Festival Season Begins!

brand new fest ‘SummerDaze’ comes to Menomonie

Tracy Chipman

Recently Smithsonian Magazine chose Menomonie as one of the best 20 Small Town’s in America! All this good press just reinforces that we here in the Chippewa Valley know how to live. Hat’s off to all!  Joanie Dulin, Main Street Menomonie’s Executive Director couldn’t be more delighted by this as well as the exciting, culturally expanding, and downright super fun activities and events on the horizon. Coming up May 18, 19 & 20, Main Street Menomonie is pulling out all the stops for the first annual SummerDaze Festival. Joanie shares the story behind this, “Many communities in the area have their own summer multi-day festivals, for example Durand has Fun Fest, Boyceville has Cucumber Fest, Spring Valley does Dam Days, and we think Menomonie deserves one as well! Our goal is to have something for everyone, celebrating our heritage and community.” There will be something unique and fun for all ages.  In Joanie’s words “I don’t think anyone can be bored during this event.” SummerDaze activities and events will range from a Street Dance to Kid Again Inflatables (yes, bouncy castles for big “kids”), a Bow Wow Couture Doggy Fashion Show and an honest-to-goodness Medallion Hunt with clues beginning Sunday May 13. The medallionwill be hidden somewhere downtown, in a public location with the clues getting narrower as the days go by.  The prize for finding the medallion will be VISA gift cards donated by local banks. Wait, in addition to all this there’s more; an Arts and Crafts Faire, Historic Tours, a Lumberjack Show & Competition, and even a Euro-Bungey Jumper right smack in the middle of downtown Menomonie. Yes, that’s right a Euro-Bungey Jumper! You got to see it and do it to believe it!

More info: www.mainstreetmenomonie.org

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