Baraboo Fair on the Square organizers aim to build on momentum Saturday – WiscNews




Last fall’s Fair on the Square drew record crowds to the downtown Baraboo festival, and event organizers anticipate this weekend’s celebration will bring even more.

With Saturday’s forecast calling for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 73 degrees, festival organizers say downtown Baraboo could be in for a busy afternoon.

The Spring Fair on the Square festival will feature 150 Wisconsin artists and crafters selling items like handmade pottery, woodworking crafts, garden art, soaps and more. Downtown Baraboo Inc. President Lacy Steffes said the large selection of vendors allowed festival organizers to bring in new artisans, along with crowd favorites.

“We’re definitely on the high end of collectors, so that’s great,” she said. “It brought in a new variety of vendors that we haven’t had before, along with some of the old standbys that everybody loves.”

Steffes said vendors who sell “upcycled” or repurposed furniture and decorative items are among new craft merchants who will be at the spring festival.

The Baraboo Farmers’ Market also will take part in the festivities. Farmers’ market organizer Nancy Jo said local growers will set up shop on Oak Street, selling morel mushrooms, asparagus and bedding plants. After this weekend’s celebration, the farmers’ market will set up downtown on Wednesdays and Saturdays each week until October.

In addition to the farmers market and arts and crafts fair, the event brings food, entertainment and kid’s activities to the courthouse square. Many downtown businesses will offer special sales and promotions.

The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with live music, a martial arts demonstration and clown performances occurring throughout the day. The Tropicoustics will perform from 9 a.m. to noon, and The Hoot Owls will take the stage from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Al. Ringling Theatre will be open for tours at 11 a.m., members of Elite Self Defense will perform a martial arts demonstration at noon on Oak Street, and Circus World’s summer clowns, Steve and Ryan, will perform their Eccentric Juggling Act as well.

There also will be family-friendly activities including fair food vendors, bouncy houses and face painting.

Steffes said her favorite part of organizing Fair on the Square is providing local families with a fun Saturday afternoon activity, while introducing people to downtown businesses that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

“Seeing grandma, mom dad and the kids coming out and eating hot dogs and ice cream on the courthouse lawn with the treasures they’ve found is really special,” she said. “And we love to hear from the retailers that they had a lot of traffic as well.”



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