PLATTEVILLE — One of Southwest Wisconsin’s biggest festivals, the 10-day-long Hometown Festival Week, begins Friday.
The event that makes the 2013 Hometown Festival Week different from the previous ones is the Welcome Home ceremony for the Wisconsin Army National Guard 229th Engineering Company, which returned to Wisconsin after a 10-month-long deployment to Afghanistan.
The welcome home ceremony will be held during the Party in the Park in City Park Thursday, July 23 at 5 p.m. The Party in the Park also will include the annual Celebration of Volunteers, with the Wundo Band performing afterward.
Hometown Festival Week begins with the Walk in the Vineyard at Bauer–Kearns Winery, 19245 West Mound Road, Town of Belmont, Friday at 8 p.m.
The Hometown Hog Roast will be held at the Pizzeria Uno Back Bar, 155 W. Business 151, Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. The hog roast will include pig races in the Rountree Branch and live music.
On Sunday, the Mitchell–Rountree Stone Cottage will hold an ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m.
A fundraiser for Platteville’s Historic Re-Enactment, which is held during Platteville Dairy Days, will be held at Country Kitchen Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Movie Night will be held at the Avalon Cinema downtown and the Millennium Cinema on East Business 151 Monday night. The Avalon will show the documentary “Heroes Behind the Badge,” including police officers shot and killed in Fond du Lac, at 7 p.m. The $10 tickets include popcorn and soda. Proceeds will be used to raise funds for a multi-agency law enforcement honor guard and for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. Tickets are available at the Platteville Police Department or the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Tuesday will begin with a PHS Scholarship Fund fundraiser breakfast at Take 2 Restaurant, 111 Millennium Dr., from 7 to 10 a.m. Southwest Health Center will hold its 63rd annual Strawberry Festival at Legion Field Tuesday from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
The chamber will hold its monthly Chamber After Hours at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill, 1621 Progressive Parkway, Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Two trivia contests will be held Friday, July 26. A trivia event to benefit the Platteville Community Fund will be held at Pioneer Lanes, 1185 E. Business 151, with registration at 6:30 p.m. The Platteville Public Library, 65 W. Pine St., will host Groundbreaking Trivia Night at 7 p.m.
Southwest Opportunities Center will hold a Glowing Opportunities Glow Ball Golf Outing at the Platteville Country Club, 6729 N. Water St., with check-in at 7 p.m. and tee-off at 9 p.m.
The annual Festival of the Arts will be held in City Park Saturday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature live music, food, an art fair and kids’ activities. The weekly Farmers Market also will be held until noon.
Hometown Festival Week will wind up with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Trinity Episcopal Church, 250 Market St., Sunday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.