Recreation

Recreation

Annual Amish School Fund-raiser - July
 
  Hundreds flock to the annual Amish School Fund-raiser each summer. The sale takes place the last Saturday of July, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Many come before 8 a.m. to view the items to be auctioned. Among the items are beautiful hand-made quilts, handmade furniture, and antiques. Stroll around the grounds and buy tasty Amish baked goods, homemade ice cream and other delicious treats, and admire the strong work horses. Not far from the school, which is at the corner of Atkinson Road and STH 104, you will find Detweiler Kauffman Furniture, where you may purchase beautiful Amish-made furniture year-round. This quaint store is at WS09 Atkinson Road. For more information, call 608-897-8787. 

Art and Craft Fairs – August & November
 
  The new Wildflower Art Festival, sponsored by the Brodhead Chamber, is held on the
Saturday of Covered Bridge Days, the second weekend of August. Quick to become
popular with artists and customers as well, it is a juried art fair held in shady
Veterans Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.


On the first Saturday of November, the Brodhead Jaycees sponsor an art and craft
show held at Albrecht Elementary School and Brodhead Middle School from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m.

AutumnFest – September
 
 

During the last Saturday of each September, come to Brodhead for AutumnFest!
Fun-filled activities abound, including a chili contest, music, children’s activities, food
booths, and sidewalk craft vendors.


For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411. 


Brodhead Airport Fly-ins – February, May, & July
 
  Brodhead’s airport, which consists of 88 acres of grass, trees, 50 hangars, and three grass runways, was established in 1946. It is home to the very large and active EAA Chapter 431, chartered in 1973 with 19 members and currently boasting a membership of nearly 80.  

Community Pancake Breakfast
 
  Held the third Sunday in May, this annual event is specifically designed for the public, and features a standard pancake breakfast. Usually features free Young Eagles airplane rides for kids age 8-17 and many airplanes on display for the public 

Covered Bridge Days – August
 
  During the second weekend of August each year, Brodhead hosts a weekend brimming with exciting and interesting activities for everyone, with the theme of“Bridging yesterday with tomorrow.” Recently-added events include the Wildflower Festival, featuring plant tours and educational programs as well as a juried, highquality art festival in downtown Veterans Park (see details by clicking the “Wildflower Festival” button); exploring the historic Mill Race by pontoon boat at the new “Embrace the Race” event; and a regional garden tractor expo that brings hundreds of vintage and refurbished garden tractors to town. Among the many long-standing Covered Bridge Days activities are a kids’ fun run, garden displays, tractor show with a thresheree and tractor pull, horse show with pony rides, toy tractor pull, flea market, vendors on the Square, Model A antique car display and classic car show, historical tours, a cemetery walk in Greenwood Cemetery, volleyball and softball tournaments, a street dance, an old fashioned church service, a parade, food stands and beer gardens. For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411. 

Crazy Horse Campgrounds
 
  For those who enjoy exploring nature, Crazy Horse Campgrounds, N3201 Crazy Horse Lane, Brodhead, offers many recreational activities. The campground, which is open May 1 through October 31 and is located along the scenic Sugar River, has 122 camp sites, plus permanent cabins, a pool, mini golf, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, batting cages, a driving range, sand volleyball, a basketball court and horseshoe pits. On Saturday morning, they offer a child friendly crafts and on Saturday evening, a child friendly movie. Seasonal sites are available.

For families, they offer a five night special for any site, Sunday through Thursday, for $130. To book your reservation, call 608-897-2207
www.CrazyHorseWI.com

Decatur Lake Country Club
 
  Brodhead offers a picturesque 18-hole public golf course, the Decatur Lake Country Club. The original nine-hole course with one hundred year-old oak trees opened in 1926, and the additional back nine opened in 1994. The course, is near the Decatur Dam.

Course Offerings:

    offers slick greens
    challenging sand traps
    lots of water, including a lagoon

After your round, visit Billy’s Sand Trap to refresh yourself with a meal or drinks. The restaurant, which overlooks Decatur Lake, has excellent food and a relaxing atmosphere.

For more information, visit www.decaturlakegolf.com or call 608-897-4488.
Decatur Lake Country Club is located at N3941 Golf Course Road.

Fire & Ice Festival – December
 
  Nothing can kick off the Christmas holiday better than taking time to enjoy the
annual Fire & Ice Festival in Brodhead with carriage rides, lighted parade, memory
tree lighting and Friday night luminarias the first full weekend of December. Pretty
lights and seasonal music greet you as you find bargains and that special something
for the people on your shopping list. Fire is on the Square to keep you warm and to
roast hot dogs, or marshmallows for s’mores. Ice provides great entertainment as it
is transformed with a chainsaw into glistening, incredible ice sculptures! Prepare to
be amazed!


Groundhog Chili Ski Fly-in
 
  Held the first Saturday in February from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and open to the public, this is a mid-winter event established for pilots suffering from cabin fever. Planes are equipped with skis. Free will donation for homemade chili and fixins.


