Foxy fun for everyone

Berlin’s Fox Festival will feature wing-eating contest, music & more

SHOWING THEIR EXCITEMENT for the upcoming second-annual Fox Festival are, from left, Becky Jenkinson, Alyssa Mattice,  Jack Nation, Ted Huggins, Sarah Kasuboski, Cathy Hargrave and Marty in the Morning of B104.7. Not pictured is Lynda Parman.      Hannah Tetzlaff photo

by Hannah Tetzlaff

A foolish fox won’t go, but a wise one knows there’s fun to be had Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Berlin’s second- annual Fox Festival.

Named after Berlin’s Fox River, the festival — located at Riverside Park — enables families to enjoy a full day of quality entertainment without having to break the bank.

Free festivities include bounce houses, balloon twister, pontoon boat rides, money hunt, eating contest and vendor market.

Visitors also may satisfy their appetites with a variety of food, which includes burgers, pizza, roasted corn, ice cream and candies. Beverages also will be available for purchase.

One of the highlights of the festival is the Boys & Girls Club Buffalo Wild Wings Eating Contest.

The eating contest begins at 4:15 p.m., allowing participants to transform into hungry foxes as they gobble down as many chicken wings they can for a chance to win.

First place will take home $100, while second and third will win $25 and $15 Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, respectively. A final prize will be given for most money raised.

Contestants must be at least 18 years old, pay an entry fee and pre-register at either the Boys & Girls Club, Farmer’s & Merchant’s Bank or First National Bank.

Like the Buffalo Wild Wings contest, the live music is a big crowd pleaser as well.

Performing music during the festival is the Kip Jones Duo from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Road Trip from 8 to 11:30.

According to Berlin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Becky Jenkinson, the festival received so much support after last year that it expanded and added new activities and another band.

“More people wanted to be involved, which is why I think it is larger this year,” she said. “We see it as ‘the more, the merrier.’ It’s a large park, so we have the room.”

The new events are the Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium Family Show, from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Touch-A-Truck gives kids the chance to explore vehicles and learn about their different shapes, sizes and purposes.

Jenkinson noted the Touch-A-Truck event is just one of many perks due to the vast size of Riverside Park.

In addition to exploring vehicles, kids may discover the world of magic and illusions with Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium.

“Mr. Marvel will do circus acts, side-show stunts, illusions and possibly some animals [tricks],” Jenkinson said.

Another popular children event is the money hunt, where children can dig up real coins in a large sand pit; whatever they find, they keep.

Though seeing the children’s smiles is endearing, Jenkinson’s favorite aspect is witnessing the community cooperation and effort it takes to create those smiles.

“The best part is that so many different organizations, groups and businesses come together to make this happen, whether it’s sponsorships or providing activities, food or games … [It’s] showing our community is strong. It’s not just the Chamber or one person doing it; it’s a large group.”

Jenkinson isn’t the only one who appreciates the festival, as many visitors travel from as far as Sheboygan to attend the summer bash.

With the campground and river next to the park, Jenkinson invites everyone to come — whether by boat or camper — and enjoy a day of free, foxy fun with the Berlin community.