Festivals

DANE COUNTY FAIR  – http://www.danecountyfair.com.A fair in the grand tradition with all the amenities. Since 1851 when the Dane County Agricultural Society came into existence, the first Dane County Fair was held on a Wednesday in October at a site near the Yahara River in Madison. In 1856 to 1860 fairs were held first at a location on Wisconsin Avenue and then at what is now Camp Randall until in 1861 when Camp became a military training site. In the Dane County Fair was again held at Camp Randall. In 1896 the Agricultural Society purchased 250 acres at the present Alliant Energy Center site. In 1940 The Dane County Fair Association took over the fair. The Fair showcases and celebrates the achievements of Dane County’s youth involved in 4-H, FFA and other youth organizations. In 2009 there were nearly 11,000 youth exhibits at the Fair. Youth show their skills in animal care and showings, drama, exhibiting, fashion, photography, marketing, musical entertainment, “How To” presentations. Numerous Carnival Rides and Entertainment provide entertainment for all. Food stands are available everywhere.

HEIDI FESTIVAL

Experience Heidi Festival in New Glarus a Swiss play and the Taste of New Glarus event. Heidi Festival and Taste of New Glarus combine to celebrate performances of Johanna Spyri’s classic play and Swiss heritage with an art and craft fair, polka music and folk dancing, flag-throwing and yodeling. Johanna Spyri’s classic play, Heidi, is presented by local actors and tells the heartwarming story of the young girl with braids, and her gruff grandfather and their mutual love of the Majestic Alps of Switzerland. Shop fine shops and dine in fine restaurants, enjoy a taste of gourmet dining festivals, and appreciate Swiss food and Swiss culture. New Glarus is about 22 miles SW of centrally located Madison.

SYTTENDE MAI FESTIVAL

The festival celebrates May 17, 1814 – the Norwegian Constitution Day and the independence of Norway from a 500-year union with Denmark. Residents of Stoughton Wisconsin residents have celebrated their Norwegian heritage each year since 1868 with what is known as their Syttende Mai Festival. The annual Norwegian parade is the main event that includes a 17-mile Walk, 20-mile Run, arts and crafts fair, a canoe race, colorful costumes, folk dancing and the famous Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, food stands, hardanger (needlework), quilt show, rosemaling exhibits, a sailboat race on Lake Kegonsa, smorgasbord of Norwegian foods, street dances, woodcarving, Ugliest Troll Drawing contest and a Viking encampment. Join the fun in Stoughton. Syttende Mai is held in Stoughton located about 15 miles SE of centrally located Madison. Stoughton Chamber of Commerce 532 E Main – Stoughton, Dane County, WI.

TASTE OF MADISON

Taste of Madison offers restaurant food samples, drink and music . This is a Madison event in good taste. Held each Labor Day weekend, the Taste of Madison is the flagship event of Madison Festivals, Inc in Madison Wisconsin. The event benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County. Every food item is reasonably priced for your enjoyment. Over 65 restaurants sell a vast variety of tasty dishes and their specialties while bands entertain from three stages. An an estimated 175,000 attendees enjoy the Taste of Madison. There is no admission fee. “NO PET” and “NO CARRY INS” are policies that are enforced.

WILHELM TELL FESTIVAL

The Wilhelm Tell Festival offers two English performances and a German performance of the Wilhelm Tell Drama – the story of Wilhelm Tell, a Swiss national hero with some Swiss history and a little myth. It creates this greatest of all Swiss plays and legend of Tell who represents the bold and humbling and simplicity traits typical of the Swiss national character. Over 70 years of tradition re-telling Friedrich Schiller’s play and story of how Wilhelm Tell helped Switzerland gain independence from the Habsburg tyrant, Herman Gessler, with Tell’s crossbow and an apple. Local actors join cows, goats and horses in a natural outdoor stage to put on the play. Enjoy alphorns, an art fair, dancing, yodeling and all the wonderful cuisine and beverages. Wilhelm Tell Festival – New Glarus, Green County, Wisconsin, http://www.wilhelmtell.org/. The Wilhelm Tell Festival is held near New Glarus coated about 22 miles SW of centrally located Madison.

 

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