The music, the lights, the food. What is it about your favorite event that you just can’t bear to miss? One of the best parts of Washburn County events is the down-home atmosphere. Even if you aren’t from here, you’ll feel like you are by the end of one of our hometown festivals. Between the live music events, professional rodeo, sporting events, and so many others, there’s always something fun going on when you visit the area. The votes have been tallied in our Best of WashCo: Best Event category and you’ll need to mark these top three events on your summer calendar.

Have you been to the gorgeous lakefront community of Shell Lake? Odds are if you have, you’ve heard of this first event. The Shell Lake Fireworks & Street Dance is one of the most popular events in Washburn County. What’s better than watching fireworks at the beach and dancing the night away to a great band? Mark your calendar for July 3rd when this great event happens each summer.

There must be something downright magical about Shell Lake, because they had two of the three finalists in the Best Event category. If you love fine art, you won’t want to miss out on the Shell Lake Art Festival held the first Saturday in July each year. This juried art festival showcases local and regional artists who offer incredible artwork including pottery, jewelry, wood, leather, painting and more.

Buckle up, rodeo fans! The winner of the 2022 Best of WashCo: Best Event category is none other than the Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo! This event draws spectators and contestants from all over the country for some of the best pro rodeo action that you’ll find east of the Mississippi. Hard working volunteers work year-round to put on the best performances possible. If you’ve never attended the Spooner Rodeo, this is your year. Tickets sell quickly for this popular event, so be sure to pre-order your tickets to get the best seats.

If you’re looking for even more events to fill your schedule, be sure to check out our full calendar of events.