- Truck & Tractor Pull
- Demo Derby
- Drag Races
- 4H Exhibits
- …and More!
Celebrate Independence Day in Lone Rock on July 3rd and 4th with volleyball tournaments, family kickball, truck & tractor pulls, classic car & truck show, raffles, and much more!!!
5:00p.m.- Volleyball Tournament (469-8159)
Rock County Garden Tractor Pullers- Pro Series (574-9584)
7:00p.m. -Meat Paddles & 50/50 Raffle
8:00p.m -Docs Ultimate DJ
Old Timers Softball TournamentTuesday, July 4th
8:30 a.m.- 5k water run (604-3295)
10:00 a.m.- Tractor Pull (574-9584)
11:00 a.m.- Parade
Noon- Chicen BBQ
1:00p.m- Waterslide and obstacle course & slip and slide
2p.m- Kids Treasure Dig (by Royal Bank)
Southwest Pullers diesel truck & Tractor classes
2:30- Watermelon Eating contest
3:00p.m- Kids crafts and face painting
3:30 p.m.- Bingo
5:00 p.m.- Meat Paddes & 50/50 Raffle
Co-Ed Family Kickball
8:00p.m. Doc’s Ultimate DJ
Fireworks 4th of July at Dusk!!
RC Thunderfest presents…THUNDER IN THE HILLS – INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION – Saturday, July 1st, in Krouskop Park all day
with food and beer garden, kids games, bounce houses, go cart racing & Kiddie Carts, bands playing from Noon to Midnight, the Pi-Tri Challenge, and end the evening with fireworks! More exciting events to be announced!
This year the City Parks and City of Richland Center will present Thunder in the Hills – fireworks display starting at dusk.
Come early and stay late! Enjoy the food and beverages, music, and all the fun throughout the day, as we celebrate our independence Southwest Wisconsin Style!
Hot Dog & Pie Eating Contest, Sponsored by Wallace, Cooper & Elliott. Hoola Hoop Contest, Bike Rodeo, Line Dancing and a special performance by Liz Niemeyer and Students of George Laubmeier III. There is something for everyone!!
“Thunder from the Stage” is back to RC ThunderFest in 2017. Live from Krouskop Park in Richland Center will be a full day of great entertainment . FREE Music festival from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am in Krouskop Park. This is a family event for music lovers in a park atmosphere with a quality state and sound system. Our stage is again managed by Steve Davis, who will work with all our bands and performers connecting great music and a great time for all!
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM UNITE
1:20 PM – 2:20 PM TBD
2:40: PM – 3:50 PM MAGGIE MAE
4:30 PM – 5:40 PM BOILERMAKERS
6:00 PM – 7:10 PM JAKE O’ MC CLUSKY
7:10 PM – 7:35 PM SPECIAL PROGRAM
7:35 PM – 8:45 PM ZAC MATHEWS BAND
9:05 PM – 9:45 PM BLACKWATER GIN
9:45 PM -10:15 PM FIREWORKS
10:15 PM-11:45PM BLACKWATER GIN
A wide variety of genre including Country, Rock, Classic, Blues, Christian and funk and much more,
providing a great day of entertainment in conjunction with the many events taking place as part of RC ThunderFest 2017. This fantastic day of nonstop music is provided without gate charge by RC ThunderFest and it’s sponsors! Also a new special Vet’s Recognition program is added for 2017!
Triathlon of Paddle, Pedal and Run. Both competitive and non-competitive categories.
For more information contact Jodi Mieden at 608-647-8108 ext. 1.
Thunderland Kid Zone
RC ThunderFest welcomes back Thunder Showers, LLC, from Boscobel, WI. Once again bringing fun and excitement to the RC Thunderfest grounds, including a 90 ft obstacle course jump house, a Euro Style bungie jump, & bouncy fun for all ages.
Don’t miss the fun and thrills as Thunder Showers adds a real bounce to the festivites again this year.
For more information, visit them online at thundershowersllc.com or call (608)778-6043
Thunder Showers LLC—Your Event Specialist…Tents, Bounce Houses, Tables, Chairs, Mobile Showers, and more!
New this year good old fashion bumper balls…. Get your friends and whether it’s soccer or just a friendly game of bump and run, you will want to try this out!
Bring your own group or join one here just come and bump and roll!
Dunk a Hunk
Richland Center High School Football team is ready to sink or swim. Come out and throw a few balls and help them with raising funds for equipment needs. You might even find a coach, teacher, cheerleader? .”Dunk A Hunk” in our dunk tank. Local celebrities will be waiting for a swim as well. Come on out and have some fun!
New in 2017 will be the first ever Thunder Magics that is. Sponsored by Wallace Cooper & Elliott Insurance Agency.
The excitment is building as we prepare for Thunder Magic at its finest. Come and watch and share in the fun. This will be a great time bring kids, bring mom and dad…come one come all!
RC Auto Racing comes to RC ThunderFest in 2017
Racers from near and far will gather for an afternoon of fun tire squealing excitement. If you haven’t enjoyed a growing form of racing come check this out. We promise a great time filled with lots of tight turns and exciting straightaways and jumps!
