The Cheese and Sausage Fall Family Fest takes place Sept. 11 and the Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for another family friendly event.
Chamber Director Laurie Shaw sent a reminder about dogs no longer being allowed at the festival. A new city ordinance states that dogs cannot be at events with more than 100 people gathered.
Besides the Friday evening Street Dance and popular Kids Zone games on Saturday, two new kid attractions are sure to be a hit. A 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament and a bicycle rodeo.
Festival Foods and Wisconsin Distributors are sponsoring the Family Street Dance from 7-9 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 10 at Citizen’s Bank parking lot. Featuring Sonic Boom, the DJ entertainment of James Kelley, family friendly music will be featured with food, drinks and novelty items available for purchase. This great venue allows kids to blow off steam after their first week in school. Please direct any questions to the New London Area Chamber of Commerce at 920-982-5822.
The bike rodeo is a collaborative effort with New London Police Department and the DECA chapter at New London High School. During the 2010-11 school year, DECA students are promoting fitness in young children, and this bicycle rodeo is the first step in realizing their goal.
What is a Bicycle Rodeo? It is an opportunity for kids to learn, practice and demonstrate their bicycle handling skills in a fun, non-competitive away. The New London Police Department will introduce young children to important bicycle safety skills followed by a ride on a course set up in the Citizen’s Bank parking lot, across from the Kids Zone in the Buyers’ Guide/County Post parking lot. The rodeo takes place from 3 – 4 p.m. only and is geared for children ages 5-12. They should bring their bikes and helmets to the event. All children completing the rodeo course will receive a certificate of completion and have their name entered in a drawing for a $100 voucher towards the purchase of a new bike. Additional prizes may be announced.
There is still time to register for the 5K Run / Walk held in conjunction with the Cheese and Sausage Fest. The course starts at Bernegger River Walk and proceeds to Hatten Park and finishes downtown by the NL planter, at the crest of the Shawano Street Bridge. The finish line is less than a block from the festival grounds.
You don’t have to be a competitive runner for this one, it’s for fun and strollers are welcome. The $20 fee includes a long sleeve t-shirt. Hurry and register – t-shirts are available on a first come basis.
If you’re not a runner / walker but still would like to be involved with the run, the New London Parks and Recreation Department is in need of volunteers to help with this event from 7 – 9:30 a.m. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and other goodies in appreciation. Call the Parks Dept. if you are interested in helping out. Registration for the run / walk is available now on the city’s website at www.newlondonwi.org, by calling the Parks Dept. at 920-982-8521 or at the office, 215 N. Shawano St., New London.
Besides all the new offerings, festival goers can depend on the usual crafts, produce and food booths. Enjoy live music from six Christian bands throughout the day on the Stage of Praise at Taft Park, be entertained by Randy Peterson – children’s performer, take pony rides, bring your child to compete in the kids pedal pull tractor event, pay one dollar and enjoy the Kids Zone games, crafts, bounce house and face painting.
Volunteers always needed
The chamber is in need of adult and high school age volunteers to assist them during the 7-9 p.m. Friday night Family Dance at Citizen’s Bank parking lot and throughout the day on Saturday, between the hours of 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering their time, please contact the Chamber at 920-982-5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.