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Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw And Festival In Five Weeks

Sauk Prairie will host the 38th Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw And Festival during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2012, at Marion Park in Prairie du Sac, Wis. See how far you can throw Wisconsin’s unofficial state muffin, the cow chip, or watch as young and old try to beat the 248-foot record. Besides throwing dried poop patties, the festival features:

  • Tournament Of Chips Parade, Sept. 1, 12:00 p.m., featuring Cowabunga, the Trojan cow
  • Fine arts and crafts, more than 125 exhibits
  • Red Dragon Martial Arts presentation, Sept. 1, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Musical performances beginning Friday evening, Aug. 31, through Saturday evening, including The Dang-Its, Madison County, Tony Rocker-Elvis Tribute Artist And The Comeback Special Band, Cherry Pie and more. See the full schedule here.
  • Food court featuring cream puffs, pork chops on a stick, ribs, kabobs, rootbeer floats, gyros, pie and ice cream, and more!
  • Beer garden

There is a utilitarian history behind the light-hearted tradition of throwing chips. Native Americans who inhabited the prairies of the Great Plains and European pioneers who settled there found little timber for fuel and shelter. They learned the odorless dried chips of American Bison dung, also called buffalo chips, burned clean and hot, providing fuel for cooking and warmth for their homes. They would gather the chips in the fall to store for winter.

Getting There

The Inn at Wawanissee Point is the closest bed and breakfast to Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, a pretty and easy 15-minute drive along Wisconsin highway 78, which becomes Water Street in Prairie du Sac, joining with U.S. highway 12 and Wisconsin highway 60. Just beyond downtown Prairie du Sac turn right on Grand Avenue. Marion Park is at the intersection of First Street.

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