Cold, rainy weather doesn't stop tourists from enjoying vacation
Story By Lauren Stephenson
RHINELANDER - The forecast may seem like fall but that's not stopping tourists from enjoying the summer activities in the Northwoods.
Holiday Acres Resort owner Kim Zambon believes the weather doesn't stop tourists from doing what they want to do.
Holiday Acres Resort owner Kim Zambon says, "They come up here to spend time with their families and it's a time when you have no other distractions. You just enjoy your family."
Zambon says the resort rarely gets a cancellation due to weather in the summer.
Tourists stay busy at the resort and at local museums and storms.
"If it's not raining, it's a warm week, there's mosquito problems that we don't really like. We use a lot of Off! so that's kind of a negative, too, if you want to think cold or rain is negative," says Holiday Acres Resort Guest Tom Harwood.
He urges tourism-based businesses to stay positive despite the weather.
"See everything that comes along as an opportunity. Sometimes it's not what you might plan for. Sometimes it throws you a curve. But, hey, we're all pretty lucky to be here, and it's a great place to live and a great place to visit," says Zambon.
WABENO - People went out to Wabeno this weekend for its first ever Art and Music Fest. Musicians performed in the band shell while local artists spread out to show their products.
There were food and drinks as well as workshops for people to learn more about art.
"This year we've had about 20 musicians performing on three stages," said Friends of Wabeno Chairperson Mary Beck. "And we've had maybe ten artists doing demonstrations, showing people what they can do and what they can buy."
The rain Sunday didn't stop people from having a good time. Volunteers hope to make this an annual event.
ARBOR VITAE - The Arbor Vitae Fire Department hosted its 39th Fireman's Picnic and Summerfest this weekend.
Thousands of people came out to benefit the fire department while having a good time. The fire department held the crowd favorite lawnmower races again this year.
They also had a volleyball tournament and games for kids. The fire chief says all the proceeds help the department pay for equipment.
"When we purchased our new fire truck, the fire department funded a good portion of the money, the fundraiser money, to help keep the tax dollars down so the tax payers didn't have to foot the whole bill for the truck," said Arbor Vitae Fire Department Chief Mike Van Meter. "And we also use it to buy turnout gear throughout the year, new air packs. Anything we can do to keep it off the tax roll."
WISCONSIN - Anyone who loves hunting and fishing will need to apply for a license. The deadline for some hunting and fishing licenses is August 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Hunters, trappers and spearers can go on the DNR website to apply.
"This is the time of year where not a lot of people are thinking about hunting, but that August 1 date is that date for applying for a bobcat, fisher or otter tag, sharp-tail grouse, or sturgeon spearing or fall turkey," said DNR Warden Supervisor David Walz.
ST. GERMAIN - The last day of Pig in the Pines wrapped up Saturday. People were able to watch the rib eating contest in the afternoon.
Newswatch 12 got to help judge ribs from this year's four rib vendors. One of the big events happened on the main stage Saturday evening.
"We have entertainment all day long," said St. Germain Chamber President Bruce Weber. "We have the Wise Guys on our main stage. We have Laura Ernst on the aerial platform here. She also does juggling. On our major stage, we have One Ping Only, and we also have Molly Hatchet, our lead act tonight."
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