Downtown Business Decorating Contest
to Dec 25

Downtown Business Decorating Contest

Theme: "Light up the Holidays" 

Businesses can choose the content of the window display; however, the display should concentrate on the creative use of lights. 

Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place. 

Decorations should be completed by Noon December 2nd  Judging will take place Friday December 15th. Winners will be announced on WBEV/WXRO and in the Daily Citizen. 

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2017 Holiday Coloring Contest
to Nov 17

2017 Holiday Coloring Contest

All Coloring Pages have been distributed to the schools in Beaver Dam and Dodgeland and can be picked up at Black Waters Coffee and the Watermark.

Deadline for Entry is 11/17/17

3 Categories:

Ages 18 & Up:
Prizes 1st 2nd 3rd Place. Gift Bag of Goodies.

Middle School/High School
Prizes 1st 2nd 3rd Place. Gift Bag of Goodies

Elementary Schools
Mr and Miss Frost! One boy and One Girl from grades 1st - 5th. Winners will ride on Santas Float throughout the parade.

All Entries Returned to Black Waters Coffee (308 S Center) or The Watermark (209 S Center) during hours of operations.


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Earth Day Beaver Dam
9:00 AM09:00

Earth Day Beaver Dam

Join DBDI for our annual Community Clean-Up and Tree Planting! 
Get your Earth Day Coffee Special from Black Waters Coffee and head to The Watermark at 9am for the beginning of the Community Clean-Up. We will end the Clean-Up at Annabelle's Ice Cream Parlor around 12pm with Ice Cream specials and the Annual Tree Planting!
First 50 downtown clean-up volunteers will receive a FREE tree sapling!

Free Paper Shredding sponsored by Tyjeski Family Chiropractic from 9am-12pm in the North Tower Parking Lot

"Pork on Boards"- Get some barbecue to help with BMX/Skate Park fundraising efforts. Serving starts at 11.
Also, a second Community Clean-Up site the BMX/Skate Park starting at 9am!

Just show up and participate!

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Holiday Parade
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Parade

The 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Beaver Dam Holiday Parade. This years theme is 175 Years of Holiday Fun!

The Parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Grand Prize $75.00, 2nd place $50.00 3rd place $25.00 4th place $20.00 5th place $15.

The Parade route will be North on Center St. to Front St. - East to Park Ave to Vita St. Heading South to Mill St.

Entrants lineup on S Center St. Beginning at 4:30 PM Judging takes palce in front of McKinstry's Home Furnishings.

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Childrens Coloring Contest
8:00 PM20:00

Childrens Coloring Contest

Coloring Contest Forms will be distributed to BDUSD grade schools SKDS St. Stephens & Dodgeland grade schools. Children in 1st - 5th grades will be asked t enter the coloring contest. Entrants will be judged by a committee of judges. Winners will ride in the Holiday Parade with Santa and will be recognized at the After Party. One girl and one boy will be awarded the title of Master and Miss Frost.

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Holiday Parade
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Parade

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Downtown Beaver Dam's 2015 Holiday Parade - Theme "Christmas Stories"

The Parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM Parade entries will be accepted until 4pm on November 20th Entry forms have been mailed to previous entrants. New entries can obtain an entry form on the Chamber website. or by contacting Kay Appenfeldt. Entrants will be judged on creativity and originality.

Grand Prize $75.00, 2nd place $50.00 3rd place $25.00 4th place $20.00 5th place $15.

The Parade route will be North on Center St. to Front St. - East to Park Ave to Vita St. Heading South to Mill St.

Entrants lineup on S Center St. Beginning at 4:30 PM Judging takes palce in front of McKinstry's Home Furnishings.

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Business Decorating Contest
to Dec 22

Business Decorating Contest

Theme: "Holiday Stories"

Business should be decorated by noon on December 5th. An independent panel of Judges will judge the windows. First Place $75 and presentation of a traveling trophy, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25 Winners will be announced just before Christmas. 

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Murder Mystery Dinner
6:00 PM18:00

Murder Mystery Dinner

DBDI will host Milwaukee Dinner Detectives in Beaver Dam as part of the upcoming Mural Fetstival Fundraising. The first installment was held Saturday June 27th 2015 at Chapel of the Archangels. This time around the event will be held on the Wayland Academy Campus Tickets for the 3 course catered meal are $75 per person, and will be available for purchase at Rechecks Piggly Wiggly or the Seippel Arts Center.  A Discount is available for those purchasing an entire table of 8 with preferred seating. Guests are asked to be 17 years or older.

 If you would like information about sponsoring our 2nd Mystery Dinner please contact 

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Pawsitively Pets Downtown Festival
10:00 AM10:00

Pawsitively Pets Downtown Festival

Bring your pets downtown!

Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. Invites the public to attend the summer festival Pawsitively Pets in the South Tower Parking Lot.

