Prairie Days Festival

Prairie Sands Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts
September 7, 2013
Coloma Park Pavillion
8:00am – 4:00pm

Prairie Days festival events are scheduled in 10 chapters of the Tri-state Prairie Enthusiast organization, and the Prairie Sands Chapter of central Wisconsin will be hosting their festivities on September 7, in Coloma, Wisconsin.

Festivities are free and open to the public. In a relaxed, fun, social atmosphere, The Prairie Enthusiast members share their passion of native prairie and savannas and showcase the ecological value to local communities.

Tours of three different and unique Waushara county prairies will be led by nationally known native plant and wildlife experts. Also, Prairie Nursery president, Neil Diboll will be leading tours of native plant gardens at Dee and Ken Bruch's home at 10:15am and 2:30pm. Mr. Diboll will also give a talk in the park pavilion on the benefits of native plants in both large and small landscapes.

In the pavilion throughout the day there will be demonstrations and exhibits by many organizations:

  • Grassland advocates – Golden Sands RC & D
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Operation Migration – the Whooping Crane Migration Project
  • Ice Age Trail
  • Wild Ones
  • Master Gardeners
  • Muirland Bird Club
  • Friends of John Muir
  • Gary Elderd, co-founder of the Prairie Enthusiasts, will demonstrate flint knapping
  • Music by Sand Prairie String Band
  • Prairie poetry
  • Ken Tennessen, dragonfly expert and author of the book "Dragonflies of Waushara County"
  • Painting by wildlife artist, C.J. Sell
  • Prairie poster artwork display by the children of Marquette and Waushara County
  • Flea Market hosted by Coloma Historical Society

Check the Prairie Enthusiasts website for a complete schedule of events.