Tag Archive | Prairie Du Sac

42nd Annual Cow Chip Throw Festival


9-3-16

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Wisconsin has some very unique festivals, and this one on Labor day weekend takes the cake, er chip.  Wisconsin is  America’s Dairyland, and that means we honor the cow the milk she produces, also the products that are made from the milk (i.e. Green County Cheese Days).  The Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw festival honors another “product”, the cow pie 🙂  They are flattened into discs and dried, people then throw them as far as possible for prizes.  Take a look at some of the cow chip throwing and the craft fair.

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This festival is more than cow chip throwing, there is also entertainment, craft show and parade!   It’s fun to take a selfie with the big cow!

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The wagon filled with cow chips.

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Competitor in the Women’s Division, #67. Good form!

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Accurate measurement of distance for each throw is very important, Orion Land Surveyors provided these precise measurements.

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See winners of cow chip throw  here!

And now for the centerpiece of the festival, the big parade! Watch it below!

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The route.

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The Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce was there too.  They took your picture against a backdrop that was later posted on Instagram. They got mine too and I got to pick a t-shirt for free!

Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce booth

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Get a great souvenir here!  It all supports the festival for next year!  Great prices too! I got a polo shirt on sale for $10.

Cow Chip Throw souveniers

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We had a great time at our first cow chip festival and hope to come again next year!

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Prairie du Sac – Village on the Sauk Prairie Waterway


3-5-16

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Sauk Prairie Riverway sign

After our fun morning at Wollersheim Winery, we crossed the Wisconsin River to have lunch and see more of Prairie du Sac and places to shop downtown.

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And of course, watch the eagles during the winter. We saw only one at Eagle Island, but it is now nesting season.

We began our visit with lunch at the Sauk Prairie Eagle Inn, our first time there.  The food was delicious and we would definitely go back!

Sauk Prairie Eagle Inn

Time to see where the locals shop!  Next door to the Eagle Inn is Sauk Prairie Power Equipment where they can repair motors for you.

Sauk Prairie Power Equipment

Across the street is Luck’s Antique Mall, where we got an early start on Christmas shopping.  Stop here to find a unique gift or antique for that special someone.  It used to be a Ford garage 100 years ago.

Luck's Antique Mall in Prairie du Sac

Luck's Antique Store Formerly Ford Garage

If you cross the street at the bridge and walk far enough, you will see a HUGE eagle mural on the back.  Artist Randy Koenecke did a great job showing off the village mascot, the American eagle. The mural was painted in 2014.

Eagle Mural in Prairie du Sac

Visit the Tripp Memorial Museum to learn more about the Sauk Prairie (Sauk City and Prairie du Sac) area.

Tripp Memorial Museum in Prairie du Sac

Buy or rent or watch the latest movies at the Bonham Theater and Video in the Bonham building. You can also get video games here.  The building might date back to the 1920’s. It has an interesting historic feature in the lower left corner above the blue door, a cornerstone that says “air-conditioned”.  Neat!

Bonham Theater in Prairie du Sac

Air Conditioned cornerstone

Be sure to take a peek on the eagle-watching platform overlooking the river.

Eagle lookout platform

Eagle lookout platform

The viewing scope is free to use, compliments of the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council and other sponsors.

Viewing Scope in Prairie du Sac

The Ruth Culver Community Library is another place to seek out Sauk Prairie history if the Tripp museum isn’t open.

Ruth Culver Community Library

Sauk Prairie Bait and Tackle will take care of your fishing needs for bait and tackle.

Sauk Prairie Bait and Tackle

Two shops are in the building to the right of the tackle shop. DMarie Knit and Fiber  has great knitted gifts yarn to make your own. Also needlepoint supplies.  Prairie Pet Styles next door to get your pet groomed.

dMarie Knit and Fiber and Prairie Pet Styles

What community doesn’t have a Masonic Lodge building?

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Another bright mural downtown brightened up an otherwise drab day.

Butterfly mural in Prairie du Sac

River Arts on Water is the community’s art gallery. It also features live performances throughout the year.

River Arts on Water

Our last stop was down by the river at the Prairie du Sac VFW Post 7694. On display is a helicopter. There is also a campground at VFW Memorial Park with 25 sites available, open seasonally.

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Veteran's Memorial Park in Prairie du Sac

From here you could see a boat launch and the dam beyond on the Wisconsin River. It was loud today with the sound of rushing water. Saw several fishing boats too.

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For great shopping and eagles too, visit historic Prairie du Sac!

Downtown Prairie du Sac

Wollersheim Winery Open House


3-5-16

Wollersheim Winery Open House 2016

Welcome to Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac is our favorite winery. Our last visit was in June 2013 so it was time go back to see the latest developments. The open house is only once a year, and you get to take a self-guided tour, going into areas that you normally wouldn’t see.   The biggest development since our last visit, the new Distillery building. It was built in 2015. The winery has now expanded to include brandy in its offerings and the new building makes this possible. This building was part of our tour too.

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Our tour began in the main building, we arrived just before they opened so we joined the first group.  We were never here in the winter before and it looked quite pretty.

