We are taking a Holiday weekend pause from our Wisconsin Counties tour to celebrate a couple of things;  Birthdays and Brats.

Happy Birthday Wisconsin – the state. Wisconsin joined the United States 168 years ago on May 29th 1848 as the 30th state of the union. Known as the Badger state the robin is the state bird, White Tailed Deer is the state wild animal, the Muskellunge is the state fish and the wood violet is the state flower.

Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin was settled by immigrants from many parts of the World. Polish, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Danish, Hispanic and Asian visitors joined the Native Americans who were already here.

The state is known for Wisconsin’s extraordinary people, who demonstrate innovation, spirit of service and work ethic. They are passionate about their trade and take pride in the quality products they produce. So Happy 168th Wisconsin! And you can see some of their work at Wisconsinmade.com, the website that features products Made With Pride and Passion by the artisans of Wisconsin.

Brat Fest — Memorial Day Weekend

Apple Bratwurst

Apple Bratwurst

As we all remember and honor our fallen service members this weekend we thank them all for their service to our country. Brat Fest is an annual Memorial Day festival in Madison, Wisconsin where we celebrate the mighty bratwurst. It is a giant gathering of folks to listen to music, drink some beverages, eat some brats and raise funds for over one hundred local charities. It has grown over the last 31 years and now is three days long. Over 3,200 volunteers help at the grills, serve food, keep things clean and safe. They each earn $8 per hour, which is donated back to their charity of choice and the end of the event. Over the years more than $1.6 million has been raised. If you can’t be there in person a broad selection of Wisconsin brats are available at Wisconsinmade.com.

Sheboygan Brats

Sheboygan Brats

Wisconsin communities host many festivals over the summer.  Visitors can partake in many of them.  For example May 28th is National Hamburger day.  A day to celebrate one of Americas other favorite foods.  June is National Dairy Month. And then June 4th is National Cheese Day.  In Wisconsin it almost a state mandated holiday. The Little Chute Cheese Festival is June 3-5 in Little Chute. Cheese should be designated as the national food.

Next week we return to our virtual tour of Wisconsin counties with Monroe County and Oconto County.  We will be searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.