2014 Falls Fest

2013 Falls Fun FestList of Activities for Falls Fest 2014:

Friday, September 26th – City Wide Rummage Sales

Click here for Times Herald advertising form or call 920-848-3427.

Saturday, September 27th – Memorial Field: Arts and Crafts Youth Football Oconto Falls Lioness “Chili Cook-off” Food and Beverage from 10 AM to 10 PM Bouncy Houses, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo Band Renegade from 6-10 PM Run for the Trails packet pick-up from 4-7 PM

Sunday, September 28th Run for the Trails packet pick-up from 7:30 – 8:30, Oconto Falls High School Run for the Trails begins at 9:00 AM at Oconto Falls High School Pancake and Porkie Breakfast from 8 AM – 12 noon – Oconto Falls High School Oconto Falls Chamber ATV Raffle at 12 noon, Oconto Falls High School

Warbird Badger Squadron 6 Oconto Fly-in

posterThe sixth annual Warbird Badger Squadron 6 Oconto Fly-in is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Oconto, Wisconsin Airport, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Warbird aircraft that are planning to attend in 2014 are Yaks, L 19 Bird Dogs, a TBM Avenger, Beech B-18 and various others. Experimental, General Aviation and Vintage aircraft are also scheduled.

Remote Controlled (R. C.’s) will fly during the day with a one hour show scheduled at 1:30 pm.

Classic cars, antique cars and tractors with 150 attending in 2013.

Vendors, crafters, historical groups and commercial vendors.

An opening ceremony honoring our Veterans is schedule at 11:00 am.

As always a wide variey of food, beverages and desserts will be available.

Airplane and helicopter rides as well as rides in the Avenger will be available for a fee.

For information please contact, James Valentine, 920-246-5620

Ambassadors of Music in Europe

Oconto Falls High School musicians combine with area music students to serve as Ambassadors of Music in Europe
WAM 2014-Oconto Falls
Pictured at the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland:
Row 1: Stephanie Gortarez, Hannah Knutson, Hannah Cunningham, Leah Wons, Ashley Baeten, Jennifer Deau, and Brittany Russell
Row 2: Elizabeth Muzquiz, Robert Muzquiz, Diana Radtke, Amy Thiel, Angela Baeten, Kelly Deau, and Evelyn O’Harrow

305 of Wisconsin’s finest musicians experienced an incredible 16-day “trip of a lifetime” from June 26-July 12, 2014 as part of Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

These outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists represented Wisconsin and the United States while presenting musical performances and touring throughout Europe, including London, England; Paris, France; Crans-Montana, Switzerland; Vaduz, Liechtenstein; Seefeld, Austria; Venice, Italy; and Rothenburg, Germany. Each participant was selected through nominations by their high school and college music directors. The Oconto Falls High School Music Department was proudly represented by student musicians Ashley Baeten (Choir), Hannah Cunningham (Band), Jennifer Deau (Choir), Stephanie Gortarez (Choir), Hannah Knutson (Choir), Evelyn O’Harrow (Choir), Brittany Russell (Band), and Leah Wons (Choir). Adults from the Oconto Falls School District included Angela Baeten, Kelly Deau, Robert & Elizabeth Muzquiz, and Diana Radtke. Amy Thiel, Oconto Falls High School Choral Director, served as director of the 2014 WAM Choir.

Student musicians attending from area schools included Sara Waara (Lena HS); Serenity Driscoll & Madison Mortier (Oconto HS); Abigail Dorow & Jeremy Jaeckels (New London HS); Sarah Hanna, Abigail Neville, Cassidy Salentine, Erica Sampo, and Emma Wallander (Luxemburg-Casco HS); James Menting (Little Chute HS). Adults from Northeast Wisconsin included Lori Sampo, and Ed & Ellen Hanchek. Ellen served as accompanist for the 2014 WAM Choir.

Highlights of the tour included choir and band performances at the Victoria Embankment in London, England before an international audience, a performance in Crans-Montana, Switzerland before an ecstatic audience, and a final performance in Rothenburg, Germany. Additional Choir performance highlights included singing for a service at Wesley Chapel in London, England, performing at the Wilten Basilica in Innsbruck, Austria and at St. Oswald’s Church in Seefeld, Austria, singing at the Basilica of San Marco (St. Mark’s) in Venice, Italy and at St. Severin in Paris, France, and performing in the Marketplatz and a local church in Rothenburg, Germany.

