Summer Festivals: July/August
Summer Festivals to Mark on Your Calendar- July/August
June 22, 2017
There have been some exciting events happening all throughout Washburn County, and summer has just begun. Get ready, because we’ve got way more to come during July and August. From the world-famous Spooner Rodeo to Jack Pine Savage Days, get those calendars out and mark these festivals down.
The Spooner Rodeo marches into its 64th year in 2017 with a great lineup of rodeo performances, music, and of course the famous rodeo parade. Thursday, Friday and Saturday enjoy world-class performances starting each evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Washburn County Fairgrounds. This year, bull fighter Luke Moore will be running in the 5k stampede in Spooner. There will be a 1k, 5k, and a 10k. Other rodeo events include a hot dog feed, a pig roast, a block party with a special appearance from Bucky Badger and Sasquatch, and the rodeo performances followed by live music. And on Sunday to wrap up the weekend, the annual cowboy church service and breakfast will be taking place down at the fairgrounds. Order your tickets today.
The annual Birchwood Bluegill Festival will have plenty of activities for the whole family. There’s a fishing contest, softball tournament, medallion hunt, games, and street dances. The big parade takes place on Sunday and the classic car parade is on Saturday at 4 p.m.
This year, Minong Summer Days has more going on than ever before. You’ll find something for the whole family with softball and corn-hole tournaments, a beer tent, live music, and the parade. Check out the vendors and flea market and don’t forget about the famous car show. There will be carnival games including an inflatable laser tag ship, a 23-foot slide, splash pad and games. Win prizes, enjoy great food, score some shopping deals and listen to live music.
It’s not summer in Washburn County without a trip to the Washburn County Fair. You’ll experience a small-town county fair with a state fair personality. There’s always a wide selection of carnival rides for all ages and games to win a variety of prizes. You can get a wristband for unlimited carnival access for $15.00. Vendors and the 4-H Club provide all of the usual fried fair food favorites and some unique additions. There will be live music every night with performances by Sean & Ian Okomoto, 2nd Time Around, and Cook & Belle, as well as entertainment on the main stage throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you want to shine in the spotlight, enter the talent show with a chance to win $75 for first place. If you have a green thumb you can enter the wheelbarrow contest and showcase your gardening stylings. Contest entry forms, event schedules, gate fees and more can all be found at **event listing**
Coined “Spooner’s favorite summer festival”, Jack Pine Savage Days is considered the last hurrah for Spooner’s summer festivals. This year, there are many great events happening all weekend. Head downtown on Friday & Saturday for the crazy deals and sidewalk sales. There’s a great book sale and vendors from all over selling handmade arts and crafts. Don’t forget about the famous 5k Mud Run Savage Dash where getting down and dirty is the name of the game. Contestants can expect to army crawl through mud puddles and race to the finish line in this new tradition. There’s also a pancake breakfast, great food, and live music to round out the weekend.
Founded three years ago, the Jack Link’s Northwoods Music Festival is a celebration of the protein-packed snack brand’s “Feed Your Wild Side” mantra and a testament to its hometown community of Minong, Wisconsin. The festival provides a perfect end-of-summer celebration with two days of country’s hottest music, food and fun. Some of this year’s performers include Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, A Thousand Horses, Sawyer Brown, Maddie & Tae, Russell Dickerson, and many more. Get your tickets while you still can for this fun filled music festival.
As always, for more information and to find out what else is happening over the summer in Washburn County, be sure to visit the Washburn County events page.
Contributed by Emily Vanda: Emily is a long-time resident of Spooner Wisconsin and loves to promote her local area. She is a freelance writer, blogger and travel writer and loves to get out and explore what makes Northwest Wisconsin and Washburn County such a unique corner of the world.