Join us for the Saturday Farmers Market Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This Saturday is Kids Vending Day. Come and support our young farmers!

Viroqua Harvest Parade, Oct. 14

It’s time again for the Harvest Parade! Join the community at 2 p.m. for marching musicians, stilt walkers, giant puppets and unicyclists. Parade route: Leaves The Ark, south on Washington, west on Terhune, north on Main Street, west on Court Street ending at Eckhart Park. After the parade, the fun continues with food vendors and live music, ending at dusk with a fire dancing performance by the Driftless Fire Tribe.

All are welcome to just show up and march down Main Street. The only guidelines are: Harvest themed (more or less), people-powered, handmade and no logos or politics. It’s not too late to get to work and show up at 1 p.m. for lineup. There are extra costumes available at The Ark. For more information, visit

Pop-Up Shops’ anniversary, Oct. 14

Join Cowboy David’s Bake Shoppe, Jaali’s Dollies and Bon Ton Millinery Apartments as they celebrate one year in business. All shops began as part of the Pop-Up Shop program in 2016. There will be promotions and prizes, new introductions, treat samples, music, The Great Pay It Forward Campaign 2.0 and free Kickapoo Coffee. For more information, visit Cowboy David’s Bake Shoppe on Facebook.

Grand opening Red Caboose, Oct. 14

Join us for the grand opening of our first Pop-Up Shop for 2017! The Red Caboose Boutique will be open Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here are some of the products they will be offering: Children’s books, cooperative board games, puzzles, handmade items, wooden and vintage children’s toys, puppets, vintage and upcycled clothing, Hape art kits handmade jewelry, STEM toys, specially curated gifts for the family, activity cards for kids and handmade dolls. Enjoy delicious treats and beverages. The address is 117 N. Main St. Check out the shop’s Facebook page for more information. Welcome to Main Street!

pertNear, Oct. 15

Join Bluedog Cycles for the sixth annual pertNear 20 Mountain Bike Race from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will be utilizing Vernon Trails’ trail networks at Hubbard Hills, Rusty Ridge and Sidie Hollow. This race is hosted by Bluedog Cycles, Vernon Trails, Driftless Brewing Company, Dave’s Pizza and the Kona Bicycle Co. All levels of riders are welcome. Tickets are available on Facebook or by calling 637-6993.

Truth Be Told, Oct. 20

Truth Be Told is an annual live storytelling event inspired by the “Moth Radio Series” on Wisconsin Public Radio. Hosted by the Youth Initiative High School, this fundraiser sells out every year, as the community comes together to hear true tales. Get your tickets at the Viroqua Food Co-op or in the store of the YIHS website, Click on the TBT poster to purchase tickets. Truth Be Told will be held at the Landmark Center Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Collaboration dinner, Oct. 22

The Driftless Cafe’s Sunday ABC (Access, Beauty, Community) Collaboration dinner series has returned. The Driftless Cafe will be collaborating with Oliver’s Public House (Madison) and Bent Paddle Brewing Company (Duluth, Minnesota). The dinner will be six courses of bear, venison, pork, fish and anything else that can be captured along the way. There will be six courses of Bent Paddle Beer. Tickets are $85 each. Call the cafe at 608-637-7778 to reserve your seat. A portion of this dinner’s proceeds will be donated to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Quarterly meeting, Oct. 25

Join the Viroqua Chamber Main Street and hosts the Historic Temple Theatre from 8-9 a.m. for a quarterly meeting. I will give updates on events, introduce new members and Pop-up Shops, new economic development programming and candidates for the Board of Directors, as well as incumbents running. The election (voting for members only) will be held at the end of the meeting. Chamber President Luke Zahm will give an update on the organization and about new regional partnerships. Jess Taylor Reed will update the group about all things happening at the Temple Theatre. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. For more information, call 637-2575


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