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Monticello Homecoming This Weekend!

July 9th through 11th, 2021


July 8, 2021

Sue Moen file photo

The Monticello Community Club and the Village of Monticello would like to welcome everyone to our annual celebration, beginning on Friday evening, July 9th, and continuing throughout the weekend. We have many activities that you are welcome to come and watch, and even participate in!

All Weekend

Again this year, we have the carnival for the kids. The carnival will begin on Friday with Wristband Special, $20, from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (the only wristband special over the weekend). Like to watch sports? Both the Softball Tournament and the Mud Volleyball Tournament will begin on Friday evening and will continue throughout the weekend. To register your mud volleyball team ($75), contact Jacob Marty at (608) 558-5493. To register your softball team, contact Corey McGowan at (608) 214-9510.

You don't need to eat before you come in to Homecoming! The Food Stand opens 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 MHS Sports Boosters will be providing snacks and more with cold beverages.


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., and go to 7:30 p.m. This is the traditional fish boil, with boiled potatoes, onions, and fish – and plenty of melted butter. Carry-outs are available. $11 in advance for adult dinner or $12 at door. Kids under 6 are free. You can get your tickets in advance at Greenwoods State Bank, Gempeler's Supermarket, Shawnas and Kubly's Service Station.

Stateline Playboys are playing Friday night from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight at the main beer tent. No admission charge.

NEW this year, the Monticello Library is showing a family movie on a new 22' inflatable screen. Look for it between Lake Avenue and the river by the Foot Bridge at dusk. Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets.


Join us on Saturday, July 10th, for Monticello PTO's Pony Trot 5K Run/Walk and Little Pony 1K. The Little Pony 1K begins at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Register by June 30th to guarantee a t-shirt. Registration information is on the Monticello School District main page at An adult registered before June 30th is $25, after is $30. All kids 18 and under are $15. Day of race registration begins at 7:00 a.m., at the elementary parking lot. Monticello PTO is an organization of parents, current teachers, 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 teacher grants for classroom activities, senior scholarships, student supplies, playground equipment and various other initiatives.

On Saturday, mud volleyball and softball tournaments continue from Friday night and, grass volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball are running all day Saturday. Sign up is in advance by contacting the coordinator. Coordinators: Grass Volleyball ($60) is Dave Stoerp at (608) 289-4170 and Basketball ($50) is Jacob Marty at (608) 558-5493.

Motorcyclists - Meet at the Rathskeller around 10:00 a.m., and the ride will leave at 11:00 a.m. SHARP. There is no sign up this year, but there will be a donation box for the Empty Stocking Fund. We hope everyone donates generously to this great cause. It will be a great ride and the last stop will be Monticello Homecoming, where food and refreshments can be purchased.

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 Monticello Pool House. For ages 3-10, four age classes, and trophies! The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. No pre-registration necessary. Kids get a coupon for our local Homecoming food vendors for participating! Thank you to our local sponsors.

The Monticello Area Historical Museum will be open Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Take a look at an old drug store and a glimpse into the businesses in the early days of Monticello. A special feature includes the many architectural influences of the Steinmann brothers. Admission is free.

Back this year is Tug of War, brought to us by the US Amateur Tug of War Association. Teams from three 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, Two Country Lines will entertain, sponsored by Monticello Community Club.

From 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., as the afternoon cools down, kids can play 4-Square Volleyball, sponsored by the Monticello Library. Look for them along the park sidewalk.

Zwingli Brotherhood is proud to feature local/noted Civil War Historian Jonathan Rupp at 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 10th, speaking about "Green County Civil War History." This program will be held at Zwingli UCC, 416 E. Lake Avenue. For more information contact Paul Rieder at (608) 558-8192.

At the beer stand from 8:00 p.m. until Midnight, there will again be live music, Union Road (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.


A Community Church Service will begin at 9:30 a.m., at Montesian Gardens, hosted by Zwingli UCC and Washington Reformation UCC. Special music by Tracy Bristow and Peggy Miller. Please bring your lawn chairs. We will meet near the Gazebo. While you are there, 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 or just chicken for $7. 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 Sandra Hershberger at (608) 938-4272 before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10th, to order delivery.

The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 9, at the east end of E. 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 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 ball diamond area at approximately 3:00 p.m. (after the parade ends). $10 per co-ed 2-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., Dawg Bones will be performing until 6:00 p.m. Then, River Rockers will play from 7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Both bands are 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, $150, $100, $75, $50, $50), A Yeti 45 Cool (valued at $300), A Case of Beer every Month for a Year (valued at $250), Baggo Bean Bag Toss set (valued at $200), and a Guardian XLT Tree Stand (valued at $150). Raffle tickets are $5.00 for a book of 6 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. Sponsored by Monticello Community Club, with proceeds returning to the Community.

Oh, and what about helping? All the local organizations are stretched thin over the weekend and would appreciate volunteers. Please come enjoy what Monticello has to offer during Homecoming 2021.

Monticello Homecoming is sponsored by The Monticello Community Club and the Village of Monticello. 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, concession stand, 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. Please come enjoy what Monticello has to offer during Homecoming 2021.


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