Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
We are in the planning stages for Prairie Fling 2017. Check back soon for updated information!
“Connecting people to people, people to community and people to nature”
Bronze Prairie Sponsors:
Katherine Stewart, Attorney at Law Castle Insurance Group
Tri-County Dairy Promoters Crystal Farms
Kwik Trip – Knapp Street, Rice Lake
More About Our Event
Join Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary as we celebrate spring, Hunt Hill, nature and our community in this day-long celebration. Visitors will enjoy hayrides, music, food, artisan booths, community booths, educational programs a kids area and so much more! Check back often for more information as it becomes available.
Program Fee: $7/adult, $5/kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under
Hunt Hill Members: Free!
To highlight the talent of the members of our community Hunt Hill will welcome around 20 artisans to display and sell their handmade artwork.
Prices range from a few dollars to a few hundred.
Check back often to learn more about exhibitors.
All artisans involved in Prairie Fling will be approved by our volunteer committee and sell only original hand crafted art and crafts – no resale items will be sold. If you are an artist interested in setting up a booth, contact Hunt Hill at email@example.com or 715 635 6543 or download the ***Prairie Fling Artist Letter *** Prairie Fling Artist Application form ***2017 Sellers Permit Form
A variety of local community groups will be on hand to show you what their organizations have to offer in our region. In 2016 we welcomed the Wisconsin Canoe History Museum, Boy Scout Troop 104 with their fresh fire cooked cobbler, the National Park Service from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Birchwood Bobcat Riders, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and many more!
In 2016, we held the following presentations at Prairie Fling:
Live Eagle Presentation from the National Eagle Center
Live Snake program from Snake Discovery
Nocturnal Animals program from the Lake Superior Zoo
Beekeeping with John Haack, UW-Extension Educator
Check back soon for 2017 Prairie Fling Programs!
Besides educational programming, Prairie Fling features a variety of roaming entertainers. If the weather is not as nice to be outside, performances will be moved to the dining hall and barn loft.
The Voyageurs will be entertaining Fling-goers as they travel throughout the camp between 10:00am and 2:00pm. In their performances you will hear authentic fur trade era songs sung acapella in three and four part harmony and be led from Montreal to Grand Portage as the lifestyle of the Voyageur is portrayed in authentic period costume.
The Second Wind String Band is an old time fiddle dance band compromised of a twelve string guitar, bano, bass and fiddle. Their repertoire ranges from old time fiddle music to folk tunes. Participants will enjoy their music as they visit artist vendors by the library from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
The Little Ripley Band
The Little Ripley Band consists of Jane O’Brien and Norma Peterson, These talented ladies play everything from folk to rock, western to Irish and throw in a bit of Reggae and old time dance for good measure. Jane plays accordion, Norma plays the keyboard and both play percussion with their feet. The band admits their music style is hard to describe, but everyone agrees the sound is catchy and a lot of fun! They will be playing from 10:30am to 12:30pm by the library.
Yum!!! Thanks to many sponsors, our food fundraiser will feature a tasty and diverse menu.
Get a fresh grilled brat from Louie’s Finer Foods or a jumbo hot dog served with all the fixings and served on deli fresh buns from Schmitz Economart. Have a grilled cheese sandwich, made fresh and hot to your order with fresh cheese from Burnett Diary Cooperative. Add a bowl of delicious gourmet tomato soup from Greener’s Reel ‘em Inn.
There will also be Old Dutch potato chips, cookies, apples, beef sticks, plus a wide selection of soft drinks and bottled water from Bernick’s Beverage & Vending, coffee and milk (White & Chocolate).
Returning again this year will be the popular “Scoop Donuts”. Come early and get ‘em while they last. These popular treats were sold out before noon last year.
All food sales will benefit Hunt Hill as part of our fundraiser. So come hungry and enjoy!
The Prairie Fling Kids Area will be its biggest and best this year! Pint-sized festival-goers enoyed the following activities in 2016:
- Pinewood Derby Races: We will be giving away 100 cars for youth to decorate and race down the tracks!
- Free Face Painting from Paint Me First!
- The Straw Bale Fort returns!
- Yard Games: Lasso golf and bean bag fun for everyone!
- Caricatures for $5/person!
- New in 2016! Fantasy Corral petting zoo.
Check back soon for 2017 Prairie Fling Kids Area features!
In addition to fun activities in camp, guests will enjoy the ambiance and activities outside of the main camp.
When participants first arrive, they can choose to ride into camp by horse drawn wagon ride, covered wagon tractor ride, or get their 1000 steps for the day by walking through our beautiful prairie.