July Fourth Celebration
July 4, 2015
Every year we celebrate our independence with old and new events and activities throughout Downtown Green Lake. The celebration begins bright and early with a fantastic pancake breakfast served by the American Legion’s Auxiliary branch. After breakfast, the great festivities continue over at the Legion’s specialty golf event where you have the chance to “Sink the Bismarck”! During the afternoon, there is a funfilled rubber duck race. Hundreds of lucky ducks start at the edge of the Dartford Dam, and bob and weave their way downstream. Other fun activities include Haven’s Petting Zoo, miniature sailboat races, Bozo bucket tosses, face painting and professional balloon animals.
On top of all this we have not one, but two parades. Afternoon sees our boat
parade down at the Wharf, where over a dozen boats come out on the water, decorated to the nines. After seeing the boats, you can head downtown to see the traditional Green Lake Fourth of July parade right here on Mill Street.
A wide variety of entertainment acts will perform right up to the moment of the first crack of the community fireworks display over beautiful Dartford Bay at dusk. Everyone gathers, brings blankets and sits down by the lake to patiently wait for the fireworks. This is a great time to catch up with friends, and enjoy each other’s company on the shores of the lake. Culminating with the fireworks show, the Fourth of July in Green Lake is a great time to be had by all!
For more information please call the Chamber at 920-294-3231.
July 25, 2015
Coming off its tenth year, Chalk Walk is a fantastic event where the Green Lake community decorates the sidewalks with wonderful chalk art. Below is an editorial on Chalk Walk, written by Bette Sliwa, the co-founder of Chalk Walk here in Green Lake:
In 2005, my friend Teeter Allen and I were thinking about fun, new ways to bring families to the Green Lake area. Teeter is a retired school teacher, and I owned a shop in town. We both share a love for children, the arts and creativity. A few conversations later, Green Lake Chalk Walk was born. Coming off of its 10th year, I’m proud to say the event continues to grow, and the art continues to amaze me.
This is truly a family event. Artists of all ages and levels of ability participate, and together they cover the Green Lake sidewalks with dozens of beautiful, unique chalk compositions. My grandchildren and I always look forward to the end of July!
The Chalk Walk is sponsored by the Green Lake Chamber and local businesses. For more information call 920.294.3231 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fine Art Show
Saturday, August 8 & Sunday, August 9, 2015
Green Lake has always been a beloved artists’ community. But the Fine Art Show goes beyond, on August 8 – 9, 2015, welcome artists from around the state and other parts of the country as well as those who live right in Green Lake. The Fine Art Show jurists pride themselves on selecting art in all mediums for their summer show that will be rich in quality yet diverse in content. Every visitor will connect with at least one artist’s work, though it is likely you’ll connect with many. Visitors are invited to leisurely walk among the artist’s displays in Playground Park. Have a conversation and learn what inspired them or just absorb the lovely works of art. You’ll feel artistic passion all around, and when you want to take some of that home with you, it’s easy. All artists’ works are for purchase, allowing you to permanently continue your appreciation at home. Two and three dimensional art abounds in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. With a 40% vendor switchover rate, the show is different every year. The show bustles with live entertainment, piping hot food and cold refreshments. Enjoy the works of more than 100 artists. You’ll be inspired, impassioned and awed.
Battle of the Bands
August 15, 2015
The Battle of the Bands competition is heating up! On Saturday, August 15, 2015, bands will compete for the title of Best Band in Green Lake. Taking place in Deacon Mills Park, the bands will play and then the winners will be announced! While the bands play on, enjoy something to eat and drink. Green Lake’s Battle of the Bands is made possible by the Green Lake Area Chamber. As always, you’ll be able to pick up your favorite t-shirt, beverage holder, souvenir, and more at the Chamber tent.
13dot1 Half Marathon
September 6, 2015
Community Health Network’s 13dot1 Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run. Scenic, tree-lined race route that starts and finishes in the city of Green Lake, with several stretches along the beautiful shores of the lake. Below is an editorial on the 13DOT1 Half Marathon written by Wendy Schultz, who serves on the board of the 13DOT1 Half Marathon:
Talk about eye-catching scenery! This exciting Labor Day Sunday event is sure to please both beginner and seasoned runners.
Both races start downtown near the Chamber Office and end at Deacon Mills Park, and include beautiful views along wooded lanes and the breathtaking Green Lake shoreline.
The Half Marathon also includes a tour through the lovely Green Lake Conference Center. FREE Kids Race for children ages 10 and under takes place near the finish line. Great music, food and an awards ceremony make for total fun!
For more information please see their website at GreenLakeHalfMarathon.com.
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff
September 12, 2015
The 2015 Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff Championship sponsored by the International Chili Society will be held once again in Green Lake, WI on September 12th at Deacon Mills park. Below are Bill Munsey’s thoughts on our cookoff, he is a longtime Rotarian and the emcee of the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff:
The Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off has grown from a few dozen people partying in the park into one of those can’t miss events that brings people back to Green Lake year after year. Held the first Saturday after Labor Day and sponsored by the Green Lake Rotary, the event entices chili cooks from throughout the Midwest to compete for a $750 prize and the opportunity to cook at the World Championship. Hot chili, live music and cold beverages on the waterfront—what more could you need? Come and find me at the fest. I’ll be the guy with a great cup of chili and an ice cold beer. I mean, I’ll be one of those guys! See you there.
Feel free to contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more details at 920-294-3231 or email us at email@example.com. If you are interested in competing, please contact Bill Munsey at 920-294-6504.
September 26, 2015 through September 27, 2015
No matter what time of year it is, everyone looks forward to Harvest Fest. This two-day celebration will be held on September 27 – 28, 2014. It’s a time when people fill the streets to indulge in all that is autumn. Below is a community member’s take on Harvest Fest from Dusty Walker, a former director of the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce:
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year in Green Lake, and the Green Lake Harvest Festival is a big reason why. The Festival will be celebrating its 28th anniversary this year, and brings thousands upon thousands of guests into “little” Green Lake.
Expect to find over one hundred local crafters and artists selling their wares, local farmers at an ever-expanding market, restaurants selling their signature dishes on the street, hundreds of classic cars on display, family activities and plenty of live entertainment. It seems every year the activities get bigger and better.
As a longtime resident of the community, it always puts a smile on my face to see so many happy people in town. Each year I bump into old friends and make a few new ones. We are lucky to live in a community where our local residents and business owners are so willing to work together to make this huge event a success. I’m already looking forward to it!
For more information about Harvest Fest, contact us at the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 920-294-3231.
Christmas in Green Lake
Christmas Tree Lighting: Join us at Town Square for Green Lake’s Christmas Tree Lighting and dedication ceremony. Celebrate the season with us and enjoy hot cocoa, luminaries, a bonfire and Christmas carols!
- Caestecker Library Breakfast with Santa: December 5
- Experience the Magic of Christmas: December 12 at the Heidel House