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Monticello Homecoming Approaching Fast

July 6th through 8th, 2018

 

June 21, 2018



The Monticello Community Club would like to welcome you to our annual celebration in Monticello, July 6th-8th. We have many activities that you are welcome to come and watch, and even participate in! Again this year we have the carnival for the kids. The carnival will begin on Friday with Wristband Special, $15.00, from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (the only wristband special over the weekend).

Softball tournaments will begin on Friday. The games will continue all weekend.

All Weekend

You don’t need to eat before you come in to Homecoming! The Lioness Club will have their food stand open beginning Friday at 4:00 p.m. Remember the brats, hot dogs, BBQs, and those luscious homemade pies, donated by community members? Yum – prepare to enjoy! Pie flavors change daily, so check often for your favorite before it is sold out. The Lions Club will be serving their famous homemade fried cheese curds (never frozen) and fried mushrooms all weekend. The Boy Scouts will be on the grounds to serve you grilled sandwiches and more, and the MHS Sports Boosters with have their fresh squeezed ice-cold lemonade. You won’t go hungry at the ball diamond either, as The Friends of the Library will be providing brats, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and more, along with cold beverages.

The Monticello Community Club, with assistance from Kim Tschudy, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the Monticello Area Historical Society, and memorabilia from local collectors, will have a WWI display in the lobby of the former Monticello Ford building at 120 W. North Avenue.  This display is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.  The book World War I Remembered by author Gary Sheffield will be on display along with maps of the many countries that were involved in this war.  The Monticello Public Library will have a display of various WWI books, and will be selling copies of the recently released book Letters from the Boys, Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home. The book features letters from Monticello, Brodhead and Brooklyn Veterans.  Two WWI uniforms, photos, and photos of WWI posters from 14 countries involved in WWI can also be viewed. Hours to visit the display will be Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Friday

Friday night, why cook? Get your dinner at the Fish Boil at the Octagon Shelter, near the lake. The FFA and FFA Alumni are serving. Dinners begin at 5:00 p.m. This is the traditional fish boil with boiled potatoes, onions, and fish – and plenty of melted butter. Prices are $10.00 in advance for adult dinner, $11.00 at door, or $5.00 for child’s portion. You can get your tickets early at Greenwoods State Bank, Gempeler’s Supermarket, and Kubly’s Service Station.

Like to watch mud volleyball? The weekend tournament begins Friday at 6:00 p.m., and continues Saturday and Sunday. There will be 16 teams vying for the $500 1st prize. To register, contact Kevin at (608) 558-9189.

At 7:00 p.m., the Homecoming Variety Show will showcase our local talent in a free fun variety show format at TnD’s, formerly known as the Monticello House. Come inside and be entertained at the 30th anniversary of this show.

Rock Rebel Junction are playing Friday night from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight. Their genre is Rock, Country, and a few surprises! No admission charge.

Saturday

Join us on Saturday, July 7th, for Monticello PTO’s Third Annual Pony Trot 5K Run/Walk and Little Pony 1K.  Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on day of race.  Register by June 25, 2018, to guarantee a t-shirt.  The Little Pony 1K begins at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m.  Online registration: https://goo.gl/forms/e3GGM7EiwpBYcSSv2. Monticello PTO is an organization of parents and current and retired teachers who support the students and staff of Monticello Schools. Every year, the PTO uses its funds to make multiple contributions to the school in the form of grants to any teacher for supplies and classroom activities, student scholarships, and a Pony Fund to provide financial assistance to students for extracurricular school activities. 

Mud volleyball, grass volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball will be happening all day Saturday. Sign up is in advance by contacting the coordinator. Coordinators: Mud Volleyball ($75 registration) is Kevin Johnson at (608) 558-9189. Grass Volleyball ($60) is Braden Rindy at (608) 214-4808. Basketball ($50) is Jacob Marty at (608) 558-5493.

Motorcyclists - At 9:30 a.m., you can sign up for Monticello Homecoming Ride Registration at Shawna’s Bar & Grill. The ride leaves at 11:00 sharp from there. Great ride and great prizes - and it’s all for a great cause also, the Empty Stocking Fund.

Kids – In the past, the kids have had so much fun, we’re doing it again - the FREE Kids Pedal Tractor Pull. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., at W. North Avenue, in front of the Monticello Pool House. For ages 3-10, four age classes, and trophies! No pre-registration necessary. Kids get a coupon off our local Homecoming food vendors for participating! Thank you to our local sponsors.

Please stop in at our Monticello Area Historical Society Museum on Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Their new exhibit is “Monticello of Yesteryear.”

Back this year is Tug of War, brought to us by the US Amateur Tug of War Association. Teams from four states will compete in several weight classes and the competition will include Men’s, Women’s and Co-ed teams. Pulling starts at 12:30 p.m., and will run throughout the afternoon.

Don’t forget the canoe races around Lake Montesian. You can register at the lake at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday. Races will begin at 2:00 p.m. Teams will consist of seniors over 55; adult males 17 & older; adult females 17 & older; co-ed, and children (you must be at least 12). There is no fee to enter and cash prizes are awarded, sponsored by the Monticello Community Club. Following is the “triathlon”…. a fun based relay race. The team divisions are the same as the canoe races. Both events are as fun to watch, as they are to participate in!

