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Here at Jaunted, we spend considerable time and (virtual) ink drooling over weird festivals. So, this summer, we've decided to visit a few. Today Lara Zielin reports back from the Pure Water Days beer fest in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin was once little more than a scar on the terrain—a place where the trees were ripped up by hardy loggers, then rolled downriver and shipped far afield.
Much of that changed when Jacob Leinenkugel, a Bavarian immigrant and brewer, descended on the town in 1866 and started making beer using the clear, cold spring water on site. First, the loggers drank the beer. Then everyone else started drinking the beer, which is still true today, especially during the town’s Pure Water Days festival.
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Jack Dawson was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. You know, that guy from Titanic? The guy Rose says there’s no room for on the door at the end?
Jack was escaping this small Wisconsin town for bigger—and ultimately colder—adventures, but if he’d just hung around long enough, he could have attended the town’s annual Pure Water Days Festival, which is probably better than any party his pals threw in steerage.
This weekend, August 10-12, this once lumber- and railroad-dependent town will celebrate its history sprouting up from the banks of the Chippewa River, the source of all that pure water. These days, said water is used for many things, among them Leinenkugel’s beer, which is headquartered in Chippewa Falls.
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It has always been said that the state of Ohio is the "birthplace of aviation" (it also happens to the birthplace of your intrepid editor. Coincidence? I think not). Still, head some 40 minutes north of the state line and up into Michigan, and you'll hit a town that serves as the birthplace of the automotive industry.
It's Dearborn, MI, the international home of the Ford Motor Company and former location of Ford Airport, site of many firsts: first U.S. airport hotel, first concrete runway, first U.S. scheduled passenger service, first contracted airmail service, first radio control for a commercial flight and first U.S. passenger terminal. Though the airfield is no more, the planes that earned their wings on it are, somewhat miraculously, still flying.
Around 18 of the 199 Ford Tri-Motors originally produced still have the sun glinting off their corrugated metal wings, the wind through their three radial engines. And two of these 18 were present at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, offering rides for $80 per person this past weekend. You know we had to.
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Admit it. You'll ogle aircraft at any available opportunity. We understand. There is help out there for you...in the form of yet more airplane porn from our day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
In addition to the slew of pro photos and slick video, we of course shot from the hip with an iPhone 4S, uploading to Instagram all the live-long day.
Understanding that not everyone has Instagram (get it & get it now!) and it can be trying to keep up with all images in a constantly flowing stream of visual candy, we've included most (but not all!) of our Oshkosh Instagrams from this past weekend. Check 'em out:
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport has no regularly scheduled flights. And yet it manages to rack up over 90,000 landings every year. It has no impressive passenger terminal. And yet it counts visitors in the millions. What OSH does have, you see, is EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, a massive aviation celebration that swamps the tiny town for one week every summer.
At 8am this past Saturday we landed right in the thick of things, arriving on one of Southwest Airlines' newest, shiniest Boeing 737-700s after a quickie flight up from Chicago-Midway International. Here we could type a slew of fawning adjectives to describe our day (not even a full day!) spent zipping from the expansive cockpits of military transports to reclining in the slim leather seats of private props, but luckily a simple worda word we maybe whispered and shouted a thousand times at OSHsums it up: awesome.
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For one week every summer, the airport of a small city in Wisconsin operates the busiest air traffic control tower in the world. The reason: America's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts and the planes they love. It's called EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and it sees 15,000 aircraft and up to a million attendees....plus us.
We'll be heading to "Super Saturday" at Oshkosh onboard one of Southwest Airlines' newest 737s, flying right into the show from Chicago-Midway. It's going to be craaaaayyyyzay awesome, and we want you along for the ride.
Although we'll be up early tomorrow and there for only one day, the fun will be constant. Here's how to follow along for all our hot and bothered OSH excitement tomorrow, Saturday:
We’ve seen wine trails, beer trails, and even a green chile cheeseburger trail, but the latest foodie map is all about dairy delights. Residents of Wisconsin have another claim to fame, as the state just released a traveler’s guide to help you discover and explore some of the state’s greatest cheese options.
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of the stinky sharp stuff or a whole week filled with curds, they have you covered. "A Travelers Guide to America’s Dairyland" is available for download, but if you need something to add to your kitchen they’ll even send you one for free.
After a long summer filled with uncertainty, it’s finally time to get ready for some football. NFL players and owners worked out their differences, and the 2011 season is ready to kickoff on September 8 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year it’s the Super Bowl champions—the Packers—facing the Saints to get things started. The season’s first games run through the weekend, but most of the party is focused on that first Thursday night.
To celebrate the return of football the NFL is teaming up with EA Sports—makers of the Madden video game series—to welcome the season opener. The league’s 92nd season will begin with a little bit of music, as it was just announced that Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 will be on hand to get the party started. Things will all be taking place live outside of the Packers’ home at Lambeau Field, and things will be broadcast on NBC before the game starts just you can’t attend in person.
Are you ready for some football?! After a summer of bickering back and forth a deal was made to get the NFL back to business, and now we’re only a few weeks away from the first week of the season. We’re already planning our Sunday menus of overindulgence, but until then we can always start practicing our tailgating skills at training camp:
In case you missed it last year, the Green Bay Packers brought home the big prize after winning the Super Bowl. That means this year is all about trying their best to repeat as champions. We’re a little better at judging airlines than football teams, but even we think they’ve got a pretty good chance at two-in-a-row.
· When's Camp:
The Packers got busy as soon as the NFL Lockout was over, and things look to stay that way as practice runs through August 30. After that they’ll still be testing out new plays and working out all the kinks, but those practices are closed to the public. Most practices begin at 7pm, but if you’re looking for an excuse to cut out of work a little earlier there are a few that start right after lunch at 1pm. There’s usually something going on most days of the week, so check out the full schedule here and start planning your visit.
Now that the Super Bowl is over the real party begins, but unfortunately it’s only open to fans of the Green Bay Packers—sorry Steeler fans. The folks in Green Bay are a little more low key when it comes to celebrating—or just better behaved—so we haven’t heard of any flipped over cars or fires in the streets, but there is quite the celebration planned for later today.
The Green Bay Police Department must have known something that we didn’t, as they had the Packers parade route prepared before the weekend even began. The NFL champions will return to Austin Straubel airport later today, and the team will make their way to Lambeau Field to a very warm welcome home.
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AirTran has moved away from its football paint schemes and onto one based on America’s favorite pastime. The airline with WiFi on every flight has teamed up with Milwaukee Brewers and they’re about to debut a retro-inspired jet any day now.
Originally some photos of the new livery were leaked on the Facebook page of the Yeager Airport in West Virginia; however, they’ve taken them down so we’re wondering if AirTran was jealous that the little airport was stealing their thunder. If you just can’t wait for the big reveal, there are pictures right here on JetPhotos.net and Airliners.net that show it off in greater detail.
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For those sick of endless delays and crowds at Chicagoland airports, a little help might be on the way. Actually, it’s already here, but it all depends on whether or not you agree with the marketing. The General Mitchell International Airport—it’s the airport in Milwaukee—wants to serve as a solid third option for those looking to head out from the Midwest.
It’s not as close as Newark is to Manhattan, but a 90 minute drive into Wisconsin isn’t that bad of an option. The airport saw a record number of passengers at the end of 2009, and they want to continue pulling in travelers well into the next decade.