By Devon Cavic —
Students are finishing up their final projects and tests, and graduates are preparing to walk across the stage. In a couple weeks most students will leave Menomonie for the summer. However, the few that choose to stay will see what makes summers in Menomonie so special. Main Street of Menomonie puts on multiple events that allow the community to come together and celebrate the summer.
SummerDaze: May 16
The small town celebration will feature fun for all ages starting at 11 a.m. with an arts and crafts fair and a sidewalk chalk competition hosted by Mike’s Art & Design Supply. For the energetic members of the community, there will be a kayak race on Lake Menomin and a beanbag competition with a cash prize for the winning team. Wiener dogs will speed down Main Street during the wiener dog races, and live music from the local D Boys Band will begin at 7 p.m. Head down to Main Street to kick off the summer, shop the sidewalk sales and join in on the community fun.
Flag Day ceremony: June 14
The Flag Day ceremony will honor the veterans whose names are carved in the bricks at the Dunn County Veterans Memorial. Attend this moving ceremony to pay respects to those who have served our country. All of the names on the bricks will be read at the ceremony in honor of the 15th anniversary.
Ladies Night Out: July 16
The counterpart to Chicks Night Out in the spring and Witches Night Out in the fall, this event provides community members the opportunity to explore the businesses of downtown. Three more businesses joined the roster for the summer event. Visit participating businesses during the event to register to win prize baskets valued over $200.
Great Community Cookout: September 10
The great community cookout will welcome the students back to Menomonie at the beginning of the fall semester. Local vendors showcase their food in the parking lot behind the Menomonie Visitors Center off of 4th Street. Captain PJ’s BBQ, Red Cedar Cookie Company and Culver’s are a few of the vendors attending the event. Take a night to enjoy local food and explore the great community cookout.