DekorraFest 2016

Herpetologist Tom Kessenich, of Snakes Alive! Experience It, explains to Mykolas Lyons, 10, Poynette, proper technique for holding an alligator at DekorraFest.

On it’s 13th year, DekorraFest will stay fresh with plenty of new features.

The “midsummer nights” celebration takes place Saturday, July 15, at N4173 McMillan Road in Poynette.

Changes this year include new treats, such as Mexican Popsicles from La Michoacana. Michoacana-style ice cream is made simply with milk or cream, little added sugar and a fruit flavor.

For another delicious way to beat the heat, the Lake Wisconsin Church, based in Lodi, will serve sno-cones in the Kettle Corn booth. They are earning money to sponsor a playground set from the “Kids Around the World” mission, to be placed at a school in Haiti.

The concessions tent is run by the Lake Wisconsin Lions club. New this year will be beer selections from both Miller and Budweiser. DekorraFest Committee Chairman Mark Niebuhr said the event hopes to showcase local vendors and businesses, and he’s especially glad that they’ll also serve wine from Poynette-based Rock N Wool winery.

Another new local vendor is Sweet Wisconsin Honey from Shawn and Kerrie Bahr. Along with honey products for sale, they will have a sample beehive under glass, where inquisitive minds can watch the bees in action.

The arts and crafts area will showcase pictures made with colored wax, hand-sewn items and quilted tree skirts. The festival has many returning vendors with beauty and health care items, as well as the handmade wooden decorations, benches and birdhouses.

“I’ve been told (the birdhouse builder) will have some more Chicago Bears birdhouses this year,” Niebuhr said via email. “As he sold out of both Packers and Bears last year.”

And there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities. New events this year include a waterball walk for older kids and a bazooka ball for fast-action, soft-impact fun.

McGruff the Crime Dog and the Columbia County Crime Stoppers will provide information on their services.

The Prairie Thunder Cloggers will be performing again this year. In addition, Tom Kessnich from Snakes Alive! will be displaying and discussing snakes and reptiles. The Lodi Area Radio Control Club will display interesting aircraft including an increasing interest in the quad-copter “drones”.

Guinness record holder Big Jake, the world’s tallest horse, will be back. And the pony carousel is returning as well. The fair will showcase a DJ from 7-9:30 p.m. and, as always, the day will end with a thrilling fireworks display.

The event is a self-funded family fun day, and the festival collects a $5 donation for parking, but they are happy to take any additional donation at the gate entrance.

The vendors, games and attractions all help to keep the event funded. Therefore, organizers ask that there are no carry-ins and instead support the event by buying refreshments at the concession stands.

The concessions area features a booth with a drawing at 8 p.m. for cash and other prizes.

DekorraFest receives over half of financial support from local individuals and businesses. To be listed among the supporters, send donations to DekorraFest Fireworks Fund W8460 Bilkie Rd. Poynette, WI 53955.

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