MERRILL - This is the first year Merrill organized the bridal expo at the Smith Center.
One of the main events was the fashion show.
"It’s nice to see all the different fashions right now just to get some ideas because I’m not really sure what I’m going to go with yet." said bride-to-be, Mary Kelnholfer.
Brides who haven’t had time to taste test cakes at a local bakery got that chance with a couple of the venders.
"We’ve had a lot of people come by and talk about ideas for their wedding, flavor ideas, color ideas and different ways that we can really customize all the different deserts to fit their receptions." Sweet Life Bakery Boutique Owner, Katie Anderson said.
The venders ranged from honeymoon planning to jewelry and hair care products.
"We have catering companies. We have floral, Rosie’s floral," Merrill Park and Recreation Department Administrative Assistant, Dawn Smith said.
"So we have a wide variety of venders here."
If you’re stumped about what to add for entertainment at your wedding, there’s something you can do which is old school, but has a new twist.
"It’s like the old drug store photo booth. You used to put a quarter in and it was film. Now it’s all digital," said Owner of Brian West Show, Brian West.
"It’s a lot of fun scrapbook memories. And it’s a great take away for couples and their guest."
Another attraction that drew in the crowd was the cake dive.
"Ten brides will be chosen. They have to keep one hand behind their back and they will take their other hand and actually have to dig into the cake," Smith said.
"We have ten rings buried inside the cake with the prizes in. "
There was even a man cave for the brave men who joined their fiancés.
"It was fun. I won a lot of prizes and relaxed," said fiancé, Jason Goldwski.
"Watched her enjoy herself. That was the main reason I came."
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
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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