Prairie Fling Festival

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:00am – 4:00pm

Check back often as we update activities for 2017!

“Connecting people to people, people to community and people to nature”

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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!


Join us at 1pm at the outdoor amphitheater to celebrate our big achievement and new announcement.

Artist booths1ARTISAN BOOTHS

To highlight the talent of the members of our community Hunt Hill will welcome artisans to display and sell their handmade artwork.

Prices range from a few dollars to a few hundred.

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 a vendor interested in setting up a booth, contact Hunt Hill at or 715 635 6543 or download the ***Prairie Fling Vendor Letter *** Prairie Fling Vendor Application Form***2017 Sellers Permit Form 


COMMUNITY BOOTHShunt hill spring fling sat may 12, 2012 032-Joan Jacobowski-Nat'l Park Service


A variety of local community groups will be on hand to show you what their organizations have to offer in our region.  In 2017 we will welcome  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, Rice Lake Library, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, LCO Farm, and many more!




In 2017, we will host the following presentations at Prairie Fling:

11:00 am: The National Park Service (St. Croix-Namekagon National Scenic Riverway) will present “The Secret Life of Clams”

12:00 am: The Audubon Center of the Northwoods will present a raptor program, featuring live birds of prey.

More programs to come… check back soon!





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.


Les Fils du Voyageur (Sons of the Voyageur)

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 12:00pm to 1:30pm.




Eric Schubring

Eric Schubring keeps things fresh on the banjo, finger-style guitar, and vocals. His past projects include: The Penokee Mountain Travelers, Jackpine Rose (with Molly Stoddard), and a duo with the late Lew Orsoni. Eric began singing harmony in second grade and later picking out notes on his mother’s ukulele. He played trombone in the high school band , but was well into his twenties before he discovered the five string banjo and the music of Pete Seeger. At about the same time it was while reading Woody Guthrie’s autobiography Bound for Glory that he was inspired to make music a major part of his life. Eric is also the morning program host on radio station WOJB 88.9FM in Reserve, WI. Eric is performing in front of the library between 10:30 and 11:30 am.



Sometimes it takes traveling far from home to find out where one comes from… after combing the world for signs of the sacred among paths of the profane, Sonofmel returns with fistfuls of chords wrapped up in verse that declare though trouble never starves, somewhere high above the maladies of modern man, the sky is still as blue as when Adam first kissed Eve. Sonofmel will be performing in front of the library bweetn 2:00 and 3:30 pm.



FOODhunt hill spring fling drop donuts Char Ross and Carlotta Romsos sat may 12, 2012 068-

Yum!!!  Thanks to many sponsors, our 2017 food fundraiser features a tasty and diverse menu.

Visitors can enjoy a fresh grilled brat from Louie’s Finer Foods and jumbo hot dogs served with all the fixings and served on deli fresh buns from Schmitz Economart. People also can enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, made fresh and hot to order with fresh cheese from Burnett Diary Cooperative. Many added a bowl of delicious gourmet tomato soup from Greener’s Reel ‘em Inn.

Visitors can also expect Old Dutch potato chips, cookies, apples, plus a wide selection of soft drinks and bottled water from Bernick’s Beverage & Vending, coffee and milk (White & Chocolate).

Food sales benefit Hunt Hill as part of our fundraiser.  Come hungry and enjoy!


Free create your own Pinewood Derby Cars!

Free Face painting!

The Prairie Fling Kids Area will be its biggest and best this year! Pint-sized festival-goers will enjoy the following activities in 2017:

  • 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, giant jenga and bean bag fun for everyone!
  • Caricatures for $5/person!
  • Returning in 2017: Fantasy Corral petting zoo.





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.



Sponsor Us


Gold  Prairie Sponsors:





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Silver Prairie Sponsors:

Economart Logo 3-Color





Bronze Prairie Sponsors:

Shell Lake State Bank                                                      

Jacobson Advanced Eye Care                                            

Cumberland Federal Bank                                                                                                                                                  

Reel ‘Em Inn                                                       

Old Dutch Foods, Inc.

Burnett Dairy Cooperative                                           

Katherine Stewart, Attorney at Law                               

Tice Technologies                                                                

 Republic Services

Other Thanks:

Burnell’s Decor                                                           Hayward Area Rotary Club

On Twin Lakes Farm                                                   Perlick Farm

Taylor Johnson: Mule Skinner Horse Logging and Go Green Forest products

Tri-County Dairy Promoters                                                                            

Kwik Trip – Knapp Street, Rice Lake