Recreation

Spring Into Spring at Springfest

winter’s officially over, so let’s eat, drink, and be merry

Gigi Roelant |

Robin Williams said it best: “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’ ” And with SpringFest coming to Chippewa Falls April 29 through May 1, you’ll get the chance to do just that. Indulge in brick oven pizzas, wraps, and deep fried mac and cheese while you weave your way through the seasonal wares of more than 40 exhibitors. Then walk or run off those decadent SpringFest treats with the 5K Run and Fun Mile on Saturday, April 30. All proceeds of the run go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley and the Chippewa Area Mentor Program. This year will also offer an impressive lineup of live entertainment featuring everything from Top 40 covers to feel-it-in-your-bones blues. Come and listen to Shirts & Skins, LoveMonkeys, The Gators, The Sue Orfield Band, Boogie & the Yo-Yoz, and Ari Madson. For the adults there will be happy hour on Friday and Saturday serving up draft beers for a cool $2.50. For the little ones there are inflatable attractions, a petting zoo, balloon animals, and more. The kids’ face paint might wash away at the end of the day, but their first taste of spring in the Chippewa Valley won’t. Pick up tickets at the Leinie Lodge, select Kwik Trip stores, and Gordy’s County Markets.

SpringFest • April 29 to May 1 • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St. • Chippewa Falls • Three-day: $12, One-day: $8 (day of), kids 12 and under free • springfestchippewafalls.com

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