THREE LAKES - What brings a community together for 20 years? In Three Lakes it's the best of the fall; Caramel apples, kettle corn- and pumpkins from the patch to the plate. Event organizer Cindy Starke remembers the first pumpkin festival...
"It was a terrible day like today- it rained. But the people came out and it just kind of grew from there."
Now over 100 booths sell crafts, an army of volunteers sell homemade treats. And all the proceeds go right back into the community
“We've given to the 8th graders to go to Washington DC. We've given to the soccer team bought them new uniforms one year. We've bought the 4-wheeler and all kinds of equipment for the fire department. So it goes for a little bit of everything for our town," said Starke, the President of the Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary.
This year they expect to raise around $10,000, and put the finishing touches on a brand new fire station on the west side of town.
Besides helping the community, everyone has their own reasons for coming to Pumpkin Fest.
8th graders Jordan, Joel, & Katelin say: “Pumpkin pie!” “Kettle Corn! And go to the gym and see all the crafts cause they're really cool.” “Cotton Candy!"
Starke says, "On a day like to today, we've got wonderful soups. We’ve got five different kinds of soups and we've got cookbooks for sale that have all the soups also."
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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