EAGLE RIVER - Networking can make or break any organization.
Businesses need new customers.
And non-profits need new donors.
That's why the two groups combined to host the 5th annual Eagle River Festival of Flavors.
The festival raises money for the Eagle River Revitalization Project.
Eagle River Revitalization Program Director John Seward says, "A lot of what it's about is about fundraising for this park. And we've done about $10,000 worth of improvements to this park over the past few years, say five to ten years."
But they need to raise a lot more money.
Seward says the group has a page-and-a-half long list of improvements they still need to make.
Some of those improvements include adding permanent grills and renovating the historic fish hatchery.
The festival also helps the 40-plus Wisconsin vendors get their names out to the public.
People from all over the Midwest attend the event.
"We do pull quite a few people. A lot of people have been here year after year. They know it's a good product and a good event, and they continue to come over and over," says Seward.
Organizers expected 4,000 people to attend the festival.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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