Hometown Days 2013

June 7-9 Verona, WI

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Keeping the Hometown spirit alive
Annual tradition is always personal, family-friendly
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor

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This year’s Hometown Days is the first with a full year of planning under a private organization, but that company is hoping it keeps the same feel it always has: family-friendly and social. Organizer Brad Zaugg, who heads Brava magazine, has added some promotional twists and made some modest changes throughout, but he doesn’t want to shake up any routines or change the overall experience for people who have been coming to the community’s annual gathering for years. After all, Zaugg is a 20-plus-year resident of Verona who had never thought about how the community’s annual festival was organized until he heard it might be shutting down. That was in late 2011, when the nonprofit group that had spent almost 40 years in charge of keeping it going decided to call it quits. Years of declining volunteer help and increasing festival complexity had taken its toll on the dwindling group. “There’s been a lot of work put into this for a lot of years,” Zaugg said of the festival, which started with the 1972 quasquicentennial

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One of the most popular attractions last year was the ZooZort exhibit, which is being expanded this year to include live stage shows on Saturday and Sunday.

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celebration. “It’s just something we need to keep going.” It’s not as if there’s a shortage of summer festivals with music and carnivals around Dane County, but Zaugg, whose company hosts three annual expos, didn’t want Verona to lose the fast-growing city’s biggest and oldest tradition.

After all, that tradition is part of Verona’s charm. “You get to see people that you see rushing past in your day in a more relaxed, social situation,” Zaugg said. “It’s like a large family reunion.” Though Hometown Days is no longer a relaxing weekend of hanging out in the beer tent for Zaugg, he

hopes to stay in the background during the event itself and let the community groups that have always been the centerpiece be front and center. And he’s sure that’s why the community in general has continued to support Hometown Days the way it did when the festival was fully nonprofit and all volunteer.

“Everyone’s been really grateful that it’s continued. Everyone says please tell me what I can do to help,” Zaugg said. “It’s not worth doing it if people aren’t happy to have it.”

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Wenzel brings new carnival to the festival
Seth Jovaag
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This year’s carnival at Hometown Days will be run by a different company than it has been since 1979, but visitors probably won’t notice much difference. Allenton-based Wenzel Amazements, which runs carnivals at similar community festivals in Middleton and Waunakee, was chosen by festival organizers last spring to succeed Calkins Midways, which had brought rides and games to Verona since 1979. Last year, Calkins committed to being in Mount Horeb for the Summer Frolic festival that was moved up a week to be held June 6-9, the same time as Hometown Days. So organizers hired Wenzel for Verona’s festival. Wenzel has been operating in Wisconsin since 1982 and is owned by Ann and Harley Wenzel. Its rides include a carousel and Ferris wheel, the long Fun slide, the Go-Gator kids’ roller-coaster, the Tilt-a-Whirl, Hurricane and G-Force rides, a fun house, a UFO-themed bouncy house and more, Ann Wenzel said. “It’s affordable, family

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Like most carnival/midways, the new one by Wenzel Amazements will feature a carousel.

fun,” she said. The Wenzels turned over the day-to-day operations to their three 30-something daughters – Corina, Alison and Liz – years ago, Ann Wenzel said, though she and Harley still help manage the business. They run about 16 carnivals – mostly in Wisconsin – between spring and autumn, then spend the offseason fixing up their equipment. She noted that their company has run the carnivals at

Waunakee and Middleton for over 20 years. A feature article on the Wenzels in a 2010 issue of Isthmus in Madison said Harley, like his daughters, was raised around carnivals. His dad lost three farms during the Depression, then began bringing games he’d built to barn dances, the article said. HarIey and Anne met in the early 1970s, in fact, when he was working as a ride superintendent for Belle City Amusements, and Ann was selling tickets, the article said. Not long after they were married, they purchased their first ride, a “flying coaster,” and by 1982, they’d founded Wenzel Amazements. Tickets on the grounds are $1 each or 22 for $20, and rides require 2-3 tickets each. Advance tickets are available at Miller and Sons Supermarket, where you can buy 14 tickets for $10. Wristbands that get you access to all rides for that day are $18. The carnival will be open Thursday and Friday from 5-10 p.m. and opens Saturday and Sunday at noon, with wristband use available until 5 p.m. on those days.

