Happenings Around our Area for the week of June 4-10th

WEEK OF JUNE 4 – JUNE 10th

Here is a weekly review of what’s going on around the area for this week.

There is something for everyone to enjoy.

  June 5 – Tuesday

SKI SPRITES – ALTOONA, WI

♦ Lake Altoona County Park 6:30 pm

♦ Shows most Sunday’s and Wednesdays through August

MUSIC IN THE PARK – ALTOONA, WI

♦ 6-8:00 PM

♦ 10TH Street Park Pavilion, Altoona – FREE

♦ For more information call: 715.831.0775

June 6 – Wednesday

OPEN GYMKHANA SHOW – LEVIS, WI

♦ Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm

♦ $10.00 cost per horse & rider

♦ Games include: Barrels, Poles, and others

♦ High point for each age group

♦ Saddle awarded to overall high point winner

♦ For info call Nicole at 715.797.2049 after 4 pm

June 7 – Thursday

SOUNDS LIKE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – EAU CLAIRE, WI

Phoenix Park – Starts at 6:30 pm – FREE

♦ The Frenettes, Quinn Elizabeth and Sarah Krueger

CINDER CITY DAYS – ALTOONA, WI

Carnival 5-9 pm (wristband: $15)

June 8 – Friday

BREAKFAST IN THE VALLEY – EAU CLAIRE, WI

♦ Expo Center on Hwy. 93

♦ 5:00-10:00 am

♦ Includes: Farm displays, milk drinking contest

www.eauclairechamber.org for more info

NORTHWOODS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL – LADYSMITH, WI

715.532.7328

CINDER CITY DAYS – ALTOONA, WI

♦ 715.579.2497

♦ Carnival

♦ Live Music: D.B. Cooper 8:30 pm – 12:30 am – must be 21 to enter

♦ Baseball – Little League & Babe Ruth Tournament

GREENWOOD DAIRY DAYS – GREENWOOD, WI

715.267.6205

CORNELL COMMUNITY FAIR – CORNELL, WI

715.239.3965

DURAND FUN FEST – DURAND, WI

715.495.3208

INDEPENDENCE DAYS – INDEPENDENCE, WI

♦ Downtown Independence

♦ City-Wide Garage Sales

♦ Food Stand & Beer Tent

♦ Dessert & Variety Show

♦ Introduction of Miss Independence Royalty

♦ Music & Karaoke by: Karaoke Joe from 7-11 pm

♦ Pony League Tournament at Four Seasons Park

♦  For more info call: 715.985.3055

LAKE MARTHA DAYS KICKOFF MILLER NIGHT – OSSEO, WI

♦ Osseo Merchants Baseball vs. Beef River Bullfrogs at the Merchants Ball Park, Hwy. 10 West, Osseo

♦ Game time: 7:30 p.m.

♦ Free admission to the game

♦ Free prizes given away every inning

♦ Great Refreshments served

♦ Ticket Giveaways compliments of Arcadia Beverage for (Milwaukee Brewers & Summer Fest tickets)

June 9 – Saturday

OPEN AIR FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – EAU CLAIRE, WI

♦ More info call: 715.835.4911

www.ecoafa.org

NORTHWOODS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL – LADYSMITH, WI

715.532.7328

CINDER CITY DAYS – ALTOONA, WI

♦ For more info call: 715.579.2497

♦ Carnival

♦ 1:00 pm – Big Parade

♦ 11:00 am – Doll & Pet parade (Dr. Seuss theme) Fire Station

♦ 7:30 am to 11:00 – pancake Breakfast – on corner of 9th & Hayden Ave.

