Who knew, in 2012, when the village and the many volunteers produced the first Imagination Celebration, that for the third event Waunakee would see a rare installation of public art?

On Monday, the steel goat cut-outs provided to artists by Endres Manufacturing Company will be revealed along Main Street, where they remain for the summer, kind of like the actual goat kids at the Endres plant at S. Century Avenue.

We should see a variety of art forms at the Goats on Main event, and we may never look at goats quite the same again.

The project has been a win-win collaboration of public and private enterprise, furthering causes for both. Endres is celebrating its 90th year, and its mascot, the goat, during the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Goat. The village had an opportunity to publicize its Imagination Celebration event, which is next Thursday.

And for us Waunakee-area residents, we just get to see something new and cool in our downtown. As an added bonus, the Goats on Main are also homegrown, conceived of and created right here.

The Imagination Celebration seems to have sparked several creative undertakings. Several happenings are leading up to that June 18 event, starting with Monday’s Goats on Main. On Tuesday, the Live From the Park concert series begins. Hats off to Katie Lowery of the band, The Emmylous, for agreeing to organize the series.

On June 16, at 6:30 p.m. the Emmylous will open for the Ron Denson Band at the Village Park Gazebo. Katie thought some food might be in order, as well, so we’ll have food carts to choose from for dinner each Tuesday as well.

The Super Hero Magic Show next week at the Library is another lead-up event although the library is always encouraging imaginations young and old through reading, plays and talks.

The Waunakee Senior Center is also hosting an Art Show and Open House, with paintings and woodwork by two local groups on June 17.

And then June 18 is the Imagination Celebration event itself, with a long list of interesting exhibitors.

I got to talk to just a couple of artists and performers as I wrote feature stories for the Tribune, but I’m looking forward to seeing many more. That includes the plans for Octopi Brewing, the brewery under construction in the Waunakee industrial park, and the traditional Chinese music.

Anyway, each year, Waunakee’s imagination and creativity grow, so who knows what the future holds?

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