July 23, 2012

Late Summer Festivals

Celebrate summer with these three fun annual events

The end of summer is for relaxing. All across Wisconsin, communities hold festivals celebrating this laidback season. Here are three of Wisconsin’s best late-summer festivals, each reflecting their respective community’s history and heritage. If you’re looking for an excuse to take one last summer getaway, these festivals fit the bill.

Musky Jamboree Weekend

The annual Musky Jamboree in Boulder Junction celebrates the community’s close connection with Wisconsin’s largest fish. From August 10-12, this charming Northwoods community comes to life with a variety of events and activities. This year’s jamboree will feature a “Musky Fun Run,” car show, arts and crafts fair, live music and fireworks. For the kids, there will be a casting contest. A “Vines, Rhythm and Brews Festival” will take place on Saturday night, featuring wine and beer sampling and live music. This year’s jamboree will be the community’s 56th. Be a part of this longstanding Northwoods tradition.

Good Neighbor Festival

In its 48th year, Middleton’s annual Good Neighbor Festival also has some history. This year, the festival takes place August 24-26. You’ll enjoy three days of live entertainment, games, prizes, food and fun for all ages. Join the Saturday morning 5K run/walk and catch the Sunday afternoon parade. An art and craft fair will feature the work of artists from around the community. Good Neighbor Festival is an ideal event for families, with a huge array of children’s activities, including a kiddie parade. Money raised through Good Neighbor Festival supports organizations throughout the Middleton. So, go and have a good time and know that it’s all for a good cause.

Wild Rice Fest

On September 15, the Vilas County community of Lac du Flambeau celebrates its Ojibwe heritage with Wild Rice Fest. The annual festival happens at the time of year when wild rice, a plant essential to the Ojibwe people, becomes ready for harvesting. Wild Rice Fest gives you a chance to sample Ojibwe food and see traditional crafts. Past years’ festivals have also included bed races, pie eating contests, live music and a Pow Wow. It’s a great event at a time when Vilas County is generally adorned in brilliant fall color. Don’t miss it!

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