In conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Richland Center Tourism has undertaken a Destination Assessment Process to determine opportunities for expanding the area’s appeal to visitors. Tourism to Richland County is estimated to already add $33.2 million in visitor spending to the region’s economy, powering 317 full-time jobs. This process will help determine if these economic impacts can grow even larger.The following questions will assist the Destination Assessment Committee better understand the community’s attitude regarding and interest in attracting additional visitors…and the economic impact and jobs it can bring.
If you did not live here, what about this community would encourage you to visit?
From a visitor’s perspective, what are this community’s most attractive assets?
What are this community’s greatest weaknesses in being able to attract visitors?
What addition to the community would make it more attractive to visitors?
Knowing what you do about the economic impact of additional visitors to your community, do you support efforts to consider new ways to attract them to town…and why or why not?
If you answered “no,” what is your biggest concern regarding additional visitors?
RC Vision SheetAssessment Survey Questions Richland Center5 Other Attractions Inventory RC4 Special Events Inventory RC3 Recreation Inventory RC2 Nature Based Inventory RC1 Tourism Attractions Inventory RC
- Truck & Tractor Pull
- Demo Derby
- Drag Races
- 4H Exhibits
- …and More!
Come celebrate June Dairy Month and see the Wisconsin State High School Rodeo Finalists at the Annual Parade, Saturday, June 16th at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Dairy…Enjoy Your Health!” Entries will be received until 4:30 pm on Friday, June 15th. For information or questions, contact Lon Arbegust at 608-604-5034, please leave a message.
Pancakes, sausage, cheese curds, cottage cheese, cheese, milk, ice cream, applesauce, and coffee!! The Richland County Fairgrounds will be the location of the 2018 version of the Richland County Dairy Breakfast. The theme is entitled “It’s A Rich Land!”
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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 Bikes….and much more!!!
General Admission $10
6-12 Years: $5
6 and under: Free
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