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With 370 registered and roughly 100 choosing not to race understandably due to weather conditions, a majority of racers braved the elements for the 2019 Kickapoo Valley Reserve Dam Challenge, along with team supporters and spectators.
It’s just my opinion, that doesn’t make it true, it’s just what I think. After 34 years, I thought I’d write something down for a change instead of going off on a tangent.
With interview time at a premium, and hordes of media at the Farm Aid concert, I had the opportunity to sit down with artist Nathanial Rateliff, and see where he was at with the growing farm crisis.
The Homegrown Village held during this year’s 34th Farm Aid concert, brought together farmers, activists, and farm advocacy groups from across the country.
In its 34th year, Farm Aid 2019 rocked the farmland in South-central Wisconsin. Held at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin this past Saturday, this year’s concert opener, paid homage to the first people of the area, the Hocak (Ho-Chunk) Nation.
Started back in 1985, and organized by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, Farm Aid was formed to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land.
Produce grower Deep Rooted, located in Westby, WI, held their 4th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival last Saturday, with the public having the opportunity to taste over 40 varieties of tomatoes.
Tiffany Cade and Jimmy Fackert, owners of Deep Rooted, are in their 6th season of growing tomatoes, all of which are grown in bags. “The reason we do that is because when we started in 2012, the greenhouses were all gravel.” Fackert said. The tomato plants are started at the end of January, moved to the greenhouse in March, and grown up to the beginning of November.
On what turned out to be a picture-perfect summer day, Coon Valley, Wisconsin held the 2019 Coon Creek Canoe races last Saturday, the likes of which the town has not seen in years, twenty-five to be exact.
Almost a year to date, floods ravaged and did unsurmountable damage to Coon Valley, Chaseburg, and many other communities in the Driftless area. The aftermath laid hard times for many, but those hard times became the catalyst for Chaseburg and Coon Valley to band together and do something to help each other.
Close to twenty-five years ago, Dr. Jeff Menn, Russell Hansen, and Leroy Perkins felt the city of Viroqua needed an affordable, family oriented, and fun event that also would serve as a history lesson of sorts. Looking to the 1800’s as a theme, Viroqua’s Wild West Days was born.
Last Saturday Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve held their 2nd annual Rustic Raft Rally. The event saw four groups of two that worked hard crafting their rafts for the event using only natural materials.
Tuesday early evening saw a crowd of Hillsboro community members gather in the Veteran’s Memorial Park, to indulge in British cuisine, drinks, and fellowship. With a crowd of over 50 people attending, some of the community’s ladies dressed up in British like style, wearing sun dresses and beautiful hats.
The tea party, benefitting the St. Joseph’s Memorial Foundation, is aiding with construction of the new Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics that continues to progress in leaps and bounds. The foundation is charged with raising funds for a capital campaign that has realized $1.831 Million of a 2-million-dollar goal.