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Members of THE DWEEBS rock a full house Friday night at Fun Fest in New Richmond (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

Fun Fest draws crowds

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life New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

This year's Fun Fest was the first Lisa Woletz has planned and she said it's only going to get bigger and better from here.

Woletz, who recently took over as director of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, said perfect weather and great crowds made this year's Fun Fest an outstanding event.

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The festival, which was held July 11-14, drew average crowds, Woletz said.

"Our bands Friday and Saturday night have been with us for a long time and always draw in great crowds," she said. "The addition of Tim Sigler on Thursday night was really well received. Country night was really popular."

It's unclear whether the 2014 event will offer a country night, but Woletz said the idea will be discussed again.

Saturday's parade was 72 units long, said Woletz.

"We're currently in the process of rebuilding the Fun Fest parade back to what New Richmond is used to," she said. "We're very grateful to Osceola and the two New Richmond bands for participating."

Woletz said the Fun Fest committee has assigned one person to focus specifically on recruiting bands for the New Richmond parade.

In addition to the parade, Woletz said the amusement park was always busy, the car show was great and the pedal tractor pull attracted more than 100 kids.

"Overall it was a terrific week," she said.

Woletz said Fun Fest's success should be credited to the hundreds of volunteer who put it together.

"It takes a village to put together an event like this and the community really came out to support it," she said.

Soon, plans will begin to take shape for the 2014 event.

"We'll be reviewing this year's Fun Fest and those from the past and we're always looking to bring in new acts," she said. "It's always evolving and we're working to make it bigger and better each year."

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