10:00am – 4:00pm
“Connecting people to people, people to community and people to nature”
More About Our Event
Join Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary as we celebrate spring, Hunt Hill, nature and our community in this day-long celebration. Visitors will enjoy hayrides, music, food, artisan booths, community booths, educational programs a kids area and so much more. **Event will happen rain or shine!
Program Fee: $7/adult, $5/kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under
Hunt Hill Members: Free!
NEW IN 2017: TAKING FLIGHT
The Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary (FOHHAS) invite you to join us at 1pm in the Library to celebrate a milestone achievement and announce a bold investment in the future. The Achievement: In recognition of our success, National Audubon Society has given Hunt Hill to FOHHAS, who have operated camp for over 25 years. The Investment: FOHHAS supporters and longtime volunteers, Dave and Carolyn, have pledged to match every dollar we raise, up to $1 Million to establish an endowment for FOHHAS, This 20-minute program will celebrate and update people on these recent accomplishments. The program will end with a symbolic release of pigeons.
GETTING INTO CAMP
In addition to fun activities in camp, guests will enjoy the ambiance and activities outside of the main camp.
When participants first arrive, they can choose to ride into camp by horse drawn wagon ride with Muleskinner Logging and Go Green, covered wagon tractor ride, or get their 1000 steps for the day by walking through our beautiful prairie. We will also have a van service available for transportation to and from camp.
To highlight the talent of the members of our community Hunt Hill will welcome artisans to display and sell their handmade artwork. Vendors will be located outside and in our Program Garage.
We are happy to welcome some of the following artisans to the 2017 event:
* Boards and More: cutting boards, plant stands
* Back Country Farms: honey, beeswax products
* Beadfrog: beaded and copper jewelry
* Annie Jack Workshop with upcycled wood boxes
* Lund Designs: wire wrapped jewelry
* Affordable Art by Rhonda: acrylic watercolor paintings and prints
* Handwoven Rugs
* Everyday Captured with Lainey: greeting cards
* The Wood Shop: bird houses
* Plus, much more including: garden art, crochet pieces, baked goods and kettle corn!
Prices range from a few dollars to a few hundred.
All artisans involved in Prairie Fling will be approved by our volunteer committee and sell only original hand crafted art and crafts – no resale items will be sold. If you are a vendor interested in setting up a booth, contact Hunt Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715 635 6543 or download the ***Prairie Fling Vendor Letter *** Prairie Fling Vendor Application Form***2017 Sellers Permit Form
A variety of local community groups will be on hand to show you what their organizations have to offer in our region. In 2017 we will welcome the Wisconsin Canoe History Museum, Boy Scout Troop 104 with their fresh fire cooked cobbler, the National Park Service from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Rice Lake Library, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and many more! Community groups will be outside and in our barn loft.
11:00 am: The National Park Service (St. Croix-Namekagon National Scenic Riverway) will present “The Secret Life of Clams”
12:00 am: The Audubon Center of the Northwoods will present a raptor program, featuring live birds of prey.
2:30 pm: Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary will present on “Butterflies”
Presentations take place in the Library.
Besides educational programming, Prairie Fling features a variety of roaming entertainers. All music will be in the Barn Loft.
Eric Schubring keeps things fresh on the banjo, finger-style guitar, and vocals. His past projects include: The Penokee Mountain Travelers, Jackpine Rose (with Molly Stoddard), and a duo with the late Lew Orsoni. Eric began singing harmony in second grade and later picking out notes on his mother’s ukulele. He played trombone in the high school band , but was well into his twenties before he discovered the five string banjo and the music of Pete Seeger. At about the same time it was while reading Woody Guthrie’s autobiography Bound for Glory that he was inspired to make music a major part of his life. Eric is also the morning program host on radio station WOJB 88.9FM in Reserve, WI. Eric is performing in the barn between 10:30 and 11:30 am.
The Second Wind String Band is an old time fiddle dance band compromised of a twelve string guitar, bano, bass and fiddle. Their repertoire ranges from old time fiddle music to folk tunes. Participants will enjoy their music in the Barn Loft from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
Tonal Recall: Shell Lake High School A Cappella Group
With only their voices, this A Cappella group creates a rich and full sound that makes the listeners forget that there are no instruments accompanying them! Similar to A Cappella group Pentatonix and those featured in the film Pitch Perfect, their set will feature songs from Tom Petty, the Beatles, Megan Trainor and more! They will perform from 1:30pm to 2:00pm in the Barn Loft. Check out the Hunt Hill Facebook page to see videos from their 2017 performance at Hunt Hill!
Sometimes it takes traveling far from home to find out where one comes from… after combing the world for signs of the sacred among paths of the profane, Sonofmel returns with fistfuls of chords wrapped up in verse that declare though trouble never starves, somewhere high above the maladies of modern man, the sky is still as blue as when Adam first kissed Eve. Sonofmel will be performing in the Barn between 2:00 and 3:30 pm.
Yum!!! Thanks to many sponsors, our 2017 food fundraiser features a tasty and diverse menu.
Visitors can enjoy a fresh grilled brat from Louie’s Finer Foods and jumbo hot dogs served with all the fixings and served on deli fresh buns from Schmitz Economart. People also can enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, made fresh and hot to order with fresh cheese from Burnett Diary Cooperative. Many added a bowl of delicious gourmet tomato soup from Greener’s Reel ‘em Inn.
Visitors can also expect Old Dutch potato chips, cookies, apples, plus a wide selection of soft drinks and bottled water from Bernick’s Beverage & Vending, coffee and milk (White & Chocolate).
Food sales benefit Hunt Hill as part of our fundraiser. Come hungry and enjoy!
Prairie Fling will have a variety of activities for kids. Pint-sized festival-goers will enjoy the following activities in 2017:
- Pinewood Derby Races: We will be giving away 100 FREE cars for youth to decorate and race down the tracks!
- Free Face Painting from Paint Me First in the Barn Loft.
- Yard Games: Lasso golf, giant jenga and bean bag fun for everyone!
- Free Caricatures in the Barn Loft.
- Petting Zoo: See an exotic array of adult and baby animals from Fantasy Corral.
- Fur Table: Learn about Wisconsin furbearers at this educational table featuring furs from the WDNR.
2017 Silver Prairie Sponsors: