August: PotatoFest





Win a 50” LG Plasma HD TV just by visiting businesses in Downtown Rhinelander in a fun, scavenger-hunt style contest leading through PotatoFest!  Use your camera or smartphone to take pictures of every “Picture PotatoFest” poster in Downtown Rhinelander and be entered to win a 50” LG Plasma HD TV from Forest TV & Appliances in downtown Rhinelander.  Picture PotatoFest is a great way to spend time downtown while on a quest for a great grand prize.


Here’s how it works:


  • Visit each business and take a picture of their “Picture PotatoFest” poster.  Posters could be in a front display window or somewhere inside the store.
  • Email your pictures of all Picture PotatoFest posters to
  • You’ll be entered to win a 50” LG Plasma HD TV from Forest TV & Appliance!
  • The winner of the TV will be selected out of all qualifying entries.  You need not be present to win.

Visit each of the 45 participating downtown businesses and snap a picture of the numbered PotatoFest posters.  Once you've found all 45, email them to and you'll be entered to win the new TV!  
Posters are up now and will be up through September 1st.  Qualifying entries must be received by 4pm, September 1st.  

Get those camera shutter fingers snapping!  Enjoy the chase during Picture PotatoFest.  For questions, contact Downtown Rhinelander, Inc., at or 715-362-7374.

Vendor Application for PotatoFest 2014.

The Second Annual PotatoFest, hosted by Downtown Rhinelander Inc. and Tri-County Council-Lily’s House, will be held on August 30, 2014. The mission of 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,  a potato salad cook-off and so much more. There are food vendors, craft vendors and live music including Scott Kirby & Friends, Nikki & The Nimrods and the Dweebs throughout the afternoon into the evening providing entertainment for all ages.

Special Features Include: 

August 29, 2014
Rhinelander Honda Presents:
Rhinelander Reunion Jam 
Trig's Green Space

Live Music Featuring: 
Deep Water Reunion 
White House Players 

Fish Fry & Refreshments

Saturday, August 30, 2014:

Masonic Lodge Potato Pancake Breakfast 
Main Festival Tent - Trig's Green Space
8:00am - 10:30am

Peoples State Bank
Tournament starts at 9:00am
Debyle's Train Depot Parking Lot

YMCA Couch Potato Race 
Down Brown St.

Activity Tent - Trig's Green Space
Registration is at 11:00am
Tournament Starts at 12:00pm
$15.00 per person
To pre-register call Tri-County Council at 715-362-6841

Registration is from 8:00am-11:00am at the Tri-County Council/Lily's House Tent 
Dig is at 11:45am

Live Music - Scott Kirby & Friends
Main Festival Tent - Trig's Green Space 

Main Festival Tent - Trig's Green Space 
Registration is between 8:00am-1:00pm at the Tri-County Council/Lily's House Tent 
Contest starts at 1:30pm 
$3.00 Pre-Registration required

Rhinelander Chrysler Dodge Jeep & RAM's
Main Festival Tent - Trig's Green Space
Registration is between 8:00am-1:30pm at the Tri-County Council/Lily's House Tent
Contest starts at 1:45pm 
$3.00 Pre-Registration required

Guns N' Hoses Potato Peeling Contest 
(Police vs Firefighters)
Main Festival Tent - Trig's Green Space

Winner Announced
Main Festival Tent - Trig's Green Space 
Live Music - Nikki & The Nimrods
Main Event Tent - Trig's Green Space 

Rhinelander GM 
Duck Regatta Duck Drop 
3:00pm off the Davenport Street Bridge 

Rhinelander GM 
Duck Regatta Prize Awards 
5:00pm - Trig's Green Space
Swearingen’s Al-Gen Dinner Club

Big Daddy’s


Pine Harbor

Lurv’s Kozy Korner

Fisher’s Resort

Spencer’s Den

Rusty Nail

Rhinelander Café & Pub

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

Pat’s Tavern


Sunset Junction

Claridge/Best Western

Birchwood Lodge

Cross Country Bar & Grill

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence (office)

Moran’s Landing on Swamp Lake

Bonnie’s Lakeside (Three Lakes)

Oneida Village (Three Lakes)

Thanks to Our Sponsors: 



This is a community event with food booths and volunteers from groups, organizations, clubs, churches and schools.