"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
Harrisville is home of the ”LARGEST One Day Brat Fest in the State” and after seeing it for ourselves, we believe it! It is the 57th Bratfest. Harrisville is an unincorporated community located in the town of Harris, Marquette County, Wisconsin. The population is 729. First some of the history, the Harris Town Hall. It was built in 1899, Greek Revival in design.
Near the town hall is a flag pole with a plaque on a rock. It is the Harris Veterans Memorial.
On the side of the Sportman Club building on the fest grounds is a beautiful mural depicting Harris history. Click on picture to enlarge. It was completed 7-9-12. Learn more about other murals in Marquette County here.
Now back to Bratfest! Here is the schedule, plenty of fun to be had for people of all ages!
The community is small but hundreds of people come here from all over for this annual fundraiser for the Harris Volunteer Fire Department. There is a lot of entertainment to be had, pedal pulls for the kids, tractor pulls for the adults, volleyball, baseball, rides, music and more! After many years of Madison’s Brat Fest, it was fun going to one in a different community. The volleyball competition.
There was a pedal pull competion for the kids, we saw that too in Wonewoc during their Old Fashioned Day festival.
This is training for the Tractor Pull, also happening at this festival. Admission was $15 per person. We looked over the fence. The Harrisville Tractor Pullers Association has many competitions through the summer and fall. See their Facebook page for updates. Below is their BIG sled. The schedule for the day.
K & M Rides and Amusements LLC from Phillip, WI provided the carnival and even pony rides.
See the carnival and more in the video below.
Souvenir T-Shirts for sale too, I got one!
We heard music from two groups, the first one was Southbound. They are from Milwaukee. They played at the tent in the main fair grounds by the town hall and fire station.
The 2nd group was the Star Fire Family band from Readfield, WI. They were also wonderful! See a little of both groups on the video.
We had a great time at this Bratfest, different than the Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Brat Fest. The emphasis here is supporting one entity, the Harris Volunteer Fire Department. We’re glad we went. “Barney Brat” hopes you come back next year!
You know summer is getting close to over when Wisconsin‘s local sweet corn is ready to harvest. This festival is a big draw and runs from Thurs-Sunday.
The kick-off is Thurs. evening at 6:00 with a big parade down Main St. The Grand Marshalls are Colonel Corn and Fairy Queen of Corn (Or Countess of Corn).
The “Salt Tree”, an outdoor clothes dryer hung with salt shakers, a fixture at the corn fest.
The corn tote booth, on it’s way to Angell Park. It’s $7 for a tote of corn in 2016.
See the 2016 parade, they usually are about 1 hour long.
On the grounds at Angell Park is the festival, also a carnival and Midget Car racing in the evening.
Time for corn! See the ritual in my 2015 video.
We got our corn. We always bring plates and cloth napkins to make eating easier. We bring a plastic bag for the ears we don’t eat.
Now for buttering the corn, yum! I wish you can smell it.
Everyone eating their corn on the hill while watching the entertainment on the stage.
After eating we went down to the midway. See some of the action in 2015.
First, a funny selfie.
We often find friends here too.
Colonel Corn makes the rounds to take pictures with people.
The original Colonel Corn retired (Dick Jellings) after 21 years, making way for a new person to wear the costume in 2014. His name is Chad Peck. I think he did a fine job as Colonel Corn, and we got a new picture with him in 2015.
We enjoy coming to Corn fest every year for fun times and making great memories.