The festival is scheduled for July 11th from 10am-2pm. Join families and pet lovers to enjoy pet-related demonstrations, pet vendors, contests and meet pet care practitioners at 10 am, meet police canine officers Nate Keener and Blade.

Join the Optimists for story time every half hour with pet-related tales. Discover eight ways to a healthier pet and tips for better pet obedience. Meet a R.E.A.D. therapy dog. Furry guests must be friendly and leashed to attend. The event is free with live music from Bradly Sperger, food and vendors.

It's a short walk to the Inter-Quest building., 304 S Spring St., to meet the national Walldog artist who will be working diligently on the Kamrath Radio vintage technology-themed mural. Stop by and meet the artists anytime Saturday or Sunday.

Vendor applications are available for the Pawsitively Pets. Call Rae Marie Dougan at 887-8101.

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Walldogs Mural Festival
to Jul 11

Walldogs Mural Festival

Downtown Beaver Dam, Inc. will host The Walldogs to paint another promotional mural on the south-facing wall of the Inter-Quest building.  The four day festival will begin on Wednesday leading up to the Lake Days Festival.  This is the second promotional mural in preparation for the big festival coming to downtown Beaver Dam in July, 2017 when 200+ artists are coming to Beaver Dam to paint 15 or more murals.

This historic theme for this mural will be Kamrath's Radio & TV store--a long-time family business that once occupied the building at the site of this mural (304 S. Spring Street).

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Murder Mystery Dinner
6:00 PM18:00

Murder Mystery Dinner

DBDI will host Milwaukee Dinner Detectives in Beaver Dam as part of the upcoming Mural Fetstival Fundraising. Wayland Academy will sponsor the fist event. There will be 3 shows so the community will have various options to attend. The first being Saturday June 27th 2015 at Chapel of the Archangels. Tickets are $75 per person. and the dinner will be three courses catered. The title of the mystery is "Game Over". Guests are asked to be 17 years or older. Tickets are on sale starting May 15th at Rechecks Food Pride, Piggly Wiggly, and The Seippel Arts Center. Discounted tickets will be available for purchasing a table at the event.

 If you would like information about sponsoring our 2nd or 3rd Mystery Dinner please contact 

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10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day Festival

A New Downtown Tradition with Humble Beginnings

Downtown Beaver Dam, Inc. (DBDI) has organized a full week of events for the 2nd Earth Day Festival during the week of April 20-25th.  The week-long festival culminates on Saturday, April 25th with a series of special presentations in conjunction with an outdoor market downtown Beaver Dam. The interactive outdoor market features 50 vendors, local businesses, and local civic clubs with educational displays.  The family friendly market features information about caring for our earth, ecology and sustainability.  Vendors will be located around the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, the Dodge County Historical Society, in the parking lot of Water Technology, and on the front lawn of BMO Harris Bank. The market is open from 10:00am to 2:00pm rain or shine; admission is free to the public.

Outdoor music will be provided by the Riverside Regulars and Bradley Sperger. Various restaurants will be hosting Earth Day specials. The event is coordinated by DBDI and sponsored by Nature’s Pathways MagazineNorthwoods Casket Company, Matt Weineke Landscaping, Reconnect Spiritual Sanctuary, Black Waters Coffee, American National Bank and McKinstry’s Home Furnishings. 

Downtown Beaver Dam Earth Day Festival Events

Paper Bag Art at Recheck's and Piggly Wiggly
Organized by Downtown Beaver Dam, Inc.
All week (while bags last)
Children at area schools, 4k, and the Middle School hand decorated more than 700 paper grocery shopping bags for Earth Day.  Children expressed their views of what Earth Day, sustainability, and the importance of caring for our plant means to them. Stop by Recheck's Food Pride or Piggly Wiggly during the week and ask your grocery bagger to "make it paper" this week.

Elementary School Yard Cleanup
Organized by Beaver Dam Community Schools
All week (inquire with your school)
Area schools will organize groups of school children to tidy up the school grounds in our community.

Shredfest at 134 South Spring Street
Organized by Tyjeski Chiropractic
Thursday, April 23rd, 10am - 12noon 
Held in parking lot behind the food pantry (Central WI Community Action Council) at 134 South Spring Street. Every 110 pounds of material shredded saves approximately 1 standard paper mill tree. Please bring non-perishable food item as a small donation for the Dodge County Food Pantry.

Aluminum Can Drive at Recheck's Food Pride
Organized by AM Kiwanis Club
Saturday, April 18th & 25th,  8am – 12noon
AM Kiwanis Club Aluminum Can Drive at Recheck’s Food Pride.  A trailer will be parked at the north end of Recheck’s parking lot for your cans to be collected.

