👻Welcome to Haunted Walworth County

If you’re one of those people who likes a good scary movie or watching friends jump out of their skin when you play a trick on them… then this list is for you.  Take the risk and venture out to one of these spooky spots this October. The Walworth County landscape possesses a natural mystery with woodlands and trails surrounding the area. Therefore, it’s not surprising that as Halloween approaches, you find spooky things to do around every turn. Even scaredy-cat and kid friendly ones too! So embrace the season, and get spooked at one of these fun haunts!

Dan Patch Stables, Lake Geneva
October 5 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 6:30pm – 11pm

The Fuzzy Pig, Whitewater
October 5 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 6:30pm – 10pm

Throughout Lake Geneva
October 5 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 9:30pm – 11pm

Dr. S. Cary’s Scream Park, Delavan
October 5 – November 3 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 7:30pm – 11pm

Scenic Ridge Campground, Whitewater
October 6 & 13 | 7:30pm – 10pm

Throughout Whitewater
October 12 & 13 | 5pm – 10pm

Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
October 19 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Municipal Lot, East Troy
October 19 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) & October 31 | 6pm – 11pm

House In The Wood, Delavan
October 24 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Kishwauketoe Nature Conservatory, Williams Bay
October 26 | 6pm – 7:15pm / 8pm- 9pm

Municipal Lot, East Troy
October 31 | 5pm – 8pm


Haunted Walworth County 2018



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Frolic in Fall Festival Fun!

The soybeans are changing colors and the leaves on the trees are beginning to erupt with color. As we usher in the fall, we revere our harvest season and all the things we get to do in the cooler weather. Because I mean in Wisconsin, just throw on a sweater! Check out all the fall fun that there is to be had in Walworth County.


Darien Cornfest

September 7- 9, 8am – 11pm | West Park, Darien, WI

Darien may be small but it celebrates corn in a big way! This three-day extravaganza inaugurates the event with fireworks on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, grab your FREE ear freshly roasted sweet corn from Birds Eye Foods and a beer to enjoy while listening to live music on the Miller Lite stage. Bring the kids to hoot and holler on carnival rides, while you explore the craft fair and support local, creative vendors. Win big at daily bingo games or at the raffle pull on Sunday. Softball, volleyball, and horseshoe tournaments bring friendly competition to the fields; come find your favorite team to root on! Bring your lawn chair on Sunday to watch the Cornfest Parade filled with floats, bands, tractors and horses.


East Troy Bluegrass Festival

September 8 & 9, 10am – 6:30pm | East Troy, WI

The sounds of bluegrass music fill East Troy’s historic village square on Saturday and Sunday with a full line-up of bluegrass bands and Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar contests. Enjoy great music, lots of great food and East Troy Marketplace vendors for only $10! Kids 15 & under are free!!


Main Street Festival

September 15, 11am – 4pm | Whitewater, WI

The historic architecture and natural beauty of Main Street, Whitewater, serves as the perfect backdrop for this annual event celebrating the arts. Galleries, local shops and restaurants open their doors for you to experience the many diverse forms of the arts this community supports. Proceeds from the event go to support the local arts environment in the community. Funds will help support scholarships for local high school and college students, community art programing, as well as creative improvements to the city such as public murals, mosaics and sculptures. Help support the arts by enjoying this wonderful exhibition of creativity!


Delavan Scarecrow Fest

September 15 , 9am – 9pm | Downtown Delavan, WI

An annual festival tradition, Scarecrows will be “On Parade” along the historic brick road; each created by a local business or citizen with a theme and name. Come vote for your favorite scarecrow!
This festival spans along the brick road and into multiple parks throughout historic downtown Delavan. Begin at Water Tower Park for the craft fair & flea market, demos by local businesses, food, and music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys. Bring the kids to paint pumpkins, or say hello to the animals at the petting zoo at the Aram Public Library.