♦ 8:30 pm to 12:30 am – Music by D.B. Cooper from Twin Cities  inside at Hockey Rink (FREE) must be 21 to enter

♦ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Chicken in the Park or until gone

♦ Car Show 10th St. Park

♦ 2:00 pm start Beanbag Tournament – $10.00 entry fee – Pre-register at Altoona Parks & Rec

♦ Softball Tournament

♦ Baseball – Little League & Babe Ruth Tournaments

ATV RIDE – LEVIS, WI (by Osseo)

♦ Leaves at 10:30 am from Whispering Pines Bar & Campground, Hwy. B, Osseo, WI

♦ 6:30 pm Outdoor Cookout

♦ Volleyball all day

♦ Bonfire

♦ Live Music on main stage

♦ Reservations for camping 715.597.2004

GREENWOOD DAIRY DAYS – GREENWOOD, WI

715.267.6205

CORNELL COMMUNITY FAIR – CORNELL, WI

715.239.3965

DURAND FUN FEST – DURAND, WI

715.495.3208

INDEPENDENCE DAYS – INDEPENDENCE, WI

♦ 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run – starts at Rave Fitness Center

Registration at 7:30 am

Cost: 13 & under $10 before June 9 & $15 race day

14 & over $15 before June 9th & $20 race day – Questions go to www.active.com

♦ 8:00 am – City Wide Thrift Sales

♦ Food Stand & Beer Tent

♦ 11:00 am Lions Club Poker Run

♦ 1:00 pm – Bingo at Lutheran Church

♦ 3:00 pm – Karaoke Joe  at beer tent

♦ 5:00 pm – Indee’s Got Talent Show

♦ 8 – 10:00 pm – Teen Dance @ the Opera House for 6th thru 8th grade

♦ 10:30 pm – 12:30 am – Teen Dance @ the Opera House for 9th Grade & up

Cost is $5.00 admission which includes hot dog, chips & beverage

♦ 9 pm – 1:00 am – Music by Monkey Wrench – downtown

♦ 10:00 pm – Fireworks over Bugle Lake (rain date Sunday)

♦ For more info call: 715.985.3055

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY DAIRY BREAKFAST – WHITEHALL, WI

♦ 6-11:00  am

♦ Waldera Farms, W20985 Highway Q, Whitehall, WI

♦ For more info call: 608.323.3325

LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO – MONDOVI, WI (FREE ADMISSION)

♦ Starts at 1:00 pm on Hwy. 37. 5 miles South of Mondovi

♦ Includes: bareback riding, barrels, roping, Goat tying, bull riding, Pole bending & steer wrestling

♦ 6:00 pm –  Open Jackpot Barrels

♦ Happy Hour

♦Mechanical Bull all weekend

♦ Chicken Chasin’ for the kids & Mutton Bustin!

♦ Charcoal Chicken, Food stand & beer tent

♦9:00 pm –  Dance by Modena Junction (FREE)

June 10 – Sunday

CINDER CITY DAYS – ALTOONA, WI

♦ For more info call: 715.579.2497

♦ Carnival 1-5 pm (wristband $15)

♦ Chicken in the Park

♦ VFW Breakfast 8 am to noon $7 all-you-can-eat

♦ Baseball & Softball Tournaments

OPEN AIR FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – EAU CLAIRE, WI

♦ More info call: 715.835.4911

www.ecoafa.org

GREENWOOD DAIRY DAYS – GREENWOOD, WI

715.267.6205

CORNELL COMMUNITY FAIR – CORNELL, WI

715.239.3965

DURAND FUN FEST – DURAND, WI

715.495.3208

INDEPENDENCE DAYS – INDEPENDENCE, WI

♦ 10:30 am Food stand opens

♦ 11:00 am Queen’s Tea @ State Bank

♦ 11:30 am Old-Timers Pass & Punt by the car wash

♦ 1:00 pm Grand Parade

♦ Duck Race following the parade at the city bridge

♦ Bean Bag Tournament after the parade

♦ 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Music by the Dairyland Deutschmasters

♦ 6:30 pm Raffle drawing

♦For more info call: 715.985.3055

DAIRY BREAKFAST – CHIPPEWA COUNTY

♦ 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

♦ Brian & Cindy Derks Farm, 12795 330th Stanley, WI

♦ 715.669.5401, ext. 231

CLARK COUNTY DAIRY BREAKFAST – NEILLSVILLE, WI

♦ 7:00 AM TO NOON

♦ Jim & Walter Wetzel Farm, W5147 Grant-on Road

LITTLE BRITCHES RODEO – MONDOVI, WI

♦ FREE Admission

♦ 7:00 – 9:00 am Pancake Breakfast

♦ 10:00 am Open Church Service

♦ 1:00 pm – Rodeo

Hope to see you out and about this weekend….

