Fun for all at Wittenberg Community Days

Annual celebration to include fireworks, parade

Local organizations are preparing for the annual Wittenberg Community Days celebration, which includes fireworks Saturday and a parade down Webb Street on Sunday.

The activities are planned by the Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce, Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post 502, Walls of Wittenberg and Homme Home for the Aging.

“This annual event was started five years ago as a way to combine several events into one weekend,” said Travis Rose, chamber president. “Each group was being spread too thin and the numbers attending were declining, so it made sense to have everyone celebrate on the same weekend.”

The American Legion Post uses the weekend as the primary fundraiser for its scholarship fund, which this year provided four $500 scholarships to Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School graduates.

“This event used to be our homecoming event, which was getting too much for our group to do,” Legion member Kerry Staehler said. “Now we just handle the food and beer stand.”

The main activities will take place at Washington Park, 302 S. Webb St. Kids’ activities begin at noon Saturday. Local band Quarry Road will perform at 3 p.m., and Johnny Wad will share hits from the ’80s and ’90s from 7-11 p.m. A fireworks show will be held at dusk.

Sunday’s activities will begin at the Washington Park band shell with a community worship service at 10 a.m. Breakfast snacks will be available following the service. The annual parade is scheduled to begin at noon. Afternoon activities include more music from Quarry Road starting at 1 p.m. and a money dig for the kids at 2 p.m.

Homme Home for Aging, 604 S. Webb St., will host its 51st annual Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A luncheon will be served before the parade. Strawberries, raffles and entertainment by the Gary Kuchenbecker band will be offered throughout the afternoon.

“For the past 51 years, residents have enjoyed getting together with their families to enjoy strawberries and ice cream on the lawn while they listen to the music,” said Devin Minor, Homme activities director.

Walls of Wittenberg will host wagon tours of the community murals. The Emerging Talents V Art Show, featuring work created by Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District students, will be on display at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and following the parade until 4 p.m. Sunday. A special reception for artists and their families will be held after the parade; everyone is invited.

“This is always a fun art show for the students to see their work on display in our beautiful gallery,” said Elaine Diffor, WOW event coordinator.