PROJECTS & EVENTS
August: PotatoFestOn August 31, 2013 Downtown Rhinelander Inc. and Tri-County Council-Lily’s House hosted the very first PotatoFest. Our mission with PotatoFest is to have a positive community event that will gain recognition and popularity. We seek to highlight the potato and bring awareness to the public how vital it is to our area. Wisconsin is ranked 3rd in the country for potato growing and Rhinelander develops many types and supplies a high percentage of the plants used yearly by the growers.
The festival is a spud-filled day of activities such as a parade, a French Fry Frenzy, the YMCA Couch Potato Race, Little Lit’l Miss and Lit’l Mr. Tator Tot Potato Sack Outfit Contest, a potato salad cook-off and so much more. There is a historic and education component, food vendors and live music throughout the afternoon into the evening providing entertainment for all ages.
Our sponsors, Trigs, NRG Media, Sowinski’s Farms, Aspirus, BMO Harris, Days Inn/Claridge, Dean Distributing, Peoples State Bank, Printpack, Rhinelander Honda, and our partners, Frito Lay, Wisconsin Potato& Vegetable Growers Association and UW Madison Research Station thank you attending and invite you to this Spudtakular event the Saturday of Labor Day weekend!
This is a community event with food booth and volunteers from groups, organizations, clubs, churches and schools.
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CHECK OUT THE FUN -
POTATOFEST 2013 PHOTOS
LITTLEST SPUD RACE
FRENCH FRY FRENZY
MASHED POTATO MADNESS
COUCH POTATO RACE
POTATO SACK RACE
FOOD & FUN
ENJOYING THE SHOW
MAD DOG & MERRILL
ABX • Aspirus • Associated Bank • BMO Harris • Cirilli Law Offices • Clover Valley Farms * Concrete Products, Inc. • Danner’s Shoes, Inc.• Days Inn/Claridge • Dean Distributing, Inc. • Diane’s Frame Shoppe LLC • Draeger Propane • EastSide Automotive• Employment Options • Farmers Feed Store • Frito Lay • Gaber Electric • Heck Capital Advisors • Home Depot • Kerber/Rose • Masonic Lodge • Meyer Insurance Agency • N.O.W. Equipment • Northern Title & Abstract • Northern Waste •Northwoods Natl. Bank * NRG Media • O’Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C. • Oneida County Fair * Park City Credit Union • People’s State Bank • Printpack • Rhinelander Café & Pub • Rhinelander Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram • Rhinelander Honda • Ripco Credit Union • Shoeder’s RV & Marine • Sowinski Farms • Trig’s • Wipfli • Wis Potato & Vegetable Growers Assoc•Wisconsin Public Service
Partnerships: DRI has partnerships with the following to provide leadership on this event: UW Extension, UW Research Station, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Assoc., YMCA, Frito Lay, Rhinelander Chamber, The Mason's, NRG Media, Concrete Products Inc., Draeger Propane Gaber Electric, Home Depot, N.O.W. Equipment, Northern Waste, Rhinelander Cafe & Pub, and Shoeder's RV & Marine. They have all signed on to provide in-kind resources for this community wide event.