Festivals and Events


BRANTLEY NISSEN OF Brantley’s Bowlerama in Green Lake waves from a tractor with grandma Cindy Nissen. Aaron Becker photo by Reagan Zimmerman Looking for two days of non-stop fall celebrations for families and people of all ages? Green Lake’s Harvest Fest might be just the answer. The annual event will […]

Harvest Fest will tractor back into GL Sept. 22 to ...


CHANNELING their inner “Animal House” as they prepare for the annual Party for the Arts at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake are, from left, Dennis Duijsters, Ryan Avery, Brice Alvord, David Knuth and Andrew Maes. This year’s theme for the annual fund-raiser is toga and frat parties. Reagan Zimmerman […]

Party at Thrasher with ‘Animal House’-style celebration



WISCONSIN State Chili Cook-off Championship Chairman Bill Munsey, right, presents the 2016 championship trophy to members of “Pirates of the Chilibean.” Jonathan Bailey photo by Reagan Zimmerman Throughout the world, there are 99 reported different types of chili peppers. They range from a bell pepper at 0 Scoville heat units […]

Feel the heat and sweet tastes at chili cook-off


“Hope” the whooping crane stands for a photo by the International Crane Foundation banner. This will be Hope’s first year at the celebration. The suit was made by the man who made the “Muppets.” submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Imagine spotting a group of migrating whooping cranes high in the […]

Whooping Crane Festival will migrate back to Princeton Sept. 7 ...



June Withhun of Cambria, Wis., displays her hand-painted festive signs at her booth. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Packer games spawn Wisconsin rituals. Some fans are superstitious and have to wear the same socks on game day, while others can’t miss watching a game for anything. They won’t have to […]

Harvest Faire is set for Sept. 17


National Republican Party Museum President Dan Zimmerman presents the museum plan and foundation to an audience at Ford’s Gathering in Princeton. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman “A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valued.” ­— Thomas Jefferson Inside of a little white […]

Princeton holds fund-raiser for Republican Museum



VICKI Wielgosh uses her smartphone to access the tour’s website, detailing the rest of the history about the building and where the next site is located. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Reagan Zimmerman Watch your back, you might see a ghost tonight. The streets of Princeton will be crawling with ghosts […]

A look back at Princeton’s past


Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster shows off her Freeland Film Festival director’s chair in front of the future festival headquarters: Town Square. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Green Lake has a population of 952. The world has a population of 7.5 billion. Little Green Lake hopes to make a big […]

Script coming together for Freeland Film Festival



People mingle along the midway last week Friday night, playing games and taking rides among the brightly colored lights, sweet scents of vendor wares and sounds of laughter and fun. photos by Reagan Zimmerman The Green Lake County Fair drew fun-seekers from all around for its festivities that began last […]

Fair games


Former Berlin High School students, Ryan Wenig, Eric Roehl and Mitch Kramer show off how many wings they have left after the Buffalo Wild Wings wing eating contest last year. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Here is to one final hurrah before the summer ends. For a third year, Berlin […]

Berlin Fox Festival is set for Aug. 26



Mike Ertmer of Green Lake, right, shows his excitement at winning during a game of Fish Heads or Fish Tails at the Green Lake Association’s gala, while his colleague Jeff Buser of Princeton drops his head after not advancing to the next round. photo by Reagan Zimmerman by Reagan Zimmerman […]

GL goes gaga over GLA gala


Ellen Koeppen, left, and Tom Schultz, right, cheer on Kristin Galatowitsch, second from left, and Wendy Schultz as they practice their finish-line faces for the upcoming 13dot1 half marathon and 5k. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman 13.1 miles is a long distance, especially for runners. Running that far can […]

Get your race face on for 13dot1



Green Lake’s waters are splattered with an array of colors from the swim caps of the 263 participants. photo Reagan Zimmerman by Reagan Zimmerman Wetsuits, bicycles and running shoes were all that could be seen in the swarms of Ripon Medical Center Triathlon participants. The Green Lake Conference Center hosted […]

Long distance? No problem!


Lu Ellen and John Bold are dressed to impress for the annual Green Lake Association Gala, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 5. This year’s theme is “Get Your Kicks.” Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman The Green Lake Association (GLA) is kicking this summer’s projects into gear while rolling […]

Buckle up for GLA’s ’50-themed gala



The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club gathers before a show. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Superheros come in all shapes, sizes and ages for the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club. Its youngest superhero is 3 years old and its oldest is 87. Age won’t stop the members from performing in […]

Holy batman! Superheroes are coming to GL


RACING DOWN THE giant slide last year are, from left, Faith Albright, Tyler Draeger, and Emma Draeger, all of Ripon. Aaron Becker photo by Reagan Zimmerman The “Best Little Fair Around” will be crawling with treasure, pirates and adventure. Learn how to cook from the Pirate Family Show during Cutlass […]

Argh…Pirates are coming to GL Fair



Kathy Timm, left, and Melissa Patera are a mother-daughter art duo. Together they own Glassy Chicks Glassworks. They will sell their stained glass artwork at the Green Lake Fine Arts fair Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman This year, Ali Rossberg is organizing […]

A show that goes beyond just art


Joe Norton STANDS between two of his premier wooden boats that he will display Saturday, Aug. 5 during the Wooden Boat Show. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman The sound from the muffler of one wooden boat is loud enough to draw attention. But the boom of 30 wooden boats […]

Roar of wooden boats will return to GL



GREEN LAKE RESIDENT Dan Jorndt drives the Thrasher Opera House parade unit with help from his co-pilot grandchildren: Jack Haravon, Kate Haravon, Olivia Haravon and Blake Haravon.  by Reagan Zimmerman Red, white and blue flooded the surrounding area for America’s birthday. From T-shirts to boat and lawn decorations, Green Lake […]

‘I love our country and I love Green Lake’


GREEN LAKE SHOWS off its patriotic and national pride with large military vehicles in last year’s Fourth of July downtown parade. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Reagan Zimmerman Planning for this year’s July 4th celebrations is heating up with fireworks, parades and more. Green Lake, Ripon and Berlin will celebrate another […]

Roll into Fourth of July celebrations