Community Firefighter Water Fights will be held on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m., on W. North Avenue, by the pool. Expect to see about half a dozen local fire departments vie for the honors and the trophies.

From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the main beer tent, Andy Yaun will entertain, sponsored by Harvey W. Kubly, CPA, and Freitag Financial Services. Andy rocks Rockabilly as well as 50’s/60’s Rock ‘n Roll. This is FUN music!

The Zwingli Brotherhood is proud to sponsor “They Came and They Went: Remembering the Rural Schools of Green County,” presented by Matt Figi, who attended the Enterprise School southwest of Monroe for eight years as did his father, aunts and uncles, and great-aunt and great-uncle. Matt published a book on that school in 1996, and has been researching the 120 schools of Green County since he moved back to Monroe in 2004. He is compiling a list of the teachers of the county, writing a history of each school, and identifying as many people as possible in the photos of the groups of students that have been collected. Information from this research will be shared, including how the number of schools increased and decreased during the decades, how some of the schools received their names, and what happened to the buildings. For more information contact Paul Rieder at (608) 558-8192.

At the beer stand, from 8:00 p.m. – Midnight, there will again be live music, Family Business (no cover charge, of course), with at break at about 9:45 p.m. for the FIREWORKS!! The fireworks are set off at Lake Montesian and can be viewed from several locations. A special thank you to the fireworks sponsors, the Monticello Community Club and Greenwoods State Bank. Rain delay will be Sunday at 9:45 p.m.

Sunday

A Community Church Service will begin at 9:30 a.m., at Montesian Gardens, hosted by Washington Reformation UCC with participation by Zwingli UCC. They have a surprise for us this year – the Wisconsin UCC Gospellers, a great group of singers from around Wisconsin who have traveled nationally and internationally. Please bring your lawn chairs and take a little extra time to enjoy the beautiful gardens, tended to by community volunteers.

Following the church services, you should definitely plan on lunch at the Chicken Barbecue, sponsored by Monticello Community Club. The group is serving half chicken dinners for $10.00, or just chicken for $7.00. Serving will begin at 11:00 a.m., at the Octagon Shelter. Carry-outs are available. Delivery service is also available for senior citizens, handicapped or disabled persons (within the Village limits), who don’t have anyone to come pick up their chicken. Contact Katy at (608) 938-4339 before 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 7th, to order delivery.

The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 9, at the east end of Lake Avenue and will proceed through to the north end of Main Street.  Parade entries and monetary donations, to help sponsor some of the unique entries, are still being accepted.  If you are interested in participating or sponsoring a parade entry, contact Kay Freitag at (608) 938-1133.  There is always room for more participants – and we could sure use your sponsorship!

The mud volleyball tournament continues from Saturday, as well as the softball tournament. Both are fun to watch and cheer on your favorites – and the champions will be decided on Sunday.

Again this year, the bean bag competition will be held at the baseball beer tent at 3:00 p.m., $10.00 per co-ed two-person team, single elimination, 32 teams. Registration is day of. For questions, contact Andrew Anderson at (608) 279-1430.

Sunday afternoon and evening music lineup: At the main beer stand, after the parade, about 3:00 p.m., the Zweifel Brothers will be performing until 6:00 p.m. They are sponsored by Monticello Ford Inc., and Voegeli Chevrolet Buick Inc. Then, River Rockers will play from 7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., sponsored by the Monticello Community Club. Hang out for good fun and conversation until the raffle drawing at 9:00 p.m. (Remember - no entry fee for any entertainment at the beer stand – all weekend long.)

Don’t forget to purchase your raffle chance at cold cash ($500, $300, $75, $50, $50), Badger Football Tickets for two and Tailgate pass (valued at $160), Brewers tickets for four, Parking pass, and a tailgate (valued at $160), Grill (valued at $140), a Fire Pit (valued at $110), and a Miller Lite Cooler (valued at $95). Raffle tickets are $5.00 for a book of six or $1.00 each and can be purchased now at Monticello businesses or from any member of the Monticello Community Club. During Homecoming, tickets are available at the beer stand. Proceeds always go back into our Monticello community. The raffle drawing will be held at 9:00 p.m., on Sunday night at the beer stand. You need not be present to win.

Oh, and what about helping? The Friends of the Library and the Lioness’ could always use help during the weekend at their stands. Contact the Monticello Library at (608) 938-4011, or there’s a signup sheet at the library to help out the Friends of the Library. Contact Lioness Nancy Elmer to help at their food stand. Or would you rather volunteer to make a pie or two from a favorite recipe that your friends and family rave about?

Monticello Homecoming is sponsored by The Monticello Community Club, the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, and the Monticello Lions and Lioness Clubs. The Monticello Community Club is a local organization that has been in existence for over 80 years. The club’s purpose is to make our community a great place to live and raise a family. Our annual Homecoming celebration is the main fundraiser for projects that better Monticello. Through the years, the Club has contributed to the development and improvement of Lake Montesian, the village park, ball diamond, basketball court, the octagon shelter house, the depot, the pool, the village playground equipment, and many other projects in our Village, as well as to fund scholarships for our local graduates. The Monticello Chamber of Commerce consists of area businesses and professionals working together to improve the local business climate and ensure a thriving, strong community. The Monticello Lions and Lioness clubs are strong service organizations in Monticello.

See you at our 2018 Homecoming Festival!

 
 

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