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UFO Days this weekend in Elmwood

ELMWOOD-It’s a long way from outer space to Elmwood, but visitors coming for UFO Days this weekend are getting specific directions.

This year’s celebration button pinpoints the community’s location by showing planet earth and displaying the legend “Elmwood-This Exit.” The button was created by Ben Gumz.

Whether arriving from great distances or just around the corner, the public has an open invitation to attend three days’ worth of festivities. Following is the lineup for this Friday through Sunday (all weekend, a petting zoo will operate behind The Shack and UFO souvenirs will be available at the souvenir stand).


Community Thrift Sales kick off the activities Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps will be offered beforehand, this Thursday morning, at local businesses and at the Elmwood Public Library. The sales will return Saturday over the same times. For more information, contact Mary Beth Tschumperlin.

Food and beer tents open Friday at 6 p.m., complete with chicken. They’ll operate all three days until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The UFO Medallion Hunt gets going at 7 p.m. Friday. Clues will be posted at the souvenir stand then, plus on Saturday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The finder will get a $100 reward. The hunt is sponsored by the Elmwood Community Club.

The Miss Elmwood Queen Coronation happens Friday at 7:30 p.m. The successors to Miss Elmwood Amber Schoeder and her royal court will be crowned in the upstairs of the local auditorium. Amy Bechel and Missy Roatch are chairpersons for the event.

Afterward, the 2013 Miss Elmwood Queen and Court will be announced, along with the Grand Marshals for this year’s UFO Days.

“Bennett Valley Gray Band” is the featured music for a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, capping Friday’s schedule.


Vintage vehicles lead the Saturday slate when the 10th annual Classics in the Park UFO Days Car Show is staged beginning at 8 a.m. From then until 11 a.m., there will be registration and the showing. At 1 p.m., trophies will be awarded. A short car cruise will follow. Contact Kevin Arnoldy or Rick Garfield for more information.

Hunger can be remedied by partaking of the pancake breakfast at the food tent, also starting at 8 a.m. The Elmwood Knights of Columbus will prepare and serve the morning meal, which is a Sunday highlight at the same time, too.

Registration is set for 8 a.m. Saturday for the Fun Run, with runners taking off a half hour later. The Elmwood High School track team is the sponsor. For more information, contact Sue Thompson.

Motion using wheels will occur in the Tractorcade at 9:30 a.m. The tractors and their drivers will head out of Elmwood on a 20-mile trip. Mike Shields has more information.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Kids Carnival will be presented at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home. Food, fun, games, prizes and more fun for all ages are pledged. For more information, contact Terri or Laurie at the home.

The Elmwood Fire Department, whose members know a thing or two about handling fire hoses, will sponsor Kids Water Fights near the fire hall at 11 a.m. Parents and others are encouraged to bring their cameras and record the action.

Wiener-after-wiener is the idea behind Sailer’s Market’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, to be conducted in the business’ front parking lot at noon. Categories for teens ages 13-17, men and women are planned. Contact Sailer’s to register or for more information.

Also at noon, an alumni softball game will be played at Raider Softball Field.

The afternoon competitions continue with a Bean Bag Tourney at Big Dick’s Tavern and Grill at 1 p.m. Call the business to register. Then comes the Garden Tractor Pull on main street at 4 p.m. The pull is sponsored by Big Dick’s Tavern and Grill, and Olson Tractor. Finally, a Pedal Tractor Pull will involve registration at 5:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. start.

The Longbranch will host the Wisconsin Wet T-Shirt Contest at 8 p.m.

“Favor the Fall” provides the sounds for a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday, wrapping up Saturday’s attractions.


A day of marches and music is foreseen for Sunday. The Kiddie Parade is first, at 1 p.m.; for more information, contact Mandy Pfingsten.

The UFO Days Grande Parade is next, at 2 p.m. Troy Sand and Bob Bock are the chairpersons.

“Mike McAbee” creates the entertainment at The Sandbar at 3 p.m., while “Bear Creek Band” does likewise from 3 to 7 p.m. at Big Dick’s.

A Greased Pig Contest for all ages behind The Shack brings the big weekend to a close at 4:30 p.m. Dan Bechel has more information.