Inspired to decorate for fall with a scarecrow at your house?? Build a Scarecrow and take it home. We’ll have the supplies to make a scarecrow and helpers. This is great for the whole family!
To compliment the sidewalk sales by Delavan Merchants, the Duck Raffle (3 tickets for $5 or $2/ each) gets you a chance to win $150 or any of the wonderful prizes donated. Other activities include a narrated Walldog Wagon Tour, a pie and cake sale outside of Remember When, and the 3rd Annual Quilt Show throughout merchant store fronts. As a grand finale for the Scarecrow Festival and the season at the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Andrew Sedlak will open for the infamous Pink Freud, harmonized with vibrant laser lights by the Laser Fusion Light Show. This is a sensory wonder that you don’t want to miss!


Customer Appreciation Day

September 15-16, 11am – 4pm | Pearce’s Farm Stand, Walworth, WI

Pearce’s Farm Stand wants to thank their customers for helping them grow. Get your free cooked sweet corn (Sunday only), enjoy music, free hayrides to pumpkin patch, and dancing. Tackle their famous jumping bales with slides, tube rollers, and climb in a REAL John Deere Combine. All to be added to the regular offerings of Saturdays and Sundays like pre-picked produce, corn maze, helicopter rides (weather permitting), lookout tower and human hamster wheel!


Annual Geneva Lakes Boat Show

September 29 & 30 | The Abbey Marina, Fontana, WI

The Geneva Lakes Boat Show is an annual event held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. This show features over 100 classic and vintage boats from all over the country. Check out the pre-events and getaway packages available at The Abbey Resort!


Apple Fest

September 29 & 30 | Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, Elkhorn, WI

Celebrate the 30th year of fall fun at Apple Fest, with apple picking and hayrides through the orchard. Indulge in apple cider donuts, kettlecorn, and tastings of the Apple Barn’s award-winning fruit wines. Grab some donuts, cider or other treats to take home as you head of the door of the Country Store and Bakery. Craft vendors and a bounce house for the kids make a day filled with family fun and everlasting memories!


Antique Flea Market

September 30, 7am – 4pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, WI

A mere $5 is such a value for the treasures that you will walk away with from Wisconsin’s Finest
Antique Flea Market. Rain or Shine, over 500 dealers gather inside and outside to share their wares and great deals on some great finds! Free parking and great food make this a day trip that must be had by all antiquers.


Fall Family Festival

October 5-7  | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, WI

Gather at the lake to enjoy everything that Lake Lawn Resort has to offer at their Fall Family Festival. This event allows family and friends to enjoy the fall colors along with a weekend packed with fall-themed events; including unlimited mini golf, scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, donut making, hayrides, Fall Harvest Buffet, movie nights, lots of games and activities for the whole family, and more! Activities will be open to resort guests AND the public.

Overnight packages are available for three nights or two nights, and include overnight accommodations, two 140th Anniversary Celebration Beach Towels per room, Unlimited Mini Golf per person, Fall Harvest Buffet on Sunday, October 7, and one pumpkin per person. What a great reason to plan a fall getaway! 


Lake Geneva Oktoberfest

October 6-7, 11am-5pm | Lake Geneva, WI

Plan your weekend to stay at one of Lake Geneva’s lakeside hotels to enjoy the fall colors. Then join the Streets of Lake Geneva for their Annual Oktoberfest Celebration! The beer tent is back this year, featuring delicious German beers from Hofbrau, as well as a few local favorites! The whole family will have a blast with bounce houses, pony rides, German music, FREE pumpkins, craft fair, cider donuts and more! This event is FREE and open to the public. Venture down to Flat Iron Park and start a new fall family tradition.


Elkhorn Oktoberfest

October 20, 9am – 5pm | Downtown Elkhorn, WI

Bring the whole family to Elkhorn, as they fill the town square with fall fun at the 13th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest in Veterans and Pocket Parks. Walk around the downtown square to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more. Head over to the north parking lot of the government center to see some beautiful classic cars during our 9th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied with games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides and more. Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or sample some chili in the Chili Cook-off.

Adults get to have their fun too when you step inside the Wine & Beer Tasting tent. Enjoy all the different live entertainment acts from local groups like Toe to Toe Ballet, the Walworth County Cloggers, Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Dreams Studio of Performing Arts, and music from a live band. So much to see and do, that you’ll need to take the day to experience this fantastic event!


