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UFO Days takes flight July 22-25

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By Sarah Nigbor

ELMWOOD – Elmwood invites everyone to the 42nd annual UFO Days town party July 22-25, which honors the area’s history of the unexplained.

This eastern Pierce County village calls itself the UFO Capital of the World, stemming from a series of unexplained encounters with UFOs dating back to the mid-1970s.

New events to check out at this year’s “out-of-this-world” celebration are a magician, flying saucer toss, a dunk tank/striker stand, a tug-of-war, youth water fights, UFOthemed craft-making, a traveling reptile show, a local variety show and a bike safety obstacle course. Many traditional favorites return as well, including the grande parade, fireworks, UFO brats and souvenirs, live music and axe-throwing. ELMWOOD

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The 2021 grand marshal is Carl “Butch” Schroeder, who worked for the village for 38 years. He has lived in Elmwood most of his life, graduating with the Class of 1970.

Here’s your guide to UFO events:

Thursday, July 22

Community-wide garage sales, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Directories will be available at Cenex at 7 a.m.

Build an alien mask: Pick up a kit at Elmwood Public Library to make a mask and wear it to the parade!

Friday, July 23

Food Stand: The Elm Valley Patriots 4-H Club will serve up breakfast items, snacks and root beer floats, beginning at 7:30 a.m. the Elmwood School Ball Field.

Chicken Poop Bingo & Petting Zoo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elmwood School Ball Field, presented by the Elm Valley Patriots 4-H Club.

Community-wide garage sales, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Magic of Isaiah: 11 a.m., Magician Isaiah performs at American Legion Park.

Beer Tent, Souvenir & Food Stands: Open at 6 p.m. on South Main Street.

•Flying Saucer Toss: 6:30 p.m. on Main Street

•Dunk Tank/Striker Stand: 7-10 p.m. Tickets are available at the souvenir stand on South Main Street.

•UFO Medallion Hunt: The first clue will be posted at 7 p.m. at the souvenir stand. More clues, if needed, will be posted at 9 a.m. Saturday. The prize is $100, sponsored by Elmwood Area Community Club.

•Tug-of-War: 7:30 p.m. in front of the Sand Bar. If interested, call 715639-3051.

•Street Dance: 7-11 p.m., music by Mike McAbee

Saturday, July 24

Community-wide garage sales, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m., Elmwood Knights of Columbus, food tent.

EPC Track Team Fun Run: Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the food tent. Call Amanda at 715-781-1026 for more info.

Classics Car Show: Location to be determined. Registration is 9-11 a.m. with trophies awarded. At noon, take part in a “Car Cruise” down Main Street. For more info, call Rick at 715639-2127 or Kevin at 715-308-1148.

Craft & Vendor Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street. Call Deb at 715495-0617.

Tractorcade: At 9:30 a.m., a 20mile scenic trip begins at Sacred Heart Church. Call Leroy at 715-235-5274.

Youth Water Fights: 10 a.m. Elmwood Area Fire Department.

UFO Painting Class: 10 a.m. to noon at Kern’s Kerbside patio. Preregistration is required. Cost is $35. Call Deb at 715-495-0617.

Horseshoe Tournament: At 10 a.m., Elmwood Rod & Gun Club, registration begins at 9 a.m. Call Dale at 715-690-5333.

Face Painting: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the souvenir stand.

Driftless Axe Throwing: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets available at souvenir stand on South Main Street.

Crafts with Mrs. K: noon to 1 p.m. Make a UFO-themed craft. Sign up if possible as extra supplies are limi t e d : [email protected] or 715-715-308-4596.

Music by Rich Schroeder: Food tent, noon to 4 p.m.

UFO Sighting Bus Tours: Free bus tours at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Bus departs from alley by American Legion Park.

Daniel Lancaster: Speaker, ufodays. net, 1-3 p.m. American Legion shelter.

Monty’s Traveling Reptile Show: 1 p.m. Main Street.

Elmwood Expos Game: 1 p.m. Sportsmans Field at Elmwood Rod & Gun Club.

Bean Bag Tournament: 1 p.m. Kern’s Kurbside. Registration starts at noon.

Bike Safety Obstacle Course: 13 p.m. Learn about bike safety, get a free bike spoke accessory. Located behind Elmwood Public Library in the alley.

•Garden Tractor Pull: 4 p.m. Main Street.

•Mockingbirds Variety Show: 67:30 p.m. Local talent show.

•Chicken Poop Raffle: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Main Street.

•Street Dance: 9 p.m. to midnight, music by Flashpoint.

•Fireworks: 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 25

Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m., Elmwood Knights of Columbus, food tent.

Outdoor Ecumenical Church Service: 10 a.m. Elmwood United Methodist Church. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy worship with your friends and neighbors. Everyone is welcome!

Kids’ Pedal Pull: 11 a.m., registration at 10:30 a.m., Main Street.

Elmwood Expos Game: 1 p.m. Sportsmans Field, Elmwood Rod & Gun Club.

UFO Days Kiddie Parade: 1 p.m.

Honoring Shorty & Cheryl: 1:30 p.m., parade announcer’s stand.

UFO Days Grande Parade: 2 p.m. Main Street.

Live Music: 3 p.m. Sand Bar, by Blondie Blue.

Live Music: 3-7 p.m. Kern’s Kurbside, Bear Creek Band.

For updates, visit “UFO Days – Elmwood, WI – Last full weekend every July” on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Elmwood Area Community Club

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