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Bald Eagle Watching Days in Prairie du Sac


Third Weekend in January

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This is the first festival of the year for us. The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council is the main sponsor of this exciting event. We went for the first time in 2012, then came back in 2019 and 2020. This event is free to the public, donations are gratefully accepted! The base of operations is at the River Arts Center.

River Arts Center, Sauk Prairie High School
105 Ninth Avenue
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

The festival includes presentations by authorities in eagle care, a bus tour to eagle watching sites in town. Inside there are exhibits from many agencies.

You can even get an eagle hat!

We took the bus tour and had a great time! We learned a lot about Eagles from the tour guide on board. We stopped at 3 sites,the view across from Eagle Island.

Eagle lookout platform

Regal Eagle

We also stopped at the dam and the VFW park. See the video of the tour.

After the tour we went down the the VFW again to see Marge Gibson release an eagle back into the wild. There were many people there to see it, so beautiful!

After the eagle release we came back and saw a Birds of Prey presentation put on by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. See it here.

1-18-2020

We were able to return this year.  We didn’t do the bus tour since we did that last year. We stayed at the center and attended two presentations. The first one was the Birds of Prey presentation by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. All these birds are imprinted on people and no longer “wild”.  L-R Barn Owl, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red Tailed Hawk, and Bald Eagle.

Our second one was by David Stokes, educator and naturalist.

Laughing With Animals

Have a great day learning about eagles at Bald Eagle Watching Days!

 

42nd Annual Cow Chip Throw Festival


9-3-16

Cow Chip Festival banner

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.

Cow chip throw craft fair

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.

Cow Chip wagon

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!

Cow Chip Parade banner in parade

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?

IMasonic Temple in Prairie du Sac

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  🙂

Little Pot and BB8 Droid

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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