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Mayville Audubon Days

Liz Cook paints Addy Behnke's face to reflect the season at Mayville Audubon Days in 2017.

MAYVILLE — Mayville’s 32nd annual Audubon Days takes place Oct. 5-7 at Foster Park. The citywide festival features music, food, sporting events, activities for kids, shopping and a parade.

Admission is free and most of the events are free as well.

Jessica Giese, in her second year as Mayville Area Chamber of Commerce administrator, is coordinating the event with the help of about a dozen community-minded volunteers.

“It couldn’t happen without those people,” Giese said. “They’re putting in ridiculous amounts of time to make sure that it comes off as well as we hope it will.”

This is the third year that the festival has been held downtown, rather than in City Park on the city’s south side.

“Overall it has been a very positive move,” Giese said. “We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on the festival’s location and how convenient it is for those who attend. It allows the festival to be much more contained in a small, central area.”

The event kicks off with bed races on Main Street, with downtown eateries and taverns providing food and drinks for the cheering crowd. This year’s theme is music groups, with bed pushers and riders expected to dress up as their favorite band.

Saturday features a 5K Walk/Run, with registration Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Dan’s King Pin Family Fun Center, 31 N. Main St.; and Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. in Foster Park. The walk/run begins at Foster Park at 1 p.m., with a kids walk/run beginning at 2 p.m.

A fall wreath craft workshop is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., presented by Friends of the Mayville Library.

Time-honored favorites are returning, such as the bean bag tournament and the 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the Methodist Church parking lot.

A car show is brand new, and is expected to feature custom and classic cars for all to envy and enjoy.

Food offerings include hamburgers and hot dogs and/or brats from the Mayville High School Vocal Music Department, Rotary Club cream puffs, a baked goods stand and a beverage stand.

Music will be provided throughout the weekend with Tigerpants performing Friday at 8 p.m., Pick’n N Grin’n Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., Crank the Radio from 4-8 p.m. and Road Crew from 8 p.m. to midnight. Live entertainment will be presented in the parking lot behind Main Street businesses between Horicon and Allen streets.

Kids Zone events on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. include inflatables, a petting zoo, kids crafts, mini duck races, a kids obstacle course, a tie-dye T-short station (there is a charge) and an archery alley (Saturday only) presented by the Horicon Marsh Bowmen.

On both Saturday and Sunday, people will be able to watch the Badgers and the Packers on a 65-inch television, which is the second prize in the Audubon Days raffle. There are 50 prizes, with the grand prize being $1,000.

The big event Sunday is the Audubon Days Parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Many Saturday events continue Sunday, with the raffle drawing being held at 3 p.m. in Foster Park.

A weekend of fall family fun has always been the goal.

“We celebrate the natural environment with the geese and the pelicans returning and all of the other natural beauty around us,” Giese said. “It’s a free family festival and we have something for everyone, from kids activities to sporting activities, to live music. It wraps up with our terrific parade. There will be lots of food, lots of vendors and lots of fun. Everyone is invited to come and join us.”

The Hollenstein Wagon and Carriage Factory Museum at the corner of Bridge and German streets and the White Limestone School Museum in Foster Park will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen Senior Reporter