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Walworth County: Food Festival Heaven

What’s a summer in Wisconsin without meat on the grill, corn on the cob, and a cold beer in hand? It’s no secret that food has the power to bring people together whether it be a backyard BBQ or the Largest BBQ Festival in the state of Wisconsin. Walworth County is home to several summertime food festivals that will fulfill your foodie fantasies.

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Elkhorn Ribfest | Elkhorn, WI | Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14, 2019

Part competition and part festival, Elkhorn Ribfest is a 4 day long barbecue lover’s dream. The Walworth County Fairgrounds hosts this enormous event that features world renowned BBQ professionals. These ribbers are competing for the title of Grand Champion and festival-goers even have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite! Once you’ve had your fill of mouth watering ribs, there’s still plenty of festival left to enjoy! You can take a stroll around artisan village and enjoy carnival rides. Not to mention, there’s no shortage of live entertainment. The festival features artists such as Bella Cain, Too White Crew, Cherry Pie, Hairbanger’s Ball and more. Free admission and free parking make this a fun, affordable event for all!

5d192c6eae920.imageSteak Cookout | Elkhorn, WI | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

If you’re still hungry for more after Elkhorn Ribfest, the annual Steak Cookout at the Walworth County Fairgrounds shortly follows. Stop by for a delicious steak or burger hot off the grill from 4-7 pm and don’t forget to check out the bake sale! This event supports the Walworth County Junior Beef Members.

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Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil & Steak Fry | Fontana, WI | Saturday, July 27, 2019

Indulge at the biggest social event in Fontana! The fun begins at noon in Reid Park with live music and lighter fare such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Lobster and steak dinners will be served from 2-9 pm and all meals include boiled red potatoes, peas, boiled onions, buttered rolls and a dessert! Yum! There will be a children’s area set up and live entertainment from Al’s Blues Band, Mr. Myers Band and The Eddie Butts Band. Lobster dinner tickets are $38 in advance/$40 at the door and steak dinner tickets are $24 in advance/$26 at the door. All proceeds from the fundraiser go back to the public through contributions from the Lions Club. 

432-1.jpgCorn & Brat Days | Elkhorn, WI | Friday, August 2 – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Formerly known as Festival of Summer, this event kicks off a big month for corn and brats in Walworth County. Downtown Elkhorn will host artisans, vendors, bounce houses, and performances from local groups. Some of this year’s performers include the martial arts group Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Walworth County Cloggers, Toe to Toe Ballet and live music by The Amazing Farm Boys.

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Corn and Bratwurst Festival | Walworth, WI | Saturday, August 3, 2019

Join the Geneva Lake West Rotary Club for their 58th Annual Corn and Bratwurst festival! Held in Heyer Park, the fest will feature delicious roasted corn on the cob and beer brats from 11 am to 9 pm. Enjoy live entertainment all day and try your luck at the dunk tank for a chance to soak local celebrities! Tickets are $9 in advance or $13 day of.

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Corn & Brat Fest | Williams Bay, WI | Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sweet corn and Wisconsin brats…a match made in heaven. The Williams Bay Lions Club is hosting this massive, 3 day event at Edgewater Park. There will be multiple raffles and live music from The Andrew Gelles Band, Rebel Grace, Katie Mack, and the Big Al Wetzel Band. Don’t miss the fireworks show on Saturday night!

darien_cornfest_201606-1024x576.jpgDarien Cornfest | Darien, WI | Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

We hope you’re still hungry for corn because these ears are FREE! The 59th Annual Darien Cornfest returns this September with live entertainment, carnival rides, a craft fair, tournaments, tractor pulls, fireworks, a parade, and more corn than you could ever dream of. This festival has it all and you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy free corn from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday & Sunday of the event!

 

Spring into Easter!

Easter Egg Hunts, special Sunday Brunches and Easter activities to have fun with the entire family. From Sunday best to all-out outdoor Easter fun. Find all your eggs and make it an Easter you’ll never forget in Walworth County!

