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Fun Fest returns to Fennimore
June 1-2 event to be bigger, better
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Fun Fest returns to Fennimore June 1-2, and aims to be “bigger and better” after a one-year hiatus.
“It is really a whole year long you work on Fun Fest,” Fennimore Promotions Coordinator Linda Parrish said. “I think it is so important we continue to have our festival.
“We always fully intended to bring Fun Fest back and we have had some new volunteers come on board in the past year.”
A new Fun Fest attraction will be a carnival hosted by Spectrum Entertainment. The carnival will offer 14 rides for youth and adults, along with games, food and fun.
“We are really needing the people to help support the carnival,” Parrish said. “It is something for the whole family to attend.”
Wristbands for unlimited carnival rides can be purchased in advance for $16 and are available at the city clerk’s office and Century 21. Wristbands can be used June 1 from 6 - 10 p.m., and June 2 from 1 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 10 p.m. Wristbands purchased on site June 1-2 will be $20.
The kickball tournament returns and teams are still needed. Anyone interested in fielding a team should contact Chuck Zink at 608-732-1818. A $50 entry fee is required, though first, second and third place finishers receive a cash prize.
“We have six teams signed up right now, but we’d take up to 16,” Fun Fest volunteer Stephanie Miles said.
A new event in 2012 will be the half-barrel throwing contest June 1 at 8 p.m. The popular dance entertainment by Dance Elite will precede the half-barrel throwing contest at 6:30 p.m.
“The trick to the half-barrel throwing is the release of it,” Miles said. “There is a technique to it.”
  Another new event will be a Christian music concert June 2 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Area bands Redeemer (Platteville), All 4 Given (Montfort) and Fish Fushion (Fennimore) will be among those in the concert.
“I’m really excited for the Christian music concert,” Miles said.
The theme of the 2012 Fun Fest parade is “Pump Up the Fun!” Parade entries are still being accepted. Parade information can be found online at Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place floats.
“The parade generally brings out hundreds of people,” Parrish said. “That is pretty good for around here.”
Following the parade, the Texaco Country Showdown, a new event in 2012, is set for 8 p.m. The Showdown will conclude following fireworks at 9 p.m.
“The first time the Showdown came into the area was a year ago and it became very, very popular,” Parrish said. “We thought by bringing that to Fun Fest that would be bringing people in from outside the area. I think it is going to be really neat.”
The Friends of Fennimore Elementary will oversee kids games from noon until 5 p.m on June 2. The Optimist Club will offer face painting from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Good food will not be hard to find during Fun Fest. The Optimist Club will sell fried cheese curds starting at 7 p.m. on June 1 and and again June 2 starting at 11 a.m. In addition, the Fennimore Wrestling Club will have a concessions stand throughout Fun Fest.
All Fun Fest events will be held at Fennimore’s Industrial Park/City Ball Diamond.
Parrish said one struggle Fun Fest faces is a lack of a festival grounds in Fennimore, which makes it difficult to charge admission.
“We rely on generous donations from businesses to make Fun Fest possible,” she said.
A year in the making, Miles and Parrish look forward to the new events Fun Fest has to offer in 2012.
“We have some new and exciting things, so we hope to have a great turnout,” Miles said.