A spectacular time of year to celebrate being in the Northwoods!

The colors may be a little bit behind this year, but there has been a shift in the weather pattern to let us know fall is knocking on the Northwoods’ front door. Communities across the area will be celebrating a truly favorite time of year when steamy bowls of comfort food and comfy, soft sweaters become part of the daily routine.

Here are some of the featured events occurring in the next couple of weeks. Don’t put away the swimsuits just yet – Indian Summer may be warming things up soon!

St. Germain’s 55th Colorama

This long time fall tradition has something for everyone who wants to celebrate autumn in all its glory. Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Community Park and adjoining grounds will be filled with everything from a lavish Craft Show to horse-drawn wagon rides.

Fill your kitchen with the nature’s bounty at the Farmers Market. Local brewery, Tribute and Bulls Falls Brewery of Eagle River will be on hand as well as wines crafted by Brigadoon Winery from Tripoli. Brigadoon will also have wine tasting available to assist in making a perfect purchase.

Rocking W Stables will be giving the wagon rides around the grounds. The ever-popular “Mums the Word” Fall Flower Sale will showcase some of the most beautiful selections of these stunning fall blooms. The children (and adult spectators) have a ball at the Pumpkin Painting and come up with some pretty amazing designs.

What would a celebration be without food? Colorama attendees will have a great time feasting on menu selections from Taco Joe’s, JPN’s Concessions and Harka Greek Food.

Plan on a great time and bring all your friends and family to make an everlasting memory!

Lake Nokomis Cranberry Tours

The Northwoods takes time to celebrate its favorite fruit as the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce offers Monday tours at Lake Nokomis Cranberries from Sept. 22 until October 13. These hour-and-a-half tours are free and transportation, provided by the St. Germain Prime Timers, is included. There is parking available at the Chamber.  Space is limited for the tours and reservations must be made by calling 715-477-2205.

Currently, the departure time is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. but may be changed to 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. if there is enough interest. Call the Chamber at the above telephone number for details.

If you wish to visit the Lake Nokomis cranberry marsh on your own, Dave Zawistowski and his family invite everyone to take their tour Monday through Friday at 11:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Their wine shop is open July 31 through December 31, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm. They are also open on Saturdays from July until October starting at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. During harvest season, the store is open Sundays from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Dates vary for the start of harvest; call 715-479-6546, ext. 202 for an update on the estimated start of harvest.

Don’t forget to bring your cameras – the colors are spectacular!


Just the name makes your mouth water! Way back in 1964 the first delicious smells of roasting beef filled the air in Minocqua. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this delectable event beginning Friday, September 26, with the main event on Saturday, September, 27.

Friday, Veggie-Rama will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Minocqua Park complex. This is the Farmers Market tasting day. Roasting competitors will be picking up their roasts from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, Woodruff Area Chamber of Commerce. That evening, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., “Mama’s Little Hippies” will be performing at Torpy Park for the kick-off event.

Registration for the roasting competition begins at 7:00 a.m. at the American Legion. Remember, Minocqua streets will be closed to traffic from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and there will be free shuttles to provide transportation for everyone from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

For the last 11 years, the Rump Roast Run has started the day with great work out at. Beginning just north of Minocqua Veterans Park, starting at 9:00 a.m., runners and walkers can choose from either a 5K or 10K course. A kids’ version, the Calf Mile, begins at 8:15 a.m. Online registration is free or $2 for in person registration.

The Craft Show will be held at lower Torpy Park from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The judging of the beef begins at 11:00 a.m. and goes until 2:00 p.m., followed at 2:30 a.m. by the hilarious “Parade of Beef”. The parade heads down Oneida Street to Torpy Park where beef sandwiches will go on sale.     

There are literally tons of events going on all day. Visit http://www.beefarama.com/index.php/itinerary for all the activities and times.

This is truly a MOOO-ving celebration!

 Photo credits: Colorama - St. Germain Chamber of Commerce photo

Lake Nokomis Cranberries - Photo from their website with their permission

Beef-a-Rama - Photo from Beef-a-Rama Scrapbook



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