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Dairy Days, Reenactment this weekend
2019 Dairy Days cover

In one sense, the 2019 Platteville Dairy Days will be the last event like it.

That’s because Art Hall, which is used for exhibitions during Dairy Days, won’t be there at this time next year.

Groundbreaking for the new Legion Park Event Center will be held at Art Hall Sunday at noon. Art Hall demolition is scheduled to begin after Dairy Days, and the new event center is expected to open in May, in time for events next late spring and summer, including the 2020 Dairy Days.

The Christman Amusements Midway will open Friday at 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. Midway specials will be announced on Christman Amusements’ Facebook page. The flea market will open daily at 8 a.m.

Music includes The Real Beals Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Aquatic Hitchhikers Friday at 8 p.m., Tom Katalin Saturday at 6 p.m., the Adam Bartels Band Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and The Wundo Band Sunday at 11 a.m. UB the Band, The Audience Is the Show, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. The Hometown Talent Showcase will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The annual Dairy Days Parade will take place on Main Street Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be presented at the Legion Park Main Stage at noon.

The Tri-County Mini Rods and Truck Pull will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Dairy Days Open Tractor Pull will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. The Dairyland Antique Tractor Pull will be Sunday at 11 a.m. The Kids Pedal Tractor Pull will be Sunday at 1 p.m.

Art Hall will host 4-H exhibits Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dairy Cattle Show will be Saturday at noon. 

Mr. Steve, Master Facilitator of Fun, will perform Saturday at 12:45 p.m. The Jaycees Bean Bag Tournament will be Saturday at 1 p.m. The Dairy Queen Dilly Bar Eating Contest will be held Saturday at 5 p.m.

Platteville United Methodist Church will hold a service featuring Beyond Belief Sunday at 9 a.m.

The 45th annual Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club car show and swap meet will be held Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Judging for entrants who are not SWAC members will take place at noon. 

Food and beverage vendors include the Platteville Jaycees, Platteville Optimist Club, Platteville Kiwanis, Platteville Community Arboretum, Platteville FFA Alumni, Dairyland Diamonds 4-H and Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin.

The 22nd annual Historic Re-Enactment will be held at Mound View Park Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Displays include military demonstrations, bagpipes, the Voyageur Camp, blacksmithing and Native American storytelling. There will also be a silent auction.

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