Events

Feb
4
Mon
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

Get ready for the pinnacle in ice and snow sailing. The Alliant Energy World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships come back to Fond du Lac in 2019. The event will be held on the southeast corner of Lake Winnebago and will feature racers from around the globe.  If you interested in competing, please visit WISSA 2019.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

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)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Departure / Freestyle & Demo / Freeride at race site

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb
8
Fri
Downtown Spear the Beer Specials
presented by Lakefront Brewery @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

Purchase a commemorative Sturgeon Spectacular mug at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts all weekend – while supplies last (Must be 21 years or older).   You can then use that mug to “Spear the Beer” and other drink specials at participating downtown locations.  No alcohol consumption or possession will be allowed outside of each establishment or event space.

Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac (must present mug at time of purchase)

Participating Locations:

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street (Mug Purchase Location)
2.0 AleHouse – 65 N. Main Street
Fat Joe’s – 15 W. Division Street
Coliseum – 91 S. Main Street
Slim & Chubby’s – 109 S. Main Street
O’Davey’s Pub – 36 4th Street
Ziggy’s Pub – 213 S. Main Street
Green Dragon Brewpub – 156 Western Avenue
Third and One – 2 N. Main Street
The Warehouse – 211 S. Military Road

Note: Times and specials may vary by location.

Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Championship
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 2019 Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Championship in hopes of winning a trip to the 2020 US Championship 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.  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

 

Feb
9
Sat
Downtown Curling Funspiel
presented by Horicon Bank @ ModTruss Headquarters
Feb 9 – Feb 10 all-day

Learn to Curl with USA Hockey Olympians and representatives and participate in the Inaugural Downtown Curling Fond du Lac Funspiel. This tournament is designed to teach beginners the world of curling and have some fun in the process. Each match will last about one hour. All curling equipment will be provided. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday. Open to all ages and levels. Get your team of 4 – 6 people together and sign up with Pete Wilke via email (pwilke@fdl.com). Registration for a team is $50.

Downtown Curling Rink – between ModTruss HQ (formerly Elk’s Lodge) & Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Learn to Curl begins at 9 AM (Saturday)
First Match begins at 10 AM (Saturday) & 9 AM (Sunday)
Championship Match (Date/Time: TBD)

 

 

Downtown Snow Land presented by Ahern @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 9 – Feb 10 all-day
Visit Downtown Snow Land presented by Ahern. Bring the kids and play on the Big Hill, or join in the amateur snow sculpting competition and other activities on Saturday and Sunday!
 
Get your teams together to create your own snow sculpture, just like the professionals.  You will create your own snow form, sculpt and shape it until you’ve created your very own masterpiece.  Teams should consist of 2 – 4 individuals and they can range in age.  Reach out to Pete Wilke at pwilke@fdl.com to sign up.  First 20 teams will be accepted, so sign up before it’s too late. Families welcome.

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; Awards at 4:00pm

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

Fun Run, Walk & Dog Jog
presented by Agnesian HealthCare @ Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join us for a scenic run throughout Lakeside Park.  The courses will wind through Lakeside Park and tour Oven Island & Softball Island. Early registration is $10 per person and includes a Sturgeon Spectacular long-sleeve T-shirt.  Late registration (after January 14th) will not include a Sturgeon Spectacular long-sleeve T-shirt.  Agnesian HealthCare is a member of SSM Health.

Online registration will be available through Hometown Tickets beginning on December 13th.  You can also purchase tickets in-person at the Destination Lake Winnebago Region Visitor Center at 23 S. Main Street beginning on December 13th.

On-site check-in:  9 AM
1-Mile Youth Run:  10 AM
5K Fun Run & Walk:  10:30 AM
Dog Jog immediately following start of Run/Walk*

*No need to register your four-legged friend.

Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health

Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition
presented by Ahern @ Main Street Plaza
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get your teams together to create your own snow sculpture, just like the professionals.  You will create your own snow form, sculpt and shape it until you’ve created your very own masterpiece.  Teams should consist of 2 – 4 individuals and they can range in age.  Reach out to Pete Wilke at 920-923-3010 or pwilke@fdl.com to sign up.  First 20 teams will be accepted, so sign up before it’s too late.

Families welcome.
Main Street Plaza – Main Street (between Division Street & Forest Avenue)
Judging will begin at 3:30 pm and awards given at 4:00pm

Lakeside Park Winter Fun Zone @ Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bring the whole family out to Lakeside Park to participate in our Winter Fun Zone.  Activities/attractions include the biggest snowman in Wisconsin, Photo Ops,  Build the Best Snowman Competition, A snowball target range, The Big Hill activity area and meet and take a ride with the Siberian Outpost sled dogs.

More details to come!

 

 

 

Spearing and Beering
presented by Lakefront Brewery @ Lakeside Park Pavilion
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come to see the Sturgeon Show-off Station, Spearing Exhibit, Family Photo Ops, Bean Bag Tournament and a Lakefront Brewery Party on the edge of the Lake.  Concessions will be offered by the Lakefront Curd Wagon.  Lakefront Brewery, the official beer sponsors of Sturgeon Spectacular will be doing a Special Tapping of a spicy chocolate stout starting at noon – while supplies last!  Spear the Beer Commemorative Mugs will also be avialable – while supplies last.

All sturgeon brought to Show-off Station will be entered into a $500 drawing, as long as it meets the legal limit.  The largest sturgeon brought to Lakeside Park will win the 2019 Biggest Sturgeon Award and a $100 cash prize.

NOTE:  This is not an official weigh-in station.  You must register your sturgeon first to qualify.
Biggest Sturgeon Award and $500 Drawing at 4:15 pm.
All entries must be in by 4:00 pm.  Need not be present to win.

 

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.  Tickets will be available in January.

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

Downtown Ice Sculpting Competition
Presented by Grande Cheese @ 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
Hoppers Silk Screening and All Star Trophy – 77 N. Main Street

Spear the Fatty Fat Bike Race
presented by DuTriRun @ Lakeside Park Pavilion
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Racers of all levels will race through Lakeside Park and frozen Lake Winnebago.  You can look forward to changes in terrain, new obstacles, an ice-covered sprint for the finish, and so much more at this year’s Spear the Fatty Race presented by DuTriRun.  Demo bikes will be available for anyone interested in trying out a Fat Tire Bike for the first time.  Register information coming soon!

A variety of concessions will be offered by the Curd Wagon and beer specials from Lakefront Brewery.

Racers meet at Lakeside Park Pavilion (Please park west of the main bridge on Promen Drive)
Registration:  1:30 PM
Race starts:   2 PM
Post-race Party & Awards:  4 PM

 

Outdoor Hockey Alumni Classic presented by Drexel Building Supply @ Outdoor 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!

Fondy/LP Goodrich Hockey Alumni Sign-up (click here)
Saint Mary’s Springs Hockey Alumni Sign-up (click here)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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