Annual fall event slated for Sept. 19
By Angie Landsverk
A 5K run, parade, activities for children and an arm wrestling championship will be among the highlights at this year’s Horse & Buggy Days.
The 55th annual event will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Weyauwega.
“I think it’s good – a lot of stuff,” Jered Wilson said of this year’s lineup.
Wilson is the president of the Weyauwega Area Chamber of Commerce and like last year, is helping plan the community event.
He said anyone who wants to be a vendor, sell goods or do a business promotion at Horse & Buggy Days may contact him at 920-407-0619.
“I will do my best to get them a spot on Main Street from 2-5 p.m,” Wilson said.
He is also open to other ideas.
“This is a community event,” he said. “I’m more than willing to hear them.”
The main event sponsors for this year’s Horse & Buggy Days are Agropur, BMO Harris, Faulks Brothers Construction, Faye Wilson Realty, First National Bank, Hutchinson Insurance, Immel Construction, Miron Construction, Tony Resch and Star Dairy.
Schedule of events
Horse & Buggy Days will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K Jumpstart to Fitness run/walk.
The Weyauwega-Fremont Booster Club is the sponsor of the event, which will begin and end on Main Street, near city hall.
The cost is $20 for individuals and $55 for families who registerbefore Friday, Sept. 11, and $25 for individuals and $75 for families who register after that date.
Registration forms are available at First National Bank in Weyauwega or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and requesting a form.
The beer tent will open at 11 a.m. with music by a disc jockey and a pool tournament.
Children who want to participate in the kiddie parade may sign up ahead of time at the Weyauwega Public Library.
On Sept. 19, they will then meet at 12:30 p.m. at the old middle school on Main Street.
The kiddie parade will begin shortly after that, followed by the annual Horse & Buggy Days Parade at 1 p.m.
“If you’d like to have an entry in the parade, please go to city hall or the Brew Haus to pick up a parade entry form. Anyone is welcome to be part of it,” Wilson said. “People may also contact Jeff Loehrke at 715-281-4629 to sign up.”
He said Walleyes for Kids will hand out between 100 and 150 free fishing poles to children during the parade.
After the parade, the block of Main Street in front of city hall will be closed from 2-5 p.m.
There will be activities for children and business promotions.
Star Dairy will have cheese and wine tasting from 2-5 p.m. and will sponsor a cheese curd eating competition at 3 p.m.
There will also be a free throw competition, petting zoo courtesy of Animal Haven Zoo, pedal pusher tractor pull for children and adults in front of Brew Haus, plate breaking in front of the Gerold Opera House, dunk tank, bounce house, 50/50 raffle, corn roast, water fight between Weyauwega’s police and fire departments and an art gallery for children in front of the Coffee Klatsch.
The weigh in for the arm wresting championship will be held from 3-4 p.m., with the event taking place at 4 p.m. in front of the beer tent, Wilson said.
“It’s going to be a qualifier,” he said. “There should be a lot of people here for that.”
“Third Wheel” will play from 6-9 p.m.
Several other activities will take place in the community on Sept. 19.
Weyauwega Public Library’s annual book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Weyauwega Area Historical Society will hold a pie and ice cream social at First Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30-3 p.m.
Animal Haven Zoo will also have its fun day at the zoo.
“People can come here and then check that out,” Wilson said.