When you think of the Northwoods you conjure up images of trees and lakes, but how about the common potato?....
"....we get asked the question often, 'why potatoes?', well, first of all Wisconsin is ranked third nationally in the potato industry. We have a strong presence here in the Northwoods with research stations in Starks and Harshaw. A lot of potato products originate from here...."
That's Maggie Steffen of Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. talking about this weekend's "Potatofest", being held downtown. The event is sponsored by Downtown Rhinelander and Tri-County Council's Lily House.
This is the second year of Potatofest. It's a gathering of activities, music and food. Friday night there will be live music with "Deep Water Reunion", then Saturday morning, activities begin with the Masonic Lodge potato pancake breakfast with activities for kids and adults all day, including live music with Scott Kirby and the band "The Dweebs". Also returning to Rhinelander is the "Duck Regatta", where toy ducks are floated between the Davenport and Kemp Street bridges and the winners can win cash prizes.
Steffen says part of the proceeds benefit the shelter for Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...
".....to get people to come downtown, to see what we have to offer see the new stores, to see there is a lot going on here. We partner with Tri-County Council, so anything made from the concession stand we have goes to benefit Tri-County Council's Lily's House..."
There is no admission charge.
More information on the event is on Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. website.