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From pork to ice cream
The first weekend of Hometown Festival Week
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... while another guest enjoyed ice cream at the MitchellRountree Stone Cottage Ice Cream Social Sunday

Hometown Festival Week, Southwest Wisconsin’s largest and longest festival, winds up Saturday, two days after a salute tied to the biggest news event of the year so far.

The Party in the Park will be held in City Park Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s honorees will be those who volunteered in cleanup efforts after the June 16 tornadoes.

Complimentary hot dogs, ice cream and milk will be provided by the Platteville Optimists with support of the Platteville Rotary Club. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with service clubs’ and nonprofit organizations’ Volunteers of the Year, followed by a special recognition for tornado relief volunteers. The Wundo Band will play at 6:30 p.m. as part of Music in the Park.

The last part of Heritage Festival Week starts with the Platteville Regional Chamber Business After Hours at QueenB Radio, 51 Means Dr., today from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Three events are scheduled Friday. The Katie’s Garden 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held at the chamber office on West Business 151 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Platteville Public Library will host “Elements of Trivia” Trivia Night at 7 p.m. The Glowing Opportunities Glow Ball Golf Outing will be held at the Platteville Golf & Country Club, with check-in at 7 p.m. and tee-off at 9 p.m.

Hometown Festival Week will conclude Saturday with the Festival of the Arts in City Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature an art fair, kids’ activities, live music and food.

Santa Bucks purchases from participating merchants will be worth double during Hometown Festival Week.