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Winterfest in Lake Geneva


2-4-17

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Rivera in Lake Geneva

It has been 5 years since our last visit to Lake Geneva, and Winterfest looked like a lot of fun! Events centered around The Rivera and the road going by the lakefront building.  It was a cold, windy and sunny day and there was a large crowd.  Winterfest crowd at Lake Geneva

View from the balcony.

View from Rivera balcony of Winterfest

Adding to the festive mood was music by Lake 96.1, a local radio station. We could hear it throughout the festival because of the speakers placed throughout the snow carving display area.

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The snow sculptors were not just locals, they came from all points around the country and even other countries.  Lake Geneva is home to the  U.S. NATIONAL SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION.  Read more about this event in the official Guide. We were quite impressed with the quality of work.

Enjoy a slide show of the many sculptures that we saw, as well as the other activities.

They were all wonderful, but these were the winners.

First Place

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1st-place at Winterfest

2nd Place – Team Wisconsin 1

2nd-place at Winterfest

3rd Place – Team Maine

3rd-place at Winterfest

Two activities were enjoyed by people on the lake as well. Snowmobile rides were given.

Snowmobile rides at Winterfest

Also helicopter rides by MF Helicopters, LLC.

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Lake Geneva is a great place to visit in any season. Celebrate winter at Winterfest!

 

 

 

 

Belleville UFO Day


10-29-16

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The Belleville UFO Day is a great excuse for the community to put on their Halloween best and look like an alien.  This festival became a yearly event for the last 30 years after a UFO was spotted by police on January 21, 1987 at night. Read about it here.

Al covered the whole event since I had a prior commitment.  The day begins at 10 AM with a Color Run, an increasingly popular event at many festivals nowadays.

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Color Run in Belleville

After the Color Run is  a great parade, a green alien is their mascot.  Al recorded the parade, enjoy!

The weather was warm and sunny so that really posted attendance. After the parade people went to Library Park where the festivities were held.

UFO Day at Library Park

Get your kettle corn at Kernel Sullivan’s!

Kernel Sullivan Kettle Corn in Belleville

The gazebo was even decorated for the occasion!

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So many great costumes too.  Thanks Al for all the great pictures and video. Hope we can go together next year (in costume!).

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Paoli Fall Festival


10-1-16      Visit Paoli

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Paoli is the happening place to be for fall festivals.  The colors were peaking now, especially by the gazebo.

Fall tree backdrop behind gazebo in PaoliWe heard music nearby behind the old mill, sounded like one of our favorite kind of music, the Blues!

Mill and pumpkins in Paoli

It was coming from The Hop Garden outdoor stage in the backside of the mill.  The sign was out near the street, they also had a Chili contest contest, good on a cool day like today.

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The wonderful music we were hearing was being performed by  Old Black Joe And The 3rd Rail Sparks Blues Band.  They are regulars here, performing most Thursdays between 6-8 PM since 2014. Let’s listen in!

We also enjoyed lunch at the Paoli Brat and Bread Haus.   We had the Chicken Pot Pie,  very delicious!  We enjoyed the music at The Hop Garden while we ate.  The Cherry Pie A la Mode was wonderful too. Owner Cherri Bell makes everyone feel like an old friend upon meeting.  Thanks for the great lunch in such a festive atmosphere!

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Quite an enjoyable afternoon was had by all, we took a stroll up the street to check out other fall scenes. The Paoli House Inn had many pumpkin sculptures out front.

Paoli House

The Paoli Schoolhouse Shops &  Café  stood out against the grey skies.

Paoli Schoolhouse

Paoli Secret Garden has the perfect item for you or for a gift.

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Paoli Secret Garden inside store

Paoli is beautiful any time of the year, stop in for a fun relaxing day by the Sugar River!

Sugar river in Paoli

Fall Maple tree in Paoli