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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 7th Annual Chippewa Falls SpringFest

The last weekend in April seems a ways away from the point in time I am publishing this blog, but it sure is nice to dream about warmer temperatures and spending time outdoors with friends, enjoying good food, music, and in general, camaraderie.  While the Chippewa Falls SpringFest offers a chance for the locals to get out and about and reconnect, it’s also a wonderful opportunity for those not familiar with the Chippewa Valley to come check it out and see everything it has to offer.  So, here are 5 excellent reasons to make the trip to Chippewa Falls the last weekend in April.

SpringFest 2017 Logo

SpringFest 2017

5. Fair Food and Drink!  Let’s face it, food and beer are some of the main reasons so many of us attend these local celebrations.  It offers an opportunity to try some local fare.  For instance Brenda’s Fry Bread, she has a way with fry bread that keeps folks coming back time and again.  This isn’t her first appearance at SpringFest and we are happy to have her back!

Fry Bread

Brenda’s Fry Bread

Also returning to SpringFest is Current Catering, showcasing their oh, so delicious BBQ sandwiches.   A city with such a rich German heritage can’t resist the opportunity to showcase Rueben sandwiches, even at SpringFest.  You’ll find the best  Rueben Sandwich in Town at Frenette’s Concessions.  For the staples of Fair Food, french fries and corn dogs,

Current Catering Food Truck

Current Catering Food Truck SpringFest 2016

head over to Triple J Concessions to get your fix.  If you’re looking for something a little healthier or out of the ordinary, it will be worth a visit to Forever 221 for a fantastic wrap or Mac and Cheese Bites.  Of course we can’t talk about a Chippewa Falls Festival without mentioning Leinenkugel’s Brewery.  It just so happens Leinenkugel’s is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. In commemoration of that momentous event they have collaborated with Hofbräuhaus Munchen to brew a special lager.  We are fortunate to have that lager available the entire weekend of SpringFest!

4.  Kubb Tournament.  The 3rd Annual Leinenkugel’s Springfest Kubb Tournament.

Kubb Player

Kubb Tournament

Kubb teams from around the country will compete for monetary prizes and Leinenkugel products, including signed paddles by Dick Leinenkugel, the President of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.  The tournament is limited to 48 teams. Each team can have between 3 to 4 players, with every registered player receiving a 3-day pass to all SpringFest activities and two beverage tickets. The entry fee for each team is only $60 if received before March 15th ($75 after March 15th). Each team is guaranteed four matches during group play, with the top 32 teams qualifying for either the “best of three” championship bracket or the “best of one” consolation bracket.

3. SpringFest 5k for Kids.  Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley and the Chippewa Area Mentor Progr

Information for SpringFest 5k for Kids

SpringFest 5k for Kids

am.  The course starts at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds and loops through beautiful Irvine Park, finishing back at the Fairgrounds. Registration includes a t-shirt (included in 14+ registrations, (shirts & sizes only guaranteed for pre-registrations prior to April 14th)), One Day Admission to SpringFest Pass and post-race refreshments and snacks. Kids will also receive a Free Movie Pass to Micon Cinemas and Free Ice Cream from Culvers

2. Music.  This by far is the main draw to SpringFest for most of the folks who attend.  With such great acts as the Jerry Schmitt Band, and Shane Martin, Chippewa Falls SpringFest has also managed to book The Sue Orfield Band, a local  band that has been making original music in the Chippewa Valley since 2005.  Their music is difficult to describe, influenced by blues, rock jazz, country, folk and bluegrass. One thing is for sure,  we know the folks in the Chippewa Valley have loved them for years.  As a matter of fact, in 2016 they were voted by music fans in the Chippewa Valley the area’s number 1 Blues Band (Volume One’s Chippewa Valley Reader Poll), and in 2010 the were picked as the 2nd best original rock band. The main stage on Saturday night will feature Boogie & the Yo-Yoz.  This isn’t their first appearance at SpringFest, and they are returning for good reason.

Boogie & the Yo-Yoz performing at SpringFest 2016 The crowd couldn't get enough!

Boogie & the Yo-Yoz performing at SpringFest 2016
The crowd couldn’t get enough!

The Chippewa Valley loves Boogie & the Yo-Yoz.  What makes them so special you ask?  For starters, they offer Variety: They are not a Pop band, a Country band, or a Rock band. They are an Everything band. It’s safe to say, whatever your musical taste, they will have something for you.

In addition, Everyone Sings: Boogie & the Yo-Yoz prides itself in diversity. They have the ability to cater to all tastes in music due to their vocal and instrumental flexibility.  They know how to get the crowd involved and rockin’!

 

1.) All proceeds go back into the community!  Chippewa Falls Rotary Foundation ,  is a 501c3 organization established more than 33 years ago. The purpose of the Foundation is to support the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club’s worthwhile projects in the Chippewa Falls community. The Foundation was founded on the idea of helping those in need, they endeavor to provide help where the need is greatest. The Chippewa Falls SpringFest is the largest fundraiser for the organization, providing an opportunity for many folks to participate in giving back to the community of Chippewa Falls while having a great time.

All things considered, there can’t be a much better way to spend a weekend in the spring.  To help with that, Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast is offering a special rate for SpringFest weekend.  Pleasant View is a short 5 mile drive from the fairgrounds and offers a great place to relax after the festival.  In the morning you will be greeted by the spectacular view of Lake Wissota, then enjoy a fabulous breakfast prepared by your host, Beth.  Book your 2-night stay for the weekend of April 27-April 30 before April 21st and receive a free 3 day admission to SpringFest 2017.  Book online or call 866-WISSOTA. We look forward to seeing you then!


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