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National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Saturday, the first day of September.

As Labor Day weekend brings the end of summer, ReadyWisconsin is urging Wisconsinites to discuss emergency preparation.

“Preparing for emergency events like tornadoes, flooding and winter storms requires individuals and families to be self-reliant and ready to face days without utilities such as electricity, water and phone service, access to local businesses such as gas stations and supermarkets, and other needed services,” said a Wisconsin Emergency Management press release.

People across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies by getting an emergency supply kit, making a plan for an emergency, and being informed about what types of emergencies could happen in your community.

Dinner Battle raises money for school athletics

Reedsburg and Baraboo will go head-to-head in their fifth annual Steak Feed Dinner Battle Wednesday.

Each community will come together to compete for cookout proceeds.  All cookout profits go to the athletic departments in each school district.  The community that sells the most dinners will receive an additional $500 donation from Viking Village Foods and Viking Express Market.

A ribeye steak sandwich, coleslaw, and Pam’s Special Recipe beans costs $8.  Meals are dine in or carryout and drinks cost extra.

The Steak Feed Dinner Battle will take place rain or shine on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Food will be served at the Viking Express Market, located at 935 8th St. in Baraboo.

The winning school will be announced during the varsity football halftime show on Friday, Aug. 31.

Concert on the Square ends Thursday in Baraboo

The Capitol Square summer concerts might be over, but Concerts on the Square continue Thursday in Baraboo.

The performances take place on the Baraboo Courthouse Square lawn and took place June through August.  This evening’s concert will conclude the series.

The summer series featured blues, jazz, classical and big band music.  Thursday’s event features the UW Baraboo/Sauk County Campus and community band.

The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.  The rain site is the Al Ringling Theatre at 136 4th Ave. on the square.

Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

Local church hosts barbecue fundraiser

Local church hosts barbecue fundraiser

A local church will hold its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser and community event this weekend.

Merrimac United Methodist Church started the event in 1961 after its church was destroyed by a fire.  The congregation raised funds through the chicken barbecue to rebuild the church.

Now, the fundraiser is a community events that raises funds for youth programs, community outreach and missions.  Last year, the event raised over $17,000 to dig a deep water well in Kalongo, Uganda.

This year's event will include the praise band Twelve:29.  Homemade food such as grilled half-chicken, potato salad, vegetables, and dessert will be served.

The event costs $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $3 for a kid's hot dog plate.  Carry-out is also available by stopping by or calling 608-493-2774.

Summer Art Fair returns to Baraboo

Summer Art Fair returns to Baraboo

The annual Summer Art Classic will return to Baraboo on Saturday, August 11.

The fine arts fair hosts various artists selling fine glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, fiber art and more.

Children's art activities and various food vendors will be at fair on the Courthouse Lawn in Baraboo.  The fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Visit the event website for more information.

Tommy Bartlett Show celebrates 60th anniversary

The Tommy Bartlett Show is celebrating its 60th summer in Wisconsin Dells and on the shores of Lake Delton. This weekend, a Tommy Bartlett 60th Employee Reunion was held for all past and present employees to celebrate 60 years of the show.

Dells Chili Cook Off heats up in October

The third annual Dells Chili Cook Off will be heating up this October, according to event organizers.

The cooking competition has local chili cooking teams in downtown Wisconsin Dells serve spicy samples for the public and judges’ approval, organizers said.

The Oct. 6 competition is themed “Our Old West” and includes a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, stagecoach and pony rides, 1880s style street performances by the Hole in the Sock Gang, a jail lockup, a beer tent and an entertainment stage.

More information can be found at www.dellschili.com.