Delavan Oktoberfest

October 20, 4pm – 8pm | Community Park, Town of Delavan, WI

From the outside of the pavilion, this seems like a quaint little celebration….until you walk through the door! Celebrate like the Germans do with the tastiest traditional German food like schnitzel and spätzle. Along with wine, beer, and pastries like streusel. No need to worry about the calorie count, because you’ll be up dancing to some festive polka by the Steve Meisner Band. Come and experience Gemütlichkeit in Delavan!


Beer & Spirits

October 27, 1pm – 5pm | The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI

This is going to be the best Halloween party in town! Enjoy unlimited tastings from 35 Midwest craft breweries and distilleries. Entertainment provided by a DJ and photo booth and so more! Grab your souvenir tasting glass and make the rounds to enjoy all this event has to offer.

Download the printable Fall Festivals 2018 list here.

For more great fall adventures, check out our
events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Tribute to Labor Day Events

Labor Day is a day of celebration of the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Kudos! Your hard work does deserve to be celebrated!  😉

With this abundant list of all the weekend’s activities, it’s no wonder why Travel Channel listed Lake Geneva as one of their 10 Best Places to Travel for Labor Day Weekend. But Lake Geneva isn’t the only spot with good events, Walworth County is bustling with them, too. Check it out….

Walworth County Fair

The honorary Labor Day affair! One of the midwest’s greatest, oldest & largest family-friendly county fairs. Exceptional food & refreshments – exhibits – carnival – agriculture – entertainment & the friendliest folks. Six action-packed days & nights ending on Labor Day. Do not miss the “Country Nights & Carnival Lights.”

Wednesday, August 29

Marshals’ Day & Senior Citizen Day – 62 & Older – $8.00
Moonlight Madness Wristband – 12 PM -11 PM
6:00 pm American Legion VFW Flag Ceremony
7:00 pm Elkhorn National Flat Track Motorcyle Races – $27

Thursday, August 30

Senior Citizen Day – 62 & Older – $8.00
Family Day Wristband – 12 PM -11 PM – $27
12:00 pm Antique & Stock Tractor Pull
7:00 pm Badger State Tractor & Truck Pulls

Friday, August 31

Senior Citizen Day – 62 & Older 0$8.00
Ride Survival Wristband – 12 PM -11 PM – $27
7:30 pm All-Star Monster Trucks

Saturday, September 1

11:00 am Harness Races
3:00 pm Sesame Street Live “C is for Celebration” Show
7:30 am Hunter Hayes

Sunday, September 2

12:00 pm Draft Horse Parade
7:30 pm Newsboys United with special guest Adam Agee

Monday, September 3

Last Blast Wristband – 12 PM -8 PM – $25
8:30 am Horse Pulling Contest
1:30 pm Demolition Derby
4:00 pm Demolition Derby
6:30 pm Demolition Derby


The Bottle Shop, Lake Geneva

September 1, 5pm – 7pm| Live Music: Blue Rythum Duo
September 2 | Sounds on the Patio
Join us for the sounds of Cole Brandt!  A VERY talented young man. Enjoy sipping on wine or beer on our patio.

Delavan Lake Store

August 31, 7pm – 10pm | Euchre Tournament & Open Mic Night
September 1, 7pm – 9pm | Live Music: Pat Jones
Septmeber 2, 10am – 2pm | Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar

Stefana’s Lakeside Dining

August 31, 7pm-11pm | Live Music: The Wize Guys
September 1, 7pm – 11pm | Cork N Classics

Studio Winery

August 31, 7pm-9pm | Live Music: Eddie Taylor Jr.
September 1, 4pm-8pm | Live Music: Hobie & the Leftovers
September 2, 7pm-9pm | Live Music: Halley DeVersten Band

LAS Water Ski Show

August 31, 6:30pm-7:30pm | Lauderdale Landing, W5625 Westshore Dr, Elkhorn
September 1, 6:30pm-7:30pm | Scenic Ridge Campground, Whitewater

Resort Fun

The Abbey Resort

Friday, August 31, 9:30pm – 1:30am | Tom Stanfield
September 1, 9:30pm – 1:30am | Triple D

Grand Geneva

September 1, 5pm – 8pm | Kathy Frye
September 1, 6pm – 9pm | Eugene Gruber
September 1, 8pm – 11:30pm | Dan Trudell

