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.
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.
Photo courtesy of EAA Chapter 431
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.
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 home built 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.
Twilight in the Park Concerts – June 18 through August 13
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 6:00 until 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Brodhead. Concerts begin June 15th this year and conclude the weekend of Covered Bridge Days, August 10 in 2014. 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 banquet room at Cardinal Lanes, 2107 1st Center Avenue.
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.
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 native plant tours and educational programs as well as a juried, high-quality 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 longstanding 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, volleyball and softball tournaments, a street dance, a parade, food stands and beer gardens. For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411.
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 3 p.m. Food stands are available at both schools. This major fundraiser for the Jaycees allows them to sponsor many activities for kids as well as scholarships.
AutumnFest - October
During the first Saturday of each October, come to Brodhead for AutumnFest! Fun-filled activities abound, including a chili contest, music, children's activities, food booths, sidewalk craft vendors, and "Embrace the Race" pontoon boat rides on the Mill Race. For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411.
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! For more information, call the Brodhead Chamber of Commerce at 897-8411.