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Earth Day Festival

  • Downtown Beaver Dam 127 South Spring St. Beaver Dam, WI (map)

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

Earlier Event: March 13
March Board Meeting
Later Event: June 12
June Board Meeting