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Summer Fun at the Dane County Fair


3rd Wed-Sunday in July

Nothing says summer like the Dane County Fair. Its held at the Alliant Energy Center.  Many events we enjoy in Madison take place here including Bratfest and The WHA Garden Expo.

Welcome to the fair

 

There is so many things to do here. There is the carnival with lots of rides.

 Dane county Fair Midway

Bumper cars

Exhibits from the 4-H club in many categories. I especially like the food-related displays.

 

Dane County Fair cakes

 

Small Animal Exhibits

Dane county fair chickens

 

It’s not Wisconsin without cows either.  You can stroll through the barn where they stay before being shown. And you can watch that too.

Cow barn

Cow showing

 

Don’t Forget the fair food!

cream puffRoor Beer Barrel

Wild West Soda

One of my favorites is Wild West Soda. They made the most refreshing chocolate soda that reminded me of an old-fashioned soda fountain. The flavor was great!

Come to the Dane County fair for a great day with the farmers representing Dane County!

 

 

DeForest-The North Star of Dane County


DeForest Wisconsin sign

DeForest is a community of 9000 just north of Madison.  Left of the sign is a Mobile gas station, also the site of the  village’s first well.

DeForest Wisconsin First well historic marker

The DeForest Historical Society has carefully been preserving the history of this village. DeForest WI Depot DeForest Depot Historic Marker

Hansen-Newell-Bennett House

Hansen-Newell-Bennett House

Lyster House

Lyster House

Also the house of Andreas Dahl, formerly of Valdres, Norway. Andreas Dahl Early DeForest Settler Andreas Dahl house

Many businesses also use creative advertising to pull travelers off the highway.  There is a Citgo sporting a LARGE Pink Elephant named Andy.  He wears glasses. Pink elephant 400

Just across the overpass from the station you can refuel on cheese and snacks at Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet. Sissy the Cow is the mascot here. Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet Sissy Cow

DeForest also hosts many restaurants. We enjoyed going to the Sunset Grill in October 2014.

Sunset Grill in DeForest

Our favorite is the Pine Cone, also a truck stop.  Get a great meal here.  The other one is in Johnson Creek. Both open 24 hours.

Pine Cone Truck Stop in DeForest

Also, you can’t miss the big truck out in the strawberry field luring people to come pick them at UPICKSTRAWBERRYFARM. We had a lot of fun there June 24, 2014.

Us and Strawberries

DeForest also goes all out to celebrate July 4th. They have a huge parade and a big celebration

in Fireman’s Park.

. DeForest July 4th DeForest July 4th Parade 2013 DeForest Parade 2013

This was so funny,  we were located by the fire department. The high school football team were spraying the crowd with water guns. One of the firemen grabbed a fire hose and sprayed THEM.  I was desperately shielding my two cameras from the onslaught of water.

Fireman's Park in DeForest

Doodlebug the Clown

Doodlebug the Clown

Fireman’s Park had a lot going on too.

Doodlebug the Clown made many balloon animals and hats for the kids.

The DeForest Lions Club serves up a great Chicken Dinner, we had that too.

DeForest WI Lions Club

DeForest Lions Club

DeForest Wisconsin July 4

Live music , Shotgun Jane performed this year.

Shotgun Jane

We have fun every time we come to DeForest, you will too!

DeForest Wi water tower

Milling Around in Paoli


6-11-13, 8-9-14, 8-13-16 and many more visits.

 

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It was to revisit this beautiful little hamlet of 3300 people on the Sugar River.  Last time we came was Oct. 2009.  Paoli was founded by Peter Mats in 1846.  It soon had a lumber mill, later becoming a grist mill. Also a  cheese factory and other businesses necessary to build a thriving community.  Several buildings were made of local stone, still standing and in use today.

Let’s begin our walk down Paoli Road, the main street which is the center of commerce here.

On my right is the Abel Contemporary Gallery

Photo by Al Kutil

 

On the left is the Paoli Schoolhouse Shops and Cafe.

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Soon we are on the bridge overlooking the Sugar River. It’s part of the huge Upper Sugar River Watershed in Dane County.

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Upon crossing the river, on the left is the Paoli Clay Company. They produce clay for pottery making use.

Paoli Clay Company

Next up also on the left is the Paoli House Gallery, another artist enclave. Closed in 2014.

Paoli House Gallery

Lastly on this side is the new Landmark Creamery, replacing the Paoli Local Foods store. It opened in 2018.

Next door to that is the Paoli Pub and Grill.

Paoli Pub

Across the street on our right are many beautiful shops, some in historic buildings. On the right is the Paoli Secret Garden, which opened on June 1 of 2013.  The owners JJ and Kellie were busy setting things up when we stopped by. They took the time to pose for a picture with us and show us the many delightful products they had to offer.   They would love for you to stop by! If you can’t come to the store, you can buy their products from their Etsy store.

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Paoli Secret Garden

Here is a “living table”. Also a look inside their shop in the yellow building.

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Next door is  Paoli Road Mercantile, formerly a whey house. It is built of large multi-colored rocks that give it such a unique and beautiful appearance.

 These businesses are part of the Mill Shops and Park.

 

The Bread and Brat Haus is especially popular. We had Chicken Pot Pie there when we went to the Paoli Fall Festival and it was delicious!

They also associate with The Hop Garden below.  Enjoy live music from the Hop Garden stage while enjoying food from the Brat Haus.

This view is behind the Brat Haus and The Hop Garden.

  Totally Wired is next to the Paoli Secret Garden and their specialty is purses.

The Zazen Gallery is next on our right.

Cluck the Chicken Store. They provide for the needs of chicken owners, as well as people who love cute chicken decor.

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At the end of Paoli Road is Paoli Park, a great place to eat your lunch on a warm summer day. Bicyclists stop in Paoli also for refreshment on their ride. The Badger State Trail passes through town. It has a gazebo and a garden area with an arch.  Also many mature trees.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to Paoli, we sure did!

Links

*  Visit Paoli

*  Paoli Mill Terrace and Park

*  Paoli Secret Garden

The Hop Garden

*Cluck The Chicken Store

*Cottage Goddess

*John/Christine Designs

*Landmark Creamery

*Paoli Bread and Brat Haus

*Paoli Gallery and Print Shop

*Paoli Road Mercantile

*Paoli Schoolhouse Shops and Café

*Zazen Gallery

*Paoli Pub and Grill

*Abel Contemporary Gallery