The new carnival and midway has many of the same rides as the Calkins midway did, with slightly more emphasis on the younger kids’ rides.
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The chamber uses the funds for its operations and activities throughout the year. Among the public events the Chamber has funded is a $500 scholarship for a Verona Area High School senior, concerts at Harriet Park and this year’s Hometown Days fireworks display. By trying to win a prize, you will not only have fun but also help the chamber to carry on its work in the community. We’ll see you at the fairgrounds, just past the food stands near the Community Park entrance.

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Could you use a new flatscreen television? Maybe you’ve outgrown your bicycle? Or perhaps you could use $250 in cash that you can spend any way you choose? All these items will be won by someone at Hometown Days, but you’ve got to spin if you want to win. The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce Spin the Wheel game is a staple of Hometown Days and one of its most popular destinations. Chamber businesses have donated more than 70 prizes this year, including gift certificates, toys, patio furniture and electronics. The difference between a standard raffle and the Chamber’s Spin game is the player chooses which prizes to vie for. For example, if you want a Kindle Fire for your kids, simply take all your tickets and place them in the drawing bucket for that item. Or maybe you want to win a new gas grill, but your husband would rather win a new crock pot. Then you can divide your tickets between the two items. Spread your tickets among as many prizes as you want.
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A Hometown USA Reminder
Festival welcomes 9/11 fire engine
Victoria Vlisides
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At a glance
What: Remembrance Rescue Project Founded: 2011 Who are they: Allvolunteer group of firefighters from across the country What they do: Show two restored fire trucks from 9/11 nationally Why: To keep the memory of fallen firefighters alive western states. The Project is also honoring those lost in the line of duty, including a dozen FDNY personnel in Rescue 5. Because of this, only the Photo submitted family’s members will be allowed inside the engine One of the Remembrance Rescue Project fire trucks was stationed in Wisconsin Rapids last year. to view it. Spectators can weekend as the Deerfield There are no paid members Now the engine, which area and has been touring take photos and check out festival, it seemed like a within the Remembrance was fully restored in 2011, the eastern states since April the engine from the outside, good fit for both fests, Sco- Rescue Project, according is stationed in the Chicago 2012. Engine 4 tours the Scovill said. vill said. to its website, remembrance. Hometown Days coordi- co. nator Brad Zaugg agreed. The engines themselves, “It was just a great oppor- former Fire Department of lumbing lass tunity to bring it to Home- New York Rescue 4 and Rescue 5, were in the actutown Days,” he said. ervice nc The cost for the engine is al events of 9/11 and have a couple hundred dollars for since been restored after Ken and Joyce Buczak both festivals, Zaugg said. they were purchased by the 845-7755 • 221 S. Main St. This covers fuel, travel costs project, Scovill said. plumbingandglass.com At the time, Rescue 5 was and maintenance. The Project is operated by firefight- covered in black spray paint ers from across the country and had to be stripped of volunteering their time. that paint to be restored. MP#6973

A restored fire truck that was in 9/11 will be at Hometown Days this year. A new feature to the annual festival, the Rescue 5 fire truck travels nationally through the nonprofit Remembrance Rescue Project as an educational tool, a memorial and a historical artifact. It will be at Hometown Days on Sunday in both the parade downtown and the car show at the Verona fire station just Scovill north of the festival grounds. Verona Fire officials teamed up with the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department to split costs for the engines to come to the Madison area. It will be on display at Deerfield Fireman’s Festival on Saturday. Matt Scovill, a firefighter with Deerfield for 3 ½ years, had heard about the engine through doing memorial rides with the Wisconsin State Firefighter Memorial organization. With Hometown Days on the same

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Madison County headlines a weekend full of music
Evening lineup also has Cherry Pie, V05
Bill Livick
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Cherry Pie at 2010 Hometown Days.

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8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, June 9 $6, CherryPie.org Cherry Pie is one of Wisconsin’s top cover bands, specializing in the biggest hard rock hits of the 1980s. The Milwaukee-based five-piece band formed in 1999, and despite a few lineup changes, Cherry Pie continues to draw throngs to their shows. They played the past two years at Hometown Days. The band’s flashy “big ’80s hair” and wild outfits are an obvious draw for fans, as are its big light show that transports audiences back two decades.

