The Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity to gather and listen to local music.
Starting June 5, event attendees will also have the chance to eat and shop as well, with the addition of the Highway 12 Market.
"June Tunes has become quite a large event,” said MaCall Tourdot, tourism promotions director for the Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce. “We wanted to tie in more of the ag tourism aspect into the Sauk Prairie area, and this seemed like a natural fit.”
The idea for the market was developed from the 2017 Economic Development study the chamber did. Pairing music with local goods and food is something that draws families as well as others to the area, Tourdot said, and brings a different vibe on a weekday.
“It’s something during the week for people to look forward to,” Tourdot said. “People want to get out of the house during the summer months. We hope this event will begin drawing people in from surrounding communities as well.”
Held every Tuesday in June at Meyer Oak Grove Park in Sauk City, the Highway 12 Market will held prior to the start of June Tunes. June Tunes features local musicians who play a variety of music genres, including rock and country. People are encouraged to bring blankets to hang out on the grass or lawn chairs.
The market will open at 4:30 p.m., where people can find an assortment of food options including pulled pork sandwiches, walking tacos, funnel cakes, popcorn, assorted baked goods and more. Additionally, an assortment of items will be available for purchase. Tourdot said so far vendors participating in the event will have household goods, plants, clothing, jewelry, wood and metal art, baskets and more.
Dana Fehrenbach, owner of Dmarie Knit and Fiber of Prairie du Sac, will not only have some handmade items for sale, she’ll also be conducting a learn to knit workshop for kids from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with the help of Sauk Prairie High School students.
Fehrenbach said the workshop is intended to teach beginning knitters the basics and hopefully foster interest in the craft.
“With knitting, it really helps calm anxiety,” Fehrenbach said. “It’s a soothing thing for them to do.”
It’s also a good way to keep kids busy while enjoying music with the adults. “We will be there while the music is playing, so if the kids get stuck or have a question, they can come back and see me for help.”
The Sauk City Library will also have a presence at the event, offering activities for kids to partake in.
“We plan to have a table at the last two concerts in June,” Emily Judd, Sauk City Public Library Director said. “We look for events where we can bring the library’s services and resources out into the community.”
Judd said they will offer a variety of lawn games, free used books and craft packs. Kids will also be able to sign up for library cards if their parent or guardian is present.
Tourdot said both Sauk City and Prairie du Sac villages come together to support the event, especially with planning for things such as electricity, vendor placement, portable toilets and other logistics, all very critical elements as the event continues to grow.
“We’ve seen upwards of 500 people, depending on the band and the weather,” Tourdot said. “That’s why this seemed perfect. It’s an easy fit to add onto something already performing really well.”