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Just last week we were all excited about the arrival of marshmallow Peeps at the Racine Art Museum over in Wisconsin. Not to worry—they’re still putting on their Peep exhibit—but there’s actually a few more places where you can see candy turned into art during the spring season. We just wonder when the chocolate bunnies are getting their own gallery space.
There must be something about the sugary candies and Wisconsin, as another seasonal selection of Peeps is now doing its thing at the Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point. Things here run through April 7, and last year there were around 1,300 or so peeple—ha—that came to check things out. This year there’s around 30 entries from both little kids and big kids, and they illustrate every thing from superheroes to a candy version of the Papal Conclave.
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It’s officially spring—at least according to the calendar—and that means it’s time to celebrate the season with chocolate bunnies, candy eggs, and plenty of jelly beans. Sure that stuff is traditionally brought out to celebrate Easter, but we’re pretty sure it tastes just as good no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof. Of course one treat that takes seasonal candy to the next level are the trusty marshmallow Peeps. This year they taste even better, as they’re part of their very own art exhibit.
If you don’t call Wisconsin home you might want to start looking into some flights, as March 29 is when the exhibit opens up at the Racine Art Museum. They’ve been doing this for a few years now, and the fun is scheduled to run through Sunday April 14. It’s just what you imagine it to be, as artists of all ages are encouraged and welcomed to create their own masterpiece made of out of the candy.
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Labor Day has come and gone, and with its passing marks the unofficial end of the summer season. Sure we’re a little sad to see the sun retreat earlier each and every day, but the cooler weather isn’t too shabby. If anything it just gives us the opportunity to enjoy a new season of beer festivals. The summer ales have disappeared, but there’s still plenty of brews—and sunshine—to enjoy at these outdoor beer festivals in September:
Great Atlanta Beer Fest – Atlanta, Georgia
We’re only a few days away, as this year’s Great Atlanta Beer Fest is set to do its thing on September 8 at Turner Field. The baseball stadium will transform itself into an outdoor beer garden, as organizers are expecting at least 150 different varieties of lagers, ales, stouts, and pilsners. There will be a focus on those brewed close to home with several options from Georgia and the Southeast, and there will even be a few wine and hard cider options as well.
Most of the action is scheduled to go down within the Grand Entry Plaza and the Monument Grove sections of the stadium, and organizers are even planning to beam the weekend’s college football games straight to the televisions across the park. Tickets will set you back $40 in advance, and that will get you access to your souvenir cup, all the entertainment, and plenty of beer samples. Sounds like a decent investment to us especially with breweries like Sweetwater, Abita, and Atlanta Brewing in attendance.
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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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It’s officially spring, and April has been doing its thing for a few days now. That means the seasonal festivals have started to move outdoors and the warmer weather guarantees a good time no matter where you decide to spend the weekend. Of course overindulgence on one particular food is always a great way to pass the time, so here’s a few picks of where to taste and treat this month:
World Grits Festival - St. George, South Carolina
We’re just a week or so away from the World Grits Festival in St. George, South Carolina, so if you’re looking for a little slice of the South now’s the time to make your plans. They’ve been throwing this party for the last 27 years, so at this point we’re thinking that they really know what they’re doing. All kinds of arts and crafts will be on display, there’s a chance to grind your own grits, plenty of live music, and of course a grits eating contest. Things run between April 13 and April 15—check the full schedule here—and admission is totally free. Just be sure to schedule your time accordingly, as we wouldn’t want you to miss the chance to see attendees rolling around in a pool full of grits—yes, that’s a real thing.
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival – Kenosha, Wisconsin
Nothing is as delicious as some beer and some cheese, and thankfully there’s one festival in Wisconsin getting ready to celebrate both. The Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival is getting ready to go on Saturday, April 21 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Tickets will set you back around $40 per person, but that will get you access to plenty of samples from the state’s best cheese producers and brewers. Local breweries will be on hand to show off their latest sudsy creations including Big Bay Brewing Company and their Long Weekend IPA. All the overindulgence goes down at the The Brat Shop, so we’re even thinking they’ll be an opportunity to partake in a sausage or too as well.
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.
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It's that time of the year, county and state fair season. While some go to see the has-been musical acts or to get their thrills on creaky old rides, the reason most people go is to gorge on fried fair food. We rounded up some of the weirdest fare that you will only find at a fair this year.
· Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls
The San Diego County Fair debuted these treats this year and they are selling like hotcakes. The balls of batter are made of flour, water and the fruity drink powder. A friend who tried them told us, "I could kind of taste the grittiness, which was not so appealing. If you like strawberry-flavored doughnut holes then I'd say it's worth the $6. Fried pickles were way better though." Get them through July 4.
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There's no better way to Memorial Day than by having a big feast. But go beyond the backyard barbecue this year and head out to one of the monster food festivals, where you'll be able to eat your weight in brats, ribs and more. Just be sure to bring your appetite; these places aren't for lightweights.
Eat your way through these top three holiday food fests: