Here are some unique mid-summer festivals, celebrations and special events you won’t want to miss
Wisconsinites really know how to enjoy the summertime. In a climate where warm weather is appreciated – and in some cases, revered – summer is a season of festivals and celebrations.
These unique annual events reflect local traditions and community spirit. There’s really no better way to get a sense of a place than attending an annual summer festival or event. You’ll be warmly welcomed – and you might just make some of these events your own annual tradition.
Wisconsin is the site of a number of summer races. One of the best is the Annual Just Tri-It Triathlon, run on the first Saturday in July in Vilas County. The event includes a 300-yard swim, a 10-kilometer bicycle race and a 5-kilometer trail run. The Northwoods will be in full bloom, so it should be a wonderful time for a race through the forest.
Another great way to get to know a community is by attending a county fair. One of Wisconsin’s most classic fairs is the annual Barron County Fair, held in mid July in Rice Lake. The fair features tractor pulls, harness races, stock car races, a demolition derby and a “Fairest of the Fair” contest. You’ll see crafts and creations from people from around the area, as well as livestock and other locally-raised products.
On the third Saturday in July, head to Black River Country for the annual Karner Blue Butterfly Festival, an event celebrating the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly, which is indigenous to the Black River Country area. In addition to the traditional summer festival activities — including a 5K-10K-Half Marathon race, the crowning of the “Butterfly Princess” and a craft fair on Main Street – attendees will have a chance to learn more about the Karner Blue Butterfly and tour the endangered insect’s habitat.
For those interested in art, each summer, Rhinelander hosts its Annual School of the Arts in late July. For the past 47 years, the weeklong School of the Arts program has given adults a chance to learn from artists through a series of classes and hands-on opportunities. Anyone who is interested in expanding their horizons should be sure to look into this interesting event.
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