Lake Lawn Resort

August 31 – September 4 | Labor Day Weekend Celebration
August 31 – September 1, 8pm-11pm | N. E. W. Piano Guys Dueling Piano Show
September 1, 6pm – 10pm | Live Music: Terry Sweet
September 1, 9pm – 1am | Live Music: Kevin Kennedy
September 2, 5pm – 10pm | Labor Day Weekend Celebration Buffet Dinner

The Ridge Hotel

August 31, 7-10pm | Big Al Wetzel
September 1, 12pm-3pm | Chris Kohn
September 1, 7-10pm | The Doghouse Roses
September 2, 9pm-2pm |  Bump In Brunch



If golf is more your speed, here are some stellar tee time deals and family events…..

Geneva National Resort & Club

August 31 – September 5 | Labor Day on the Links 

Give summer a proper sendoff when you golf one, two or all three of Geneva National’s legendary courses! As a reward for your labors, we’re offering exclusive holiday golf rates and early twilight
Friday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 5! Don’t miss your chance this year to dig in the new Better Billy Bunkers on Trevino, tee up Lake Geneva’s only 2018 Golfweek “Best Courses You Can Play” (aka the Black Knight’s track), or preview Palmer’s18-hole challenge before the 2019 Wisconsin State Open!
Stars and stripes attire optional, but always encouraged!

$80 | August 31 – September 3
$70 | September 4-5
Early Twilight | $50 after 2pm

Grand Geneva Resort

August 31 – September 3 | Labor Day Golf

Play The Brute or The Highlands for only $89 and replay for $49. Both rounds must be played on the same day (does not include 5.5% sales tax).

$2 from every round is donated to Folds of Honor Foundation.


Hawk’s View Golf Club

August 31, 4pm – 9pm | Nine, Wine, and Dine

Join us every Friday for our Nine, Wine, and Dine special! At Hawk’s View Golf Club, you’ll be able to enjoy 9 holes with a riding cart, a dinner voucher, and a complimentary drink (your choice of house wine, tier 1 mixed drink, beer, or soft drink) on Fridays. Play our championship course, Como Crossings for $43 per person, or play our par 3 course, Barn Hollow, for only $33 per person. Call Hawk’s View Golf Club at (262) 348-9900 for tee times and dinner reservations.

Tee times for the Nine, Wine, and Dine special are available after 4:00 PM while the course is open for the season.

August 31, 9pm – 11pm |Night Golf

Glow in the dark Hawk’s View Golf Club Night Golf
Join us the last Friday of every month for Night Golf! The format for this event is a 4-person best position scramble. $20 per player includes 9 holes on Barn Hollow, LED Golf Ball, and prizes for the 1st, 4th, and 8th places. No riding carts will be available, but pull carts will be available for rent at an additional fee. For every LED Golf Ball that gets returned to the proshop after your round, you will receive a future free round of golf! Come early and enjoy fish fry before we tee off, or join us afterwards for appetizers and drinks! On Course beverages will be available throughout the duration of the event as well. To sign up call (262) 348-9900 or email matt@hawksviewgolfclub.com

Lake Lawn Resort

September 1, 5pm – 8pm | Saturday Night Family Golf

Make great family memories and have fun on the course! Majestic Oaks’ Family Golf Nights are designed to be a fun and inexpensive activity for the whole family where adults/parents can bring the kids to the golf course in a fun, friendly, no pressure environment … and not break the bank.

Family Golf Nights feature the following guidelines:
Families must have at least one junior 12yr old or younger in the group to qualify.
$10 per person includes golf/cart fees for everyone. The juniors playing also receive a candy bar and fountain soft drink.  Tee times are recommended. Please call the Pro Shop at 262.725.9200 with questions or to reserve your tee time.


Celebrate on the shores of Lake Geneva at Venetian Festival 2018

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As a treasured annual event in Lake Geneva, Venetian Fest is a great way to celebrate those precious final days of summer vacation. Coming up August 15th – 19th Flat Iron Park, Library Park, and Seminary Park along the shores of Geneva Lake will be filled with entertainment for everyone, tall to small.

