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 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 and small wagon 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.

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. Just some of our great community organizations that will be present this year, include:  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!




Join us for the following presentations at Prairie Fling:

11:00 am: Snake Discovery with Emily and her live snakes

12:15 pm: Rock Biz presents on rock and mineral florescence







Besides educational programming, Prairie Fling features a variety of roaming entertainers. In 2018 we welcome the following entertainers to Prairie Fling:

Little Ripley Band

The Little Ripley Band offers toe tapping, family fun music.  This duo uses a variety of instruments, including an accordion.  You won’t want to miss their sound! The band will perform from 10:00am – 11:30am in front of the library.


Paul Imholte

Paul will be performing at Prairie Fling from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Along with the hammered dulcimer, Paul plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandola, mountain dulcimer, cello, viola, autoharp, harmonica, jaw harp and spoons. Look for Paul and his cart of instruments as he wanders through camp all day!



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 11:30am to 12:15pm at the outdoor amphitheater. Check out the Hunt Hill Facebook page to see videos from their 2017 performance at Hunt Hill!




Olive Sings

Seth Gamble and Kayla Zoltak make up the toe-tapping duo known as Olive Sings.  The group features classic folk sounds blended with pure lyrics that will make you think, but also, remind you to love. Their original songs will have the whole family up and dancing.  They will perform at 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the amphitheater.




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Yum!!!  Thanks to many sponsors, our 2018 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.  The perfect addition to the grilled cheese is 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!

Prairie Fling has a variety of activities for kids. Pint-sized festival-goers will enjoy the following activities in 2018:

  • Pinewood Derby Races: We will be giving away 100 FREE cars for youth to decorate and race down the exciting gutter tracks!
  • Free Face Painting from Paint Me First.
  • Yard Games: Lasso golf, giant jenga and bean bag fun for everyone!
  • Petting Zoo: Shell Lake FFA will be here with a variety of fun farm animals and pets for families to pet and learn more about.
  • New in 2018: 
    • The Tree House: Kids Healthy Cooking Classes, Yoga and Reiki will be here teaching animal yoga poses and helping kids make and take their own healthy trail mix!
    • S’mores Palooza: We’ll have the bed of coals ready and perfect for making your own creative s’mores concoction.  Ingredients include, but not limited to: cookies, crackers, candy, chocolates, and variety of marshmallows. YUM!
    • Slime Table: Kids will get to make their own slime!
    • Bounce House: This year will feature a festive bounce house for youth to enjoy.


2018 Gold  Prairie Sponsors:




2018 Silver Prairie Sponsors:



2018 Bronze Prairie Sponsors:

Bernick’s Beverage and Vending

Blue Hills Chiropractic    

Cumberland Federal Bank   

Frito Lays

Independent Sanitation 

Indianhead Credit Union

Jacobson Advanced Eye Care      

 Katherine Stewart, Attorney at Law  

Kwik Trip

Lynn’s Honeywagon  

Midwest Roasters                  

The Reel ‘Em Inn          

Sam’s Club                                        

Schmitz’s Economart        

Shell Lake State Bank   

Thrivent Financial       


2017 Other Thanks:


Burnell’s Decor       The Butcher Shop     
Burnett Dairy Cooperative    Tri-County Dairy Promoters     
Hayward Area Rotary Club     Teddy Moravec    
Handy Hershey  Taylor Johnson: Mule Skinner Horse Logging and Go Green Forest products
Old Dutch Foods, Inc
On Twin Lakes Farm