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Riverfest features free activities, games, food

Riverfest features free activities, games, food

The third annual Riverfest will take place in DeForest this weekend.

The event will take place on Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.  It will begin at the Conservancy Commons Park located at 6822 Yellowwood Drive.

The Upper Yahara River Trail will have games and activities for all ages.  Activities include rubber duck races, musical children's storytelling with Reid Miller, disc golf, fishing, pumpkin painting, crafts and more.  The event will end with a bonfire and free s'mores, said a press release.

A 5K Riverfest Trail Tromp is new to the event this year, along with a local beer, wine and cheese tasting for attendees 21 and older.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.yaharariverfest.com or call the Village of DeForest at 608-846-6751.

Art festival celebrates Sun Prairie


An art festival Saturday will celebrate downtown Sun Prairie.

The festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 8, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place on E. Main Street between the 100 and 200 blocks near City Hall.

A wide variety of art and entertainment will be available, said a press release.

Free parking will be available south of E. Main Street.

Fall festival features family fun


Sacred Hearts will hold their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The event begins at 11 a.m.  Over 20 vendors will be selling their wares from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  A bingo tent will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The festival will feature kids’ games and prizes as well as a bounce house and Doodlebug the Clown.  For adults, a farmer’s market, craft and raffle booths, food and beer will be available.

Food served includes brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, walking tacos, barbecue beef, hot beef and chicken sandwiches.  Sassy Cow Creamery will also provide ice cream, and root beer floats and hot apple pie sundaes will be sold.

Live entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature Rachelle and the Red Hot Rattlers.  They group will perform contemporary country and some original music until 11:30 p.m.

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Saturday, the first day of September.

As Labor Day weekend brings the end of summer, ReadyWisconsin is urging Wisconsinites to discuss emergency preparation.

“Preparing for emergency events like tornadoes, flooding and winter storms requires individuals and families to be self-reliant and ready to face days without utilities such as electricity, water and phone service, access to local businesses such as gas stations and supermarkets, and other needed services,” said a Wisconsin Emergency Management press release.

People across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies by getting an emergency supply kit, making a plan for an emergency, and being informed about what types of emergencies could happen in your community.

Ten hour music festival includes local blues great

The sixth annual Sun Prairie Blues Fest brings ten hours of blues for $10.

The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon until 10 p.m.  The event costs $10 in advance, but $15 at the gate.

Musicians include Lorenzo Menzer-Schmidt, Chris Aaron and Friends, The Cash Box Kings, The Jimmys, and Barrelhouse Chuck with special guest Jim Liban.

New Orleans Blues Institution and Wisconsin Native Bryan Lee will headline the show, playing from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Sun Prairie Lions Club.  The festival will be at the American Legion/VFW Shelter in Sun Prairie’s Angell Park.

“We have once again put together a dynamite line-up of several of the area’s best blues acts and special guest appearances to add a real wow factor,” said Sun Prairie Lion and Blues Fest Committee Chair Bill Tefft.

New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

DaneCom, a new $18 million emergency communications network, broke ground Wednesday near Verona.

County Executive Joe Parisi led the ground-breaking at the site of several radio tower sites that will comprise the new DaneCom system.  The system will link emergency responders and public work officials on one radio network.

“Whether it’s a car crash or fire, tornado, flood, or blizzard, responders from across our county work together everyday to keep us safe and this new radio system will help ensure a seamless, well-coordinated response,” Parisi said. “By partnering with communities throughout the county, we are able to make a significant investment in public safety despite historically difficult economic times. Despite the boundaries that divide our cities, villages, and towns DaneCom will make it easier for public safety responders to work together and save lives.”

Local children to play in front of thousands at Lifest

Local children to play in front of thousands at Lifest

A group of aspiring musicians from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will soon be playing on the main stage at one of the biggest summer musical festivals in the state.

The Black Star Drum Line has been asked to perform at Lifest, a Christian music festival in Oshkosh that attracts up to 80,000.  The group, led by Grammy nominee Joey B. Banks, will play on the Grand Stage on Saturday, July 14.

In addition to the band, 50 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will also be attending several days of the festival.  The trip gives the kids a chance to leave the pressures of the city and enjoy a few days out at camp with their friends.

Last year a group of 60 kids attended Lifest, several of whom were homeless at the time.  Another 26 had to be turned away because there simply was not room for them.