KVR Winter Festival is Saturday

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve will host its 21st annual Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 8. 

Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include guided ice hikes, a mutt run, a snow sculpture carving, children’s adventures and games, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding and hiking with the Midwest Llama Packing llamas. New this year will be the Driftless Fire Dancers. Additionally, there will be activities at other local venues, such as a candlelight hike/ski/snowshoe at Wildcat Mountain State Park and food and drink specials in La Farge to round out the evening. Full event schedules will be available at the Winter Festival. 

The 21st Anniversary Winter Festival Raffle Grand Prize is a pair of Green Bay Packer tickets and signed football. Other raffle prizes include a pair of custom fur super mittens from Wildthings Fur Co. of La Farge., a 60-quart Polar Cap cooler from Cabela’s, Larry Fest music festival tickets, gift certificates and cash. 

A variety of outdoor races will be offered during the event, including a 5K Resolution Run/Walk on Saturday morning and the Smoosh Races, a multiple team event in which four participants strap themselves onto 2x4s and attempt to travel 25 yards, swing around a cone, and be the first team to make it back the 25 yards to the start/finish line with everyone still on the smoosh boards. Smoosh boards will be provided for each team. If you would like to make your own Smoosh board, contact the KVR office for Smoosh board specifications. A 5K or 1-mile Dam Phunski ski race also will be offered. Registration is required for each of the races. 

Several outdoor presentations will take place throughout the day as well, including a morning and afternoon presentation featuring live owls.

Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day. 

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. There will be several warming fires throughout the grounds. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Winter Festival is almost completely outdoors this year.

Winter Festival Coordinator Jackie Yocum said, “Bundle up, wrap up, scarf up, layer up, mitten up and join us for a day of free, outdoor family fun. We all deserve it!”

For more information and an up-to-date schedule of all activities, visit kickapoovalley.wi.gov or the KVR Facebook Winter Festival page. 

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,600-acre tract of public land between La Farge and Ontario. Proceeds from the Winter Festival event support stewardship on the KVR.

Comments are closed.

  • Book review: ‘The Color of Lightning’ by Paulette Jiles

    January 20th, 2022
    by

    By LARRY BALLWAHN | Wilton I ordered “The Color of Lighting” from the library because I had read that it […]


    Norwalk Lions donate to SACS

    January 14th, 2022
    by

    The Norwalk Lions Club celebrated the 70th anniversary of the foundation of their club (Jan. 8, 1952) on Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Wilton.


    CWD found in Monroe County

    January 11th, 2022
    by

    The two deer were adult bucks harvested in the towns of Ridgeville and Glendale. These are the first confirmed wild positive cases of CWD in Monroe County.


    Covid-19 surge causes Vernon County to scale back contact tracing

    January 11th, 2022
    by

    With heavy hearts we are sharing that today we hit surge capacity with contact tracing at the Vernon County Health Department due to rising daily cases of Covid-19 in our community.


    Donations, sponsorships sought for Norwalk flower baskets

    January 6th, 2022
    by

    One of the highlights of driving through Norwalk in the summer are the flower baskets hanging from the light poles and the planters lining the street. 


  • Man injured in Clinton logging accident

    January 4th, 2022
    by

    A 41-year-old man was severely injured in an Amish logging accident Monday in the town of Clinton, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.


    Hawthorne named CEO of Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers

    December 24th, 2021
    by

    Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers recently announced that Kim Hawthorne has been appointed as chief executive officer of the organization. 


    Royall Education Notes: Booster Club Alumni Weekend set for Jan. 14–15

    December 24th, 2021
    by

    By MARK GRUEN | Royall School District superintendent Happy holidays!  As we roll into the holiday season, I want to […]


    Monroe County Health Department offering free Covid-19 vaccines

    December 24th, 2021
    by

    The Monroe County Health Department will offer appointments for free Covid-19 vaccinations at its office location, 315 W. Oak St., Sparta, on Monday, Dec. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


    Gundersen Health System: ‘The situation is serious. We need your help.’

    December 21st, 2021
    by

    We are facing a dire situation together. Gundersen Health System hospitals are at or near capacity with patients struggling with Covid-19 and other serious illnesses and injuries.


    Cashton residence considered loss after overnight fire

    December 16th, 2021
    by

    The Monroe County 911 Communications Center received a report of a residential fire on Mascot Avenue in the town of Jefferson at 2 a.m. Thursday.


  • Archives