Races begin at 1200 P.M and continue each hour with the final race being run at 4:30 PM.
Arts and Crafts Fair
New for 2017 a Arts and Crafts Fair. This showcases the work of many local artists and crafters.
Whether you are a crafter selling your goods or an artist offering your creations or just a shopper, come and see what everyone has to offer. If interested in a booth contact Mary Jo Fortney at 608-647-8842 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come celebrate June Dairy Month and see the Wisconsin State High School Rodeo Finalists at the Annual Parade, Saturday, June 10th at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is joining in the 150th Frank Lloyd Wright Celebration …. “Dairy the ‘Wright’ Way!” Entries will be received until 4:30 pm on Friday, June 9th. For information or questions, contact Sherry at 608-459-0721, please leave a message.
The Dairy breakfast was held at the Durst-Larse Farms 10 years ago and will return for 2017. Celebrate Dairy!!
Pancakes, sausage, cheese curd, cheese slices, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, coffee, milk, and applesauce.
Enjoy a rip roaring, dirt churning day!! Fun for the entire family…..only $10 admission and enjoy all the events: Twisted Metal Demo Derby; Truck & Tractor Pull; ATV, Dirt Bike, Snowmobile Drag Races….and much more!!!
General Admission $10
6-12 Years: $5
6 and under: Free
Stay for the “After Party”, $10 coverage charge in the Show Barn. Live DJ – FREE Beer. **MUST BE 21 TO ENTER.
New this year…Craft Fair, Swap Meet, New Food Vendors, and reserved camping.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll see:
Big Top Chautauqua is bringing its brand new show Big Top Opry 2 – The Outlaw Years to Richland Center, Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm. Come early and support the Richland Center High School Girls Volleyball who will be serving dinner beginning at 5:30 pm.
In 2014 the dynamic team of Severin Behnen and Corey Carlson put together a show which celebrated the best of the Grand Ole Opry from the 30s, 40s and 50s. It was a huge hit and such a fun show featuring the songs and performers from the heydays of the Grand Ole Opry. Our next installment of great country and western music takes us from the mid-60s through the early 80s with music from Opry icons like Willie & Waylon, Dolly & Loretta, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Charley Pride and Lynn Anderson. This show features the Blue Canvas Orchestra with Corey Carlson and special guests.
Net Proceeds go to local non-profits who service the community; NHS of Southwest Wisconsin, Richland County Veterans Honor Roll and GRACE. 2017 Non-Profit list
You can choose your level of sponsorship and reap the rewards of that level. Complete the form 2017 BTC Spnsor Levels and bring into or mail to NHS at 125 E Seminary Street in Richland Center, WI 53581/ 608-647-4949. More information: 2017 BTC sponsor.
The Blue Canvas Orchestra (BCO) is made up of a diverse group of musicians and singers and is known for their musical virtuosity and eclectic repertoire. The BCO is the “house band” at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and has performed at the big blue tent throughout the past 27 summer concert seasons. Their music ranges from burning bluegrass to swing along with classical and Celtic influences.
Tent show Radio is produced by Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, a nonprofit performing arts organization located in Bayfield, Wisconsin that operates a 900 seat blue and pearl grey striped canvas tent theater presenting a 50-plus night summer season of variety shows, regional and national touring acts and original historical musicals.
Listeners can tune in every Saturday on Wisconsin Public Radio at 7PM CST to hear the program. The show is also available via free streaming and is now available as a podcast on iTunes. For more information call 1-888-Big-TENT or visit www.tentshowradio.com
Get your tickets now!! $15 in Advance at the following locations or online https://ticketsbigtop.org
Gordy’s Market – 195 Richland Square, Richland Center, WI 53581
Walsh’s ACE Hardware – 1525 Bohman Drive, Richland Center, WI 53581
Richland Center Shopping News – 272 N Main Street, Richland Center, WI 53581
Viroqua Food Co-op – 609 N Main Street, Viroqua, WI 54665
Tickets at the door $17
General admission tickets – $25 (At the door – $30)
Tickets are available for purchase in advance by calling 608-604-7743 or online by clicking here. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Vic Ferrari’s Symphony on the Rocks is a high-powered rock symphony show featuring the biggest hits of classic rock. All your favorite genres and artists are represented; the Beach Boys, Earth, Wind and Fire, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Styx, the Beatles, the Who, Foreigner, Journey and many more.
This is no ordinary symphony concert – most people can’t help getting on their feet, clapping their hands or dancing in the aisles. The huge symphony sound backed by outstanding audio and video production will leave the Symphony on the Rocks playing in your mind for weeks after the show.
Picture the seven awesome performers of the Vic Ferrari Band backed by 26 outstanding symphony performers and you’ll begin to see what makes Symphony on the Rocks EPIC! Rock classics like “Comfortably Numb” and “Sledge Hammer” arranged to keep their rock edge but supported with a the full sound of a symphony. The energy and excitement doesn’t get better than this.
