WINTER EVENTS ONLY IN WISCONSIN
They know how to enjoy winter in Wisconsin. In fact, that's why they say Old Man Winter is hotter here than anywhere else. His influence is certainly unmistakable when you look at the line-up of winter events, world-class sporting options and just plain unconventional activities that can be categorized as "only-in-Wisconsin."
The Fish Creek Winter Festival is anything but typical and is the perfect antidote to winter time cabin fever. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Door County, the town of Fish Creek, Wisconsin, sets its sight on the "weird and hysterical" in the annual event scheduled for February 2-14, 2010. The event is highlighted by one of the funniest collections of winter "sports" found anywhere in the country.
Perhaps the main attraction is the Costumed Bed Racing Competition in which teams race down the street in their luxury sleepers. Or, watch as toilet seats and bikes take to the air for the toilet seat throw and bike toss. And few things bring more laughs than the hijinxs during the snowshoe dance contest. Children can get into the fun of the Winter Festival too, with the kid's obstacle course, treasure hunt, tube toss and more. Other events for the whole family include crazy golf, sleigh rides, the arctic basketball toss, raffles and the Sock Hop at the Parkway Supper Club.
Another uniquely popular winter event is Winter Festival in Bayfield, Wisconsin, scheduled for March 5-7. Activities are scheduled all weekend long, including "Run on Water," a family race across the frozen "ice road" to Madeline Island, the "Polar Bear Plunge," where brave volunteers don festive costumes and jump into the icy waters of Lake Superior, and the Egg Toss "Pajama" Breakfast Buffet. These are just a couple of the happenings rounding out this fun-filled family adventure.
With winter temperatures at or well below freezing and an average of 45 inches of annual snowfall in Wisconsin, it comes as no surprise that the art of snow sculpting is so popular. The 25th annual Waukesha JanBoree in Waukesha, Wisconsin, will be held January 22-24, 2010, and features, among other things, professionally-carved ice sculptures on display throughout downtown Waukesha.
Winterfest on Broadway in Green Bay, Wisconsin, January 30, 2010, welcomes internationally-renowned sculptors to the historic Broadway District. At night, each masterpiece is lit and event-goers are encouraged to take a walking and hayride tour. After looking at all of the magnificent snow sculptures, enjoy cookie decorating, Eskimo games, beer barrel racing, a celebrity dunk tank, and hot chili from the Chili Cook-Off.
Among the world-class sporting events in Wisconsin are the 47th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby on January 8-17 in Eagle River (the "Snowmobile Capital of the World") and the World Ice Fishing Championship in Rhinelander on March 12-14.
For more information about top events in Wisconsin, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Wisconsin at http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-wisconsin.html
Or, take a look at the official web site for Wisconsin at http://www.travelwisconsin.com/