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DeForest July 4th Celebration 2016


DeForest Wisconsin sign

Deforest July 4 Schedule

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!

Vi Bergum in DeForest July 4 parade

The Madison Pipes and Drums always get a lot of cheers! A parade isn’t complete without bagpipes!Madison Pipes and Drums in DeForest parade

Here is a big monster.

John Deere Tractor monster

Read to Honey the Golden Retriever, a Reading Education Assistance Dog.

Read to Honey the Golden Retiever

The Prairie Thunder Cloggers are quite coordinated to be able to dance on a moving truck.

Prairie Thunder Cloggers

The Golden Triangle Drifters Snowmobile Club and their board.

Golden triangle Drifters in DeForest

The Sun Prairie Community Band contributed some tunes to the parade also.

Sun Prairie Community band

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.

Wisconsin Scaryland Haunted House bus

After the parade we headed to Fireman’s Park to enjoy the festivities. Fireman's Park in DeForest

Balloons by Doodlebug the Clown, she has entertained the crowds of many of the events we have gone to since 1999!

Doodlebug the Clown

Even a classic car show.

Car show at DeForest

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.

DeForest WI Lions Club

DeForest Lions Club Chicken Dinner prices

DeForest Lions Club Chicken 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.

Lightsaber battle with light sticks

A great end to our nation’s birthday!

DeForest 1st Annual Holiday Light Show


DeForest !st Annual Christmas Light Poster

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This was the first year of the DeForest Holiday Light display in Veteran’s Park.  It had 11 displays.  Barnes, Inc.  set up the display, they are a landscaping company.  They also makes the grounds of the Madison Mallards beautiful.  Madison’s Holiday Fantasy in Lights began with only 12 displays its first year, now over 50.   We were lucky to see the first year of this new Holiday tradition in DeForest.

DeForest Lights Collage

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And the whole display from end to end.

DeForest Holiday Lights all

We look forward to watching this display grow in the years ahead.

Picking Strawberries in DeForest


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.

UpickStrawberryfarm sign

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.

Strawberry Farm sign DeForest

Strawberry Farm and field DeForestWe 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.

Strawberry farm truck


Rooster and duck


Petting Zoo


We got right to work picking, it was already almost 10:30 AM and getting hot!

Strawberry field

In about 1 1/2 hours we managed to pick 16 pounds of berries!

Us and Strawberries

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.

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Mayr Family Farm in DeForest-Halloween Fun!


I needed a boost of Halloween spirit and pumpkins so I came here, Mayr Family Farm in DeForest.


Mayr Family Farm

There is a corn maze to thrill the kids.

Corn Maze sign

Also goats and pigs to entertain the kids.



Don’t forget the pumpkins! They just brought in a bunch more from the pumpkin patch.


Come here for a good time in the fall before Halloween. Check site for details. Happy Halloween!

Halloween display

Summer 2013

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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.

grist-mill altered

May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 


May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

Brat Tent

June 1 – Cows on the Concourse  and Cars on State Street

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June 11 – Paoli and Stoughton

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June 15 – Cottage Grove (Fireman’s Festival)

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June 20 – Waterloo


June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

6-30 Sauk City  Wollersheim Winery

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7-4 Independence Day in DeForest

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7-8 Marshall

Blaschka Mill

Blaschka Mill

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

7-13 Le Fete de Marquette and Art Fair on/off the Square

Ferris WheelLa Fete de Marquette Festival picture

7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

Downtown Oregon Wisconsin

7-27 Greek Fest , Clean Lake Festival and Atwood Summer Fest 

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7-28 Fennimore

Fennimore Railroad Museum

8-3 Middleton Mustard Festival

National Mustard MuseumDuchess de Mustard and us

8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

Algoma lighthouseGreen Bay Packer Game

8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

Susie and Maynard

8-15 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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8-18 Triangle Ethnic Fest 

8-23 Orton Park Festival

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8-24 Town of Burke Picnic 

8-25 Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum Hippodrome

8-31 Taste of Madison

Fraboni's Italian Specialties

Whew!  🙂


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.

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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

Pink Elephant and a Large Cow In DeForest!

Continuing the big animal theme,  there is a large pink elephant at a Citgo gas station in the nearby town of DeForest.

Welcome to PE

Pink elephant 400

Across the overpass is Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet with a large cow named Sissy..

Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet

Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet

Sissy the Cow at Ehlenbach's.

Sissy the Cow at Ehlenbach’s.

Not too far away  is the Mousehouse Cheesehaus. Igor the mouse holds a big wedge of cheese on the roof.