It’s destination “Northwoods” this weekend with all the events being held across the Lakeland area. Whether it’s running a 5K, belly-flopping into Lake Minocqua for a worthy cause or rummaging for treasure, there’s plenty of action to keep tourists and locals busy.
Revving up the action is the Northwoods Summer Thunder Motorcycle Rally, which kicks off today, Friday, June 14, and runs through tomorrow, Saturday, June 15.
For riders, the Lakeland Tavern League has planned three “fun runs” with stops along the way. If you have your map stamped at the five designated stops on the route, you’re entered into the prize drawing – three fun runs, three maps, three entries in the prize drawing. Fun run maps will be available to purchase starting this afternoon at the Summer Thunder Hospitality Booth at Torpy Park, Minocqua.
But this event isn’t only for motorcycle enthusiasts. Live music is a key facet to this event, which is open to the public. Tonight, enjoy refreshments while listening to music by The Spicy Tie Band from 6-10 p.m. in Torpy Park.
“I am really excited about the bands this year. I think we’ve stepped it up a little bit and invested in two good bands. This is Spicy Tie’s third year with us, and they always draw a nice crowd. But a lot of people are really excited about Tuscan Road on Saturday. They have a huge following,” Beth Wetzler, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce events coordinator, said.
Come tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., the rally will move to Northwoods Harley-Davidson in Arbor Vitae. The Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club will grill brats until 2 p.m. The dealership will have demo rides and a garage sale with obsolete and closeout leathers, t-shirts, clothing and helmets.
“Northwoods Harley-Davidson has new owners, and I think them coming on board is really nice. They’ve redone the store a little bit, and they have some new things to bring to the rally,” Wetzler said.
To welcome the rally’s two-wheeled guests to the Northwoods, the town of Minocqua will provide an afternoon group ride starting at 5:30 p.m. from the Minocqua Park Complex on State Highway 70 West to downtown Minocqua and Torpy Park, where Tuscan Road will perform live music until 10 p.m.
Saturday night also rings in the rally’s prizes. At 8 p.m., during a band break, more than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded through the fun run and raffle drawings; you must be present to win.
A portion of the proceeds from Summer Thunder will benefit the Lakeland Area Special Olympics.
“You don’t just get bikers at this event, you get the townsfolk, special olympic kids and families. It’s neat to see all the different people there,” Wetzler said. “And I’m excited because it looks like the weather’s going to be really nice this weekend.”
For more information on Summer Thunder, call the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-356-5266 or visit www.minocqua.org.
Wounded Warrior Benefit
Tomorrow, Saturday, show your support for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Woodruff VFW Post 7898 by joining the fun at the second annual Wounded Warrior Benefit. All proceeds benefit these two organizations, the VFW using its portion of the funds raised to purchase new flags for the local cemetery.
Sponsored by Trig’s and Albee’s Yacht Club of Minocqua, the event will be held at the Yacht Club from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
At the benefit, members of the VFW will be grilling up Trig’s World Champion brats, served with baked beans and potato salad.
Once again, a belly flop contest will be held at 4 p.m. For a $10 entry fee, contestants will be judged based on style, splash and creativity. Wrapping up the event will be live music by The Marvins from 2-6 p.m.
The Wounded Warrior Project, formed in 2002, is a nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
After the success of the inaugural benefit last year, which raised $2,500, the sponsors have high hopes of success. Additional donations may be sent to P.O. Box 365, Hazelhurst, WI, 54531.
For more information on the Wounded Warrior Benefit, call Albee’s Yacht Club at 715-356-1366.
Style Show and Salad Luncheon
The annual Manitowish Waters Lioness Club Style Show and Salad Luncheon will be held today, Friday, June 14, at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, U.S. Highway 51. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and luncheon starts at noon.
This year’s theme is “Celebration of Weddings.” Vintage gowns as well as local fashions will be modeled. Several gowns are from the early 1900s and were worn by member’s grandmothers.
Come join in the fun of lunch, door prizes and raffles. Reserved seat tickets at $15 each may be purchased at Floral Consultants in downtown Manitowish Waters, 715-543-8212.
Fire and Rescue Invitational
Tomorrow, the Minocqua Fire and Rescue Department will host the second annual Fire and Rescue Invitational at the Minocqua Park Complex on State Highway 70 West.
The invitational is a series of timed tests to determine who is number one at the tasks required of a fire and rescue department. This event is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin. Winning teams will be determined by their total times for each event. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded tot he top three teams.
This year, teams include the Minocqua Fire and Rescue, Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue and the Schofield Fire departments.
New this year is live music performed by Brian McLaughlin from noon-3 p.m., and America’s Party Band from 3-7 p.m. In addition, there will be a bounce house, raffles and full concessions including beer, soda, brats and hamburgers. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the competition begins at 10 a.m.
All proceeds from the invitational will be donated to the Children’s Burn Center of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
For more information on the invitational, call Dave Imlah at 715-892-2392.
Arts and Craft Show
Sponsored by the Hazelhurst Lions Club, the Arts and Craft Show will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, all day at Hazelhurst Ball Park. There will be arts, crafts, food and fun.
For more information, call Cheryl Burley at 715-892-0049.
Community rummage sale
The St. Germain Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a community rummage sale tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information, call the chamber at 715-477-2205 or email email@example.com.
Devil’s Elbow 5K Sunset Trail Run
Experience the beauty Trout Lake District has to offer by running through the course and woodland trails at Trout Lake Golf Club in Arbor Vitae tomorrow, June 15.
The Devil’s Elbow 5K Sunset Trail Run begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call 715-385-2189.
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