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Klondike Days celebrates Wisconsin historySubmitted: 03/02/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

EAGLE RIVER - Stepping into Klondike Days is like stepping back in time.

"So therefore we try to develop something that stays consistent with our heritage and just show examples of everything that they might have seen back then," said event director Christine Schilling.

Between the horse pulls, lumberjack competitions and a mountain man, the festival has a little something for everyone.

"We have seven different competitions; we have a craft show with just premiere arts and crafts of both kinds. We have blue grass music all day long, both days," said Schilling

Klondike Days celebrates the logging and fur trade industries, and amongst the crowd you'll find fur hats.

"The number one seller is the hat with the whole works. It has to have the whole works on it, the tail and everything. It's the works," said fur vendor Sandy Aufdermauer.

About 8 thousand people, and their hats, make their way to Klondike Days every year.

Schilling says it benefits the whole community.

"It's cool to see the influx of people here. The hotels see it, the restaurants see it, and all of the service groups that help us we like to donate back to them, so and we have a very nice scholarship program so we do everything we can do to put it back into the community," said Schilling.


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