Work crews from an area tent company were on hand in Kiel City Park Tuesday, erecting the huge entertainment tent for this weekend’s Kiel Picnic. The picnic begins Thursday evening with the traditional Family Night. It extends through 6 p.m. Sunday.							      Mike Mathes photo
Work crews from an area tent company were on hand in Kiel City Park Tuesday, erecting the huge entertainment tent for this weekend’s Kiel Picnic. The picnic begins Thursday evening with the traditional Family Night. It extends through 6 p.m. Sunday. Mike Mathes photo
The entertainment is free, the mustard is Düsseldorf, and the wristbands are a bargain.
Picnic and parade time in Kiel is upon us.
Kiel City Park is the site of the Kiel Community Picnic running through Sunday.
Whether you are a lover of funnel cakes or a savorer of ice cream Sundaes, or enjoy the challenge of eating cotton candy, the picnic in the park is for you.
Events begin tonight which is known as Family Night, when the picnic events are in full swing except that alcohol is not served. The Christman Amusement Rids are a popular draw with an all-you-can-ride wristband price from 6-10 p.m.
Teens will want to participate in the Wisconsin gaming system giveaway, putting themselves in a position to be the lucky winner of the system.
All the food stands will be open Thursday and the remaining days, featuring brats, hamburgers, firehouse steaks, BBQ chicken breasts and even hot dogs. Other picnic foods include sweet corn, pizza, baked potatoes, grilled cheese, cheese curds, mozzarella sticks, homemade pie, mini-donuts, ice cream Sundaes, cotton candy, funnel cakes and caramel apples.
Pepsi and Seven-Up products served in 20-ounce plastic bottles will quench one's thirst.
KMB does traditional ballyhoo
Friday the park is open from 6 p.m. until midnight.
The Kiel Municipal Band (KMB) starts out the evening with its traditional ballyhoo throughout the park at 6:45 p.m. A KMB concert takes place in the Edward Theissen Memorial Band Stand at 7 p.m. and the band rides and plays on the carousel (merry-go-round) following the concert.
Friday the Toys Band performs in the big tent (main stage) from 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Pork loin sandwiches with sauerkraut, firehouse steaks made to order, BBQ chicken breasts, ham, brats and cheeseburgers are among the food selections.
Twelve ounce cans of Bud and Miller products plus specialty beers are among the alcohol choices. Mike's Hard Lemonade will be available too.
Grill-Off kicks off the day
Saturday, the day begins with the first annual Kiel Community Picnic Grill-Off. Up to 26 two person teams will make up the competition. The grilling activity begins at 8 a.m. with judging starting to take place at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to view the cooking which will take place throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
The Jerry Schneider Orchestra will performed on the main stage from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wristbands will be sold Saturday from 1-5 p.m. awarding folks with multiple amusement rides.
A children's coin hunt will be featured at 1 p.m. on Saturday, an event sponsored by Riesterer Financial Services and Mike Kissinger who is donating rare collectible coins for the search.
Homer the Clown will make balloon animals for kids from 2-4 p.m.
The Happy Schnapps Combo band will perform Saturday at the bandshell from 3:30-6 p.m., and the Johnny Wad Band will appear on the main stage from 7:30-11:30 p.m.
The Kiel Parade, sponsored by the Kiel Area Association of Commerce, starts out Sunday's activities at 11:30 a.m. Floats will be judged on overall appearance and originality corresponding with the theme, "The Magical Days of Summer."
The Kiel High School ShowChoir will perform in the bandshell at 2 p.m..
The Vic Ferrari Band, sponsored by Sargento Foods, will take to the main stage from 2:30-6 p.m.
Homer the Clown will be moving about the grounds from 2:30-4:30 p.m. creating a variety of balloon animals for young children.
The picnic stands will close at 7 p.m.
Raffle tickets and prizes
A large number of raffle prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders. This year's grand prize is a leather Flexsteel rocker recliner which is being donated by Meiselwitz Furniture and Carpet.
The top cash prize is $1,000.
Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
Raffle tickets are available the days of the picnic at food and beverage stands.
The raffle drawing takes place on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Kiel Community Center at 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
Hundreds of volunteers play an important part at the Kiel Community Picnic. There is always a need for additional volunteers. If you are willing, call one of the following individuals to discuss an area of interest - Stacy Schweitzer, 920-980-9610; Don Mitchell, 920-522-3605; Joe Schuh, 920-374-1523; or Al Schreiber, 920-242-5155.
Volunteer for whatever interests you and work the day or days and as many hours as are convenient for you. It could be a food or beverage stand or passing out bingo cards, or helping little kids with the sandbox coin hunt activity.


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