This 5-day festival was started 56 years ago by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, an active organization whose mission is to be a force for good in the community. They work to determine community needs and provide solutions by planning and facilitating community service projects. This event exhibits some of the big things they do in the community!

There is no shortage of fun at this small town festival! It’s packed with family entertainment, including a Carnival and a lineup of bands that will have you rockin’ all week long. Festivities ignite on the weekend when the Arts & Crafts Fair set up at Library Park with 110 different vendors and the flavors of local cuisine set up to tantalize your taste buds at the Brat Stand and beer tent! Sunday’s celebrations are the pièce de résistance with a traditional Venetian Style lighted boat parade followed by the area’s largest fireworks display high above Geneva Lake.

Venetian Fest is the highlight of summer, drawing visitors from all around the world! Check out where and when to take in the excitement with this line-up of activities:

August 15th through August 19th
Wednesday – Thursday: 5PM to 10:30PM
Friday: 5PM to 11:30PM
Saturday: Noon till 11:30PM
Sunday:  Noon till 10:30PM
@ Flat Iron Park and Seminary Park (Wrigley Dr / Baker St)
Ride Specials: $20 “wristbands” Wednesday & Thursday 5PM-10PM and Saturday Noon to 5PM

Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat. August 18th: 10AM – 5PM
Sun. August 19th: 10AM – 4PM
@ Library Park (on Geneva Lake front, off of Hwy. 50)
110 Exhibitors, FREE ADMISSION to the Public

Brat Stand
Sat. August 18th: 10AM – 4PM
Sun. August 19th: 10AM – 8PM
@ Library Park (on Geneva Lake front, off of Hwy. 50)
Serving fresh cooked Brats & Hot Dogs.  Soda, Water, Chips, Pretzels & Candy

Baggo Tourney
Sat. August 18th: 11:30AM – 3PM
@ Venetian Entertainment Pavillion

  • $40 per team.
  • Set up: Double elimination straight to 21
  • 100% of the Proceeds Benefit the Local Community by way of the Lake Geneva Jaycees!

Music Entertainment
@ Venetian Entertainment Pavilion
Must be 21 years old to enter; $5 cover charge at the door

Wednesday August 15th
8PM-12AM “Bella Cain“

Thursday August 16th
8PM-12AM “ Hairbangers Ball“

Friday August 17th
8PM-12AM “Too White Crew”

Saturday August 18th
12PM-3PM  “Swing Chevron”
3PM-6PM “Dirty Canteen”
8PM-12AM “Boy Band Review“

Sunday August 19th
12PM-6PM  “Lake Geneva House of Music“
8PM-12AM  “Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Momma“

Water Ski Show
Sunday August 19th, 6PM
@ Geneva Lakefront by Library Park & The Riveria (Hwy. 50 West)
The Lake Geneva Jaycees present the Wonder Lake Ski team Water Ski show.

Boat Parade
Sunday August 19, dusk
@ Geneva Lakefront by Library Park & The Riveria (Hwy. 50 West)
The lighted boat parade starts right at dusk with a fireworks display after that. This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas’ – If you have a yacht, boat or dingy and a string of lights, you can be part of this 56 year tradition.

Sunday August 19, dusk
@ Geneva Lakefront by Library Park & The Rivieria (Hwy. 50 West)
The Annual Lake Geneva Jaycees Fireworks display begins promptly at DUSK (Sundown) on August 19th. Fireworks are shot off in Geneva Bay, downtown Lake Geneva and can be viewed from Library Park, the Lakefront, Riviera Beach, and Flat Iron Park in downtown Lake Geneva.

Venetian Fest 2018

Strike out on this adventure before the summer is over! For more information on Venetian Fest, visit our Events Calendar!




Get Out on the Lake!

It’s been hot outside, which only means one thing in Walworth County – it’s time to get out on the water! We are so lucky to be nestled among some of the most beautiful lakes in Wisconsin. I mean, what better remedy to summer heat than cruisin’ around the lake? Don’t have a boat of your own? No matter where you are staying, there’s a number of businesses that rent and even provide lessons to make sure you have fun on the water.


Whether your destination is Bohners Lake, Powers Lake or Twin Lakes, Action Marine will deliver a boat to you and pick it up for free when you’re done with your fun. They can find the perfect rental fit for you. 551762_355238954542870_1288907202_n.jpg

For safety, many locations offering motor boat rentals require you take a boat education course if you were born after January 1, 1989. Don’t let that slow you down though!  The Wisconsin Boat Rental Course gets you certified for a year and gets you on the water in less than an hour! From pontoons to speed boats, Action Marine has what you need for water action on any of these fantastic lakes. They also deliver to Geneva Lake, Lake Como, Delavan Lake, Silver Lake, Paddock Lake, and Browns Lake.



If camping is apart of your summer traditions, Scenic Ridge Campground is the perfect escape to enjoy both the great outdoors and life on the lake. They have pontoon boats, aqua cycles, kayaks, and paddle boards for rent as well as a sandy swimming beach on Whitewater Lake with excellent fishing and water ski shows on Saturday evenings.


property view from sky over lake

Resort life is a great way to enjoy all the possible water activities available. Lake Lawn Resort will treat you to a day on Delavan Lake and help plan all the fun for you. You can rent pontoons, wave runners, kayaks, paddle boards, and more. However, if being in the water is not what you’re feeling, you can lounge by their indoor or two seasonal outdoor pools and enjoy the sun rays.

Is the solitude in a boat and a fishing pole more your speed? You can venture out on your own to fish or simply enjoy the ride in a pontoon after visiting Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Or relax a bit and experience the tranquility of Lake Comus in a kayak or paddle board from Delavan Paddle Sports.

Lake Geneva

JORDAN 16x24.jpgExplore Geneva Lake end to end and see why so many can’t resist the draw of this summer hot spot. If you are new to water sports Clear Water Outdoor says, “No experience necessary”. They offer classes and social paddle events on Geneva Lake every week. Are you new but daring? Then venture along the shore to Gage Marine and learn how to wake board, surf, or ski in their “The Wake Experience”. These private lessons are ideal for any group size and are perfect for anyone looking to learn about or perfect their abilities!


Take hold of the helm at Gordy’s Marine and take the kids out skiing, boarding, or tubing in their exclusive Cobalt speed boats. Or take on the waves head on with a wave runner from Marina Bay Boat Rentals. They have a wide selection of motor boats and pontoon boats as well as wave runners available for rent by the hour. They are conveniently located in downtown Lake Geneva on the lakefront. Right across the street from Sprecher’s,  treat yourself to a bottle of root beer or beer when you’re done for the day.

Still, what sets Geneva Lake apart from all the others, is the true Lake Geneva experience…the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. A fun family tradition since 1873! Several scenic, narrated cruises to choose from, including the famous U.S. Mailboat Tour, Ice Cream Social, Lunch Cruise, Dixieland Dinner Cruise, Sunset Cruise and much more! It’s a time on the water that just can’t be compared.

When you have access to over 24 lakes, it’s easy understand why we know what we’re doing when it comes to fun on the lake! We want you to fall in love water in Walworth County.

Start planning your adventure today, at VisitWalworthCounty.com!


What’s There to do for the 4th of July?

Having something to do for the 4th of July in Walworth County won’t be a problem. Having to decide which weekend to include as part of the holiday won’t be a problem, as both weekends have Independence Day-related things happening. Not having enough fireworks to watch won’t be a problem. All around, celebrating Independence Day in Walworth County won’t be a problem. Here’s the problem… trying to do it all ‘coz it’s all amazing!

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4th of July celebrations begin the weekend before July 4, as East Troy kicks things off with the East Troy Lion’s Club 4th of July Festival, affectionately referred to as ETBT by the locals, June 28 – July 1. To put you in the know as well, ETBT stands for East Troy Beer Tent, ‘coz it’s the largest beer tent in the area. Featuring of course, beer and other Miller products, the tent also has live music daily by some well-known area bands. Outside of the tent, there is much to do as well. Enjoy the carnival, car show, truck & tractor pulls, and a slew of other activities, including a parade and fireworks on Sunday, July 1.

