Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Improvements on the way for this weekend's PotatoFestSubmitted: 08/28/2014

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's first-ever PotatoFest last year started as a charity fundraiser and a way to recognize the potato's importance in our area.

After last year's success, the event will expand even further this weekend.

PotatoFest features a parade, eating and cooking contests, live music all day, and the YMCA Couch Potato Race.

"We're hoping in the long run that PotatoFest is going to be the go-to event that you have to go to on Labor Day," said Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Executive Director Maggie Steffen. "It's going to bring people from all over the state and hopefully the surrounding states, and this is where they come."

New events this year include a three-on-three basketball tournament, the second-ever appearance of the Spudmobile, and Alice in Dairyland.

We asked Steffen why she was wearing a duck hat for her interview.

"One of our new events is the Duck Regatta, which is, you buy your duck for five bucks," Steffen said. "Your duck has your ticket number on it. It gets floated down the river. Then it's captured, and we have prizes from first to twentieth. It ranges from $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250."

Trig's is the major sponsor of PotatoFest, and events will center around the greenspace near Trig's.

The festival starts with Bonus Friday Night events in the evening.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

SHAWANO - Health workers want to stop the spread of an infectious disease in the Shawano area.

The Shawano-Menominee County Health Department is investigating an outbreak of a disease called  shigella.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court formally rejected an appeal from Wisconsin that sought to put restrictions on doctors working at abortion clinics.

The justices refused to hear appeals from both Wisconsin and Mississippi.

+ Read More

Play Video

LAONA - This time last year, staff at Camp LeFeber in Laona thought they weren't going to have another season. The Boy Scout camp was set to close last summer, but with the help of one group and people in the community, it'll stay open this year and perhaps for years to come.

+ Read More

ARBOR VITAE -
Deputies in Vilas County need help finding a suspect who broke into a local business recently.

The suspect triggered an alarm at the Little Creek Coffee Company in Arbor Vitae on June 22.

+ Read More

Play Video

PHILLIPS - Having just finished her sophomore year in high school, Park Falls' Allison Michels can barely drive a car legally. But even at a young age, she, like many high schoolers in Price County, is already taking college-level classes at Northcentral Technical College.

Michels is taking advantage of a summer Certified Nursing Assistant class at NTC's Phillips campus.

+ Read More

Play Video

VILAS COUNTY - A Lac du Flambeau woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a Vilas County contracting company took a plea deal Monday.

Forty-nine-year-old Samantha Chapman pled guilty to felony theft, fraudulent writings, and tax fraud.

In exchange, prosecutors will drop several other charges and won't recommend prison time.

+ Read More

Play Video

PHILLIPS, TRIPOLI - Heavy rains dumped 3 or more inches of rain on parts of Price and Lincoln counties over the weekend.

The precipitation has left farmers in the area concerned about how it will impact their crops.

"The low spots are going to continue to be wet," said Jeremy Pesko, a farm partner at United Pride Dairy in Phillips.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here