2018 fireworks

There is no where else you want to be on the Fourth of July than in Chetek for the annual Liberty Fest celebration. 

This year will be the 45th annual Liberty Fest, held Wednesday through Sunday, July 3–7. The extended weekend is jam-packed with events that anyone can enjoy.

Liberty Fest brochures, with the complete schedule, are available at Chetek businesses. 

 

Wednesday, July 3

5–10 p.m.—World’s Fare at Phillips Park pavilion on Lakeview Drive and City Park Drive. The event will feature live music and food trucks.

6–9 p.m.—vintage base ball at Denny Overby Field. Played with 1860s rules. Concessions will be available at the field.

6–9 p.m.—Hydroflites Water Ski Show at the show site at 728 Lakeview Drive.

 

Thursday, July 4 

7–11 a.m.—pancake breakfast at Masonic Lodge at 216 Morrison St.

12–2 p.m.—Liberty Fest Parade. Starts on Knapp Street near Railroad Avenue, south on Fourth Street, west on Douglas Street, north on Second Street, ending at Leonard Street. 

2 p.m.—the Chetek VFW will be serving brats and hot dogs after the parade.

2–6 p.m.—Beach Party at City Beach on Lakeview Drive. Live music by Sage. Admission is $5 per person (kids 12 and younger enter for free when with an adult). No carry-ins allowed.

6–9 p.m.—Hydroflites Water Ski Show at the show site at 728 Lakeview Drive.

10 p.m.—fireworks at dark, launched over Lake Chetek off of a barge at the sandbar. Boaters should stay at least 450 feet away from the barge prior to and during the show.

 

Friday, July 5

10 a.m.—The Liberty Fest Golf Tournament at Sunset View Golf Course, located north of Chetek on CTH M.

6–11 p.m.—Gary Haugen Softball Tournament kicks off the Liberty Fest weekend at the Denny Overby Field behind Kwik Trip. Times may change depending on the number of teams.

7 p.m.—The Elvis Show featuring Joe Sir & The Rockabilly Rebel Band performs at The Mill at 646 Banks Street. Tickets are $20 in advance at The Mill, or $25 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Apple pie and ice cream will be served.

 

Saturday, July 6

8:15–10:30 a.m.—the Fishy Four, a four-mile run/walk race, starts at the Chetek City Beach. 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.—Vintage Voyagers Blast from the Past car show at the north end of the Chetek Airport. Admission is $2 for spectators. Car registration is $5. Awards will be announced at 2 p.m.

10 a.m.—volleyball tournament at Chetek Lanes Event Center & Pizzeria. Registration at 10 a.m. $30 per team. Coed teams.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.—Wisconsin Indian Head Country Art & Craft Fair at Airport Park. The Chetek Lions will also sell concessions to support the Wisconsin Lions Camp.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.—Liberty Fest Quilt Show, sponsored by the Stitching Sister Quilt Guild, is held at The Center. Admission is $3.

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.—Gary Haugen Softball Tournament continues at Denny Overby Field.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.—Kids’ activities at City Beach on Lakeview Drive. There will be yard games, crafts, music with a DJ and a bounce house, sponsored by Chetek Resort Owners Association and Mosaic Telecom. Hot dogs, chips, water, freeze pops and popcorn will be for sale. A sawdust coin hunt will be at 12 p.m., sponsored by the Chetek Chamber of Commerce. Kids will be split up into four age groups. A sanctioned kids’ pedal pull will be at 1 p.m. A cardboard regatta will be at 1 p.m. Build a boat beforehand, using unconventional materials like cardboard and tape, and bring it to the race.

6–10 p.m.—special night show by the Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show Team at the show site on Lakeview Drive. Show starts after dark.

 

Sunday, July 7

10–11 a.m.—Church on the Beach, at City Beach. Area churches and residents are invited for a nondenominational community church service. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. Everyone is welcome.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.—Wisconsin Indian Head Country Art & Craft Fair at Airport Park. The Chetek Lions will also sell concessions to support the Wisconsin Lions Camp.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.—Liberty Fest Quilt Show, sponsored by the Stitching Sisters Quilt Guild, is held at The Center. Admission is $3.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.—Gary Haugen Softball Tournament continues at Denny Overby Field.

12 p.m.—horse pull at R-Bar.

6–9 p.m.—Hydroflites Water Ski Show at the show site at 728 Lakeview Drive.

 

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