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Communities all  over the state are gearing up to celebrate July 4th this weekend! Below are just a few options for weekend activities -

Summerfest, Milwaukee 

June 28-July 2, CLOSED JULY 3, then keep rocking July 4-9.

For 11 days every summer, the Worlds Largest Music Festival takes place at Henry Maier Festival park! This year marks the 50th year of Summerfest on the lakefront with 800 acts playing on 11 stages. Over 45  local vendors will be supplying food and beverages through out the festival. The Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & PlayZone features activities, dance groups, magicians and more to keep  kids all day. Shop at the unique vendors, ride on the Sky Glide or listen to local and emerging artist before the headlines start at 8 and 10PM.

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Riverfront Rendezvous, Stevens Point

June 30-July 2

Check out this  is an annual festival at Pioneer Park in Stevens Point. Enjoy music at one of the multiple stages starting Friday night at 7:15. Activities include the Carp Classic Fishing Contest, Horseshoe Tournaments, BINGO and more. Kids will enjoy a variety of shows and activities too. The festival wraps up with the Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks on Sunday.

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Northwoods Blues Festival, Chippewa Falls

June 30-July 1

Kick off your summer with the annual Northwoods Blues Festival  at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. National and regional bands will perform during the 2 day festival. Check out the website for the complete lineup. The best party in the Great North Woods.

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Booster Days, Hudson

June 29-July 2

Booster Days is the annual 4th of July Celebration held in Lakefront Park, near historic downtown Hudson, along the scenic St Croix River.  This event draws crowds from Hudson and surrounding counties, with activities for all ages such as a fishing contest, carnival rides, and multiple bands in the Hudson band shell each night.

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Fly-in & Float-in Lake Rattle & Roll, Phillips

June 30-July 1

Come by car, boat or plane and watch planes fly in and the Aerobatic show at the Price County Airport, plus view planes on display. Located on Long Lake, Harbor View Pub & Eatery is offering a breakfast buffet Saturday morning – dining with a view, either inside or outside on the deck and watch the planes fly in. Stop back at Harbor View in the evening and watch the live band perform outside on the deck under the stars.

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Congratulations to the White Gull Inn in Door County for being named America’s Best Breakfast by Good Morning America!

The Inn and its Cherry-Stuffed French Toast was featured on GMA Saturday, May 15, along with two other finalists, and viewers had 12 hours to vote for their favorite on the program’s Web site.Want to try the award-winning recipe at home? Check it out here.

In Presque Isle, WI, the Alpine Resort is garnering some excitement of their own. National Geographic magazine featured the resort in its May/June issue as one of 10 American family resorts made for reconnecting. Of the resort, the article says:

Set in far northern Wisconsin on a pristine lake amid towering white pines, this down-home resort, with its collection of circa 1920s log cabins complete with knotty pine interiors, is a real throwback. These days, owners Kim and Tim Bowler and their ten-year-old daughter, Cameil, host angling lessons off the dock and stargazing around the campfire (look for the northern lights). It can be quiet in the North Woods. “The only sounds you hear in the morning are the loons,” notes Kim. For some, that’s exactly the type of alarm clock they want.

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JacksFirstFishFull disclosure:  I don’t fish.

Putting the words Wisconsin & Fish into the same sentence to me means three things:
1.  Fish Creek (great place to vacation in Door County)
2.  Fish Fry (that Friday night dinner phenomenon)
3.  Fish Boil (again in Door County, but this time it’s great food)

However, I have family who adore the sport of fishing and so I try to remain open-minded.  For those of you anglers who’ve been awaiting the official start of the season, mark you calendars for May 2nd as the Governor’s Fishing Opener.  In anticipation we’ve assembled the following resources…

If the cool, wet weather has you only dreaming of fishing, check out these articles, blogs & sites for inspiration:

Upcoming April fishing events include:

This DNR page features color pictures of Wisconsin’s fish species, print off & take along for the kids (or anyone) new to fishing.  Also, see this site by TakeMeFishing.org for great kid activities, stories & links.  Finally, FishingFacts.com features their list of Ten things an angler would NEVER say:

  1. Does my catfish stink bait smell too rank?
  2. I have all the fishing tackle I’ll ever need.
  3. That fish is too big, throw ‘em back!
  4. Take me to the shore, so that I may use the restroom.
  5. The one I caught was a lot smaller than yours.
  6. Sure, you can have the last nightcrawler!
  7. Fishing is so bad today, I’d rather be at work.
  8. I’ll ask my mother-in-law to go along fishing next week.
  9. I can’t make the tournament – I have tickets to the ballet!
  10. (Had to leave you in suspense, click to their site to see)

As always, don’t forget to head on over to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your fishing trips- find over 200 properties throughout Wisconsin with fishing available onsite!

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