Wittenberg Community Days gets underway June 7

Celebration lengthened to three days of fun for whole family
Kevin Passon

Wittenberg Community Days will expand to three days this year, June 7-9, at Washington Park, 104 Park St.

“The owners of Tri-State Amusements have been great to work with. They want to help make sure we are successful, and they want to grow this event together,” said Angie Heling-Johnson, president of the Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce. “The expanded three-day event was a thought for awhile, and since we brought the rides back, we wanted to give adequate time to promote the carnival at our event since they travel quit a distance.”

Mother Nature was also a factor in expanding the event.

“Other years, weather has been less than favorable, so with a three-day span, we anticipate we can potentially have one good day out of the three, in hopes we can make it a three out of three,” Heling-Johnson said.

Activities will kick off with carnival rides from 5-11 p.m. June 7 with a variety of vendors selling their wares from 5-9 p.m. Night Shift will perform from 7-11 p.m.

The Lions Club will be selling their cheese curds, food and beverages, crafters and business booths, Walls of Wittenberg (WOW) mural tours, WOW emerging talents show, live music and carnival rides.

The Wittenberg American Legion Post 502 will run the food stand all weekend long.

The June 8 events begin with open vendor booths from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and carnival rides from noon to 11 p.m. Krafts Kuddly Kritters will be open from 3-6 p.m., and face paining will be offered from 3-9 p.m. Road Trip will play from 7-11 p.m., and fireworks will be at dusk.

June 9 starts off with the Wittenberg Fire Department breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Carnival rides are again open from noon to 5 p.m., face painting is offered from 1-4 p.m., and a variety of craft vendors will be open from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m.

The Natural Talent Polka Band will perform from 1-4:30 p.m.

“This is only the second year I personally have been involved with the chamber, so I am still a ‘newbie’ to the event,” Heling-Johnson said. “I know last year’s attendance was great, and we anticipate that each year we will grow the numbers.”

The fire department will host a dunk tank fundraiser, and there will be a children’s money dig at 2 p.m. June 9.

The big parade will begin at noon. All floats are welcome, and there is no entry fee. There will be prizes for the top three entries. The parade is alcohol-free.

Units will line up on College Avenue, in front of Redeemer Lutheran Church, at 11:30 a.m.

Contact Sally Jo or Dennis Stevens, parade coordinators, at 715-579-1024 (text or call) or email sallyjoluckys@gmail.com so they have an idea on the number of entries.

There will be 50/50 raffles held each day and night.

A raffle with five chances to win is also part of the fun. There are a limited number of tickets available at $20 each.

Tickets are available at Refuel Nutrition, Shops on Grand LLC, Lisa’s at Lakeside, Inspire Nutrition (Marion), All Aboard Nutrition (Shawano), Caroline Motorsports LLC (Caroline), Rachel’s Roadside Bar and Grill, and T & C Lanes. Several individuals also have tickets.

First prize is a Polaris Sportsman 450 four-wheeler. Second prize is $1,000 cash, with $500 for third, $300 for fourth and $200 for fifth.

The drawing for winners will be 5 p.m. June 9 at Washington Park and live on Facebook. Winners need not be present.

“This event is ran mostly off of donations, we do not make a substantial amount of money off of the event itself,” Heling-Johnson said. “The chamber hosts this event and partners with other organizations so we can all benefit from such a great community event; that’s why we decided to add in a raffle this year. We are looking to expand our events and entertainment within our community and surrounding areas; therefore, we need to have a raffle to raise a larger amount of money in a shorter time span in order to reach our future goals.”

Wittenberg Community Days is sponsored by the chamber with participation from several other community organizations.

“We are currently in the process of unveiling what our plans are for the proceeds. We can’t share just yet, but we can ensure that it will be a benefit for the community,” Heling-Johnson said. “We do have future plans to host movie in the park, a run/walk and other events that will enhance our all ready amazing community.”