Metro Wire Staff
Celebrate Plover returns to Lake Pacawa Park on Saturday.
Plover’s premiere community event is now in its seventh year, celebrating families, business and the community in general. The event previously went by the names of “Downtown Plover Days”, “Golden Sands Festival”, and “Freedom Fest” before returning at Celebrate Plover.
This year’s event takes place from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and includes free activities for kids including a petting zoo, crafts, and inflatables. The fire dept. water fights, a crowd favorite, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., with food and beverage vendors available throughout the day. The day will be capped off with the popular fireworks display, which is timed to popular rock, pop, and country songs and considered one of the best fireworks shows in Central Wisconsin.
New this year is a cooking competition between local chefs, sponsored by the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association and emceed by Mad Dog and Merrill, of the Midwest Grill’n Television Show.
This year’s Marketplace features dozens of vendors from around the area. Featured vendors include Felicity’s Closet, Blue Bead Trading Co., The Nutman Co., LulaRoe, Silver Wings Honey, Tastefully Simple, and Norwex.
A space to focus on local businesses in the Plover Area, featuring for-profit and nonprofit entities. Free samples and literature will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fourth annual Lake Pacawa Pounder begins at 9 a.m., with A and B divisions digging it out for a series of cash prizes.
Plover VFW Post 10262 will lead the tribute to military veterans. The ceremony pays tribute to those who fought, died, or those that are still listed as Missing in Action as a result of war. The tribute will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the water fight grounds.
Taste of Plover
Food vendors present this year will feature some of the best Plover has to offer in terms of food, as a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations will offer family-friendly priced food and beverages for attendees. Food ranges from corn on the cob, cheese curds, hamburgers, brats, homemade french fries, pizza, sesame chicken, crab rangoon, ice cream, cotton candy, kettle corn and much more.
Two competing fire departments attempt to push an empty barrel, strung 15 feet in the air, across a cable and into the opposing department’s “territory”. Best two of three wins and advances, with final winners receiving trophies and bragging rights.
Celebrate Plover will provide music and entertainment to suit just about every taste. Dance Dynamics will perform at noon, with afternoon performances from rock band Relentless, Rat Pack crooner Pat Keller, and party band The Presidents.
Fireworks begin at dusk. Attendees should bring a blanket or chair.