Twin Lakes has LibertyFest, June 29 & 30. Festivities begin Friday night with live music, a food court, Bingo, kids activities such as Euro bungee, knockerballs and sea hamster. Continue this fun on Saturday with the addition of the duck races, a water ski show and fireworks at dusk.

Not to be outdone, Whitewater has 4thFest, June 29 – July 4. There is so much to do with carnival rides, live music, a petting zoo for the kids, car & bike show, water ski shows, and fireworks both June 30 and July 4, plus a parade on July 4. Whitewater is all about celebrating our freedom and independence for families, friends and community!

Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, celebrates the 4th with their 4th of July Getaway package, but then open to the public as well on both June 30 and July 4, is their All American Grill-out Lawn Party Buffet with live music. Dine lakeside on the lawn, choosing from the  traditional summer fare of Wisconsin brats and kraut, honey BBQ grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, bi-color sweet corn, baked beans, a variety of salads, pink lemonade, and create-your-own strawberry shortcake and s’mores cupcakes to finish it off. On June 30, stick around for fireworks, which begin at dusk, by the Town of Delavan over Delavan Lake.

There’s nothing like patriotic music to make your heart sing for our nation’s birth, and so Elkhorn’s Star Spangled Celebration on June 29 is the place to be. With music performed by the Holton Band in the historic bandshell at Sunset Park, bring a blanket or a chair, family and friends, and enjoy not only the music, but activities for the kids, food and fireworks at dusk to finish off the night.

The fireworks already mentioned by the Town of Delavan over Delavan Lake on June 30 is the icing on the cake of their Independence Day Celebration. Beginning at 2 pm,  Community Park will have live music, including an Echos of Camp Randall UW-Madison  Marching Band performance, and concessions.

Head over to the Lazy Cloud Lodge in Fontana, June 30, to tour the lovely gardens, see the updates to the lodge and rooms, and enjoy an Independence Day BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs and other treats!

Local resorts bring it July 3! Attend Grand Independence at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, with their grand picnic, plenty of kids activities, a performance by the UW-Madison Marching Band and appearance of Bucky Badger, all wrapped up with an array of pyrotechnics to wow your socks off. Geneva National, Lake Geneva, provides a spectacular Independence Day celebration with their barbecue, assorted jumbo inflatables and carnival games for the kids, and live music for everyone, followed by fireworks. Ridge-a-palooza is at The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva, as they fire up the grills for a festive day of music capped by a fireworks finish. The backyard Bar 55 will be hopping as brats, burgers and chicken are cooked up and music kicks off the afternoon and continues ’til the fireworks over Lake Como begin. Come save your seat, savor the music and be wowed by the light show.

Delavan shows their patriotic side with the annual ‘Let Freedom Ring’ celebration, July 4. Start the morning with the pancake breakfast at the Delavan Fire Station, keep cool at the Mill Pond, then head to Phoenix Park for the UW-Madison Marching Band performance with the Delavan Youth Cheer group, watch the parade through the downtown, then stick around for the Booze Brothers Review in the Bandshell. Finish the day at Veterans Park with the flag ceremony and fireworks.

Celebrate the spirit of Independence Day in 19th century America through a living history presentation and fun hands-on activities at Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, on July 4. Help make ice cream, participate in a pie eating contest, play games and enter the greased pole contest. All this is highlighted with an interactive parade through the village.

All-American activities highlight the day, July 4, at The Abbey Resort, Fontana. Join in for Uncle Sam’s birthday celebration on the Harbor Lawns for fun and games. Inflatable fun includes moonwalk, two-person joust, slide, obstacle course, shooting stars basketball, and soccer fever, along with face painting, temporary tattoos, glow gear, and star spangled cornhole games will keep things busy ’til fireworks at dusk.

The Village of Sharon celebrates Independence Day, July 4, with a parade, fun activities, great food, and of course, wrap it all up with spectacular fireworks, at their 4th of July Celebration held at Goodland Memorial Park.

Burlington’s annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireman’s Dance, July 4, has a Baggo tournament, live music with the Lunch Money Bullies, food, soda & beer, a cash raffle, and winds up with awesome fireworks. Not only is this an annual Independence Day event, but it’s also a fundraiser for the Fire Department, so two good reasons to go!

