The 67th annual Flambeau Rama officially gets underway at 10 a.m., with the ever-popular St. Croix Rods Youth Rod Casting Contest. The contest will be held again this year at the John MacDonald Football Field, and will feature the kid-tested and parent-approved casting fun as in previous years.
Great Big Book Sale
The Park Falls Library will also begin their book sale at 10 a.m., running until 6 p.m. Those who have attended this event in the past will tell you the best books go early, but there are diamonds in the rough to be found throughout the two full days of the sale, running 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. again on Friday. Many of these books are being removed from the library’s collection, but many others are donated.
Food vendors at the main tent area on Fifth Street will start selling their goods at 11 a.m. Vendors will serve up carnival favorites like corn dogs, brats, and cheese curds, plus American Tex Mex, BBQ, and Jamaican and Greek-inspired foods. Local vendors include Oxbo Resort, bringing back the famous Oxbo Burger, and the St. Anthony’s Ice Cream Stand.
Chalk Drawing Contest and carnival
A Chalk Drawing Contest begins at 11:30 a.m. at the tent. Youngsters will also be excited about the carnival opening at 5 p.m. in the same area. This year’s rides and games are being brought in by S&J Enterprizes, the same company as last year with a few additional rides. Some of the rides available include: Tilt-A-Whirl, Scrambler, Twister, Kid’s Train, Swings, Berry-Go-Round, bounce houses, and more. Single tickets and wristbands will be available.
The Junior Golf Tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. at the Park Falls Country Club.
The WCQM Backyard Barbeque Drawing will be held at 5 p.m.
Free ice cream
A new addition this year, the Randall M. Scoops ice cream truck from the University of Wisconsin will be on the festival grounds with Wisconsin-made ice cream from 5-8 p.m. Scoops is a 1957 International Harvester metro van originally used as a dairy delivery truck and now employed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association to help spread the word about the state’s flagship university.
Live music by The Dweebs
Back by popular demand this year, The Dweebs band will take the main stage at 7 p.m., performing their unique renditions of popular songs, often impersonating the band they’re covering through costumes and dramatic acting. The Dweebs are a family-friendly group who many times incorporate kids in the fun by inviting them on stage. The Dweebs play until 11 p.m., when the carnival also closes. At midnight, the festival grounds close.