Fall Into Savings in Fennimore Promotion Sept 21-24
Sept 11 Registration Deadline
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce marketing committee continues to coordinate their annual fall promotion. This year’s promotion will be known as “Fall Into Savings in Fennimore” and will be held September 21 – 24 (formerly Bob on Into Fennimore). Fennimore’s Main Street daily traffic is nearly 11,000 vehicles per day. However; that number nearly doubles during the last week of September as a tremendous amount of traffic travels through Fennimore on their way to harvest festivals, apple orchards, and road trips to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Chamber board member, Joy Bussan, manager of Carr Valley Cheese and committee chair of the Fall Into Savings in Fennimore promotion, reports “Shoppers love traveling through the area and love to stop and shop for cheese, home grown produce, cafe’s and Gift Shoppes.”
The Chamber is sponsoring Fall into Fennimore is a perfect way draw attention to businesses and encourage travelers to stop and shop. “We would like to entice them into our businesses” states Joy Bussan. We encourage businesses to hold sales within their business or bring it out to the sidewalk. Participating businesses are asked to send in their registration to Joy Bussan no later than September 11 to be included in the chamber promotional materials. “We hope all business owners will join in the promotion to make this a community wide event. Carr Valley Cheese is also interested in hosting a farmers market along with vendors on their grounds. This year’s promotion will be headed once again by Joy Bussan, manager of Carr Valley Cheese. Those wishing to participate are asked to contact Joy 608- 822-6416 or the Promotions Coordinator’s office by September 11, 2017.
Fall Decorating Contest
To further enhance the “Fall into Fennimore” promotion and Fireball Run activities, the Chamber is sponsoring a Fall Decorating Contest. Let’s deck out our community and our businesses to serve as a warm welcome to our community and businesses. Decorating must be done by noon on Monday, September 18. Be creative! Decorate store windows, light poles, and store fronts. Caution – you cannot obstruct sidewalks or site of traffic. Decorations should remain up through September; ideally into October. Send in a photo by noon Sept 19 to [email protected] for the first round of judging. Prizes include: 1st Place – 2018 Chamber Dues (Value $110 to $350); 2nd Place – $50 and 3rd Place – $25 (prizes paid in Fennimore bucks).
Remember the deadline for registration is Monday, September 11. See the Fall into Fennimore page on the website for more information and the registration form. Don’t delay register today. For more information or questions please contact Joy Bussan at 608-822-6416 or email at [email protected]
Heritage Day and Harvest Fest Sept 24
The popular Heritage Day and Harvest Day Festivities will be held Sunday, September 24. The Railroad Museum will host their Annual Heritage Day at the Railroad Museum, contact Fred Brechler if you want to be vendor or want to display antique farm tractors, equipment or classic cars. 608-822-3446.
Across the street, the Friends of the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum will hold their food stand, pedal tractor pull and free admission to the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum. Inside the museum they will also offer a large number of quality items for sale from the Doll and Toy Museum gift shop at unbelievable prices. Be sure to come in the Museum to see sale items; you don’t want to miss this sale.
Also that day the FFA annual pancake breakfast will be held at the Legion Annex in the Memorial building. Next door in the Memorial building gym the FFA Alumni will host their Farm Toy Tractor Show and Sale, contact Pete Winch for vendor space 822-7806.
Second Annual Pumpkin Contest Weigh Off Sept 24
This is the second year for the Fennimore Area Giant Pumpkin Growers Club. There are 26 memberships this year. The weigh off will take place 1:00 pm Sunday Sept. 24 at 760 Lincoln Avenue. Club members will be arriving in the morning to unload and display their pumpkins.
Last year the club donated $500 from proceeds to the Dwight Parker Library. This year we will be making a similar donation to a local cause. Last year’s champion was Bill Wood with a 389 pound pumpkin. There is high expectation that number will be topped this year. Yearly dues for the club are $25.00; you must be a member by June 1 to be eligible for the weigh off. For more information on the club contact Lloyd Tarrell at 608-988-6221, or Pete Finnegan at 608-212-9948.
Organizational Meeting Sept 26 for Fennimore Area ATV Club
An organizational meeting for a Fennimore Area ATV Club is scheduled for Wed. Sept 27 at 6 p.m. at The Cottonwood Supper Club in Fennimore. Plans are underway for ATV routes to open in the future in Mt Ida Township, Fennimore Township and the City of Fennimore. For more details contact the Promotions Coordinator’s office 608-822-3599 or [email protected]
Please help spread the word to ATV enthusiasts.
Sept 14 Market Night Changes Announced
Fennimore will hold their last Market Night of the season on Thursday, September 14 at the grounds of the Fennimore Historical Railroad Society. The Museum will be open for families to visit and to offer rides on their miniature train for just $1 per ride.
