BRANT LAKE - Not since the golden days of the Horicon Fire Department's July 4 festivities decades ago has the town of Horicon planned such an ambitious townwide event.
Dozens of people are now preparing for the Horicon Day festival set for Saturday, Aug. 7, which is expected to bring local citizens and summer residents together with neighbors in the surrounding communities to enjoy the festivities.
Born from suggestions more than a year ago, councilmen Joe Dooris and Bob Olson recruited volunteers and soon had commitments from nearly every organization and church in town to make the event a success.
The day's activities start at 2 p.m., with local crafters, artisans and local business people manning booths at the Town of Horicon Community Center in Brant Lake offering various wares. Included will be locally produced maple syrup products, paintings, metal work, wood crafts, American girl doll clothing, pack baskets, jewelry, T-shirts, produce and much more.
Also, the Brant Lake Association, in an educational booth, will be showing attendees how the group is effectively battling the nuisance weed milfoil.
All day behind the local firehouse, the Horicon Volunteer Ladies Auxiliary will be selling grilled burgers and hot dogs as well popcorn, hot and cold drinks, and snacks. Nearby, Cub Scouts will be holding a tag sale. Boy Scouts will have an encampment and displays behind the town ballfield.
Near the town pavilion, there will be a display of locally-owned classic vehicles, as well as displays by Brant Lake Collision. It is hoped at least one locally crafted Garwood boat will be displayed.
For the young - and young at heart - there will be games and contests galore- a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, along with face painting, a fish pond, coin pitches, and other games.
In the Mill Pond, the Girl Scouts will hold greased-watermelon-retrieval contests starting at 2:30 p.m. every hour until the beach area closes. Two pie-eating contests will begin around 6 p.m. near the firehouse. Sponsored by the Horicon Ladies Auxiliary, this latter contest has two divisions, one for ages 12 and younger and the other for ages 13.