Easter Egg Hunts

April 13

April 19

April 20

April 21

Breakfasts & Brunches

April 13

April 20

April 21

Easter FUN!

April 13

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April 20

April 21

For details and more events go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com!

The Finest Snowmobile Trails in Wisconsin

Walworth County has 2800 miles of the finest trails that Southern Wisconsin has to offer. Virtually all trails are on private property and use is granted by the respective local owner. Maintenance, marking and grooming are performed by local snowmobile clubs.

Conditions – For Walworth County trail conditions, call 262-742-2664, Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance. The Snowmobile Alliance is in charge of  installing, maintaining & grooming snowmobile trails throughout the county.

Snowmobile Trail Pass – Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin snowmobile trails to display either a Wisconsin registration or a Non-Resident Trail Pass (Annual). If the snowmobile is kept in Wisconsin, it must be registered in the State of Wisconsin. Non-resident Trail Passes may be purchased over the counter at authorized sales locations or by calling the Wisconsin DNR at 888-396-7436. Trail passes may also be purchased at the Walmart in Delavan.

Operators – Any person who has reached the age of 12 may operate a snowmobile. Any person born on or after January 1, 1985 is required to complete a Snowmobile Safety Certification course to operate a snowmobile on Wisconsin public trails and areas. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend that all snowmobile operators complete the safety course.

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– To receive a Walworth County Snowmobile Map, contact the Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance at 262-742-2664 or visit walworthcountysnow.com. Printed maps are also available at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau at 800-395-8687.

More Information – For more information go to http://dnr.wi.gov.

 

Check trail status here.

 

Ice Skating in Walworth County

ice-skating-3002574_1920Ice has created many magical experiences for the Lake Geneva area this winter. In January, we were fortunate enough to welcome Ice Castles to the Riveria Beach in Lake Geneva. This magical outdoor experience, no doubt, has given guests a new appreciation of the beauty and wonderment of ice.

However, nothing beats the classic winter tradition of lacing up a pair of skates and taking to the ice. Whether it’s skating arm-in-arm with a loved one or teaching your kids to skate for the first time, nothing compares to the wintry magical feeling of gliding across the ice.

Bring your own skates to any of these Walworth County rinks. Rentals are available where noted:

Delavan

Lake Lawn Resort | 2400 E. Geneva Street
Rentals available at front desk; $5 per hour

East Troy

Adjacent to the East Troy Public Library | 3094 Graydon Avenue

Elkhorn

Courthouse Square (Veterans Park) | 100 W. Walworth Avenue

Fontana

The Abbey Resort | 269 Fontana Boulevard
Rentals available at front desk; $2/pair

Reid Park | Lake Street

Lake Geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way
Rentals available at the ski shop; $10/pair

Flat Iron Park | 201 Wrigley Drive
Rentals available through Clear Water Outdoor;  Free for used, $5 for new

The Ridge Hotel | W4240 Hwy. 50
Rentals available at front desk; $8/pair

Walworth

Rotary Park | Casey Lane

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For more winter activities check out our “Winter Fun” section in Things to Do at VisitWalworthCounty.com

Sledding

boy-child-cold-1620934The snow keeps coming, so that means more time to enjoy the sleds! Sitting at the top of the hill, that rush fills you excitement.

Walworth County has such a unique geological history, that has textured the landscape creating great opportunities for winter fun with moraines and hills for lots of sledding! Grab the kids or that kid inside of you, pull out your sled and check out one of these hills:

Burlington

Beverly-Jo Park | 367 Dunford Dr.

Fox River Park | 9521 304th Ave.

Steinhoff Park | 833 Cedar Dr.

Darien

Wildwood Park | Sweet Rd. & Wildwood Dr.

Delavan

Robert H. Miller Park | High St. & N. 7th St.

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill | Washington St. & Terrace St.

Swan Creek Trail | West Side

East Troy

North of Mitchell Park | 3090 Graydon Rd.

