Muskego celebrates in annual four-day festival
Construction prompts new route for parade
Muskego — Rides, music, food and fun will part of the 26th edition of the Muskego Community Festival, which takes place Thursday through Sunday at Muskego Veterans Memorial Park at Pioneer Drive and Racine Avenue.
Admission is free.
The fun includes the annual Sunday parade, which go on despite the Janesville Road widening project, said Muskego Fest chairman Dave Castona. The parade will follow a new route, starting at Muskego County Park, W20370 Janesville Road, heading east to Racine Avenue and then south to Veterans Park.
"You couldn't get through with all the construction there," Castona said of the normal starting point farther east.
With the ever-changing lineup of bands, The Toys, a favorite in the past, will be back, Castona said. The festival also is trying out a new musical group, The Eliminator Band, which plays the best of ZZ Top blues southern rock.
"We try to mix things up a little," he said.
The 50-50 raffle that was introduced at last year's festival will be back, he said. Whoever has the winning ticket will get half the money from ticket sales. The rest will go to help pay festival expenses.
Preferred parking is $3. Handicap parking is also available and motorcycle parking on a hard surface is available for $3. Access for all three is from Racine Avenue. Free parking is available on Racine Avenue, Pioneer Drive and surrounding streets.
Organizers of the Muskego Community Festival are the Muskego Area Moose Lodge (the 2013 honorary group), the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce. the Icetronauts snowmobile club, the Little Muskego Lake Association, the Muskego Athletic Association, the Muskego Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Muskego Woman's Club and American Legion Post 356.
— Jane Ford-Stewart
AT A GLANCE
26th Annual Muskego Community Festival schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 22 (alcohol-free Family Night)
6 to 10 p.m., Calkins Midway wristband special
6 to 8 p.m., Press Play performance (food court)
6:30 p.m., Muskego Teen Idol semifinals (Anita's Dance Center Family Stage)
6:30 p.m., Maxine's Studio of Dance performance (Miller Lite Stage)
Friday, Aug. 23
5 p.m., opening ceremony
5 p.m., fish fry (Hawg City Grill in food court)
5 to 7 p.m., The Orphans performance (food court)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Radio Disney Road Show & Anita's Dancers (Anita's Dance Center Family Stage)
7 to 11 p.m., Cold Sweat & the Brew City Horns performance (Miller Lite Stage)
7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Mt. Olive (MGD Stage)
Saturday, Aug. 24
Noon to 5 p.m., Calkins Midway Wrisband Special $16
2 to 5 p.m., Anita's Dance Company (Anita's Dance Center Family Stage)
3 to 7 p.m., Jeff Winard Polka Parties (food court)
7 p.m., Muskego Teen Idol Finals (Anita's Dance Center Family Stage)
7:30 to 11:30 p.m., The Toys - (MGD Stage)
8 to 10 p.m., Eliminator Band playing the best of ZZ Top blues rock band (Miller Lite Stage)
Sunday, Aug. 25
11 a.m., parade honoring Muskego Moose Lodge 1057
1 to 4 p.m., Tom Anthony Group - Las Vegas Review (MGD Stage)
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Anita's Dance Company (Anita's Dance Center Family Stage)
3 and 3:45 p.m., Christian Critter Gang Puppet Show (Anita's Dance Center Family Stage)
4 to 6 p.m., Jerry and Nora with the Memphis Review (food court)
6 p.m., festival closes
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