This year is the 9th annual Spring Fest

Food, music and local artists keep people coming back year after year

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©2019 Jessie Meyen

One of the many attractions at the Spring Festival is the petting zoo and feeding station for children.

Though Chippewa Falls has been putting together Spring Fest for the past eight years, this year’s event will be the first year all of the money raised will go to the Chippewa Area Mentor Program.

In previous years the festival has brought in more than $100,000 for a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Chippewa Falls community.

Hugh Crane, a co-organizer, said that this event has become something that locals expect every year in the spring and it’s something people look forward to as the weather gets warmer.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Crane said. “People don’t have to spend a lot of money, the proceeds go back into the community and we make new friends every year that continue to come back.”

A local, Patricia Rood, who has attended the Spring Fest every year since 2010, said her favorite part about the event is that it’s outdoors and that her chances of seeing someone she knows are extremely high.

“It’s just a nice place to walk around, get some fresh air, run into people we know and give back to the community,” Rood said.

Spring Fest was an idea thought up and fulfilled by the Chippewa Falls Rotary Foundation and members of the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club. Other local festivals such as Oktoberfest and the Northern Wisconsin State Fair have proven successful, so they decided to add another specifically for the spring.

The fair has various types of entertainment. There’s food trucks, live music, local artists and exhibitors, home and garden vendors and a list of activities specifically for children. This year there will be face painting, a bouncy house and a petting zoo filled with goats and miniature horses.

Admission for Friday is $5, Saturday is $10 and Sunday is free.  

One of the food trucks with the most hype is Cooker’s Kettle Corn. The owners, Scott and Heather Cooke, have attended other local festivals and were asked to join the 2019 Spring Fest for the first time this year. They agreed because of the festivals’ preceding reputation.

“We have zero complaints. The first day has been a success. The management is excellent up here, the staff is great, everyone is warm and willing to lend a hand whenever we need it,” Scott Cooke said. “We love it up here.”

On Friday, the main event was a local rock band named Contradiction with a performer close to Chippewa’s heart, David Bebeau local police officer.

On Saturday, when the most events will take place, the fairgrounds will be open 8 a.m. to midnight.

There will be a car show, a Kubb meeting, balloon artists, a petting zoo, the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular and the renowned Boogie & Yo-Yoz.

Sheldon Gough, a co-coordinator of the festival, said he is looking forward to Sunday because it’s geared towards kids and the admission is free.

“There will be pony rides, face painting, inflatable world, and it’s fun because we bring out new things every year,” Gough said.

The fairgrounds will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information and the full list of this weekend’s’ events, visit the spring fest website.