The 2014 WAM Choir and Band performed a wide variety of sacred and secular music and combined their musicianship for spectacular performances throughout Europe on America the Beautiful and On Wisconsin. The choir performed a special tribute to American composer Irving Berlin, including There’s no business like show business , Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Blue Skies, Always, and God Bless America. The choir’s sacred program featured many classics and contemporary pieces, including Ave Verum by W.A. Mozart, Sanctus by Franz Schubert, Ave Maria by Tomas da Victoria, Ye Followers of the Lamb arranged by Earle Ferguson, For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Roy Ringwald, Amazing Grace arranged by Ed Lojeski, and the spiritual Every Time I Feel The Spirit arranged by William Dawson. The WAM Band performed a variety of patriotic and American-themed selections, including Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa, Star Spangled Spectacular arranged by John Cacavas and Big Band Spectacular by John Higgins.

These fine musicians were able to visit many significant historical and educational sites throughout Europe, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Theatre District, and the Tower of London (including the famous crown jewels) in London; Notre Dame, Sacre Coure, and the Louvre (including Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and the Mona Lisa) in Paris; the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland and the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland; the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, and the Medieval city of Rothenburg, Germany.

“This was an extraordinary group of dedicated, hardworking, and talented musicians. They were exceptional ambassadors for our community, Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin, and the entire United States. I am extremely proud of each and every student,” commented Choral Director Amy Thiel.

Since its inception in 1994, The Wisconsin Ambassador of Music Choir has been directed by Oconto Falls High School choral director Amy Thiel and Alex Sabo, retired band director from Kenosha Bradford High School has served as the director for the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music Band.

As per a proclamation by the Governor of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music were named the official ambassadors for the state of Wisconsin from June 26-July 12.

The next Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music European Tour is scheduled for June, 2016.

NWTC`s Entrepreneur Resource Center is offering E-Seed

eseedArea residents who want to start or grow a small business can turn to NWTC this fall. NWTC`s Entrepreneur Resource Center is offering E-Seed, a workshop series created to small business owners launch or improve their business. Participants will create a business plan, an essential guide for starting and running a business.

E-Seed will be offered in Green Bay, Marinette, and Shawano starting Sept. 9. The 13-week course provides practical, real-life, small business management lessons. Due to the hands-on instruction and one-on-one coaching provided, space is limited to 10 participants. The registration deadline is Aug. 22. The E-Seed™ experience includes: * Determine if you have a feasible idea * Develop a business plan to guide the launch of your new business * Discuss legal issues and insurance and government regulations * Learn about financing available for small businesses * Identify and analyze market potential * Gain insight from guest expert speakers The E-Seed course includes 30 hours of instruction, 3 lab sessions, textbook, workbook, handouts, refreshments and up to 3 hours of one-on-one business coaching. Courses are offered in Green Bay, Marinette and Shawano. INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION Contact the Entrepreneur Resource Center at NWTC. Go to  www.nwtc.edu/erc or call 920-498-7124.


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

Oconto Falls High School
210 N Farm Rd
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

Attend Event

Chamber Members! Join us for the 1st Annual Run for the Trails hosted by the Oconto Falls Chamber of Commerce. This is destined to become a highly anticipated annual event! Events include a timed 10K or 5k run/walk or the 1 mile fun run/walk.

Brief Overview:

10K timed run will wind through residential streets, scenic wooded and waterfront trails.
5K timed run/walk will wind through the residential streets of Oconto Falls.
10K & 5K event participants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt, $1 off pancake & porkie breakfast and a goody bag and be age/gender group award eligible. $25 Early Bird pricing!
The family friendly 1 mile fun run/walk is untimed. 1 mile run/walk finishers will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, finishers ribbon, $1 off pancake & porkie breakfast and goody bag. $18 Early Bird Pricing!
The courses will be well marked, well staffed and have a fun fall theme!

Fri., Sept. 26 – Sun. Sept. 28 is Falls Fun Fest. Come early and take part in the weekend full of fun events for the whole family. City-wide rummage sales, chili cook-off, live bands, vendor fair, youth football tournament, kids games and bounce houses, homecoming football game, pancake & porkie breakfast and more! More information on the weekends activities can be found at the Chamber website: https://ocontofallschamber.com/

Proceeds from this event go to the Run for the Trails fund which will be used to create & maintain a recreational trail system throughout Oconto Falls. Register TODAY to enjoy advance ticket prices and to guarantee your shirt size!

Please pass on and share with all of your friends and family! We hope you can make it!


Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce


Chamber ATV RaffleDrawing Sunday, September 28 (Falls Fest)
At Oconto Falls High School

First Prize:
Coleman 400 ATV (Loaded) With Trailer Made by the OFHS Tech Ed Department

Second Prize:
Pair of Kayaks (Emotion Guster 10)

Numerous Other Prizes!

