October 1 – October 30, 2011 – Autumn Adventure Weekends

The Autumn Adventure weekends at Busy Barns Adventure FarmBusy Barns

offer a unique farm experience for your family to enjoy this fall. Your family will get the opportunity to visit the farm animals, travel through the corn shock cavern, pick pumpkins, play in a corn box, travel go down the 20′ tunnel slides, ride the pony swings, enjoy a puppet show, climb on the tractor tire trail, milk “Holly the Holstein”, tackle the obstacle course, test your farm knowledge in the trivia corn maze, sit on antique tractors and much more. Purchase our farm grown mums, pumpkins and unique fall decor. The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 23rd and Halloween weekend Oct. 27, 28, 29, and 30 from 10:00am-6:00pm. Busy Barns Adventure Farm offers fall family fun for the whole family!

Fort Atkinson – W7675 US Hwy 12 (920) 691-6742 http://www.busybarnsfarm.com

October 01, 2011 – 6th Annual East Elementary PTO Rummage Sale

East Elementary School in Jefferson is hosting a rummage sale in conjunction with the City-Wide Rummage Sale and Autumn Fest. Many vendors selling items. Lots and lots of children and adult clothing, shoes, toys, household goods, furniture and misc. Entire school gym full of great finds at bargain prices. This is one stop shopping (inside) and a portion of all proceeds benefit the East Elementary PTO. You don’t want to miss this one!!!

Location: 120 S Sanborn Ave, Jefferson, WI
Time: 8-1pm

Jefferson – East Elementary School

tyranenaOctober 01, 2011 – Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride

Starts at 11am. Live Music & Food at Tyranena Brewery.

Lake Mills – Tyranena Brewing Company

(920) 648-3585 http://www.oktoberfestbikeride.com

October 01 – 02, 2011 – Gem and Mineral Show

Come see, experience and enjoy the many facets of gem stones, minerals and fossils provided by dealers, demonstrators and club members. Great items to purchase are available. Hourly door prizes. Free will offering. Free parking. Hours, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Presented by the Rock River Valley Geological Society.

920-674-2544 – rwses@idcnet.com

Jefferson – Jefferson County Fair Park Activity Center

(920) 674-2544

October 01, 2011 – Jim Witter – “Feelin’ Groovy” – the Music of Simon & Garfunkel

Jim WitterJim Witter, the man behind The Piano Men, returns in a musical journey through the 60’s featuring the music of Simon and Garfunkel. His ability to recapture the magic of the duo’s hit songs will transport audiences back to the 60’s and 70’s. Sing along with Jim as he performs their biggest hits The Sound of Silence, I Am a Rock, Homeward Bound, A Hazy Shade of Winter, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Cecilia, and Scarborough Fair.

Whitewater – Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St.

(262) 472-2222


October 01, 2011 – Watertown Fall Festival

Arts and Crafts plus music and food.

Downtown Watertown – (920) 261-5185 http://www.downtownwatertown.org

October 01, 2011 – Run from the Cops

This popular annual event is a fundraiser for PADA (People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse). There are several distances to participate in. Call Kelli at 920-206-4231 for more information.

Watertown – North First Street Parking lot

(920) 261-5185 – http://www.downtownwatertown.org

October 01, 2011 – World’s Best Brat Competition

A cook-off competition between sausage makers will determine World's Best Bratthe winner of the “World’s Best Brat” October 1st, 2011 at the Watertown Airport.

In addition to the brat competition, there will be live music by “Chasin’ Mason,” airplane rides, a rock climbing wall, children’s activities and of course a beer tent with local micro breweries like Potosi Brewery and New Glarus Brewing Company.

Watertown – Watertown Municipal Airport (877) 733-9886


Pork in the ParkOctober 01, 2011 – Taste of Whitewater

Taste of Whitewater is part of “Pork in the Park” which is on October 1st from 10am-11pm at Cravath Lakefront Park. Free admission. There will be free music all day, beer and wine tasting, quilt and knitting show, arts and crafts, safety fair, kids activities and inflatables, 5k run/walk and a big pig roast.

Whitewater – Cravath Lakefront Park (262) 473-2200


October 01, 2011 – Autumn Fest

Autumn Fest in Jefferson! Come be our guest – sales, vendors on the street, and horse drawn wagon rides. For the kids, we have a balloon artist, caricaturist, and face painting.

Jefferson – Downtown Jefferson (920) 674-4511


October 01, 2011 – Rummage Sale

Jefferson rummage sale from 7am-4pm. Visit our area rummage sale homes and enjoy Autumn Fest – all on the same day!

Jefferson – Downtown Jefferson (920) 674-4511


October 01 – 23, 2011 – Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

With its high-stepping athletic dancing, its exuberant high spirits, 7 brides for 7 brothers

its side-splitting good humor, and its sweeping romantic escapades, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is as joyous a musical as you’ll see anywhere. Don’t miss this thrilling stage version of the MGM classic musical. Seven shows weekly, see web site for specific times, prices and menus. Group rates and youth packages available.

Fort Atkinson

The Fireside Dinner Theatre

1131 Janesville Avenue (800) 477-9505


October 01 – 30, 2011 – Shock Wave Haunts

Open: October 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-22, and 27-30 at 7pm.

