The 7th Annual Back to School Business Showcase will be held Wednesday, August 10 at the Fennimore Memorial building and along 8th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Madison Street. The event is co-sponsored by the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Fennimore Elementary School. See the 2016 Back to School Showcase poster.
The Business Showcase is a great way to get the community involved in collecting school supplies to benefit Fennimore students, offer a fun event for youth with outdoor bounce house/Euro Jump, petting zoo, balloon art, cheeky monkey face painting and something new this year “Dunk Your Teacher” dunk tank. The event is a great opportunity for Fennimore area businesses to showcase their products and services during the business showcase from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wristbands can be purchased on site for bounce house only $5 or $10 for unlimited houses and Euro Jump. Nearby Kev’s Pet World will have a petting zoo onsite from noon to 4 p.m.
- 10:00 – 2:00 – Brat and Hot Dog lunch
- 11:30 – 1:30 – Back to School haircuts at Lengthz Salon, 520 Lincoln Avenue, $5 donation
- 12:00 – Bake Sale to benefit New Community Pool
- 12:00 – 4:00 – Bounce Houses and Euro Jump by Thunder Shower
- 12:00 – 4:00 – Petting Zoo by Kev’s Pet World
- 12:30 – 3:30 – Dunk Your Teacher – dunk tank
- 12:30 – 3:30 – Cheeky Monkey Face Painting and Balloon Art
- 4:30 – Doors open for Business / Vendor Showcase
- 4:30 – 6:30 – Hot Dogs, Brats or Hamburgers meals; Fried Cheese Curds
- 4:45 – 5:00 – Presentation by Fennimore Police Department
- 5:00 – 5:15 – Performance by TNT Gymnastics
- 5:15 – 5:30 – Presentation by Grant Regional Health Center, “How to pack your backpack”
- 5:30 – 6:00 – Performance by Shine Power Dance Studio
- 6:00 – 6:45 – Demonstration by Academy of Martial Arts
- 7:00 – Business and Grand Prize Drawing – must be present to win
Friends of the Fennimore Elementary School will serve a brat and hot dog lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. just outside of Children’s Clothesline, 8th and Lincoln Avenue. Dine in the Legion Annex or carryout meals are available. Bill Doan has volunteered his services to be the chef for the day for the Back to School Showcase. An evening meal served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call in your order for carryout meals 608-988-6909 or 608-778-6275 or email your order by Tuesday, Aug 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of the Fennimore Community Pool project will be on hand offering a bake sale to benefit the pool project from noon to sold out.
Shawna Bedward and Angie Winkers owner/operator of Lengthz Hair Salons will offer back to school hair cuts from 11:30 TO 1:30 p.m. Hair cuts will be offered at their business location, 520 Lincoln Avenue, for a $5 suggested donation (donations used toward school supplies). Everyone is welcome, walk-in only.
Fennimore Schools will have one of their small school buses parked outside of the Fennimore Memorial building. Stop by the bus to drop off your donation between 4 to 7. For each school supply item donated you receive one ticket for a chance to win the a grand prizes.
There are some items of greater need to meet required supplies for certain grade levels. Donation of the following items will receive bonus tickets for each item as follows: 50 tickets for special scientific calculator; 20 tickets for Kinder Mats, back packs, flash drive, 5 in 1 notebooks and 10 tickets for Primary journal, dab and stick glue, dry erase markers, composition notebooks, glue sticks, #2 pencils, Crayola markers, colored pencils and water colors. Other donations receive 1 ticket.
School supplies will be used to fill backpacks for Fennimore School district student needing assistance. Additional supplies will be donated to the school’s supply closet.
Grand prizes include: Laptop Computer donated by TDS Telecom, Chromebook donated by Friends of Fennimore Elementary School, Youth bike donated by Jon Miles, Century 21, Food and Fun package donated by The Sheckler families and $50 Gift Certificate to Children Clothesline donated by Nelson Properties. Each vendor will also offer a door prize. TDS is also a $500 Platinum sponsor.
The vendor showcase takes place in the gym from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend the showcase. Businesses participating in the business showcase include:
Bethany Alliance Church, Hammerand Farm Market, Casey’s General Store, Children’s Clothesline, TDS Telecom, Girl Scouts, Grant Regional Health Care, Gunderson Boscobel Hospitals and Clinics, Crossing Rivers Hospital and Clinics, Kev’s Pet World, Head-2-Toe, Southwest Tech, Peoples State Bank, PJ’s Daycare, Just Like Home, Boscobel Family Center of Martial Arts, TNT Gymnastics. Vendors include Thirty-One Gifts, Jamberry Nails, Lindsey Ludvic Photography, LuLaRoe/Michelle Pickel, Pampered Chef, and Usborne Books by Beth Keeney.
Crossing Rivers Hospital and Clinics will sponsor a Teddy Bear Clinic. They invite kids to stop by their booth to receive a free teddy bear, handmade by Partners of Crossing Rivers Health, have the teddy bear checked out by our Clinic medical providers during the Back to School Showcase between 4:30 and 7 p.m. or until all bears are given away. Each child will receive his/her own health certificate.
NEW for 2016 is the Dunk Your Teacher Dunk Tank – here is the schedule:
- 1:00 p.m. – Mrs Ahnen
- 1:20 p.m. – Mr McLimans
- 1:40 p.m. – Ms Nelson
- 2:00 p.m. – Mrs Bunn
- 2:20 p.m. – Mrs Langmeier
- 2:40 p.m. – Mrs Burkum
- 3:00 p.m. – Mr Nutter
- 3:20 p.m. – Mrs Hines
Participation Fee – 3 balls for 50 cents or Automatic Dunk $3
Entertainment during the showcase includes: presentation by Fennimore Police Dept, How to Pack a Back Pack Demo by GRHC, performances by TNT Gymnastics, Shine Power Dance Studio and demonstration by Boscobel Family Center of Martial Arts.
At approximately 7 p.m. drawings for business door prizes begin followed by the drawing for the big prize items. Must be present to win prizes.
Download the 2016 Back to School Showcase poster.