Prairie Fling Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2018

10:00am – 3:00pm


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

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. Event will happen rain or shine!

Program Fee: $7/adult, $5/kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under
Hunt Hill Members
: Free!




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 with Muleskinner Logging and Go Green, covered wagon tractor ride, or get their 1000 steps for the day by walking through our beautiful prairie. We will also have a van service available for transportation to and from camp.




Artist booths1ART and CRAFTS BOOTHS

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

We were happy to welcome some of the following artisans to the 2017 event:
* Boards and More: cutting boards, plant stands
* Back Country Farms: honey, beeswax products
* Beadfrog: beaded and copper jewelry
* Annie Jack Workshop with upcycled wood boxes
* Lund Designs: wire wrapped jewelry
* Affordable Art by Rhonda: acrylic watercolor paintings and prints
* Handwoven Rugs
* Everyday Captured with Lainey: greeting cards
* The Wood Shop: bird houses
* Plus, much more including: garden art, crochet pieces, baked goods and kettle corn!

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 and Application ***2018 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 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, Rice Lake Library, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and many more!




In 2017, we hosted the following presentations at Prairie Fling:

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

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

2:30 pm: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary will present on “Butterflies”




Besides educational programming, Prairie Fling features a variety of roaming entertainers. In 2017 we welcomed the following entertainers to Prairie Fling:


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.





Tonal Recall: Shell Lake High School A Cappella Group

With only their voices, this A Cappella group creates a rich and full sound that makes the listeners forget that there are no instruments accompanying them! Similar to A Cappella group Pentatonix and those featured in the film Pitch Perfect, their set will feature songs from Tom Petty, the Beatles, Megan Trainor and more! They will perform from 1:30pm to 2:00pm in the Barn Loft. Check out the Hunt Hill Facebook page to see videos from their 2017 performance at Hunt Hill!





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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 Meats 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 The 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!

Prairie Fling will have a variety of activities for kids. Pint-sized festival-goers enjoyed the following activities in 2017:

  • Pinewood Derby Races: We will be giving away 100 FREE cars for youth to decorate and race down the tracks!
  • Free Face Painting from Paint Me First in the Barn Loft.
  • Yard Games: Lasso golf, giant jenga and bean bag fun for everyone!
  • Free Caricatures in the Barn Loft.
  • Petting Zoo: See an exotic array of adult and baby animals from Fantasy Corral.
  • Fur Table: Learn about Wisconsin furbearers at this educational table featuring furs from the WDNR.


2017 Gold  Prairie Sponsors:




2017 Silver Prairie Sponsors:














2017 Bronze Prairie Sponsors:

Bernick’s Beverage and Vending

Burnett Dairy Cooperative     

Cumberland Federal Bank   

CCF Bank

Indianhead Credit Union

Jacobson Advanced Eye Care      

 Katherine Stewart, Attorney at Law  

Kwik Trip

Louie’s Finer Meats

Lynn’s Honeywagon  

Old Dutch Foods, Inc.                 

The Pioneer on Long Lake            

The Reel ‘Em Inn     

The Roost of Sarona                                                 

Schmitz’s Economart        

Shell Lake State Bank          

Tice Technologies                                                                

2017 Other Thanks:

Burnell’s Decor                                                          Handy Hershey 

Hayward Area Rotary Club                                      On Twin Lakes Farm  

Perlick Farm                                                                Butternut Hills Golf Course

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

Tri-County Dairy Promoters                                         Republic Services   

Teddy Moravec