Some of the area’s top bands will appear at this year’s Hometown Days celebration: VO5, Madison County and Cherry Pie. All will perform on the Ho Chunk stage.

VO5’s repertoire includes everything from Abba and Bee Gees to Sly and the Family Stone and the Love Boat theme. They were selected “Best Cover Band” at the 2009 Madison Area Music Awards and in 2010 and were voted “Best Rock Band” in area newspaper polls. VO5 are as much fun to watch as they are to listen and dance to.
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Steve Meisner Band

Southern Wisconsin’s favorite country band, Madison County, will make its first Hometown Days appearance at 8 p.m. Friday. The band’s list of local and statewide music awards is long and impressive. The band has been together since 1999 and is the winner of six People’s Choice Awards at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards and has been named Country Artist of the Year at several Madison Area Music Awards. The seven-piece band is led by singer-songwriter Mike Zibell and his uncle, Augie Zibell. Their close harmony singing is a hallmark of a country band with a talented and high-energy group of

Madison County at Brat Fest earlier this year.

instrumentalists, including Kevin Hendrickson on drums, Scott Mitchell on bass, Dan Mahieu on keyboards, Angel Salinas on lead guitar, and Jess Lex on fiddle. The band has recorded four CDs and sold more than 10,000 copies. It’s performed with a host of big-name acts: Rascal Flatts, the Bellamy Brothers, Joe Diffie, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakum, Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Gary Alan, Sawyer Brown, and David Allan Coe, among others. Citics have hailed Madison County for its rockin’

approach to country music and its energetic stage show. Mike Zibell has been voted the Q106 MCMA Male Vocalist of the Year for 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Hailing from Texas and now living in Cambridge, Wis., he was also voted Star Country 96.3 Male Vocalist in 2011.

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At 7 p.m. Thursday, VO5 will bring its zany take on disco hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The disco/ funk dance band is a favorite of Madison-area audiences who like to get up and shake their collective booty. Together for seven years,

Polka accordionist extraordinaire Steve Meisner and his band will perform from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 9 on the TDS stage. Meisner has been nominated for Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards many times and has won in the polka category several times. He was nominated again in the polka category for 2013. Earlier this year, Meisner released a new CD, “Meisner Time,” which he recorded in January 2011.

Kind of a Big Deal

Hometown Days adds a Saturday afternoon show this year on the TDS stage with Janesville rock band Kind of a Big Deal. The group is known for high-energy shows.

What’s on stage
Hometown Days has two stages this year, the main one sponsored by Ho-Chunk, and the secondary stage, for smaller shows, sponsored by TDS.

Thursday
7 p.m., V05 (disco/funk) at the Ho-Chunk stage, free

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8 p.m., Madison County (country) at Ho-Chunk stage, $6

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3 p.m., Kind of a Big Deal (rock), TDS stage, free 8:30 p.m., Cherry Pie (classic rock), at Ho-Chunk stage, $6

Sunday
11 a.m., Aaron Williams (blues), Park Bank rooftop, free 2-5 p.m., The Steve Meisner Band (polka), TDS stage, free

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Parade marches on with familiar acts
Mark Ignatowski
Unified Newspaper Group

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What: Hometown Days parade When: Noon, Sunday, June 9 Where: Paoli and Main streets, West Verona Avenue Info: 848-6706 said for-profit groups were again asked to pay the $150 registration fee, although some of those groups were exempt if their act had significant entertainment value. Those entry fees go to pay for other acts in the parade and for other costs associated with the parade. In the past, Hometown Days organizers would have to draw money from other parts of the festival to pay for the parade, Maurer said. “Registration fees go 100 percent back into the parade,” she said. Still, the fees don’t cover all the costs, which are around $5,000. Organizers use money from other parts of the festival to pay for acts to fill the parade. For parade-goers, the route will be the same. The hour-long parade will head from Paoli Street to Main Street and the west on Verona Avenue toward Legion Street.

