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Pea Soup Days to feature new events

The 2018 Pea Soup Days will be from Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11, in Somerset. File photo

The 2018 Pea Soup Days festival will feature several new events, but will also bring back many events and activities loved by one and all.

"It's Somerse's annual celebration and the beginning of the summer season. Pea soup is a French dish that was popular with the French Canadians," said Pea Soup Days committee member David Bracht. "If you like a small hometown festival and like to mingle with a carnival and good old fashioned hometown food and fun, you should attend."

The 2018 festival will take place from Thursday, June 8, to Sunday, June 11. Thursday night will kick off with the Pea Soup Days 5K and 1 Mile Races, which will be followed by a kids run. Friday marks the start of both the Lions Club golf tournament at Bristol Ridge and the softball tournament at Village Park and will also feature a fireworks display at dusk. The annual Pea Soup Days parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The weekend will close with the pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall and the conclusion of the softball tournament.

According to Bracht, this year's festival will feature several new events, including a Wisconsin State qualifying Cornhole (bean bag) tournament, community-wide garage sales, kiddies' tractor pull, Zumba by the River, Ben's/Archie's nostalgic open house, more food vendors, more retail vendors and bingo under the big tent.

This year's live music performances will include: Paisan & The Family Brass on Friday, as well as Contraband and Sunday's Regret on Saturday.

The annual medallion hunt is also underway, with clues being posted at peasoupdays.com as well as in the New Richmond News.

Pea Soup Days a combined effort from the Somerset Lions, Somerset Chamber and Somerset Fire Department.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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