|8/1/2013 5:05:00 PM|
Kiel Picnic set for Aug. 8-11
The entertainment is jaw dropping and free. The mustard is Düsseldorf and the wristbands are a bargain. It is soon picnic and parade time in Kiel.
Kiel City Park is the site of the Kiel Community Picnic, running Aug. 8-11.
Whether you are a lover of funnel cakes or a savorer of ice cream sundaes or enjoy the challenge of bingo or games on the midway, the picnic in the park is for you.
As in the past, four days are set aside for the Kiel Community Picnic.
Events begin at 6 p.m. Thursday evening which is known as Family Night. That night picnic events are in full swing except it is an alcohol-free night. This is done to accommodate teens and families with young children.
The Christman Amusement Rides are a popular draw that night with a single all-you-can-ride wristband price from 6 to 10 p.m.
Teens will want to participate in the gaming system giveaway. A gaming system, which has yet to be determined, will be drawn for at 9 p.m. Kids 16 and under can participate. The giveaway will be sponsored by FirstMerit Bank.
Magician to perform
The magician Kurt Kane will be performing his magic at the east end of the park from 6 to 9 p.m. His performance is being sponsored by Shopko Hometown.
The park will close at 10 p.m. on Family Night.
All the food stands will be open Thursday featuring brats, hamburgers, firehouse steaks, BBQ chicken breasts and even hot dogs. Other picnic foods include sweet corn, pizza, baked potatoes, grilled cheese, cheese curds, mozzarella sticks, homemade pie, mini-donuts, ice cream sundaes, cotton candy, funnel cakes and caramel apples.
Making a return this year is Ma's Kettle Korn from Two Rivers.
Pepsi and Coke products served in 20-ounce plastic bottles will quench one's thirst.
Friday the park is open from 6 p.m. until midnight.
The Kiel Municipal Band starts out the evening with its traditional ballyhoo throughout the park at 6:45 p.m. A KMB concert follows in the Edward Thiessen Memorial Band Stand at 7 p.m. and afterwards the band rides and plays on the carousel (merry-go-round).
Friday evening The Toys Band plays in the main tent from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Satisfy your appetite with pork loin sandwiches joined with sauerkraut, firehouse steaks made to order, BBQ chick-en breasts, hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers.
Twelve-ounce cans of Bud and Miller products plus specialty beers are among the alcohol choices. Mike's Hard Lemonade, Jack Daniel's Lemonade, Jack Daniels Down Home Punch and Spotted Cow are other choices.
Saturday the day begins with the third annual Kiel Community Picnic Amateur Grill-Off. Up to 26 two-person teams will make up the competition. The grilling activity (two slabs of pork baby back ribs) begins at 10 a.m. with judging starting at 2 p.m. The top four places will receive awards. The public is welcome to view the cooking which will take place throughout the morning on that leg of Fifth Street between Fremont Street and Kiel City Park. The team chefs will share with visitors their secrets to success.
Applications for the grill-off can be found at K&M Piggly Wiggly; registration is $50. Contestants are provided with meat, but must use their own grills and supply their own charcoal/fuel.
The Jerry Schneider Band will entertain in the main tent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by Bank First National.
Wristbands for the amusement rides will be sold Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. A children's coin hunt will be featured at 1 p.m. on Saturday, an event sponsored by Riesterer Financial Services and Mike Kissinger.
Sponsored by Lulloff True Value Hardware, Homer the Clown will make balloon animals for kids at 2 p.m.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Pat McCurdy will take the stage at the band shell to perform.
The Happy Schnapps Combo Band will perform Saturday at the bandshell from 3:45 to 7:15 p.m. The Johnny Wad Band will entertain in the main tent from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
The Kiel Parade, sponsored by the Kiel Area Association of Commerce, starts out Sunday's activities at 11:30 a.m. Floats will be judged on overall appearance and originality corresponding with the theme.
Waves of Rhythm to perform
The Kiel High School Waves of Rhythm Show Choir will perform at the band shell at 3 p.m. They are being sponsored by Roeck's Bakery and Todd Olig of New York Life.
Following the parade will be performances by the UW Marching Band and New Generation Drill team on 5th Street next to City Park.
Sponsored by Sargento Foods, Vic Ferrari will perform in the large tent starting at 2:30 p.m.
Homer the Clown will roam the grounds starting at 2:30 p.m. making balloon animals for children. His creative work is being sponsored by K&M Piggly Wiggly.
The main tent staging is sponsored by Collins State Bank for the entire picnic.
Kiel Community Picnic Raffle top prize will be $1,000, and the drawing is Thursday night, Aug. 15 at the Kiel Community Center. Tickets are available for purchase now at area businesses at a cost of $2 apiece or three for $5.
Volunteers are needed to sell in the hamburger/brat stand and beverage stands. For information call Al Schreiber at (920) 242-5155, Stacy Schweitzer at (920) 980-9610, Dave Arenz at (920) 286-2300, or Joe Schuh at (920) 374-1523.
Featured menu items available at the food stands will include Miesfields brats, K&M Piggly Wiggly hamburgers, firehouse steaks, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and pork loin, Düsseldorf Mustard, and buns/hardrolls from Roeck's Bakery.
Kiel Community Picnic organizers gave a special thanks to the Lions Club and Optimist Club. Through these organizations the profits go back to the community through clubs, sports teams, donations, scholarships and local programs.
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