Since debuting in 2005, Symphony On The Rocks has performed at the iconic Surf Ball Room in Iowa, Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, and Capital Civic Center in Manitowoc, among many others. This one of a kind extravaganza bring patrons back for another round of music and drinks. The energy in the hall results in dancing and serious fun.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the venue.
Following the last set, join us for the exclusive afterparty with the Boilermakers, from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am in the lower level of the City Auditorium. Made up of local music veterans Bruce Tessmer (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Jim Wisniewski (Guitar / Vocals) and Jeff Groves (Drums / Vocals) from the Richland Center area, and versatile blues artist Mark Tully (Bass / Vocals) from Baraboo, this new entrant into the Driftless Music scene is guaranteed to have you on your feet swaying, dancing and singing along to classic blues, blues-rock, rhythm and blues and classic rock tunes all night long! Together this group has played hundreds of stages across the state, the Midwest and the country. They’re thrilled to land their debut appearance for this years’ Symphony on the Rocks after party! Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The afterparty is available for ticketholders only.
On Saturday, March 18, Vic Ferrari’s Symphony on the Rocks will be returning to the City Auditorium. Guests will receive exclusive access to an after party following the last set. The Boilermakers is set to make their debut appearance during this phenomenal event!
Made up of local music veterans Bruce Tessmer (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Jim Wisniewski (Guitar / Vocals) and Jeff Groves (Drums / Vocals) from the Richland Center area, and versatile blues artist Mark Tully (Bass / Vocals) from Baraboo, this new entrant into the Driftless Music scene is guaranteed to have you on your feet swaying, dancing and singing along to classic blues, blues-rock, rhythm and blues and classic rock tunes all night long! Together this group has played hundreds of stages across the state, the Midwest and the country. They’re thrilled to land their debut appearance for this years’ Symphony on the Rocks afterparty!
The Richland Center Archery Club will be hosting their annual Driftless Area Deer Classic on Saturday, February 25th at the Richland Center Community Center.
Pre-registration opens on Friday from 5-9 pm. You can also still register on Saturday, from 9 am – 1pm.
Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club Official Scoring
Gun Raffles – Bucket Raffles – Special Speakers – Vendor Booths – Food & Beverages
Sheds are also welcomed but will not be scored.
For more information, contact Jim Birch 608-647-3423.
Visit their website: http://richlandcenterarchery.com/
It’s time to recognize those in our community who are making a difference! You may submit a nomination using the form on the WRCO website. You may also mail the information to WRCO Radio, PO Box 529, Richland Center, WI 53581 or drop the information off at the WRCO Studios, 1900 Highway 14 East. Nominations are due January 12, 2017. The awards will be presented at the Making a Difference Awards Banquet January 29 at the Phoenix Center.
In 2017, the awards that will be presented are: Business of the Year, Outstanding Organization Award, Civic Leadership Award, Non-Profit of the Year, Best Face Forward Award, Community Stewardship Award and Emergency Responder. Here are the descriptions of each award:
- Business of the Year is a business that made a deep impact on our community through its work, its employee impact, its volunteerism or its leadership to create growth and a true sense of community.
- Outstanding Organization Award is an organization, formal or informal, that made a deep impact on our community through its work, its vision, its volunteerism or its leadership to create a caring, compassionate community. There are many non-profit organizations that make our county a better place to live and deserve recognition.
- Civic Leadership Award goes to an employee of the city, county, state or other governmental agency who goes above and beyond the call of duty to enhance Richland County. This could be a City, County or State employee, a member of city council or county board, school board member or school employee.
- Best Face Forward is presented to recognize a business or commercial property owner that has improved the appearance of a building or property in our community thus putting their “Best Face Forward”.
- Community Stewardship Award: The individual who is selected has truly made a difference in our community, providing inspiration and vision, by touching the lives of Richland County residents. Their impact and dedication does make Richland County “the center of it all”. Stewardship is an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources.
- The Emergency Responder Award will give special recognition to the individuals who risk their lives to save others. Nominations are encouraged in support of firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT’s and First Responders.
All nominees for these awards come from the general public. The criteria for the nominations are as follows:
- The nominee must be a resident of Richland County;
- Businesses must be either be located in or doing business in Richland County;
- The following attributes are critical for the nominee:
- Strength of Character Leadership and
- Creativity Dedication to the Welfare of Others.
These awards may be given for work done in the previous 12 months, or for an entire body of work. Be sure to tell why you nominated this individual or business with as much detail as possible.
Making a Difference Past Award Winners
Business of the Year Award
2012-Family Thrift Shop
2013-Ed’s Family Foods
2014-Jones Chevrolet Buick
2015-WCCU Credit Union
Civic Leadership Award
Community Stewardship Award
Emergency Responder Award
2012-A collective of organizations serving the county
2013-Chad Kanable (Law Enforcement), Jerry Stibbe (Firefighter), Doug &
Marilyn Hill (EMT)
2016-Dane Kanable and K-9 Titan
Non-Profit of the Year
2013-Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination
2014-Neighborhood Housing Services
2015-Rotary Lights Committee
2016-Richland Community Food Pantry
Organization of the Year
2016-4 Seasons of Fun
Best Face Forward
2016-Quail Run Golf Links