33rd Annual Festival in the Pines
Posted: June 12, 2015
It is that time of year when I start planning for Festival in the Pines. This year will mark the 33rd annual arts/crafts event, featuring family-oriented entertainment, live bands and great food.
Last year, a new attraction was added: The Abra Auto Body & Glass Classic Car Show on Sunday. We hosted 95 classic cars last year and the event was considered to be a big hit. This year, a motorcycle show will take place on Saturday, also sponsored by Abra Auto Body. Those wishing to attend either the motorcycle show or classic car show just need to show up amytime after 8:30am to register by entering Carson Park via the entrance to the Paul Bunyan Camp and Chippewa Valley Museum. Entrants will get free admission to the festival, however those traveling with the participants must pay their $6 entry fee.
In addition, a friend came up with a great idea: A scavenger hunt. Although I am still looking for a sponsor for the new attraction, the goal will be for festival attendees to follow the clues and complete the scavenger hunt. I envision the clues will include visits to arts and crafts booths, a few food vendors and two of the other tenants in Carson Park.
Festival in the Pines is truly a great event for the community. It takes a lot of volunteers to help me put on a party for up to 15,000 people, but I fortunately have enough non-profit and service groups who assist me as well as about 40 "festival ambassadors" who help me with other functions of the event.
Of course, like any outdoor event, weather can have a devastating effect on the number of people who attend the festival. Last year, it was brutally hot on Saturday afternoon and for most of the day on Sunday. We still attracted nearly 11,000 people, but the warm weather certainly had a negative impact on the number of attendees.
This is why I have not quit my day job.
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