Last October, four girlfriends and I spent the weekend in Door County, Wisconsin. It was a sunny, albeit cool, weekend, but the lack of rain made for a great day at Sister Bay’s 70th Fall Festival.
The fall festival is considered to be the “granddaddy” of all festivals in Door County. What began as a celebration and reward for the Door County tourist workers after a busy summer season has evolved into one of the largest weekend celebrations on the peninsula, which includes a parade, arts and crafts fair, food booths, live entertainment, and children’s activities. The festival runs for three days, but we only attended on Saturday. There was plenty of food and suds and music and good times. One of the Fest’s oldest traditions, which we missed, is the famed Ping-Pong Ball Shoot. An astonishing 10,000 ping-pong balls are released on Sunday afternoon, with a one in ten chance of winning a prize from a participating Sister Bay business.
At last count, Sister Bay’s population was 876. The festival brings in thousands. This little village, a popular destination for summer tourism, is also noted for Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. Aside from the tasty meals inside, this establishment has had grass and goats on its roof for as long as I can remember. With the available technology, it’s no wonder they now have a Goat Cam, along with their usual goat-themed gift shop. (You may now proceed with a lively musical rendition of Lonely Goatherd.)
Today’s main photograph does not in any way represent the festival or the number of people present, but it does reflect the setting of Fall Festival. Sister Bay resides on the shores of Green Bay, which empties into Lake Michigan. There weren’t many people congregating by the waters as there was a stiff wind off the lake that made the air bite. Warmth was found on the main drag, protected by the buildings on either side, the multitudes of other people and with a serving of hot pumpkin pie in a cup.
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If you are intrigued by Sister Bay’s Fall Festival, take an extra few minutes to watch a video that captures the fun three-day weekend.