"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 :)
It has been awhile since we had a chance to celebrate Independence Day in DeForest, so we decided to go there. The parade began at 10:30 AM, we got there not long before so seating was scarce. We found a space on a hill at the school. It was a pretty good vantage point above people’s heads. Here is a video of excerpts from the parade.
Our friend Vi Bergum was in the parade. she moves fast for an 85-year-old!
A favorite is Wisconsin Scaryland, a local haunted house for the Halloween season. They have a neat bus, complete with smoke, bubbles and a zombie just inside the door. Located in Westport, they also accept volunteers during the busy times.
After the parade we headed to Fireman’s Park to enjoy the festivities.
Balloons by Doodlebug the Clown, she has entertained the crowds of many of the events we have gone to since 1999!
Even a classic car show.
Here is the video of all the fun!
We first enjoyed the DeForest Lion’s Club famous Chicken Dinner, yum! Your soda is included if you get the dinner.
When night came, we enjoyed a wonderful fireworks display, put on by Kreuger Pyrotechnics. Light sticks and other light toys were for sale just before the fireworks by Boy Scout Troop 35. Even adults were being silly.
Wisconsinites are a hearty folk close to the earth, and many of us don’t live far from the beautiful countryside and numerous farms. We live only 10 miles from UPICKBERRYFARM, well worth the trip. It was the end of the strawberry season so it was now or never, this was the first time we picked strawberries together. I think this was my first time since the early 1990’s, with my grandfather.
We could see the see the strawberry field and the side of the truck advertising the website from I-94 year-round. It is the same on both sides, this was taken from the field.
We called them first (608-417-9485) to make sure they had berries. They did, though not large ones. That was ok, we went and found a lot of other people there too. The route there was well marked, with this pretty sign just before you got there, turn righ here and go to the end of Hahn Rd. The countryside is beautiful in full summer.
We met the farmer at the truck, where he assigned us a row to do our picking. Also present were roosters, a duck, and goats. they were hilarious! Kids liked feeding them. The chickens were so tame I could pet them, so soft! Be sure to bring cash, cards are not accepted here. The strawberries were $1.95 per pound when you pick them, $2.95 if they pick them.
We got right to work picking, it was already almost 10:30 AM and getting hot!
In about 1 1/2 hours we managed to pick 16 pounds of berries!
We had a great time here and plan on returning here often for fresh produce. From their website you can sign up for produce updates sent to your email. We did, and hope to get more through the fall.
Wow, what a great summer! I don’t think we could have packed much more in. Wisconsinites tend to start summer in May since there is so much going on and warm days don’t last long. We were no exception. Our summer began May 13 with our trip to Cedarburg.
DeForest also goes all out to celebrate July 4th. They have a huge parade and a big celebration
in Fireman’s Park.
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.