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Historical Day

September 24, 2005 is the date for the 17th annual Peshtigo Historical Day at Badger Park. The event is sponsored by the Peshtigo Lions Club, and proceeds will be donated to several local charities.

Fire Tower Run/Walk
The traditional kickoff event for Historical Day weekend. Click here for more information.

Historical Day Parade
On Saturday, the whole town will turn out for the Historical Day parade. It's a classic show of hometown pride, and it's a big one! There will be marching bands from several area schools, fire trucks, tractors, classic cars, floats, horses and other animals, scout troops, politicians, clowns and candy. The route is from Oconto Avenue to Ellis Avenue and Green Street to Emery Avenue, ending at Badger Park.

Frontier Village/Rendezvous
Visitors to Badger Park will have the opportunity to explore a frontier village/fur trader rendezvous. Participants in authentic period dress will demonstrate many historic skills, crafts, activities and games -- blacksmithing, wood carving, spinning and weaving, log splitting, hatchet throwing, firing of cannon and musket, and more.

Other Activities
Past attractions at  Badger Park on Saturday have included a water ski show on the Peshtigo River, kids' games and face painting, food and refreshments, a beer garden, and raffle prizes. 

Ham and Egg Breakfast
On Sunday, the annual firefighters breakfast is served in the high school gym from 7:00 a.m. to noon. It's a hearty meal at a great price, and all proceeds benefit the Peshtigo Fire Department.

Will the Fire Museum be Open?
Of course! The museum address is 400 Oconto Avenue (one block off Hwy. 41/French Street at Ellis Avenue, near the middle/high school). Stop by to see the historic cemetery, and view the exhibits and historical marker commemorating the 1871 disaster.


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Cite as: Deana C. Hipke. The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. <http://www.peshtigofire.info/>
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