The Hometown Days parade will march on in similar fashion to last year, with many familiar faces returning to Main Street. Hannah Maurer, marketing and events assistant for Brava Magazine, said a lot of fan favorites will be back this year. “Bucky Badger tended to be pretty popular with kids,” Mauer said. Other familiar acts include more stilt walkers, bagpipers, the Cripple Creek Cloggers, firetrucks and the Whacky Wheeler. Miss Wisconsin Kate Gorman of Onalaska, will appear in this year’s parade. Mauer said Culver’s will have their Clydesdale horses will march, as well. Gary “Rocky” Rockweiler of Rockweiler insulation will serve as the grand marshall. Brava is in their second year of running the parade and the festival. Mauer said that year of experience has helped in organizing the event. “When I started last year it seemed a lot more overwhelming,” Mauer said. “It ended up coming together nicely. It’s a breeze this year.” In addition to her experience, she credited the work of volunteers who helped

Photo by Jim Ferolie

There’s nothing that says Hometown Days like the annual parade, which organizers have only had to cancel once in 40 years. This year is the first time Brava has planned it start to finish, but most of the participants and acts will be the same as last year.

put on the parade every year. While much of the parade will be similar to year’s past, some changes instituted last year will remain. The company won’t be having a theme or awards again this year to keep things

simple for participants. “It allows people to be more flexible with what their doing,” Mauer said, adding that this time of year can be very busy for a lot of people. In fact, one of the biggest challenges is getting

marching bands, since many schools are hosting graduation ceremonies this time of year. Some musical acts this year include the Lakeside Lutheran Marching Band, the Red Hot Dixie Band and the Impact of Brass Band.

The parade will have between 80 and 100 acts, similar to what’s been seen in the past, Maurer said. And while the parade may look similar to spectators, it’s a bit more financially solvent behind the scenes. Maurer previously

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Hometown Days is offering a way for Veronans to plan a safe night, with a courtesy shuttle that will pick people up early in the evening and drop them off after the music Friday and Saturday night. School buses, provided by event sponsor First Student Transportation, will provide free transportation in Verona. Neighborhoods in walking distance will not be served, but pickups include Westridge, Eastview Heights-Military Ridge-Hawthorne Hills, Raywood-Cross Country

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Rooftop band

Hear sounds from the heavens Sunday morning with this year’s rooftop concert. The performance, from 11 a.m. to noon, will feature the blues-influenced band Aaron Williams and

Courtesy shuttle offers Heights, Kettle CreekGateway Estates and Hartransportation both mony Hills. Pickups are between ways this year

6:30 and 8:15 p.m. and are posted on the website, veronahometowndays. com. Dropoffs begin at midnight. For other times, the festival offers a safe ride program. The Dane County Tavern League has helped organizers line up taxis that will be available – for standard rates – to transport festival goers home safely. Directions on how to use either service will be available at the beer tent. Zaugg said the goal is obviously to keep intoxicated people off the road, but it could also help minimize vehicle traffic.

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Kids with odd-shaped balloon sculptures are common at Hometown Days, which will host balloon-making Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

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Anderson said. First, the route has changed for the 2-kilometer (about 1.25 miles) Kids Run for youths under age 12. In the past, the young runners used part of the Harriet Park route that the grownups use. This year, the Kids Run will start at Wildcat Lanes and follow the parade route to give the experience of running past cheering crowds, Anderson said. Part of the idea is to help the cross country program by giving young people a glimpse of the racing experience. Another change is that this year’s T-shirts will be sporting a new logo designed by one of runners on the girls cross country teams.

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Cross Country boosters’ run/walk marks 27th year
Derek Spellman
Unified Newspaper Group

What: VAHS cross country Runners and walkers of all ages boosters run/walk (5K and 10K, can get their fix and help support plus 2K kids race) the Verona Area High School When: Sunday, 7:45 a.m. (kids cross country teams during the race starts at 11:30 a.m.,) 27th annual Hometown Days Run/Walk on Sunday, June 9. Where: Kids run at Wildcat Between 150 and 200 people Lanes, others at Harriet Park usually participate in the running Info: Visit active.com and or walking events, said Steve search for Verona Hometown Days Anderson, president of the Cross Country Booster Club. Proceeds from the event go to the club, The run/walk has been a longwhich in turn supports the girls time staple of the city’s annual and boys cross country teams. “This is our major fundraiser summer festival, but there will be a couple of changes this year, every year,” Anderson said.