Pulliam Nature Area | 1824 Thomas Dr.

West Kettle Nature Area | 1825 Thomas Dr.

Lake Geneva

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill | Sage St. & Mill St.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way

Whitewater

Trippe Lake Park | 407 S. Wisconsin St.

Nordic Trail, Kettle Moraine State Forest | N9084 County Hwy. H

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Have you found a special sledding hill to add to this list?  Let us know!  Comment below with the hill name & location.

Check out a full list of great winter fun and events in Walworth County at, VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Flavors of St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day stampAlthough St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world, its traditions in America started during the Irish immigration to the U.S. in the 1840’s. Irish American immigrants were in search of comforting tastes of their homeland. While pork and bacon products were out of their price range, they had to find a substitute. Beef brisket was the most affordable meat at the time, so the Irish adopted cooking methods from other cultures to bring flavor and diversity to their celebrations of St. Patrick.

Now, corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular dishes associated with this holiday, and local restaurants are applying their own special cooking methods to this classic meal, along with other delicious dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Grandview_CornedBeefCabbage.jpgSt. Patrick’s Day Specials
The Grandview Restaurant, Lake Geneva
March 11- 17, 2019

The Grandview Restaurant has put together a full menu if Irish themed specials! Enjoy their hearty Bangers and Hash for a robust breakfast. But swing in for lunch and enjoy a generous Reuben sandwich; corned beef topped with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, all toasted to perfection. For dinner, come enjoy the view of Geneva Lake over a beautiful plate of Irish Lamb Stew laid over whipped potatoes, or dive into the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage with baby red potatoes, each with a side of soda bread.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Buffet
240° West at The Abbey Resort, Fontana
March 16, 2019

The Abbey Resort’s culinary team at 240° West will arrange a buffet full of traditional Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Leg of Lamb accented by tasty snappy dishes like Fish N’ Chips and Irish Cheddar and Stout Mac N’ Cheese.

 

Delavan Lions Club Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
The Village Supper Club, Delavan
March 17, 2019

For 56 years, the Delavan Lions Club has partnered with The Village to bring the community an All-You-Can-Eat Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on March 17th. Made better with an added bonus of all-you-can-eat baked chicken and French fries for those who are not corned beef fans. Carryouts are available. Pre-Sale tickets can be purchased at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Bradley’s Department Store, Noble Insurance and The Village Supper Club.

 

St. Patrick’s Brunch
Crafted Americana, Lake Geneva
March 17, 2019

Enjoy a relaxed morning by catching brunch at Crafted Americana. They will be serving all the traditional brunch favorites like made-to-order omelets, biscuits & gravy and fresh fruit, and compliment it with an Irish spread of bangers and mash, carved corned beef, cabbage and then roll right into lunch with a green beer. “Put on your green and make the scene here at The Ridge!”

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan
March 16 – 17, 2019

The Lookout Bar & Eatery will be serving a specialty lunch and dinner menu, chalked full of great dishes from Irish Potato Soup, to freshly carved corned beef with braised cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots and horseradish sauce. Save room for dessert, because the Isle of Capri will be featuring Crème de Menthe Andes Candies Chocolate Mint Shamrock Cupcakes!

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Jamie & Shanna’s St. Patrick’s Day Social
Hogs & Kisses, Lake Geneva
March 17, 2019

Hogs & Kisses will be opening their doors to invite you to a little party at 3pm on Sunday, March 17th. The kitchen will be closed but some snacks and of course Irish drinks will be in the mix. Stop in and check out the fun!

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A St. Patrick’s Day Sampling
The Hunt Club, Lake Geneva
March 17, 2019

Lucky you! The Hunt Club will be adding some select Irish specials to the menu on St. Patrick’s Day Sunday. Stop by for a taste of Ireland with dishes that complement their standard menu!

For more events and places to enjoy great Irish food,

go to VisitWalworthCounty.com!