So I mentioned at the beginning that having to choose which weekend to include as part of the holiday wasn’t going to be a problem, and with that Venetian Fest at Browns Lake, Burlington, is July 7, in Fischer Park. With a food and beer tent, a boat parade, followed by the Aquaducks ski show, and then live music by Almighty Vinyl ’til the fireworks, this is a great way to finish off the holiday weekend!

So, like I said, having something to do for the 4th of July obviously isn’t a problem! So much to do, across all of Walworth County, from the weekend prior to the 4th to the weekend after. Happy 4th of July! 

4th of July Celebrations

4th of July Parades 2018

4th of July Fireworks 2018

For other happenings in Walworth County, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com

New Member Spotlight: ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’

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If walking the Geneva Lake Shore Path isn’t on your things-to-do List, and yes, that’s different than your bucket list, in my opinion, then you need to put it on now! And to make it that much easier to plan for and do, ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ has the guide to help. Let’s learn a little bit about ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ through the recent interview I did with Chris, one of the partners of the business.

Let’s start with a little bit about how ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ came to be, the original idea and conception.

In the early 1990s, Pat and I were introduced to the shore path by a colleague of mine who lived in Williams Bay. We all enjoyed walking and loved the scenery of the path. Often people stopped to ask us questions and we realized how much we didn’t know! when we went to the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce, they gave us a photocopy of two pages of a book about hiking trails in Wisconsin and there was misinformation about the length of the path. We decided to research and write a guide that was accurate.

We sent for official charts and physically walked sections with a measuring wheel and discovered that contrary to public opinion, the path is 20.6 miles, not 26! We decided to divide the path into seven sections ranging from 2 to 3.5 miles and adopted a format with inserts that a walker could choose from according to their plans, thereby eliminating the need to carry around a book. In 1995 we came out with our first edition. Subsequently, there have been others who have published guides. We believe that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery!

How many times have you walked the shore path yourself?

Over the last 25 years we have walked the path many times, generally, one to three sections at a time, although I did walk the entire path one time. We have published several updated editions because what you see along the way is constantly changing. Two of the estates mentioned in our 2012 edition were razed and, therefore, eliminated form our newest edition, for example.

What do you think it is about the shore path that draws so much attention and interest in having it on one’s bucket list?

The shore path is unique. There are not many places where you can walk next to the water around an entire lake! The beautifully landscaped mansions are surpassed only by the natural beauty of Geneva Lake! What began as an Indian trail has been protected as a public path over the decades.

What’s your favorite section or area of the Shore Path?

My personal favorite section is Black Point because of the new estates there, but it is also the most challenging. My Fitbit said we climbed 42 flights of stairs the last time we walked there!

If someone had limited time available with being in the area, and couldn’t walk the entire shore path, what section(s) would you suggest as the must walk section(s)?

If someone has limited time, but would like to get a feel for the experience of walking the shore path, it would depend on which town they were in to recommend a section. That’s when our guide would come in handy.

From your experience with walking the shore path, and even from any feedback you’ve received from others, what words of wisdom do you have to offer someone about to head out and walk the shore path?

For walkers I would recommend that they bring what they need with them and bring it back out. there are few places to get food or water. Also, very few public restrooms or trash cans are available. This practical information is included in our guide.

Is there anything you’d like to add, a question you’d like to answer that I haven’t thought to ask?

23 years ago there was very little awareness of this magnificent resource. Interest has grown in part because ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’ has provided needed information. We have met incredible people throughout the years, including our business owners. We have received countless notes about what this area means to so many people. We have helped groups plan events also, ranging from “let’s celebrate mom’s successful cancer treatment”, to entertainment for weekend wedding guests. What a treasure to have in our backyard!

A treasure in our backyard is right! It’s always the things out our front door or in our backyard that we put off doing ‘coz we figure it’s always going to be there and we can do it tomorrow or do it later. Trick is, we never seem to get to doing any of it and we’re then missing out. Don’t miss out on walking the Geneva Lake Shore Path, even if it’s a section at a time, over a span of time!

For more details on ‘Walk, Talk & Gawk’, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com,
specifically using this direct link.

Happy walking!