Fireworks, food, music, and the large parade are just a few of the traditions passed down from generation to generation. People from all over the state flock to this area to celebrate the Fourth of July and to support the CFD, which is celebrating its 114th year in service.
The fire department and many other organizations have been working hard since July 5, 2017, to make sure this year’s celebration is a success. Many of the traditional events, such as the waterfights, the fine entertainment and the parade, will be continued. Every year brings some new and exciting events.
The events will kick off on Tuesday, July 3, at noon, with rides and games offered for youth. Knocker Ball has become a staple at the picnic and this year is no different. Bring your friends and check this fun activity out. If possible, as in past years, a tournament will be held. This will consist of five-man teams playing a game of soccer, except players get to hit and move their opponents while in a life-sized soccer ball.
The cost for the tournament is $15 per person or $75 per team. On Wednesday, July 4, at 1:30 p.m. come back to the park and play a variety of Knocker ball games. At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, stop out for the always-popular children’s waterfights.
Teams of three to four children will compete against each other to see who can move the barrel the farthest. Firefighters will be onhand to help the children get into the jackets and helmets and to help them during the competition. Parents are reminded to bring boots or other types of shoes that can get wet and maybe a towel to dry off.
The area fire department waterfights will follow at 5 p.m. Firefighters will test their skills to see which department wins bragging rights for this competition. Make sure you come to Tuesday’s events with an appetite. A good old-fashioned Wisconsin fish fry will be available at 4 p.m. Fire department members will prepare the food.
The fish fry will feature three large pieces of cod, coleslaw, rye bread and butter. Carry outs are available at the door. The West Bend Dance & Tumbling Troupe will be at the park again to perform their routines at 6 p.m. This is an energetic and entertaining event that will be exciting for everyone.
The Campbellsport High School dance team’s Kiddie Clinic performance will be held in conjunction with the West Bend Dance and Tumbling Troupe performance. The high school girls will share their talents with area children from the ages of three-12, prior to the picnic. This is a great opportunity for the children who enjoy performing in front of a crowd. The children will learn a dance routine created especially for their age group.
The Kiddie Klinic kids, the Campbellsport High School dance team and the West Bend Dance and Tumbling Troupe will perform starting at 6 p.m. End the night on Tuesday listening to the popular band Big Spoon, which takes the stage from 8 p.m. until midnight. With a wide musical background, Big Spoon draws from a variety of styles and never pigeon holes itself into one genre.
With the ability to morph styles seamlessly between every song, you’ll find the audience boogieing down to ’70s funk, shakin’ yo money-maker to current top 40 and hiphop hits, head bangin’ to ’90s metal and some boot stompin’ southern rock thrown in for good measure. Again this year, there will be no cover charge for the band on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, July 4, events will begin at 8 a.m. with the seventh annual Campbellsport High School Cougar Booster Club’s Cougar Dash. This will be a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk around C a m p b e l l s p o r t . Registration this year will be online only.
Just go to https://runsignup.com/Rac e/WI/Campbellsport/Cougar Dash to register for the 5K run/walk or the kids run. Check in for the event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, or from 7 to 7:45 a.m. the morning of the race.
The run/walk will start at 8 a.m. Then, at 9:15 a.m., the Cougar Club will hold a half-mile kids run for anyone age 12 or younger. The annual Car Show will begin at 10 a.m. Car enthusiasts will display their unique and classic vehicles all day. To enter a car in the car show, show up at the park between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to register, $5 per car.
The July 4 parade begins at noon and marches down Main Street. To be included in the parade, show up at approximately 11 a.m., entering on Sheboygan Street. The line-up will be scheduled from there. It will travel down Main Street, starting at the Fire House and ending at Firemen’s Park.
Once the parade is over, enjoy some great music with the Doo-Wop Daddies from 1 to 5 p.m. in the beer garden. The Doo-Wop Daddies will provide a high-energy performance, and will encourage everyone to get up and dance.
Enjoy some great polka music with the Goodtime Dutchmen from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Jaycee ball diamond. The Good Time Dutchmen also encourage everyone to get up and dance. Knocker Ball will be back on Wednesday, starting at 1:30 p.m. On Wednesday night, listen to the music of DJ Rockin’ Ron from 6 to 10 p.m.
A huge fireworks display will be held at 10 p.m. to end the two-day event with a bang. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, 50/50 raffle drawings will be held at 9 p.m. For a complete event listing, to offer your support, or for more information on all the events, go to the Campbellsport Fire Department’s Facebook page.