WISSA 2019 Ice & Snow Sailing World Championships @ 1/2 mile off shore from Sunset on the Water Grill & Bar
Feb 4 – Feb 10 all-day

Preparations and practicing for WISSA 2019
12:00-16:00 Registration at Race Headquarters for WISSA 2019
18:00 Opening Ceremony at FDL Yacht Club


8:00-9:30 Registration
10:00 Skippers meeting at Race Headquarters
11:00 First possible warning signal for start
(lunch provided)


10:00 Skippers meeting
11:00 First possible warning signal for start
(lunch provided)


10:00 Skippers meeting at Race Headquarters
11:00 First possible warning signal for start
15:00 Last possible warning signal for start
18:00 Prize giving and Closing Ceremony at Hotel Retlaw
(lunch provided)


Departure / Freestyle & Demo / Freeride at race site

Additional event programming will be published separately on event sites on the internet. Organizer has the right to change the schedule by announcing this in advance.











Downtown Snow Land presented by Ahern @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 8 – Feb 9 all-day

Walk through Snow Land on Friday before or after the Running of the Sturgeon Parade, bring the whole family and some friends downtown to participate in the Downtown Amateur Snow Sculpting competition on Saturday and view the sculptures throughout the weekend.  While you’re here, the kids can climb the Big Hill!  Additional activities to be added.

Friday, February 8, 2019
Snow Land opens at 1pm

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition begins at 10am
Competition Ends at 3pm
Judging at 3:30pm

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Viewing of Amateur Snow Sculptures – ALL DAY

Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition presented by Sunburst Winter Sports Park @ Downtown, outside Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

The best snow sculptors in the state and surrounding region travel to Fond du Lac to compete in the 2018 Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition in hopes of winning a trip to the 2019 US Competition and a $1,000 1st Prize.  No alcohol consumption or possession will be allowed outside of each establishment or event space.

Daily Schedule:
*Some teams compete well into the early morning hours.  Hours vary by day/team.

Friday, February 8, 2019*
1:00 PM – Teams arrive onsite and begin sculpting

Saturday, February 9, 2019*
Teams compete – ALL DAY

Sunday, February 10, 2019*
Teams Compete
Judging begins at 1pm
Awards Ceremony starts at 1:30pm


Snow provided by Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Meals provided by Annie’s Fountain City Cafe and Papa Johns of Fond du Lac

Sturgeon Spectacular Kick-off Celebration and Concert @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm

The Sturgeon Spectacular kicks off at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts with live music by Copper Box.  Registration will be open for the 2019 Sturgeon Queen.  New this year, hang out at the Ice Bar on the Plaza, watch the snow sculptors get started or come inside and grab a drink. Drinks will be available for purchase.  Food options will also be located at the event site.

Doors and Bar Open at 5 PM
Live Music starts at 6 PM

Running of the Sturgeon Parade @ Downtown Fond du Lac (Parade Start: Western Ave. & Main St.)
Feb 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Sturgeon Spectacular Parade starts with the Running of the Sturgeon.  The first 50 children, ages 15 and under will receive a light-up Sturgeon Fin for participating.  Grab your friends, and dress up in your favorite Wisconsin garb and join Schmooch Schneider in chasing after and spearing the elusive sturgeon.  Floats will have parking available to join the party on Portland Street.

The parade starts at Western Ave. (Fourth St.) & Main St. and turns right at Sheboygan Street.  Ends at Thelma.
Parade starts at 5:30 PM


Downtown Chili Crawl presented by
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership @ Various locations in downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sample chili at participating businesses and vote for your favorite! 200 first-come, first-serve tickets will be available for $10 (cash or check only) at Hopper’s (77 N. Main) prior to the event. Event check-in and sales of any remaining tickets (if available) will be located at 131 S. Main Street on the day of the event.

Event Check-in: Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (131 S. Main Street)
Participating locations – various downtown businesses

Downtown Ice Sculpting Competition @ Various Locations, Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Walk through beautiful downtown Fond du Lac to see these talented carvers create works of art right on the sidewalks of downtown.  Get your picture taken with each one.  Grab a map and ballot at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, and set out for your favorite masterpiece.  Cash Prizes will be awarded for “Best in Show” and also “The People’s Choice”.  Sculptures will be available for viewing as weather allows.

Sculpture Locations:
More locations to be announced soon!

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
Lillian’s – 27 S. Main Street
Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street
National Exchange Bank & Trust – 130 S. Main Street
Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street

Outdoor Hockey Alumni Classic presented by Drexel Building Supply @ Grande Cheese Ice Rink at Lakeside Park
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Fond du Lac High School/LP Goodrich Alumni face off against Saint Mary’s Springs Alumni for the 2nd Annual Outdoor Hockey Alumni Classic as part of the Sturgeon Spectacular.  Alumni from both schools test their skills under the lights on an outdoor rink at Lakeside Park.  Come out and cheer for your team!

If you’re a hockey alumni of the Saint Mary’s Springs Ledgers or Fond du Lac Cardinals and interested in participating, please contact Pete Wilke at 920-923-3010.  Registration deadline is Monday, January 14th, so don’t delay!

Games Schedule
Grey Beards (40 and over): 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Young Bloods (under 40): 6:30 – 8:00 pm





Location: Grande Cheese Ice Rink at Lakeside Park

Sturgeon Spectacular Bonfire @ Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come get toasty by the bonfire at Oven Island.  Grab a beverage and share your best fish tale, if you have one!

Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Ceremonial Bonfire Effigy to be lit at 6:00 PM

Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z @ Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Come celebrate a successful first day of sturgeon spearing with all your friends and family.  Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z will be rocking Oven Island at Lakeside Park in our heated tent shelter and event space. Enjoy the music and watch the 2019 Sturgeon Queen be named.   Beer and wine coolers will be available until the party’s over.  Lakefront Brewery will also be offering beer specials.

Tent open to 21 years of age and older, only.  Don’t forget your ID!
Parking available in south 
lot off of Harbor View Drive 

Sturgeon Spectacular
Fun Run & Walk
presented by Agnesian HealthCare @ Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come join us for a scenic run throughout Lakeside Park.  The courses will wind through Lakeside Park for an fun tour of Oven Island & Softball Island. Early registration is $10 per person and includes a Sturgeon Spectacular long-sleeve T-shirt.  Late registration (after January 21st) will not include a Sturgeon Spectacular long-sleeve T-shirt.  Agnesian HealthCare is a member of SSM Health.

Tickets will be available soon.  Check back at a later date.

On-site check-in:  9 AM
1-Mile Youth Run:  10 AM
5K Fun Run & Walk:  10:30 AM


Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health