Making a great weekend for Father's Day!

Father’s Day is coming this Sunday, a day that was hard fought in becoming a national celebration. The first declared Father’s Day was held in Spokane, Washington on July 19, 1910. It was the brainchild of a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by their widowed father. She succeeded and the governor announced the first Father’s Day.

Over the decades the efforts to set Father’s Day as an official holiday met a lot of resistance - mostly from the fathers themselves who saw the day as overly sentimental and unmanly. Retailers and advertisers pushed to get the day recognized, but it wasn’t until after World WW II that observation of the day became common place.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day became a federal holiday and was signed into law by Richard Nixon. During the earlier decades in the 20s and 30s, there had also been an effort to get rid of Mother’s Day and combine the two into Parent’s Day.

Today, it is estimated that Americans spend more than $1 billion on Father’s Day gifts.

One of the most poplar local Father’s Day events will again be held at the Eagle River Airport. “Props and Pistons” will be held Saturday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This is the classic fly-in and car show.

Dads will be able to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast served by Boy Scout Troop 601 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Take time to view the beautiful classic cars at the show, also from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

There are many different food and beverage selections from which to choose all day long. Beginning at 11:00 a.,m., Tribute Brewery will be on hand at the Beer Garden. Then at 11:30 a.m., the Civil Air Patrol will sell brats and burgers until 4:00 p.m. During the same time slot, the American Legion will be selling corn and the Historical Society will be selling root beer floats.

The featured event is the Fun Run held from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The entry fee is $30 and covers two runs. These will be held on the runway and are 1/4 mile timed runs. Additional runs may be purchased for $10, if time allows. This event is open to Wisconsin street legal vehicles: cars, trucks, motorcycles. To preregister for the car show and/or Funs Runs see this website.

As if this wasn’t enough, there is much more! There will be airplane rides for $25, a Ford Model A Club show, radio control models and a static airplane show all day. So grab a dad — or two — and head to Eagle River for a truly memorable day!

That evening, drive up to Sayner for the first show of the Plum Ski—ters. The water ski show is from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and is free. Visit this link for a map and directions to the show.  The Plum Ski-ters hold shows every Wednesday and Saturday nights.

For more details about the Plum Ski-ters visit their webpage.

What more could a dad want than to take his kids fishing? Conover  Lion’s Club will be hosting a “Take a Kid Fishing” day on Sunday, June 19. This event will be held on Itsy Bitsy Lake and trout fishing will be from 11:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Pole and bait will be provided and there will be food, beverages and prizes. For more information call 715-479-6673.

What ever you do — make it a special day for you and your Dad — memories that will last forever!

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