Historical Downtown Brodhead/Depot Museum
 
 
Historical Downtown Brodhead and the Depot Museum Brodhead’s downtown Square
 is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Come enjoy strolling through
the area to see the well maintained buildings in a friendly city that was established in 1856.
Our city also has numerous historical homes to admire. Shop our many shops, which include
antique malls and specialty gift shops. Visit the Depot Museum and learn about the railroad's
importance to Brodhead and Brodhead¹s famous Civil War Brass Band. At a visit to the museum,
 you will also learn about past farming and printing practices and see other interesting displays.

Pietenpol/Hatz Fly-In
 
 
Held “the weekend before Oshkosh” which is usually the third weekend of July but sometimes later.
This three-day event is open to the public, but is actually a national gathering for builders and pilots
of the Pietenpol and Hatz series of homebuilt airplanes. There are seminars, movies, evening meals
and camping. Pilots fly in from all over the country and many continue on to the big fly-in at Oshkosh
the following week.  


Stateline Trailblazers
 
 
We are always looking for new members! Join today! $20 single and $25 family
($10 provides AWSC membership) $10 new member for the first year

Mission

1.Maintain a system of trails for the use of snowmobiling
2.Promote the sport of snowmobiling
3.Promote good conduct, sportsmanship, safety and conservation
4.Promote and maintain good relationships with land owners and government agencies

Sugar River Raceway
 
 
Indy car racer Danica Patrick and USAR Pro-cup racer J.D. Leonard began their racing
careers at Brodhead’s Sugar River Raceway, a half-mile asphalt road course go-kart race track,
nestled along the Sugar River in the rolling hills of rural Brodhead, N2236 Mt. Hope Road.
Those itching to race should check out www.sugarriverraceway.com or call 608-897-2898
to learn more about their schedule of events and reservation opportunities. Spectators
are welcome. They are open April through October, Wednesdays through Sundays.

Sugar River State Bike Trail
 
 
Spending the day biking 22 miles from Brodhead to New Glarus or anywhere in between
is a fun way for families to bond or for people to get their exercise. In warm weather,
you may bike or hike the trail and in the winter, you may snowmobile or ski.
The Sugar River Bike Trail, which was created from a former railroad bed,
goes through woods, nature preserves, pastures, and over streams and lakes.
You’ll even pass through a replica of the Clarence Covered Bridge!
You may glimpse many wild animals, including deer, turtles and beaver!
Among the trees you will find a variety of birds, including numerous cardinals,
Brodhead’s mascot. From the Sugar River you may also connect with other area trails,
including the Badger Trail and the Jane Adams Trail. You could explore all 73 miles if you wanted!
One trail even has a dark tunnel through which to pass! How spooky is that?

Sweet Minnihaha Campground
 
 
Sweet Minnihaha Campground, N4697 County Road E, Brodhead,
offers tubing and canoeing, complete with a shuttle service, volleyball, horseshoes,
and fishing, in addition to 130 camp sites, also along the winding Sugar River.
They also have a recreation hall and easy access to the Sugar River Bike Trail,
which is across the road. On holiday weekends, they have karaoke and dancing.
For Independence Day, they even have fireworks! To make reservations, call 608-862-3769

Tour the Farms Day - May
 
 
Tour the Farms Day is held in Brodhead in May and features five farms.
The tour provides an opportunity to see how a working farm functions and produces,
and highlights farms that employ organic and/or sustainable practices.
The following farms have hosted this event: Morningstar Farm,
owned by Brett and Vickie Condon and located at 4737 South County Road T,
raises organic fruits and vegetables. Sugar Maple Emu Farm, owned by Mike and Joylene Reavis
at W80S Pedee Road, features emu pen tours, emu meat tasting,
decorating of emu eggs and other emu products.
Check out their website at www.sugarmapleemu.com. Scotch Hill Farm,
owned by Dela and Tony Ends at 910 South Scotch Hill Road,
is a certified organic farm and a subscription farm (CSA). It features goats,
vegetable gardens and hand-made soap. More details can be found at www.scotchhillfarm.com.
Kinkoona Farm, owned and operated by Suellen Thompson-Link and her children
at 16734 West Dorner Road, raises several breeds of exotic sheep,
sells lamb and several organic wool bedding products,
and is a wonder of sustainability and environmental friendliness.
Find more information at www.baabaashop.com. The Nieman Family Farm,
owned by Joel and Kathy Nieman at W1614 Highway F,
provides a look at the functioning of a dairy farm.

Tri County Trails
 
 
The multi-use Tri County Trail is located in southern Wisconsin.
Passing through wooded areas, prairies, marshes,
and small towns on the path of a former railroad bed,
the trail is extremely popular with ATV’s, dirt bikes, and motorcycles.
The trail is also open to hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and those riding horses.
The winter season welcomes snowmobilers.
Enjoy the trails!

Twilight in the Park Concerts – June through August
 
 
What better way is there to spend a relaxing summer Sunday evening than listening to a concert
in the park? Twilight in the Park concerts are a series of free concerts held from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Brodhead. Concerts begin in June and conclude at
the end of August. Concerts are coordinated by the Business Improvement District and
sponsored by local businesses and clubs. In case of rain, the concerts are moved
to the UCC church at 204 East 23rd Street.