2 mile at 3pm. This event benefits Stanley and Boyd student athletes and activity clubs.

Run With the Cops Oct. 1, 7:30am-4pm • UW-Eau

Claire campus, • All ages • specialolympicswisconsin. org You’ve heard of a ride along, but what about a run along? Join dozens of law enforcement officers for this 5k to benefit local Special Olympics athletes. This unique evening run follows a 5k run and 1 mile walk route on campus and through parts of downtown Eau Claire. Registration includes a t-shirt and coffee and donuts at the finish line. Plus, a donut eating contest against the cops is guaranteed to be epic.

Fresh Art Tour Oct. 2-4, 10am-5pm • Accola Gallery,

502 2nd Ave. E, Durand • FREE • All ages • (715) 6728188 • Dozens of fresh artists in nineteen studios and galleries throughout the villages and countrysides of Pepin and southern Pierce Counties. Self guided.

Thorp Pumpkin Festival Oct. 3 • Washington St.,

Thorp • (715) 644-2102 • This fall festival includes 130+ arts/crafts & food booths, horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, an iron man obstacle challenge, and Civil War and French & Indian War reenactments. Contests include pumpkin recipes, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin pie eating, seed spitting, the great pumpkin weigh-in, biggest sunflower head, and biggest ear of corn contests.

Plein Air Painting at Beaver Creek’s Family Fall Festival Oct. 3, 7:30am-4pm • Beaver Creek Reserve,

S1 County Road K, Fall Creek • FREE • All ages • (715) 877-2212 • A beautiful fall day to create art. Beaver Creek Reserve will be hosting the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council’s first ever Plein Air Painting Contest at Beaver Creek’s Family Fall Festival. Artists will set up easels and canvas and paint the beautiful landscapes of Beaver Creek Reserve. The ARTmobile will provide art activities for

kids and adults.

of the studio owners provide snacks and refreshments.

Parade of Colors Fall Hike on the Ice Age Trail Oct.

Farm Fest Oct. 3, 1-6pm • Farm to Fork Retreat at

3, 9am-noon • Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State Recreation Area, 13394 County Road M, New Auburn • 715967-2164 • The hills and lakes of the Chippewa Moraine are never more beautiful than at this colorful time of year. This annual hike begins at the Chippewa Moraine David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center between 9am and 11am. Several hike options will be available and include a shuttle, refreshments, and fun.

Manyfires Art Fair Oct. 3, 9am-5pm • Manyfires Studio & Farm, 14008 Olson Dr., Fall Creek • FREE • All ages • (715) 877-3155 • A beautiful fall day to buy Art! Join us at Manyfires Studio for an art fair to remember. There will be 20-25 art vendors, great food, fantastic music and friends. Sit around the campfire and enjoy the changing leaves. This festival coincides with Beaver Creek Reserve’s Family Festival & the Falling Leaves Art Tour.

Dancing Yarrow, S193 County Road BB, Mondovi • 715-833-9975 • Farm Fest celebrates the harvest of the year with music, games, and delicious Farm to Fork Food. Also featuring live music from The Classics. Call for details.

Oaklawn Acorn Dash Oct. 10, 7pm • Oaklawn Elementary School, 21st St. SE, Menomonie • See contact info for cost • One mile and 5K dash fundraiser for Oaklawn Elementary.

Celebrating Autumn Galleria (Direct Sales & Vendor Event) Oct. 3, 10am-4pm • The Moose Lodge No 1408,

3606 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • FREE admission • All ages • 715-835-6522 Discover what’s new for Fall and complete your holiday shopping, with great gift ideas, in one convenient location. Something for everyone with a 25 cent auction, fabulous prizes, and product demonstrations.

Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour 2015 Oct. 3, 10am6pm; Oct. 4, 10am-5pm • A variety of locations in Fall Creek, Augusta, Fairchild, and the surrounding areas (see contact info for exact locations), • FREE • 715-286-2464 • The Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour featuring art of all kinds. Take a drive through beautiful Northwestern Wisconsin, stop at your leisure, see some incredible artwork and chat with the artists who created it. At your leisure, spend some time and visit with local artists while seeing their latest creations. Many 39 Sept. 2, 2015

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Fall Harvest 2015  

Volume One's annual guide to Fall happenings in the Chippewa Valley.

Fall Harvest 2015  

Volume One's annual guide to Fall happenings in the Chippewa Valley.

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