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We began our tour upstairs, at stop #1 you could try a sample of one of their most popular wines, Prairie Fumé.

Prairie Fume at Wollersheim

There is also a cow painted with winery scenes, cute!

Wollersheim Winery cow

We then walked outside and around to the back of the main building where Station #4 was located, the Fermentation Room.  Another wine sampling station is located here.  Our first time inside this room, the size of the tanks were amazing!

Fermentation Room at Wollersheim

The Big Room (#6) is accessed through a door on the left.

Press Room at Wollersheim

And it is big, we felt small as mice next to these fermenting tanks.

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We also got a look at the Still House where they make their fine brandies. Such beautiful copper.  This is a Vendome Still, made in Kentucky.  They can also make Gin with these stills.  A photo-op with this still was a must!

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Here is the “Little Pot”, looks a little like BB8  from Star Wars, The Force Awakens  🙂

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The Bottling Room was mesmerising, very interesting to see how the bottles are filled.

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The Grainery and Mill Room, where the unprocessed grains are stored.

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We finished our tour in the upper floor of the Distillery building, the windows offer a panoramic view of the whole winery, including a patio to enjoy in the summer.

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Be sure to go to the wine cave. Information boards show the history of the winery going all the way back to the 1800’s.  There are also some early artifacts in the back of the cave.

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A great tour was had by all,  we toast you to an exciting future!

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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.

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May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 

 

May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

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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

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June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

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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

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7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

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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

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8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

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8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

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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!  🙂

 

Wollersheim Winery Rewind – Wine Cave Open!


6-30-13

After nearly three years (9-27-2010), Al and I are back at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac for a visit.  We took the tour again, which is $5 and includes a wine tasting at the end. They have done many exciting upgrades and we wanted to see them.  It was a perfect summer day, a little cool with lots of sunshine.  We arrived in time for their 12:15 tour. Just arriving to the winery the scenery is quite pretty. They also recently won a major competition in California.  Napa Valley better watch out! A huge wine barrel greets visitors at the entrance.

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The path up to the main building has changed.  There is now a historical sign, installed in 2011.

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We reach the top of the steps, it’s always breath taking to see the grounds of the winery and lots of happy people also enjoying the view.

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A view of the cave on the right, now fully enclosed.  On the inside, in the back looking out. Also looking in toward the back. There is now a Sensory Garden next to the cave. It features plants that add to the flavor notes of the wines.  There is a chart also detailing the correlations to the wines.

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The tour also took us to one of the rooms where the wine is processed.  We went below in the main building where many barrels of wine were being stored. We found out that cream of tartar is a by-product of wine production, very interesting! Wollersheim now produces brandy, new addition to their offerings.  The batches are not yet very large so pre-ordering is a good idea.

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We concluded the tour with some wine tasting of their most popular wines. Our guide Morgan was happy to take a picture with us at the conclusion of our time with her.  Thanks Morgan!

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Wollersheim Winery  has a connection to Cedar Creek Winery in Cedarburg as well.  They bought Cedar Creek in 1990 and have a separate vineyard. Al and I were just there in May.

Cedar Creek Winery

We enjoyed our visit even more than in 2010.  If you ever have a chance to try their wine or Cedar Creek, don’t pass it it up.  A great taste awaits you!

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A Toast to Wollersheim Winery


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9-13-10

Wisconsin in recent years is becoming known as the new Wine Country, California’s Napa Valley has some competition from the rolling hills of Wisconsin. Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac is a favorite of ours.  We went for a tour that day. We went up the stairs to the main building where we began the tour. The store is attractively displayed. There is also a picnic area outside.

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Picnic area

We met upstairs, then headed out to the historic wine cave just up the hill. It was where the wine was once aged. 2013-It has been restored, you can now go inside.

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As our guide told us the history of the winery, I enjoyed the view from the hill we were on, the vineyard and main building below.

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Big Room facts

We then went inside to see the modern wine-making room from a viewing window.  We then proceeded underground where wines was being aged in barrels.

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Wine tasting time!  Our favorite is Prairie Fume, one of their most popular wines.

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We hope you enjoyed your tour. It’s time to go back again though, it looks even better than 2010. The cave was not open then.

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Bald Eagle Watching in Prairie Du Sac


1-8-13

We went to Prairie Du Sac to do some Bald Eagle watching.  We were excited!

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Every January they have Bald Eagle Watching Days but we couldn’t make it this year so we went on our own.  The city loves all the visitors that comes to this event. A gas station had this sign up.

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I got a new camera in November, the Canon PowerShot SX500IS and looked forward to getting some great pictures.

We found a good lookout point and aimed the camera toward’s Eagle Island in the Wisconsin River.

Eagle lookout platform

Eagle lookout platform

 Eagle Island

Eagle Island

We were not disappointed!  The eagles were there, small and so far away. Then, I went to maximum zoom, 120x. WOW!!

Two eagles together, the left one isa juvenile.

Two eagles together, the left one is a juvenile.

Regal Eagle

Regal Eagle

It was a great day and we saw many eagles.  It was very cold that day and they congregate in trees to save energy and keep warm.