Shop Local With Igor
Fennimore is well-known for being the home of Igor – the giant mouse that has been greeting Fennimore visitors on Hwy 61 South. This year the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce is going to have photos of an Igor look alike in 25 Fennimore Chamber member business places. Igor will visit one business per day for 25 days and will help you with your gift giving ideas.
The Shop Local With Igor holiday promotion begins Monday, November 18 running thru Thursday December 12. A list of participating businesses is available on the Shop Local page and daily photos and clues will be posted on the Chamber facebook page.
Each day the Chamber’s Facebook page will give daily clues on where to find Igor. Shoppers are encouraged to stop by the chamber member business place where a snapshot of Igor and entry forms are available to sign up to win the daily drawing of $10 in Fennimore Bucks. After the daily drawing all of that day’s sign up slips will be put into Santa’s giant gift bag for a chance to win the grand prize drawn by Santa during his visit to the Fennimore Fire Station the morning of Dec 14.
Each of the following days Igor will be at another business, shoppers should look at the clues on Facebook track down which store Igor is visiting that day so they can sign up for the daily prize…and so on for a total of 25 days. Clues will also be on display at the Chamber office, Subway and Speedy Mart for those who do not have access to the internet. Additional information on the Shop Local With Igor will be available on the homepage www.fennimore.com by clicking the Igor button.
The FACC marketing committee plans to give away a total of $400 in Fennimore Bucks to shoppers who sign up at local businesses between Nov 18 and December 12. Fennimore bucks are like a check that can be spent at more than 120 chamber member businesses. Fennimore bucks are money that stays in our community and makes an economic impact creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
Chamber Hosts Christmas Creations Craft Show & Small Business Saturday Nov 30
Make Fennimore your first place to start your holiday shopping by attending the Chamber’s 44th Annual Christmas Creations Craft show and sale. Many new crafters will be part of this year’s craft show along with an on-site caricature artist. Bring along your shopping list to purchase handmade gift items. A sampling of the items being offered include ceramics, handcrafted wood items, rugs, jewelry, sweatshirts, doll clothes, furniture, jams and jellies and ornaments. There will be two gyms full of a variety of handmade items for gift giving and holiday decorating. The locations are Fennimore Memorial Building 860 Lincoln Avenue and Fennimore Elementary School (use the 830 Madison Street door). The craft show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 30. There is no admission fee to attend.
In the Legion Annex in the Memorial building the Fennimore Legion Auxiliary will offer food between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The menu will include biscuits and gravy, cinnamon buns, coffee and milk. The lunch menu includes barbeques, hot ham sandwiches, hot dogs and beverages.
Fennimore High School Play November 8 & 9
Come one, come all to enjoy the Fennimore High School Play “Bye, Bye Birdie” on Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9 at the Fennimore High School. The play begins at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Fennimore High School.
Come for Supper Free Meal
Join family, friends and neighbors once again during the community come for supper meal planned for Wednesday, Nov 13 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church. Serving will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the meal; free will donations are accepted.
Grid Iron Chili Supper
The Grid Iron Club will hold their annual chili supper at Hilltop Bar and Grill on Monday, November 18 with serving from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 – children under 5 eat free.
Fennimore Depot Exchange
Are you aware the Fennimore Depot Exchange offers a food pantry? The Depot Exchange uses part of their store income from sales to house a food pantry; they are open two days a month. Some of the food is purchased through Second Harvest; they also rely on donations from individuals or organizations.
The staff at the Depot Exchange accept food items by placing them in a container near the front door register area. Bring non-perishable items or cash donations are appreciated. Some of the food pantry needs include: cream of mushroom soup, tomato soup, carrots, canned fruit, toilet paper, shampoo.
Unity Tree Lighting
The entire Fennimore community is encouraged to attend the annual Unity Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 30. Everyone should gather at the tree near the gazebo at Dwight Parker Library by 6:10 to help welcome Santa and Mrs Claus to the ceremony and to share your wish list.
Every youth is encouraged to get a ticket from Mayor Boebel; one lucky winner will be the youth who gets the honor to light the tree for the first time of the season.
This year following the tree lighting everyone is encouraged to come inside Dwight Parker Library for refreshments and entertainment.
Unity Tree members are currently accepting funds for recognition or in memory of a loved one, friend, business (including farms). A donation of $5 for each recognition should be sent in care of Unity Tree to 860 Garfield Street, Fennimore, WI 53809 no later than November 18 to be included in the program.
The “Friends of the Library” will be the recipients of the funds raised this year which will be used for special projects to benefit Dwight Parker Library.
The committee is also asking youth from the community to decorate a rock of their choice as a way of permanently remembering a loved one or special occasion. The rocks will be set by the base of the tree to enjoy throughout the year.
Snowmobile Safety Courses
Anyone who operates a snowmobile on public riding areas – e.g. trails, frozen waters, routes, permitted county and/or forest lands – who is at least age 12 years of age and who was born on or after January 1, 1985 must have completed a safety certification course. For children under 12 years of age, the certificate does not become valid until the child reaches age 12. These snowmobile operators must carry their safety certification card and they must display it to law enforcement officers when requested.
All Wisconsin recreational safety students are required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID Number when registering for a safety education class and must provide that number to their instructor. You can obtain a DNR Customer ID Number by calling the DNR customer service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1-888-936-7463 or visiting http://dnr.wi.gov
Two snowmobile safety classes are being offered this year. On Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 8 am to 3pm a snowmobile safety course will be offered at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore. On Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm a snowmobile safety course will be offered at Nick’s Powersports in Dickeyville. There is an optional material pick-up day on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Grant County Extension Office from 8 am to 3 pm.
The cost of the course is $10 per student, payable at the door. Registration must be done online at https://dnr.wi.gov/education/outdoorskills/safetyeducation.html by clicking on “Enroll” and searching “Snowmobile” and “Grant County”. Space is limited to the first 20 students to register in each class. Students with special needs must contact the instructor at least two weeks in advance of the course to request special accommodations. If you have questions about the safety courses, contact Kory Stalsberg at 608-988-2006.
Notice of City Offices Closures for November
City of Fennimore offices will be closed and staff will be out of the offices the following days in November, they include:
- Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day.
- Thursday and Friday November 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday.
Please note the Memorial Building gym will be closed to the public Nov 28-29 in preparation for Christmas Creations Craft Show held on Saturday.