September 28, 2006

Around Wisconsin

Watch Out For Flying Pumpkins
As if you didn't have enough to think about as you travel Wisconsin towns, now there are pumpkins being catpulted and shot from air cannons to contend with! Wisconsinites sometimes enjoy their fun spiced with a generous dose of nuttiness. Find out below who's responsible for the airborne fruits and vegetables, as well as other fun things to do all Around Wisconsin. And while you're at it, don't forget to visit for lots more of everything that is Wisconsin.

Nature Valley Grand Prix(Pumpkin Catapult photo courtesy of Rainbow Casino)

Ray Price | Cable Area Fall Fest | Cranberry Colorama | Oktoberfest

2006 Dog-O-Rama | Danish Festival | Punkin Chunkin | Fall Heritage Fest

Ray Price at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre

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September 30 Wisconsin Dells
Ray Price is one of America's national treasures. His trademark velvety voice has remained remarkably unchanged throughout the years. Price was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Following the release of the studio album Time in 2002, he and Willie Nelson released a classic-country duet album, Run That By Me One More Time, in 2003. Ray continues to record and receive critical acclaim. Concert begins at 8PM.

For more information call (800) 696-7999

Cable Area Fall Festival

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September 29-30 Cable
Enjoy a variety of hand crafted arts & crafts, wine & cheese tasting, hot air balloon rides, kids activities, chili cook-off, pumpkin dessert bake-off, fish boil, pumpkin pecan pancake breakfast, food vendors, carriage rides, raffles, live music and street dance, area business sidewalk sales and much more!! Plus, Minnesota's most honored and recognized bluesman, Big Walter Smith & The Groove Merchants, will perform at a FREE outdoor concert Friday, September 29th at the Cable Area Fire Department Grounds from 8PM to Midnight.

For more information call (800) 533-7454

Manitowish Waters Cranberry Colorama

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September 30 Manitowish Waters
At the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 9AM - 3PM. Celebrating the start of the Northwoods' fall colors and the cranberry harvest season, the Cranberry Colorama features a Cranberry Cooking Contest, art & craft booths, free samples of cranberry products, free cranberry marsh shuttle bus tours, free fall color pontoon tours (weather permitting), nature activities and information, live music, Lioness bake sale, and the Taste of Harvest with food samples by area restaurants (11AM- 2PM). Maps and tour routes will be available for self guided fall color tours.

For more information call (715) 543-8488

46th Oktoberfest in La Crosse

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September 29 thru October 07 La Crosse
One of the Midwest's largest German festivals. Nine days of fun! Maple Leaf Parade and Torchlight Parade, live music, carnival rides, crafts, sporting events and lots of great ethnic food. For over forty-five years this offering of parades, pageantry, royalty, brew, bratwurst, and world famous entertainment has made La Crosse's very own Oktoberfest one of the finest in the nation.

For more information call (608) 784-3378

2006 Dog-O-Rama Day in Wisconsin Rapids

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October 01 Wisconsin Rapids
Sunday October 1, 2006 is Dog-O-Rama day. It is a joint effort between the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre and the South Wood County Humane Society in conjunction with the Wisconsin Rapids Grand Affair. Join in on the fun games and awards (entry fee $1 per game or $5 for all). Have photos taken of you and your pet. While your dog gets pampered, why not pamper yourself with a massage? This event is being held at Veteran's Park from 10AM-3PM, and helps to support two great non-profit organizations.

For more information call (262) 208-6288

14th Annual Danish Fall Festival

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October 01 Denmark
Festivities include an old fashioned parade, Danish and American food and beverages, music by Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns (R&B,Funk&Soul), and the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands. They are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the boom of the local dairy industry. Local dairies will provide free samples and we will be selling their award winning cheeses at special festival only prices. Also: arts & crafts show, 5th Annual Chili Contest, kid games, petting zoo, historical museum tours, blacksmithing demonstration, and free carriage rides. Exit 171 off Hwy 43, 10 miles south of Green Bay.

For more information call (920) 863-6400

2nd Rainbow Casino Pumpkin Launch Competition

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October 07-08 Nekoosa
The 2nd Annual "Cata-Pumpkin Launch" is bringing teams from across the country to compete for prizes and just plain bragging rights about who can launch a 10-pound pumpkin the furthest, by the use of catapult or trebuchet machines. The World Punkin Chunkin Association endorses the event and holds the World Championship each November. New this year is the air cannon division where compressed air is used to launch the pumpkins. One competitor at the 2005 World Championship launched a pumpkin 4,331 feet! Both divisions will be judged and cash prizes will be offered.

For more information call (715) 886-4560

25th Annual Fall Heritage Festival in Mount Horeb

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October 07-08 Mount Horeb
Hundreds of fine artists and crafters line "The Trollway", Mount Horeb's historic Main Street, lined with life-sized mythical creatures. Experience their Norwegian heritage with a farmer's market, buggy rides, quilt show heritage demonstrations, and with the Sons of Norway Host Frokost, an authentic Norwegian Fall breakfast. Fair and festivities run from 9 to 5 on Saturday, and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Don't miss this fabulous fall event for the whole family.

For more information call (608) 437-5914

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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend. It's the only place where you can see all 15 species of cranes. For more information call (608) 356-9462.

International Crane Foundation

Just because summer is over, that doesn't mean the show is over at Circus World Museum, featuring exhibits and programs. For more information call (608) 356-8341.

Circus World Museum

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