It’s getting to be that time of the year again – Labor Day has passed, the nights are getting cooler and, best of all, the Northwoods changes from a lush green to a palette of warm yellows, oranges and reds.
To welcome the fall season are a variety of Northwoods festivals, including the Lake Tomahawk Harvest Fest, Boulder Junction’s Colorama, Lac du Flambeau’s Wild Rice Fest and Phelps’ Scarecrow Fest, all taking place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 15.
The 22nd annual Lake Tomahawk Lioness Harvest Fest will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Snowshoe Park, and is a fundraiser for the Lioness Club.
“The Lioness motto is ‘We Serve Too’ along with the Lions. By raising funds we are able to help others locally, regionally and nationally,” Lioness Pat Duncan said.
There will be craft vendors and farmers market stands, as well as Lioness homemade pies – offered by the slice or as a whole – caramel and turtle apples and Lions Club concession stands.
“We welcome back Hauser’s Superior View Farm with their apples and perhaps a few more items from their Barn Shop,” Duncan said.
And there will be plenty to do for the younger crowd at Harvest Fest.
“We have a wonderful children’s area with wooden pumpkin decorating and prizes awarded in age groups. The local Bible Church will be providing both face painting and games.”
New this year that will provide entertainment for all ages is the Lions Car Show, which is slated to present more than 30 cars in eight divisions with awards being given at the end of the show. Cars ranging from the Model A-era to present, both stock and modified, will be featured at the show.
“With the Lions Car Show in close proximity, there is something for every member of the family to explore,” Duncan said.
Keeping safety first and foremost, the Harvest Fest’s location has been moved to Snowshoe Park instead of on State Highway 47.
“While there have been no accidents to-date, last year there were a number of pedestrian ‘close calls’ involving children that were reported to us,” Duncan said.
This year, there is parking for the festival in the municipal lot and throughout town near the park.
Though Harvest Fest marks the end of summer with many of Lake Tomahawk’s seasonal residents returning home, it’s a weekend that brings a variety of visitors into town for a good cause.
“As a fundraiser, [Harvest Fest] helps enable us to continue to serve others. Areas of service by the club include such things as scholarships to area youth, the Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, the Holiday Project, the Lakeland Pantry and Children’s Miracle Network. So funds raised [at the festival] come back to the public in some manner,” Duncan said.
The Lions Car Show is held during the same time as Harvest Fest, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in an adjacent area lot. Judging and awards for the car show will take place at 3 p.m. in that area, and the children’s pumpkin judging occurs at 2 p.m. at the concession stand.
“On a personal note, fall is one of my favorite times of the year with the color changes and the nearness of hearth and home,” Duncan said. “Also, having no ‘crafty’ talents of my own, I am constantly amazed by the skill and dedication of our local crafters.”
Boulder Junction kicks off the fall season with one of two Colorama events tomorrow – the Colorama Arts and Crafts Fair.
“It’s a celebration of the turning of the season,” Theresa Smith, chamber director, said. “We have two Colorama events – one is on Sept. 15, it’s an arts and craft fair, and there’s the one that the community foundation sponsors on Sept. 22, which is the Colorama Dinner.”
Both events involve a wild game feed. The Sept. 22 dinner will feature a venison stew and at the arts and crafts fair there will be venison sloppy Joes for lunch.
“[The venison] is donated by folks that live in the area and it’s a fundraiser for the chamber,” Smith said. “It’s a nice day. It’s not a huge craft show like our Musky Jamboree is, but we have over the past couple of years grown it.”
The chamber provides maps for visitors who want to get out and enjoy the colors of autumn.
“There’s some rustic roads up here and some really pretty areas that boats can enjoy the color. And of course biking on our bike trail is always a good thing to do,” Smith said.
As for the Colorama Dinner Sept. 22, the winner of an item that has had raffle tickets sold all season for it will be announced – a 1947 Old Town Canoe.
“It’s been reconditioned so it’s a really cool thing,” Smith said.
The Colorama Arts and Crafts Fair tomorrow runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Community Center. For more information, call 715-385-2400 or visit www.boulderjct.org.
“It’s a fun couple of weekends up here. People come up and they like to see the fall colors.”
Wild Rice Fest
Held in downtown Lac du Flambeau, The Wild Rice Fest will feature games with prizes, wild ricing demonstrations, arts and crafts, and wild rice and fry bread cooking contests.
For more information, cal the Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce at 877-588-3346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come Saturday morning, the streets of Phelps will be closed. The third annual Women’s Club Scarecrow Fest will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., celebrating the fall season. The town’s goal is to have 100-plus scarecrows on display.
Bratwurst, hamburgers, chili, fresh corn-on-the-cob and honey-glazed chicken will all find their way to the grill for guests to enjoy.
Discover Wisconsin will there filming the event, capturing how colorful the town of Phelps can be. Adding to the excitement of the event, souped-up lawn mowers will be running and the street rods will be finding their display site for viewers.
For more information, view the Scarecrow Fest video on Youtube at http://youtu.be/se6SvqWPrTw or call 715-545-2022.
Sarah Hirsch may be reached at email@example.com.