Splash into summer with chalk, fun June 8

ABOVE, DAWN Toman holds Kyliee Baumgarten’s hand while Kyliee gets a glitter tattoo from tattoo artist Teri Mandel a couple years ago during the annual “Splash into Summer” and Chalk Walk in downtown Green Lake. The two events have been combined the past few years, offering double fun for residents of all ages.

by Joe Schulz

Green Lake will splash back into summer Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Playground Park.

The fifth-annual Splash into Summer celebration is a free, family-friendly event featuring two bounce houses, face painters, a chalk walk, emergency vehicles for kids to explore, a fishing clinic and ice cream served out of a refurbished fire truck.

Sassafras owner Carrie Nolan organizes entertainment for the event and noted it also features free food, gift bags, glitter tattoo artists, free sunglasses and other free goodies.

The event also includes Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chalk Walk, which is open to artists of all ages and skill levels.

The event is local businesses’ way of giving back to the community.

“It’s just really important for us business members to say, ‘Thank you’ for people who support us,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how many businesses we have and that are able to keep going because of the community support that we get all year.”

The event is always on a Saturday in early June to kick off the start of summer with a free, family-friendly event.

“There’s always something going on in Green Lake and we didn’t want to do something on the same weekend as something else,” Nolan said. “We’re trying to spread out the fun for summer and for families.”

Nolan co-sponsored the first Splash into Summer with Guth’s Candy and has only gotten more involved with the event since.

“I just kind of took the bull by the horns and now I just make sure it happens every year,” Nolan said. “It is a big job. It’s a lot of phone calls. It’s a lot of networking. It’s a lot of making sure that people know that we’re doing it.”

Nolan noted the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of Christine Seno, who helped organize sponsorships from local businesses, marketing and posters.

Splash into summer is a non-profit organization, accepting donations made out to “Splash into Summer.”