Tickets 1 for $2.00 or 6 for $10.00

Tickets Available at:
United True Value, Witt’s Piggly Wiggly, OF City Hall,
Peshtigo National Bank, Hometown Vet, Mercier’s Fast Stop,
Stiles Food & Fuel, Sportsmen Exchange & Other Businesses

Video contest!!! – Run For the Trails

runnersVideo contest!!! Grab your cellphone, camera or video camera & shoot a creative, fun, funny or motivational video encouraging people to sign up for the Run for the Trails Run/Walk on Sept. 28 & you could win!!!

The Run for the Trails is a 10k, 5k or 1 mile fun run on Sept. 28th in Oconto Falls. The run is a fundraiser to help establish a fund to create, maintain and improve a trail system in the Oconto Falls area. Some areas we are looking at starting work on is around the schools, like along County I and along Columbia St. by the new football fields. If you have been on some recreational trails before like the Fox River Trail, you can imagine the possibilities, nice wide paved trails that connect to already established sidewalk systems. We would hope to add embellishments such as sidewalks, landscape areas, possibly even fitness stations and signs. Our committee also hopes to work with the City and State on getting sidewalks in where it makes sense to have them as well, further connecting the trail system.

What we want from you is a video encouraging people to sign up for this AWESOME RUN/WALK EVENT! You can highlight the purpose of the event as a fundraiser for the Trail fund, you can go at it from a fitness angle, like how awesome it is to run/walk & be fit, or how much FUN the event will be, whatever you think… be creative, funny, etc. The website to register for the run if you can incorporate that any way possible, as well as so that you can go to the site for more info is: https://runforthetrails.eventbrite.com

Videos should be 30 seconds or less and have appropriate content. All videos may be shared via email, websites, Facebook, Twitter and various other social media. All submissions must be received to annsennhome@yahoo.com no later than midnight August 25th. The winner will be chosen August 26th, and that winner will receive a free entry into the event as well as an event tech shirt, and lots of publicity for their video 🙂

Good luck & have fun making the video!


RAPUNZELIt’s out of the tower and on the run as a zany cast of friends and foes help Rapunzel’s harrowing escape from the towering imprisonment of Madame Gothel. Add a dash of French flair and a pinch of personal triumph and friendship and you have story you won’t forget! Join us this Saturday, August 9 when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of RAPUNZEL.

Playing the title character, Rapunzel, are local students Lyndsey Luebke and Andrea Spang, Matthew Courchaine and Liam Spillane as the Princes, Maddie Sprout as Madame Gothel, Aidan Spillane and Catie Kramer as Rapunzel’s Parents Maurice and Monquie, Adeline Pumplun, Aliza Dickinson, Skylar Marquardt, Saffron Mears, Connor Romandine, Aaliyah Fowler, Simon Pumplun, and Emily Umentum as the Wood Elves, Victoria Athey and Lauren Meyer as the Ears of Corn, Alex Spang as the Potato, Grace Shamburek and Faith Shamburek as the Unicorns, Julie Truckenbrod, Sophia Collar, Isabella Heinke, Daisy Grinsteiner, Nora Strock, Julia Zablocki, and Grace Ferfecki as the Pixies, Kyrie Piaskowski, Brady Heinke, Deklan Wijas, Helen Marquardt, Jena Truckenbrod, and Rebecca Christenson as the Gremlins, Heath Piakowski, Tori Fowler, Makenzie Jackson as the Billy Goats Gruff. The Three Bears and Beaver are made up of Owen Heinke, Mary Peterson, Tess Maggio, and Lilly Grinsteiner. Caitrin Lonzo, Grace Oninski, Lauryn Slade, and Olivia Spang will play the Ogres. Appearing as the Mushrooms are Trinity Nelson, Anikka Lagerquist, Lauren Wijas, Olivia Strock, Emily Elliott, Addyson Behnke, Gwen Maggio, Greta Collar, Keller Wijas, and Chloe Sampley. Kaitlyn Kramarczyk will serve as Assistant Director throughout the week.

RAPUNZEL will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located at Oconto Falls High School. Tickets are $13 for adults & $8 for students (includes processing fee) and are available at Oconto Falls High School in the Commons Area from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. through Friday and at the door on Saturday.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Oconto Falls is brought to you by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts with support from ST Paper Company, CenturyLink, Community Memorial Hospital, and Neva Hodge-Lemorande. For more information, call the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts at (920) 848-7469.