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Audubon Days Bed Races (copy)

A team from Mayville Engineering Company competed in the traditional Friday night bed races during Audubon Days last year. Mayville's annual festival is changing dates this fall and facing changes.

MAYVILLE — Plans for Audubon Days 2019 are underway and changes are in the works.

Mayville’s citywide festival took place for the first time in October 1987. At that time, John Storck, president of the sponsoring Mayville Chamber of Commerce, said that he felt the two days were “very successful and the start of an annual celebration that will be held for many years.”

He was right. The festival has taken place during the first full weekend of October ever since. It grew into a three-day festival and in its 32 years has continued through sun, rain, snow or wind.

The 2019 event was in jeopardy when the chamber announced it would not organize the festival this year.

A group of citizens has stepped forward and formed a committee to make it happen. Committee members are Molly Henkel, Bobbie Ebben, Carmen Bauer, Samantha Clark and Tami LaChance, with adviser Mike Schuett.

Audubon Days will take place this year Oct. 11-13, which is a week later than normal. According to Schuett, Saturday events will be moved from Foster Park to the Mayville Park Pavilion, a venue that was already booked for the first Saturday of October.

For a citywide festival to be a success, volunteers and funds are always needed. The committee is hoping to continue traditional activities, such as the bed races, car show, craft show and kid zone, but has not finalized any details. Rising costs may prohibit a parade Sunday.

A Facebook page has been created for Audubon Days 2019 which will provide regular event updates.

Individuals interested in volunteering for the 33nd annual festival can email the committee at Audubondays2019@gmail.com.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

Reporter

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen Reporter

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