Happy Birthday, Chippewa Falls!

sesquicentennial celebrations peak Aug. 9-11

Kensie Kiesow, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Chippewa Falls’ big, Birthday Bash (for their 150th anniversary!) will start on Aug. 8 at 7:30pm with performances of Today in the Valley. The Swampers and local composer Jerry Way will perform original ballads and stories of the region alongside talented musicians. Both events will take place at the Heyde Center, and tickets are available at cvca.net for $13 per adult.Friday, Aug. 9, features an evening of music starting at 4pm at the Chippewa Riverfront Park. Talented local artists such as Them Coulee Boys, Phil Cook, and more will take the stage. Food trucks and beer tents will be on site for the whole evening, and this free event ends with a shimmering firework show at 10:15pm. Saturday, Aug. 10, begins with the free Pure Water Days Parade at 1pm. The route starts at Bridge Street and flows down to Riverfront Park for food, drinks, and festivities. Arts and craft vendors will line up along the park as well as antique cars. There will also be balloons, games, inflatables, and more for the kids. But the party doesn’t really get going until the Pure Water Days Music Celebration kicks into gear at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds from 6pm to midnight. Parking will be free and tickets can be purchased at nwsf.com for $20 per person. Sunday, Aug. 11, wraps things up at the Chippewa Riverfront from 2 to 6pm for more free outdoor music from local bands.

Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial • Aug. 8-11 • www.gochippewafalls.com

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