Dane County Fair

Fun Weekend Events in Madison WI: canoeing, shopping, live music and cotton candy!

paddle & portage in madison wi
Canoe race in action with Olin Park in the distance

Paddle & Portage this Saturday, July 17th!

This well attended Madison canoe race that has been going on for 31 years! There are hundreds of participants that compete together on Lake Mendota and Lake Monona and if you aren't in the race there are great times to be had by the fans and supporters too. Participants and spectators are invited to enjoy music, food, and the 2010 Paddle & Portage awards ceremony following the race.

The race begins at 10am at James Madison Park with a 1.5 mile paddle on Lake Mendota, followed by a 1 mile portage over the central isthmus, and a final 1.5 mile paddle across Lake Monona to finish at Olin-Turville Park. For more information or to register, please visit paddleandportage.org. Questions: contact Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation at (608) 226-4780.

Dane County Fair, Madison WI

Dane County Fair in Madison WI

Dane County Fair

This year I can say that there is definitely something for everyone at the Fair. I normally wouldn't say that but as you skim through the different events and activities you will have to agree! There is a lot going on at the Dane County Fair through July 18th located on the grounds at Alliant Energy Center.

Youth Day - Friday, July 16 Specially designed activities for kids of all ages! Activities start at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

Agri-Versity - Friday, July 16 Come and test your knowledge about agriculture! Meet pigs, goats and other furry, fun creatures.

Family Safety Day Saturday, July 17 Rural Mutual The Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicles parade will kick-off Safety Day! Activities start at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for Green Drive Expo 2010!

Truthfully I'm not a big carnival kind of a girl but I do the good mom thing and I take my kids to the fair every couple of years. Well this year I'm actually excited to go because I get to hang out at the Green Drive Expo. The Green Drive Expo is about green transportation, and is also a place for discussion of important issues such as climate change, air quality, and the need for sustainable living. Car dealers, environmental groups, vendors, and others will be on hand to make Green Drive Expo a memorable experience.

Tractor Parade - Saturday, July 17 For the Tractor lovers out there...check out the Tractor Parade. A parade of tractors that are all colors and sizes will be on display from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tons of Great Music! All outdoor concerts and entertainment are FREE with fair admission! Stage shows, youth exhibits, special attractions, and daily strolling acts are only some of the entertainment you'll find at the fair! Check out the website for specific bands, dates and showtimes. Not to mention the rides, the food, the animals...I just can't fit it all in so either get over there and see for yourself or go to the website and pick your fun.

Maxwell Street Days, Madison WI

Dane County Fair in Madison WI

Maxwell Street Days!

Friday, July 16 through Sunday, July 18th on State Street in downtown Madison, WI is the time for Maxwell Street Days!

This annual sidewalk sale and community event showcases Madison's unique State Street and Capitol Square shopping district. More than 100 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants - many locally owned and members of Dane Buy Local - offer terrific bargains on clothing, jewelry, gifts, artwork, food, drink and more in this festive, family-friendly event. Music will be performed from a stage in the 200 block of State Street, outside the Overture Center for the Arts.

Hours are Friday-Saturday 8am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm and more details are at: www.maxwellstreetdays.org.

I'm telling you...it is hard to get it all in, but if you've got Madison Style I know you'll be there! And if you aren't there, perhaps it is because you are out touring homes with one of our great team members! That would be cool too!