Sunday, Jun. 6th, 2010
Saturday, Jun. 5th, 2010

This Weekend: Vrooooooshhh!

People, this much is true: there ain’t no air show like the Chippewa Valley Air Show. This weekend, the U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS ALL CAPS flight demonstration team will be above town to amaze and entertain us along with a long list of other military acts, parachuters, trick aerialists, and ground displays. Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6 • Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, 3800 Starr Ave. • various times, open at 8:30am • $17 advance, $25 gate, 12 and under FREE • all ages •

FISH: Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend | Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June is designated as Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state. All the waters are open, including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations apply. (All of Wisconsin; Sat. & Sun., all day; free, duh)

CHICKEN: 52nd Annual Eleva Broiler Festival | 52nd annual fest with live music and famous charcoal chicken and refreshments all three days. Other activities include a hot rod burn out, volleyball tournament, kiddie parade, old timer's parade and tractor pull, and a grand parade on Sunday afternoon. New Museum will be open all days of event, as well as an ice cream social on Sunday. (Downtown Eleva; Sat. & Sun., 9am-10pm; free)

WENCHES: Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire | Join the Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire for its opening weekend, and live out your fantasy of being the knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress, a dashing pirate, a naughty wench, or a romancing bard. Part craft fair, part historical reenactment, part performance art, take yourself back 400 years and enjoy the sounds, sights and activities of the renaissance. (117th St., Chippewa Falls; Sat/Sun, 10am-6pm; $15, $13, $5)

The rest of Saturday here. More of a Sunday person? This link's for you.

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Thursday, Jun. 3rd, 2010
Wednesday, Jun. 2nd, 2010

2010 Kickball Classic Recapped!

Well, the big ol’ Chippewa Valley Rock-n-Roll KickBall Classic finally a-happened last weekend (May 28-29) in Altoona’s Cinder City Park. Wow. Sixteen teams showed up to throw down, as did seven local bands, and a heck of a lot of people looking for some sporting/rocking good times. We were really impressed by the sheer variety of people playing ball and just hanging out – from youngsters to oldsters to jocks to hipsters. It was just a big party.

Quirky tournament highlights included team T-shirt modifications, a team captain dressed as a chicken (no idea why), the team from Amble Down Records ran a huge banner around the bases after each game, and most teams had some great chants, (Captain: “I got 99 problems!” Team: “But a pitch ain’t one!”) And of course, a rare performance from The Shouting Matches during the final games really brought the whole thing to a climax. Results:

  • Tournament Winners
    1st - Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    2nd - emBark
    3rd - Morning Wood
  • Other Awards
    Toilet Bowl Winner - Premium Lawn Service
    Consumption Cup - Where My Pitches At
    Fan Allegiance Award - Chippewa Valley Orthopedics

    Spirit Award - The Amblers
  • Triathlon Winners
    Men’s 1st - Luke Fedie from Transference
    Women’s 1st - Bailey Berg from The Contributors


A big thanks goes out to all the teams – and bands – who played so hard in the hot, hot sun. Each and everyone of you people showed us what a true (kickball) hero is.

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Tuesday, Jun. 1st, 2010

Pabst Blue Ribbon: Not just for hipsters anymore?

Saw this on Looks like Pabst Blue Ribbon beer done got purchased by a man known for kickstarting and then pumping tons of cash out of well-known, yet fading consumer brands. Investor C. Dean Metropoulos has worked marketing magic for the likes of Bumble Bee Tuna and Vlasic Pickles, and now he’s on to the PBR (at a starting cost of $250 million). From The Wall Street Journal ...

  • Mr. Metropoulos, a 64-year-old executive known for invigorating brands, has reached an agreement to buy Pabst Brewing Co. from the charitable foundation that owns the company for about $250 million, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Although little known outside of food circles, he earned a fortune managing brands such as Chef Boyardee, Duncan Hines and Ghirardelli Chocolates.
  • With Pabst, Mr. Metropoulos is showing his deal-making skills.

I was kind of under the impression that Pabst was doing pretty well, what with the hipster obsession with drinking it and all. Whoever’s been running the brewery up until now seemed to be  capitalizing on ironic working-class beer consumption, running aggressive promotions at any quasi-large concert or arts event where alcohol is served and hipsters are aplenty. But maybe that’s just a Midwestern thing and Mr. Metropoulos plans to serve cold PBR tall boys to hipsters the world over.

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