Southwest Wisconsin’s longest festival returns for its 22nd year Saturday.
The Platteville Regional Chamber Hometown Festival Week features nine days of events, including the fourth annual Southwest Music Festival Saturday, the 70th annual Southwest Health Berry Fest Tuesday, the 22nd annual Party in the Park and Salute to Volunteers Thursday, and the Hometown Festival Craft Fair July 27.
Throughout Hometown Festival Week the Salvation Army will take Christmas in July donations with its red kettles at Piggly Wiggly in Platteville during store hours.
Events begin Saturday with the second annual Classic Car Show at Millennium Cinema and the Ford Drive 4Ur Community vehicle test drive, with proceeds going to the chamber’s Katie’s Garden, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Southwest Music Festival will be held on North Second Street Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight, with Elizabeth Mary at 5 p.m., Untamed Band at 7 p.m. and Arch Allies at 9 p.m. Cost for the event, which is open to adults 21 and older, is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.
The Mitchell–Rountree Stone Cottage will hold its annual Ice Cream Social Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
On Monday, Country Kitchen will hold a fundraiser for the annual Historic Reenactment at Mound View Park during Platteville Dairy Days.
The 70th annual Southwest Health Berry Fest will be held at Legion Park Tuesday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., with various family activities, food and music.
The 15th anniversary of Katie’s Garden will be celebrated Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The 22nd annual Party in the Park Salute to Volunteers in City Park will be Thursday, July 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., with the Salute at 5:30 p.m. and the Classic Big Band playing the Main Street Program Music in the Park concert at 6 p.m.
On Friday, July 26, Fidelity Bank & Trust will hold a brat sale to benefit the Salvation Army from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The third annual Trinity Episcopal Church Fish Boil and Corn Roast will be held at the church, 250 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m.
UW–Platteville’s Platteville Summer Arts Festival will present the first weekend of “Big Fish” July 26–27 at 7:30 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m. For tickets, go to tickets.uwplatt.edu.
The Hometown Festival Craft Fair will be held at City Park Saturday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring Roy Schroedl at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch and Fishin’ for Submarines at 11:15 a.m., and Meeker & Maiden at 12:30 p.m.
Hometown Festival Week will conclude with the third annual Southwest Gospel Music Festival in City Park Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m. The rain location will be the Municipal Auditorium.
For more information on Hometown Festival Week, call 348-8888 or go to www.platteville.com.