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…then you’ll find much to love about Wisconsin this weekend!  Here’s just a quick look at eight places to explore great music, great dancing & GREAT FUN!

June 23rd – 27th:
Country USA – Oshkosh
Billed as “five days of non-stop, world-class entertainment featuring country music’s biggest and hottest headliners“, Country USA features a “$2.1 million dollar talent lineup, coming together for the biggest show of them all.” PLUS great food & shopping.

June 24th – 26th:
Star Spangled Celebration – Richland Center
Held in Krouskop Park, Star Spangled Celebration brings country music to southwest Wisconsin. Headliners include Dierks Bentley, Daryl Worley,  Phil Vasser, Neal McCoy and Wynonna Judd.

June 24th – 27th:
Country Fest – Cadott
And even MORE of country music’s hottest stars will be in northwest Wisconsin as well: The line-up includes Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker & Reba.

June 25th:
Big Woods Big Band and Dance Party – Washburn
Billed as “northern Wisconsin’s most popular dance jazz orchestra” the Big Woods Big Band will be performing at STAGENORTH in Washburn Friday night. Includes free swing dance lessons before the concert as well!

June 25th – 27th:
Fiesta Waukesha – Waukesha
Held in Waukesha’s Frame Park, festival goers will find “a wide variety of Hispanic entertainment” plus “Latin American cuisine, amusements rides, children’s area, youth tent and arts/crafts marketplace.” Free admission for all.

Willard Annual Polka Fest – Willard
Friday night kicks off three days of great polka bands. Admission from $6 (Friday), $10 (Saturday) and $9 (Sunday).

St. Anne’s Polka Fest – Wausau
Great Polka music and dancing from Friday to Sunday plus Bingo, Fish Fry, Craft Sale, Beer Garden & more!

And the big daddy of them all… Summerfest in Milwaukee – 11 days of music featuring more than 800 bands across 11 stages: June 24th – July 4th.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of Wisconsin’s fun festivals and celebrations with you, so check out this list below of five great ways to enjoy January in Wisconsin…

January 22-24
Waukesha JanBoree, Waukesha
With many fun indoor and outdoor events across Waukesha, you’re sure to find something for everyone in your family! Click on over to their site to learn more about the Frosty 5K Run/Walk, downtown’s Ice Sculpting Contest, the AMCW Dog Pull and more.

Flake Out Festival, Wisconsin Dells
With “Wisconsin’s only state-sanctioned snow sculpting competition“, sleigh rides, tubing, ice maze and more, you’re sure to find lots of ways to enjoy the great Wisconsin winter outdoors. When it’s time to warm up, stop in to the Art & Craft Fair or the Kid’s Craft Corner.

SchneeFest 2010, Elkhart Lake
Why search for a needle in a haystack when you can head to SchneeFest for an ice cube hunt! With dog sled demonstrations, snow sculpting and a chili cook-off contest, there’s lots of fun to be had!

January 23rd
Owl Prowl, Bong State Recreation Area
Learn more about owls & why they’re such good nocturnal hunters, but dress warm! This event runs from 8:30-10:00 pm.

Polar Dash/ Tropic Bash,  Madison
Kids have cabin fever? Head over to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and this fun family event for some outdoor fun & competition. Then head inside for snacks, hot drinks and a walk through the Conservatory.

Still can’t get enough great winter sports? Mark your calendars for the 2010 Badger State Winter Games, beginning January 29th in Wausau. Click here to see the full line up of scheduled events.

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Ghouls, goblins, thrills & chills… Check out seven SPOOK-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin:
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October 23rd-25th  and  October 29th-November 1st
Wisconsin Fear Grounds, Waukesha
What it is: Three haunted houses in one location- Morgan Manor, Morgana’s Torment & Unstable
How scary is it? Billed as “30,000 square feet of TERROR” -may not be for the faint of heart!
Cost: $15 per person for Morgan’s Manor, $30 per person for all three (but check out their website for coupons before you go!)

October 23rd-24th  and  October 30th-31st
Ghost Boat Tours, Wisconsin Dells
What it is: One & a half hour boat tour to Witches Gulch with “several illusions and special effects along with a great storyline that is sure to get hearts pumping”
How scary is it? Not recommended for 10 & under, parents’ discretion for older kids
Cost: $15 per person

October 24th
Dracula, Green Bay
What it is: Nosferatu, the 1920′s silent movie based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ accompanied by Frank Rippel on a live theater organ
How scary is it? Show time is 1:00 pm, so when the movie creeps you out, there will still be hours of (vampire-free) daylight left when you leave!
Cost: $5 per person

October 25th & 30th
Gothic History Tours, Cedarburg
What it is: One & a half hour walking tour through historic downtown Cedarburg
How scary is it? Billed as “chilling”, not scary
Cost: Check out their website for details, advanced ticket purchase recommended

October 28th
Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark, Phillips
What it is: Follow a lighted trail through the park to hear “ghost stories, haunting tales and urban legends”
How scary is it? “Spooky but not too scary”
Cost: I believe this one’s free, but call for more info: 715/339-4505 or 800/269-4505

October 29th-30th
Ghoulees in the Coulees, Coon Valley
What it is: 1/2 mile hike along a wooded trail lined with “haunting, thrilling and chilling spook stations”
How scary is it? Runs from 5:30-9 pm, hikes after 8 pm will be “SUPER SCARY”
Cost: $8 per person

October 30th
Haunting of River Park, Mosinee
What it is: “A haunted trail through spooky River Park”
How scary is it? For kids 13 and over, call the Mosinee Chamber for more info: 715/693-4330
Cost: $5 per person

For more haunting good times in southeast Wisconsin, check out this list and map from JSOnline.com as well. As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some SPOOK-tacular Halloween adventures!

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With Halloween just around the corner, many families are seeking fun, safe, and affordable ways to get in the spirit and celebrate. Here are a few to get you started:

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Fridays & Saturdays in October:
Zoo BooNew Zoo, Green Bay
Cost: Zoo Admission: advanced tickets $8, at the gate $10, 1 & Under are free
Begins: 3 p.m.
Features: Inflatable fun, games, horse-drawn haunted wagon through ‘Freaky Forest’, dancing with live D.J.

October 17:
BooFestWisconsin Ave. & Commercial St, Neenah
Cost: Free
Begins: 9 a.m.
Events: Pumpkin carving, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin recipe contest & trick-or-treating

Zoo BooWildwood Wildlife Park, Minocqua
Cost: Under 12 free with non-perishable food donation, over 12: $7 admission at door
Begins: 1 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, fun activities & trick-or-treating

October 23:
Spooka MinookaMinooka Park, Waukesha
Cost: $10 per car (some activities have additional fees)
Begins: 5:30 -9:00 p.m. for kids 6-12 (Haunted Barn Encore for older kids 10/24)
Events: Haunted trail ride, ‘Spookagraphs’, crafts, cookie decorating, campfire & Haunted Barn

October 24:
Halloween FestPrairie Springs Park, Pleasant Prairie
Cost: Free (some events may have additional charges)
Begins: 4 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, camp fire, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, “feel factor” for kids, hayrides

October 23-24:
Candlelight Cave ToursLedge View Nature Center, Chilton
Cost: $5 per person
Begins: 5:30 Friday, 4:30 Saturday
More Info: Use stairs & ladders to descend into the caves led by costumed guides, dress in layers!

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some fun (& not-so-spooky) fall adventures!
Thanks Pamela for all your help with these!

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