Lexicon of Sustainability Art Exhibit at Beaver Dam Community Hospital Café.
Organized by Beaver Dam Community Hospital
Thursday, April 23rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
A new pop up art show includes 24 enlarged photos about sustainable farming. The community is invited to view the collection, taste local foods and share in conversation. Admission is free.

Arbor Day Tree Planting at Jefferson Elementary
Organized by Beaver Dam Rotary Club
Friday, April 24th, 10:30am
Join the children at Jefferson Elementary School for their annual tree planting festival sponsored by the Beaver Dam Rotary. In addition to tree planing, the day will include a tree-climbing demonstration by certified arborist, John Herzog.

Downtown Community Cleanup at American National Bank
Organized by American National Bank
Friday, April 24th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Anyone interested in helping is welcome to come lend a hand. We'll have supplies...just show up and help make the downtown festival area shine! We'll be working around the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Museum.

Earth Day Festival Events on Saturday, April 25th

  • 8:00am - Outdoor market setup
  • 9:30am - Woodworking at Northwoods Casket Co. (109 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 10:00am - Outdoor market open to the public (til 2:00pm)
  • 10:00am - Tree City USA award at Chamber of Commerce (127 S. Spring St.)
  • 10:15am - Ceremonial tree planting (131 E. Maple Ave.)
  • 10:15am - "Making the connection: public health and the environment" (127 S. Spring St.)
  • 10:30am - Live music by Bradley Sperger
  • 11:00am - Real milk paint at Northwoods Casket Co. (109 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 11:15am - "Breathing is better than the alternative" (127 S. Spring St.)
  • 12:15pm - "Scrap is not waste. Recycling is not disposal."
  • 12:30pm - Live music by Bradley Sperger
  • 1:00pm - Natural oil wood finishes at Northwoods Casket Co. (109 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 1:15pm - "Bees and their hives" (127 S. Spring St.)
  • 2:00pm - Outdoor market cleanup
  • all day - Art activities for kids of all ages at BDAAA booth (#21 on map)
  • all day - Tours of the new theatre by BDACT (#23 on map)

Educational Presentations on Saturday, April 25th

Community members and families are invited to several special presentations, which will take place inside the Chamber of Commerce located at 127 South Spring Street. The presentation schedule for Saturday, April 25th is as follows: 

Making the Connection: Public Health and the Environment 
Presented by Dave Edwards
10:15am to 11:05am

Breathing is Better than the Alternative 
Presented by Vid Grande
11:15am to 12:05pm


Scrap is not waste.  Recycling is not disposal.
Presented by Ruth Mack
12:15pm - 1:05pm
Learn about scrap metal recycling, the original green industry.  Discover the history of scrap recycling, the value of scrap and the current status. All ages welcome (child friendly).

Bees and their Hives
Presented by Brian Emmer
1:15pm - 2:05pm
Learn about bee hive operation and observations from a bee keeper.  This presentation is for all ages and is child friendly.

Downtown Earth Day Festival Outdoor Market

The April 25th outdoor market will open at 8:00am to set up with a 10:00am start. Tear down is scheduled for 2:00pm. Pre-registration is requested. Vendor applications may be obtained by contacting Julie Hogan at (920) 342-8955, or by emailing For more information or to volunteer for community cleanup, contact Julie Zahn at Northwoods Casket Co. by email at or call (920) 631-7077.

Vendor List (as of Wednesday, April 22nd)

  1. DBDI
  2. Beekeeper Brian Emmer
  3. Norwex Products by Abbi Linde
  4. Organic Health and Wellness
  5. Reconnect Spiritual Sanctuary 
  6. Handmade Crafts by Martha Schultz
  7. Windy Drumlins
  8. Mrs. Beaster's Biskits
  9. Art by Elizabeth Luedtke
  10. The Soap Lady
  11. Northwoods Casket Company
  12. Scentsy by Heather Karow
  13. Community Garden
  14. Master Gardener's of Dodge County
  15. Matthew Weineke Landscaping
  16. Sculptor's Raw Materials
  17. American National Bank - Rain Garden Park tree
  18. Leadership Beaver Dam - pull pork sandwiches
  19. The Optimists
  20. Beaver Dam Community Library
  21. Beaver Dam Area Arts Association
  22. Walldogs Mural Festival
  23. Beaver Dam Community Theater
  24. City of Beaver Dam Activities Dept
  25. Art on the Town
  26. Toadally Natural Garden
  27. Lidtke Motors
  28. Val's Painted Pals
  29. Renee Hanning
  30. Change of Heart
  31. Wayland Ecology Club
  32. Barnboard crafts by Maggie Flat
  33. Chippy's Popcorn
  34. Kiwanis Duck Race
  35. Abundance Acupuncture
  36. Beaver Dam Pepper Festival
  37. Shaklee Products
  38. Better Way Imports
  39. Sages School
  40. Metal Arts by Rebecca Goodrick

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