Welcome Back K-12 Students & Staff
Summer is winding down and it’s time for Fennimore schools’ staff and students to head back to the classroom on Tuesday Sept 3. Please join me in welcoming back students and staff and give them a warm Fennimore welcome.
Fall into Savings Promotion
Each fall the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce marketing committee (FACC) sponsors a fall into savings promotions Sept 26, 27, 28 and 29 (for those open on Sunday). The goal is to lure in tourists who are headed out for fall events in Gays Mills and surrounding areas. Businesses interested in being part of the promotion are asked to contact the Promotions Coordinator no later than Monday, Sept 9, 2019
Firemen’s Fall Fundraiser
This year, the Fennimore Fire Department will host its fall festival & fundraiser on September 14th at the Fennimore Fire Department. The “Fire” in the hole bean bag tournament will begin at 1:00 pm along with dancing. Food and beer stands will be set up and available throughout the whole. There will be musical performances throughout the day and evening. Please note this new event replaces the Fire Department’s Annual Firemen’s dance originally scheduled for October 12.
Girls’ Softball Team Begins Fundraisers
Member of FHS High School girls’ softball team and parents are making plans for the girls to attend a Spring Break tournament in Florida in 2020. The group will start a series of fundraisers to help pay for the trip. Girls are currently selling cash raffle tickets; prizes include two $100 prizes; two $50 prizes and 20 shirts. Check with any of the members of the softball team to purchase your ticket.
The second fundraiser open to the public is an 18-hole, two person, and best ball tournament to be held at Hickory Grove Golf Course on Sunday, September 8 starting at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $50 per person which includes a meal. Activities include a Calcutta, silent auction raffle, flag prizes and more. For additional information or to sign up contact Jim Prochaska at 608-778-2020. The proceeds of the golf tournament will go toward paying for the bus. All proceeds go towards the Fennimore Softball’s spring break tournament in Florida.
Grilling Contest Sept 22
Sunday, Sept 22 is the date set for the 2nd Annual BBQ Grilling Cook-Off Contest. The cook-off will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Krantz Auto Parts, 725 Lincoln Avenue in Fennimore.
The cook-off is open to anyone who enjoys grilling contact Jeff Hagen 608-822-5237 or Tina Frye 608-576-5295. The public is encouraged to come and participate by sampling all the food and helping judge the cook-off. For those who want to taste test, it is just $10 for unlimited sampling. Watch for more details as they become available.
Heritage Day & Community Wide Events on September 29th
Heritage Day- The popular Heritage Day and Harvest Day Festivities will be held Sunday, September 29.
The Railroad Museum will host their Annual Heritage Day at the Railroad Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; contact Fred Brechler if you want to be vendor or want to display antique farm tractor/equipment or classic car. 608-822-3446.
The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum will hold their food stand, pedal tractor pull and free admission to the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum. Be sure to take a self-guided tour of the Museum grounds and enjoy the newly installed butterfly garden created by Master Gardener, Marsha Schneider.
FFA Events – At the Fennimore Legion Annex in the Memorial building, the FFA students will host their annual pancake breakfast. Next door in the Memorial building gym, the FFA Alumni will host their Farm Toy Tractor Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Pete Winch for vendor space 608-822-7806.
Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest – The pumpkin growing contest weigh-off will take place at the Hilltop Bar and Grill. Pumpkin growers will start arriving with their pumpkins at 10 am so there is time to weigh and display. They will announce the winning growers at 1 pm and follow that with an auction of available pumpkins.
Tractor driven wagon rides will offer a shuttle service with stops at all the activities going on Sunday, Sept 29.
Fennimore Area Writers Group
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. The Fennimore Area Writers group will meet on Friday, September 6. Meetings are held between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. this month’s meeting will be held at The Lemon Door on Lincoln Avenue.
10th Annual Patriot Tour Returns to Wisconsin
One American Flag, 110 Days, 48 States, 14,500 Miles
One hundred percent of funds raised support disabled veterans and their families.
Fennimore served as the first day destination for the Annual Nation of Patriots Tour. We have received word that on Saturday, Sept. 7, as many as 1000 riders are expected to escort the American flag from Madison to Beaver Dam on the final leg of its 110-day, 14,500-mile journey, completing the 10th Annual Patriot Tour. The flag is transported through all 48 continental states via a city-to-city motorcycle relay raising funds for and honoring America’s veterans in need, confirmed Bill Sherer, founder and executive director of the Nation of Patriots. A 501(c)3 organization powered entirely by volunteers, the Nation of Patriots gives 100 percent of funds raised via the Patriot Tour and other initiatives directly to veterans who need assistance.
At noon the rider escort group and several military vehicles will follow the flag in parade formation through Beaver Dam’s downtown to historic Swan Park. The flag will be retired during a homecoming ceremony that begins in the Park at 1 p.m. and includes a Junior Patriot Tour, the presentation of the Warrior’s Medal of Valor, appearances by state and local dignitaries and Mrs. Wisconsin, food, refreshments, patriotic activities for all ages and music by One 2 Many Band.
“All are welcome to ride, to line the parade route through downtown Beaver Dam and join us at Swan Park for the 10th annual homecoming ceremony and celebration,” Sherer said. “We have so much to celebrate, including crossing the $1 million milestone in funds raised and distributed to this point. America’s veterans deserve our deepest respect and highest praise. Anything that the Nation of Patriots can do to ease their burdens, relieve some stress and show gratitude for their service and sacrifice is time and money well spent.”
Since its inception the Nation of Patriots has assisted more than 400 veterans and their families across the country. Assistance has come in the form of housing, food, clothing, much-needed home and vehicle repairs, medical access and more, Sherer said. “We work with veterans’ organizations to vet the requests and understand the need,” he added. “Sometimes the biggest challenge is getting past a veteran’s pride to let us help. I can’t think of a more deserving audience.”
The 10th annual Patriot Tour began in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on Armed Forces Day, May 18, and by its September 7 return, will have traveled 14,500 miles through 48 states through the previous 110 days. Donations can be made at the homecoming celebration, online at nationofpatriots.org or by U.S. Mail to: Nation of Patriots, P.O. Box 73, Sussex, Wisconsin 53089.