Market night will expand their offerings for this last market of the season to offer an early start on Holiday shopping in September. Along with their regular season vendors, Hammerand Farms and Head 2 Toe and regular produce vendors, Mae Adney will be back with handmade jewelry and handmade wood items. New to the market is Erin Hornung, she will offer homemade craft items including soaps and body scrubs.
The committee will open this market night to include home based direct sales businesses. Vendors already signed up include: Pampered Chef/Laura Orth, Ruby Ribbon/Marsha Schneider, LuLaRoe/Samantha Goss and Clever Container/Shelly Winkers.
Gundersen Boscobel Hospital and Clinics will be on hand to offer free blood pressure checks.
Interested vendors should contact Joy Bussan 822-6416, Ashley Walker 822-3248 or the Promotions Coordinator’s office 608-822-3599. The Chamber would like to thank Jalissa Zentz for her assistance with the 2017 Market Nights. Jalissa is a member of the Fennimore FFA and we hope serving at the Market Manager was a great learning experience for her.
Southwest Tech’s 50th Anniversary Open House & Concert Sept 23
It’s a celebration 50 years in the making! Southwest Tech’s Homecoming / Open House and Free Music Concert is planned for Saturday Sept 23. An open house and free lunch begins at noon and runs through 3 p.m. for tours of the campus, highlighting many of the programs and hands on demonstrations.
The Fennimore Chamber and Economic Development board members encourage area residents to take this unique opportunity view classrooms, learning center and new buildings on the extensive college campus. Come find out for yourself what a gem we have in the college right here in Fennimore. We especially invite Alumni to come back and see for yourself how the college has changed over the years and why it was just recognized as the 3rd top colleges in the nation. At 3 p.m. the 50th Anniversary Patio Ribbon Cutting will be held. The program will feature President Jason Wood and he will be joined by students, staff and retirees.
The Free Concert activities will take place across Hwy 18 in the Fennimore Business Park near the ball diamond area.
- Gates Open at 4 p.m.
- 4:30pm – Echoes of Camp Randall
- 5:00pm – Williams Honor
- 6 pm – Country Music Artist – Eric Paslay concert.
Fall Hours Begin at Fennimore Museums
The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum and Fennimore Historical Railroad Museums will both begin their fall hours being open only on Saturday and Sunday the months of September and October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment during the weekdays.
You can still schedule a tour for the Doll and Toy Museum by contacting Mary Davis 608-778-1192, or for the Fennimore Railroad Museum by contacting Chuck Stenner 608-485-2408.
Clean Sweep September 9 for Grant County
The Grant County Clean Sweep will be held September 9 from 8 a.m. at the Premier Cooperative Agronomy Center, in Lancaster. Due to substantial budget constraints there will be a $10 per vehicle fee to all attendees. Quantities over 200 lbs. will be assessed an additional charge. Businesses must pre-register and will get a free estimate for cost of disposal of their hazardous wastes. In order to attend, county residents must pre-register by September 1 by calling the Grant County UW-Extension office at (608) 723-2125.
Fennimore Area Writers Group
The Fennimore Area Writers group will meet on Friday, September 8; note this is one week later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday. Meetings are held between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the meeting room at Hardees. Do you enjoy writing or just enjoy listening to stories written by others? No matter what your interest, everyone is encouraged to attend. Bring along your own writings, your favorite writers or just come enjoy others writing. FAWA is for all ages; we welcome all family members to participate.
WGLR Hosts Annual Tailgate Party Sept 8
WGLR and Southwest Opportunities Center will partner once again to host their popular tailgate party on Friday, September 8 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tailgate party will be held at SW Opportunity Center; 1600 Industrial Park Road, in the Hwy 61 business park on the north side of Lancaster.
WGLR is ready for some football and they hope you will join them to kick off the season. There will be a live broadcast and sports commentary, along with delicious brats and mouthwatering cheese curds cooked by Fennimore business owner Bill Doan, Bill’s Auto Body.
All funds raised will help SOC purchase a Water Bottle Refill Station. The station will allow the agency to provide an easier and more convenient way for clients to receive water.
Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Oct. 12
The Chamber will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, Oct 12 at the Cottonwood Supper Club and Sports Bar. The noon luncheon will feature a Taco Bar; reservations required by Oct 5. Agenda items will include election of officers and board members and presentation of the chambers 2018 budget prepared by the chamber board. Chamber members and guests are welcome; mark your calendars and plan to attend.
James Schneider, CNRED Agent, UW Extension will serve as the speaker for the meeting and will share information from the First Impressions exchange between Fennimore and Neillsville.