FOO Fest

Fire On Oak Fest will feature beer, brats and live music Saturday in downtown Baraboo.

Fire On Oak Fest promises a hot time Saturday in downtown Baraboo.

The third annual event benefiting the Baraboo Fire Department will return to the street outside Brothers On Oak, the fundraiser’s sponsor.

“Every year has gotten bigger and better,” said Brothers On Oak owner Grant Slayton.

Firefighters will sell brats, beer and raffle tickets to raise money during the block party, set for 1-10 p.m. A disc jockey will provide music until the popular regional band Madison County starts playing around 6 p.m. “The whole area is crazy about them,” Slayton said.

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Advance tickets cost $10 at the bar through Friday, then $20 at the door Saturday.

Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said thanks to fundraisers like FOO Fest, the Baraboo Firefighters Fundraising Association was able to buy battery-operated rescue tools last year. “FOO Fest does help us quite a bit,” the chief told the City Council’s public safety committee this summer.

Leading up to the block party will be live music tonight inside Brothers on Oak by one-man band Brad Emanuel. He plays country music, as well as 1980s and ’90s pop covers. He’ll take the stage at 8 p.m. to kick off a series of special events tied to NFL games.

Despite being a one-man show, Emanuel won the Wisconsin State Country Band Champion contest in 2013. Slayton said Emanuel electrifies crowds. “The guy is unreal,” he said.

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