Both the sidewalk sales downtown and the softball tournament at the athletic complex begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, running all day. The Park Falls Flea Market, which has been featured every Wednesday throughout the summer at Triangle Park, will open up for a special Saturday showing, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts and Crafts Fair
The Arts and Crafts Fair was moved to downtown Park Falls last year, and will be there again this year, in an expanded format. Tents will set up in the middle of Second Avenue, spanning several city blocks from the movie theater on the north end, to Highway 182 on the south. The fair opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Space for about 75 vendors has been carved out.
At the same time, the Knights of Columbus plan to open what they call “The World’s Smallest Bar” on Division Street in front of the Pal Cafe.
Northwoods Classic Car Show
The Northwoods Classic Car Show is back for another year, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tourist Park, located next to the Marshfield Clinic on Sherry Avenue. A wide array of classic automobiles from decades past are sure to be on display. This year there is also planned an “ugly car” category.
Evergreen 5K Fun Run
The 41st annual Evergreen 5K Road Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m., starting near the Park Falls City Hall, rain or shine. Flambeau Hospital has become a naming sponsor of the event this year. Interested participants can register for $25 the day of the event, starting at 8 a.m. at City Hall. Professional timing will be on site, and medals will be awarded to best overall male and female finisher and the first three male and female finishers in each class: under 13, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. Based upon pre-registration, over 100 people are expected to partake in this year’s run. A total of 150 ran and walked last year.
Chase the Eagle
Following the road run, kids 10 and under are invited for a free “Chase the Eagle” run at the finish line at City Hall. The Chequamegon Scream Eagles mascot will lace up its sneakers and take off for a few blocks, while the kids try to catch up to it.
The 2019 Kids’ Expo, organized by Marshfield Clinic, will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the football field. The focus of this year’s expo is on safety, and will kick off at 9 a.m. with K-9 officer Dixon providing a demonstration of his drug tracking skills. The Price County Sheriff’s Department will also hold demonstrations with their drone. Park Falls Fire & Rescue will have a fire truck on site for kids to look around and also have the county fire escape house for kids to learn how to escape a house fire. The Department of Natural Resources will have a DNR boat and ATV on site with all their gear. Also available will be the Howard Young Medical Center helicopter, Flambeau Hospital ambulance, an obstacle course by Flambeau Hospital Physical Therapy, and information provided by several other healthcare organizations and public health outreach groups.
Another kids’ event in just its second year, is the Minnow Race, starting at 10 a.m. in the main tent. Kids can purchase a minnow for $1 each to race down a five-foot aqua race track. Winners advance to the next round until a champion is declared.
In other fish-related games, there will be a kid’s fishing “pond” at the tennis courts open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Forward Bank staff will help kids fish for trout in a large pool. Kids will be able to take their fish home, with the trout being donated by Coolidge Springs Trout Ranch in Fifield.
An Open Mic will also begin at 10 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts fair, and will set up at the Forward Bank park between the bank building and Park Pharmacy. The event is in its second year, and anyone wishing to perform music, poetry, comedy, or other performance-based talent, is encouraged to come by. The Park Falls Gastropub, which hosts weekly open mics throughout the year, will be running the event. A PA system will be supplied, and an acoustic guitar will be on hand, with other instruments available upon request. Performers can show up and sign up for a time slot, but are also encouraged to contact the Pub ahead of time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A family-friendly magician will perform at 11 a.m. in the main tent on the First National Bank Stage. This show is approved for all ages, and a second showing will begin at 12:15 p.m.
The food court on the main festival grounds on Fifth Avenue will open at 10 a.m., perhaps suggesting it’s never too early for cheese curds.
Bean Bag Championships
The Northern Wisconsin Bean Bag Championships will be held at 11 a.m. on the Little League Fields behind the main tent area, just north of the tennis courts and pool. Doubles and singles tournaments for $20 and $10 respectively will be held, with cash payouts to the winners. The event is a fundraiser for the Chequamegon High School Boys basketball team. Register by calling or texting basketball coach Joel Karnick at 715-820-0734.
At noon the carnival also opens and the growing-in-popularity Pooch Pageant returns this year at 1 p.m. at Triangle Park. Registration fees benefit Catkins Animal Rescue, a local non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Pets can be registered on the day of the event, and three different categories: talent, outfit of choice, conformation. Medals will be awarded and a top winner in each category will receive a $50 gift certificate to Seed-N-Feed. Each pooch will receive a doggie goody bag.
Local band Red Higgins will perform on the Pepsi Main Stage from 1-5 p.m.
Cardboard Boat Races
Cardboard Boat Races will be held at the Park Falls Pool at 3 p.m. Kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to build a boat out of cardboard and race across the swimming pool before it sinks. Teams are limited to two people, with 10 teams max on a first-come basis. Kids will be given one hour to build their watercraft out of a supplied 4 x 8 foot sheet of cardboard, as well as two rolls of duct tape, and a pile of extra cardboard boxes at their disposal. Each boat will then be timed as participants paddle across the pool, with the lowest time as the winner. All supplies, including paddles, will be provided. Lifeguards will be on hand, participants will be supplied life jackets, and a parent or guardian must sign waiver forms ahead of participation.
Live music by Twisted Whisker and Boogie
Well-known local band Twisted Whisker will perform on the Forward Bank Stage from 5-9 p.m. Band members Steve Klchosky, Jim Lealos, Tom Scharp, and Wayne Teeters perform a mix of rock n’ roll from artists like Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kid Rock, Tom Petty, Shinedown, ACDC, and White Stripes, according to the band’s Facebook page.
Well-known for their Saturday night main stage performances for the last decade plus of Flambeau Rama, party band Boogie & The Yo Yo’Z begins the headlining set at 9 p.m. in the main tent. Boogie is based out of Appleton, founded in 1995, and performs a wide variety of music including pop, country, and rock hits, and prides itself on its ability to blend many musical styles into a show, with all band members contributing vocals, and boasting a three-piece horn section, according to the band’s Facebook page. They are scheduled to play until 1 a.m., at the close of the festival grounds.
The Safe Ride program will be available from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. for anyone who needs a ride home. This free program is a no-questions-asked ride provided by volunteers from the Family Worship Center. Any tips from riders will go directly to support youth and children’s ministries.