WATER: Ski Sprites Water Ski Show | The Ski Sprites Water Ski Show Team perform every Wednesday and Sunday during the summer months from early June to Labor Day. (Lake Altoona County Park, Altoona; Sun, 6:30pm to 7:30pm; free - if parking, $3 county parking pass required)
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 • www.chippewavalleyairshow.com
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)
In this episode: TEA Party endorsements, cop-bribing Eau Claireians, and bad news for those who scoot! Also, we give away a $50 gift certificate to Eclectica on Grand and 2 tickets to Micon Cinemas. (If you'd like to enter a contest, go here.) This episode is supported by Deborah Becker of State Farm Insurance.
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:
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.
Saw this on AsSeenInWI.com. 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 ...
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.