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19th Annual Parade of HomesSubmitted: 09/18/2014
ANTIGO - You can tour five beautiful homes in Antigo this weekend.

It's the 19th Annual Parade of Homes on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. in Antigo.

The people who own the homes open their doors and allow you to walk through the house while viewing elegant antiques and decorations.

All proceeds are donated to the Aspirus General Clinic.

"It's a fundraiser from projects to benefit the hospital or this year, our project will be a compact fetal ultrasound unit," said Parade of Homes Co-Chair Jalaine Streng.

The Langlade Hospital Auxiliary holds the tours every year.
Three of the five homes are more than 100 years old, and the other two are located at Bass Lake.

Homeowners don't have to do anything specific with the homes, but several are decorated for fall.

You can tour the homes in any order.

"They're very unique in their own rite. And, everyone will really enjoy seeing what the home owners have done with them," said Streng.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the parade.

You can purchase tickets at the individual homes on Saturday. They are also available in advance at Lakeside Market, the volunteer desk at Langlade Hospital, Neve's Floors and Furniture, Schroeder's, Swartzendruber's Supper Club and Swartzendruber's " the 19th Hole at Bass Lake.


Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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