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Best New Festival or Event

1st Place: Eau Claire Zombie Pub Crawl
2nd Place: Beaver Creek Reserve’s Butterfly Festival
3rd Place: Really Free Market

The Chippewa Valley never fails to serve a variety of festivals and events, and this past year lived up to expectations. For those 21+ zombie fans, the first place event is dressing up as a zombie for a pub crawl in Eau Claire. A number of bars participated and allowed attendees to hunt for brains with their friends and take part in the ever-growing zombie fad. Beaver Creek Reserve features a Butterfly Festival that landed in second place. It gave the chance for butterfly lovers to experience all types of species and other butterfly related events. The REALLY Free Market allowed for the flea market feel but without bartering or prices for people to give and take as they choose. – Anna Field