Prairie Chicken Festival event, 3-9 pm, 4/11, Central Waters Brewery, Amherst, with music by Rachel Hanson, Kayla K & the Men Brains, speakers, exhibits, arts & crafts, tours. Free admission; 21+ only. www.prairiechickenfestival.org. 715-343-6215
Bands and beer bring flavor to festival
Wildlife lovers and beer lovers will come together on April 11 at the Central Waters Brewery in Amherst to celebrate grasslands at the Boomin' Brewery Bash, part of the 10th annual Prairie Chicken Festival. Hosted by Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council Inc., and their partners at the Brewery, the event highlights charismatic greater prairie chicken through a fun and flavorful event.
Two bands will entertain guests as they check out informative exhibits, and arts, crafts, and food from local vendors. Rachel Hanson will open the evening with her soulful acoustic sound. Then Kayla K & the Men Brains step up the tempo with a bluesy-rock beat that varies from classic rock to blues and bluegrass; music befitting of a celebration of grasslands.
Adding to the flavor of the festival will be limited-edition "Boomin' Brew". Made by Central Waters for Golden Sands RC&D, the specially-labelled blonde ale is only available during the festival.
While folks are enjoying the music and the beer, trivia, exhibits, and guest speakers will slake the thirsts of curious minds, with information about Central Wisconsin's most unique and rarest wildlife species. Putting the spotlight on the compatibility of working lands and wildlife, vendors of local grass-based farms will be able to speak directly to how their well-managed pastures hum with insects and sing with the songs of grassland birds.
Other festival events during the month-long celebration of grasslands include children's activities every Saturday in April at the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum in Stevens Point. Brought to you by Golden Sands RC&D and the Children's Museum, activities include grassland-themed arts and crafts, music, prairie chicken videos, and even a guest appearance by festival mascot Boomin' Bob. Kids can also enter the Prairie Chicken Poster Contest and have a chance to win two reservations for prairie chicken viewing.
Throughout the month-long celebration of grasslands, festival goers can experience up close the beautiful mating ritual of the greater prairie chicken. Reservations for viewing blinds are available throughout the month of April. Golden Sands RC&D invites community members to book a viewing blind through their partners at Becoming an Outdoors Woman. For a nominal fee, BOW will prepare you for the experience and personally guide you to the blind. Seating is limited and reservations fill up quickly. Make your reservation early by calling BOW at 715-346-4681.
The Prairie Chicken Festival is made possible with the generous support of Central Wisconsin Community Foundation.
Additional sponsors, vendors, and volunteers are still needed to make the festival a success. To inquire, or for more information about the Festival, call Golden Sands RC&D at (715) 343-6215 or visit the festival website at www.prairiechickenfestival.org