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Artists needed for Hodags on ParadeSubmitted: 03/08/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson


RHINELANDER - Local businesses need the community's support to stay open.

But if people don't know about them, they won't shop there.

Members of Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. hope to draw more people to the downtown area by showcasing Hodags.

This summer will mark the 6th year of Hodags on Parade.

Even though summer is months away, DRI needs to find artists to start painting six Hodags.

"They can be individuals. They can be groups. They can be schools. [We need them to] just get their creativity going and submit designs. And then those designs, if chosen, will be painted on our Hodags," said Hodags on Parade Chairperson Kathy Brich.

Those Hodags will go on display Memorial Day weekend.

They'll then be auctioned off in October.

Artists get a stipend of $60 for art materials.

They also get 10% of the sale of the Hodag.

The auction brings in as much as $8,000 each year.

"The money raised goes to all the different events and activities that Downtown Rhinelander sponsors...Our goal is to bring people downtown, to get people to recognize the downtown area. And everyone loves the Hodags," Brich explained.

People love seeing the Hodags so much that DRI saved three of the painted ones from last year.

They'll be displayed at downtown businesses during the next few months, and will also go up for auction in October.

Organizers are also looking for event sponsors.

You can find a link to DRI's website below.

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Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

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