Otherwise, much will be the same as in past years. Both a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer run/ walk will be available. That race starts at 7:45 a.m. at Harriet Park and will end at the park. The Kids Run starts at 11:30 a.m. Registration for the races costs $25 with the T-shirt and $20 without it. Participants in the Kids Run will each get a treat bag. The top three runners in each category in the 5K and 10K races will receive awards. To register, visit active.com and search for Verona Hometown Photo by Jim Ferolie Days or follow the link from the booster club’s website at www. In addition to the standard 5K and 10K runs, kids now have their own 2K run. veronacc.org.

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Continued from page 2 2013 was actually forced by Mount Horeb’s Summer Frolic. When that festival’s organizing committee decided last year to switch dates – thinking Hometown Days had gone away forever – it got Calkins Midways to agree to the switch, too. That left Zaugg with the choice of moving Hometown Days a week later or getting a new carnival and midway company. He picked the same weekend and the new carnival. Wenzel Amazements, w h i c h h a s Zaugg been a staple at Waunafest, has a slightly different feel from Calkins, Zaugg said, though he doesn’t get involved in what sort of rides the company will bring. It will, however, have the popular wristband night from 5-10 p.m., where all rides are one price. Another new item for 2013 is the Artisan Marketplace, which hearkens back to the old craft fair that was discontinued several years ago. And Sunday will bring a special appearance from Wisconsin Brewing Company, which won’t have its own facilities until this fall but is brewing beer at the Great Dane while the new brewery is erected in the Verona Technology Park. Brewmaster Kirby Nelson will have a barrel of an India Pale Ale and will be distributing samples starting at 2 p.m., Zaugg said. Another noticeable change this year will be the addition of a second stage, outside the beer tent, for the more intimate Saturday afternoon and Sunday musical shows. Those will both be performed at times when younger kids (under age 12) are allowed to join their parents in the beer tent area. And for those who want to come to the Friday and Saturday night shows and really tie one on, Hometown Days has added a “courtesy bus” that will pick people up at select Verona neighborhoods in the evening and bring them home when the show is over. First Student, which buses the Verona Area School District, is subsidizing the safe transportation. Saturday and Sunday. The carnival is the main draw on Thursday and Friday evening, so there will be fewer kids’ activities in the activities tent those nights. Kids’ attractions have all moved to the grassy area next to, rather than across from, the food court. Thursday will have balloon sculpting, caricatures and henna tattoos. Saturday and Sunday will have all of those plus ZooZort’s exotic animals, which will have not just the animals this year but also stage shows each day. Saturday will also feature face painting by Rhapsody Arts Center and a dunk tank benefiting the Verona Area Needs Network.

Continuing traditions

Since taking over the festival, Zaugg has been told repeatedly that there are three not to mess with – the fireworks, the carnival and the parade. But it didn’t take long to realize that the most important thing to keep the same is the participation of the community organizations that are the heartbeat of the event. So even when he wanted to bring in some new food and desserts, he was careful not to cut into the ability of the Optimists, Verona Senior Center and other groups to keep selling their food and desserts as they always have been. So while there will be a new food option – a barbecue on Saturday – it will fall under the Optimists’ umbrella. And the root beer floats won’t be offered until Sunday, when the Verona Senior Center is done selling its strawberry shortcake. There will still be plenty of kids’ activities, though they’ll be more concentrated in the daytime hours

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Why is it ‘Hometown Days?’
Verona earned its nickname a few years before its annual festival began, but the name didn’t stick right away. “Hometown U.S.A.” was the title bestowed on Verona in 1966 by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division serving in Vietnam after the Verona Press printed a letter to the editor from one of its servicemen, Donald Schmidt. Because of the free subscription sent to him (partially paid by the American Legion Auxiliary), the printing of his letter and other nostalgic things his fellow servicemen noticed in Schmidt’s description, the unit declared Verona “the perfect example of Hometown U.S.A.” They asked to adopt it as their honorary hometown. The title was informal until the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce adopted it in 1985 and created a logo. That year the city designated June 9 Hometown U.S.A. Day. The annual festival started in 1972 as a quasquicentennial, and a parade was held annually. Eventually, the two were tied together and Hometown U.S.A. Days became shortened by most people as Hometown Days.

