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Annual Events

Contests for $800, Alex? What is the World’s Largest Trivia Contest, hosted each April by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, WWSP-90FM. Nearly 500 teams compete in the 54-hour event that has been featured on Jeopardy. 

Looking to expand upon ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’? Get the ideas you need the third weekend of June each year, from the World’s Largest and longest running renewable energy event, the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair.

Get your motor running to attend the Midwest’s Largest Car Show the Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet hosted each July. For more fun with equipment, don’t miss the Rosholt Thresheree featuring antique machinery or the Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show to see the classic equipment in action.

Each year, in the summer, the Aber Suzuki Center hosts the American Suzuki Institute on the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus. This institute welcomes families with participating children from around the United States for learning opportunities and performances.   

Looking for an adventure? Check out PaddleQuest, a paddling-based adventure event with games and scavenger hunts that provide new challenges around every corner. Geared to all skill levels and ages, the event offers two days of fun in August, where canoeing meets Comic-Con (with a side of conservation). 

For some fun (with a side of music) head to central Wisconsin’s largest jazz festival. The Riverfront Jazz Festival is hosted the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day is held at Pfiffner Pioneer Park along the Wisconsin River. 

For the kids, don’t miss the popular annual Art in the Park event. Held in Pfiffner Pioneer Park, the event features arts & craft vendors, trolley rides, and Cardboard City (where kids can get in on the fun and paint the town). 

Each fall, travel along the nooks and crannies of the Ice Age Trail as it weaves its way through Portage and Waupaca Counties in central Wisconsin for the Hidden Studios Art Tour. The event features working artists’ studios that open their doors for the public. 

Looking for a hand-crafted unique gift, and want to give back? Plan to attend the annual Tinsel Trail Arts & Craft Show at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center. Browse hundreds of handcrafted items to kick off the holiday season.

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