Are you brave enough???…3 haunts…1 place…

Whitewater – The Fuzzy Pig, N8660 Clover Valley Rd.

(262) 473-4574 – http://www.shockwavehaunts.com

October 02 – 30, 2011 – Super Natural Whitewater

Artists are invited to be creative!

  • Create art with a Halloween theme – goblins, ghosts, witches, haunted things and spaces
  • Relate the piece to the ‘super natural’ world – ghosts, cemeteries, death
  • Use ‘super natural’ materials to create art – sticks, shells, stones, bones, etc.

Whitewater – Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St.

(262) 472-0204

Whitewater Arts Alliance

PfeifersOctober 04 – 05, 2011 – The Pfeifers

The Pfeifers are a mainstay among varying Christian music genres. Their ministry began over twenty years ago and has evolved into the brother/sister team of John and Candy Pfeifer and Mary Jane Carter. An acoustical portion of their performance has become a highlight of their concerts which is a true worship experience. Tuesday matinee and evening; Wednesday matinee.

Fort Atkinson

The Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Avenue

(800) 477-9505 – http://www.firesidetheatre.com

October 05, 2011 – Jefferson Community Cruise Night

Join us for this free public event, held from 5:30-8:30pm the first Wednesday of each month during the cruise season. View classic cars, motorcycles and trucks. Enjoy prizes and entertainment. Held rain or shine. Concessions available. Contact Raughn for more information.

Jefferson – Havill Auto Group, 1121 South Main Street

(920) 723-9621 – https://www.facebook.com/Jefferson-Community-Cruise-Nights-199682936730221/

October 06, 2011 – Famed Science Fiction Author, Alex Bledsoe presents “A Study of Music in ‘The Hum and the Shiver’

Hum and Shiver

Science Fiction and Fantasy Author, Alex Bledsoe to discuss his latest fantasy novel and the hauntingly beautiful music within,

The Hum and the Shiver.

Bledsoe will be at Mount Horeb Public Library to discuss and sign copies his current series, The Hum and the Shiver.

Alex Bledsoe’s new book, The Hum and the Shiver, is the first installment in his new series that expertly blends fantasy and the local folklore of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains.


The Hum and The Shiver is set in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, where the author himself was raised. The Hum and the Shiver spins a fascinating tale, combining mythology with American folklore in the dark valleys and hollows of the Smoky Mountains-where songs live…and kill.

When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there, quietly living in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history. But there are clues hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations. The Hum and The Shiver tells the tale of Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true Tufa and soldier returning home from war. The book follows her struggles to join in the song of her people and let it lift her onto the night winds and soar beyond her haunted homeland.

Jefferson – Mount Horeb Public Library http://www.alexbledsoe.com

October 07 – 10, 2011 – Columbus Day Sale at Johnson Creek Premium Outlets

Fall into a weekend of savings – 25% to 65% off regular retail fromJohnson Creek Premium Outlets your favorite name brand stores: Columbia Sportswear Company, Nike Clearance Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

Johnson Creek – I94 & Hwy 26, Exit 267

(920) 699-4111 – http://www.premiumoutlets.com

October 08, 2011 – Governor Hoard Day

1-4pm – The second annual celebration of Governor W.D. Hoard’s legacy as the father of American dairying.

Fort Atkinson – 401 Whitewater Avenue

(920) 563-7769 – http://www.hoardmuseum.org

October 08, 2011 – Wine Tasting ~ Tasting Cooler Weather Reds

Wine Tasting 5-7pm at Lewis Station Winery in Lake Mills

~Tasting some of Rob’s Favorite Reds~

Lewis Station Winery logoWith the weather starting to cool off we start to think of delicious red wines to drink. Stop in and sample some of Rob’s favorite cool weather reds. Wines we will be sampling are: Meomi Pinot Noir, Boeger Barbera, Fred Peterson Sangiovese, Scott Harvey Zinfandel, Bogle Petite Sirah. $5 per person.


Lake Mills – Lewis Station Winery ~ 217 N. Main Street, Lake Mills (920) 648-5481

October 08, 2011 – Chili Cook Off

The Friends of the Library First Ever Chili Cook Off.

Palmyra – 115 W. Main St. (262) 903-3782

October 08 – 09, 2011 – Kettle Moraine Studio Tour

Free Admission – 10am-5pm

Palmyra – Various locations around Palmyra (262) 495-8003

October 09, 2011 – 5th Annual Barktoberfest

Barktoberfest is free & fun. A canine festival & party for you and your dog. We’ll have demo’s, vendors, rescue groups, food, costume & trick contests with great prizes and more. The 2010 event started out with a dog walk for the Humane Society of Jefferson County and ending with ‘Yappy Hour’ at Keystone Grill on the patio, just a block away, for both you and your dog. Come and see the fun we have planned for 2011!

Rain Date Oct. 16th

Cambridge – Veteran’s Park (608) 445-0755


Katie Otto is a freelance writer who provides JCTC with some spectacular content and information. She's previously held the role of Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council, has assembled our Monthly Newsletter and was the Executive Director for the Lake Mills Main Street Program, a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to the preservation, growth and vitality of Lake Mills through public events and active community involvement.