Fire in the sky
Watching the fireworks show from all over the community is an annual tradition at Hometown Days. Here groups of youths gather on the grassy area across from Verona City Center, but spectators can also be seen on Enterprise Drive, near the fire station and at various spots on Verona Avenue. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Thursday evening, Saturday before 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoon. The “Celebrity Dunk Tank,” will run Nobody under 21 will be allowed from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday. in the beer tent area outside of those All proceeds go to the Verona Area hours. Needs Network. Participants can get three balls for $2 to dunk Verona-area Car show celebrities to be announced. The car show is held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday with around 150 cars. Barbecue It’s held outside the Verona Fire StaBob’s BBQ Emporium, an Arena- tion and is free this year. based outfit that offers custom catering, For information, call Gregg Miller at will provide an extra choice of food 845-8433 or email gedkmiller@tds.net. Saturday and Sunday. The company, which bills itself as Pony rides “Real Food, Cooked Real Slow,” will Pony rides are back at this year’s sell pork sandwiches with cole slaw. Hometown Days festival at noon Saturday and Sunday. Kids in the beer tent The price to ride one of six ponies Kids 12 and under will be able to is $5. join their parents in the beer tent on

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Verona Hometown Days 2013 Schedule of Events
Thursday, June 6 - 5pm-11pm
5pm Food court opens Beer tent, 5-11pm Wenzel Amazement’s Carnival, Wristbands, 5-10pm Spin-the-Wheel (VACC tent) Funny Faces balloon sculpting Tennis fACE caricature art Henna Tattoos Live music by V05- HO-CHUNK Stage Beer tent, no cover Home Talent Baseball, Stampfl Field Fireworks, Sponsored by VACC 5pm

Friday, June 7 - 5pm-1am
Food court opens Beer tent, 5-1am Wenzel Amazement’s Carnival Spin-the-Wheel (VACC tent) Adult Softball Tournament Live music by Madison County- HO-CHUNK Stage 8pm-1am, $6 cover Courtesy Bus Service to select Verona Neighborhoods, 12pm-1:15am

6:30pm 8pm 12am

6pm 7pm 9:30pm

Saturday, June 8 - 12pm-1am
8:30am 11am 12pm Adult Softball Tournament Food court opens Wenzel Amazement’s Carnival, Wristbands, 12-5pm Beer tent, 12pm-1am Artisan Marketplace, 12-6pm Spin-the-Wheel (VACC tent) Pony Rides ZOOZORT Exotic Animals, Live Stage Show, 2pm & 4pm Dunk Tank- Verona Area Needs Network, 12-5pm Funny Faces balloon sculpting, 12-5pm Tennis fACE caricature art, 12-5pm Henna Tattoos, 12-5pm Rhapsody Face Painting, 1-4pm 3-5:30pm Live Music by Kind of a Big Deal- TDS Stage 8:30pm Live music by Cherry Pie- HO-CHUNK Stage 8:30-1am, $6 cover 12am Courtesy Bus Service to select Verona Neighborhoods, 12-1:15am

Sunday, June 9 - 12pm-6pm
7am 7:45am 8am 9am 11am 11:30am 12pm Annual 5k/10k Run/Walk Registration Annual 5k/10k Run/Walk Classic Car Show, 8-3pm Adult Softball Kids Fun Run Registration- Wildcat Lanes Kids Fun Run- Parade Route Verona Hometown Days Parade Wenzel Amazements Carnival, Wristbands, 12-5pm Food Court Opens Beer Tent, 12-6pm Artisan Marketplace, 12-6pm Spin-the-Wheel (VACC Tent) Pony Rides Zoozort Exotic Animals Live Stage Show, 2:30pm Home Talent Baseball, Stampfl Field Rescue 5 Firetruck- September 11th Rememberance Project Funny Face balloon sculpting, 1-4pm Tennis fACES caricature art, 1-4pm Henna Tattoos, 1-4pm Live music by The Steve Meisner Band-TDS Stage, 2-5pm

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