Have a great week.

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A Trip to “Taste of the Valley”

Many of you are wondering what is Taste of the Valley. Well let me tell you.  Taste of the Valley was established in 2007 in Eau Claire. It is on the banks of the Chippewa River at Phoenix Park. The Taste of the Valley  offers great food and drinks from local Chippewa Valley vendors. The Taste of Valley vendors donate a percentage of their proceeds to United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

Make sure you go with an appetite and enjoy the camaraderie with  thousands of people. You purchase tickets and can go try food and beverages from many different vendors. What a nice way to donate to a great organization as well as trying new restaurants, and their foods and drinks. They offer something for everyone.  The also had a Kid’s Zone for children to play in. They had a clown, face painting, and inflatable toys.

The scenery itself is amazing at Phoenix Park. It has come along way since I was a kid. Back in the 70’s it was houses on one side of the river and Phoenix Steel on the other side across Madison Street Bridge. A lot sure has changed. I could just sit there for hours and enjoy the view of the beautiful flowers or watching the ducks or tubers in the river. It has an amazing walking path that goes and goes and goes for miles. Above the river is a picture of the converted bridge that they made into a pedestrian bridge. A lot of people use it. Underneath, are old logs that have been there since they used to use the river for logging.

Taste of the Valley also offered live music. On Saturday night they had LoCash Cowboys play. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make that but I’m sure it was a fun time had by all. On Sunday, during the day – they offered music from four different musicians and bands throughout the day. People had their lawn chairs, blankets, or even sat on the rocks listening to the entertainment. There was enough shade so if you didn’t want to sit in the sun, you could find a place to sit and keep cool.

Then of course there was the food booths. To many decisions to make. First we decided to walk around a bit to see what food offerings they had since we were there a little early. After we did our tour around the food booths, my mom and I found some shade to sit in, where we proceeded to map out our first food choices. Everything looked and smelled so good, where to start. Well, I myself chose to go the unhealthy route. First choice, homemade cheese curds from Milwaukee Burger. You got 4 big cheese curds that melted in your mouth. Nothing like the first taste of cheese curds during the summer festivals. I decided  to get an iced Cappuccino from Gloria Jean’s to go with that.

Sitting at the table and talking with mom, we had others that wanted to know if they could sit with us. It was a nice afternoon meeting new people, laughing and eating. There was a lady sitting across from us with this wonderful looking piece of cake. But I thought to myself, well I can make a cake at home. I wanted to try something new. But she said it was “sinful.”  It was Chocolate Bacon Cake from Jake’s Supper Club. I know what your thinking, eeew. But we decided to go for it and split the big piece that you got. It was a chocolate cake with a frosting which I wasn’t sure what was in it, and topped with crumbled bacon. It was EXACTLY as she said. “SINFUL”. The sweetness and the crunchiness of the bacon. Delicious. I’m sure it had a ton of calories but it was so worth the taste.  Melt in your mouth. At that moment I sure could have used a big cold glass of milk to go with it…  We even had enough tickets left so my mom got one to take home for my hubby.  He loved it….

No, unfortunately, we didn’t stop there. I decided that I wanted Crab Rangoon from Whiskey Dicks. So mom wanted to try it to. I stood in line for probably 1/2 hour but that was ok, cuz I had to try to make room for that as well. Yummy.

And at the end of the day, of course they had the “local” celebrity judges to weigh in on what they thought was the best appetizer, best entrée, and the best dessert. They had a ton of great choices. The celebrity judges ranged from new anchors, weatherman, & radio personalities. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay around to see what was the best in each category, but whatever it was, I’m sure they where great choices.

Anyway, by the time we left we were tired from all the walking and eating.. and eating…. But it was a very enjoyable day spending time laughing and just enjoying my mom’s company. I will definitely do it again next year. It goes to such a great cause. And here we are….. (of course she didn’t want her picture taken)

Make sure to put it on your to-do list next year. It was a good time.