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Swan Park, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
  • This is the second year they held the festival there and, even though we did attend it last year for a little while, I do think this year was better and it definitely made me hope this will become an annual tradition in Beaver Dam
  • Those who didn’t take the time to attend (and I know it was raining but it wasn’t raining very hard) really missed out on something
  • Not only were they very friendly, they put on a somewhat interesting demonstration of a Civil War era surgery
  • Probably the only thing missing, in my opinion, was the vehicles in the parade didn’t stick around to be on display at the park
  • The bands that were playing were also pretty decent and I love the fact they have several performances going on throughout the day so, if we couldn’t attend right away, we could have gone later and still would have been entertained

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      I had a lot of plans around the house this past Saturday. I wanted to get the lawn mowed. And, I wanted to get the garden cleaned up before winter. Oh, and if there was time, I was going to help my wife with the cleaning that has been neglected around the house for the past week. However, I didn’t get any of that done this past weekend because we were too busy at the American Hero Music Festival at Swan Park here in Beaver Dam.

      This is the second year they held the festival there and, even though we did attend it last year for a little while, I do think this year was better and it definitely made me hope this will become an annual tradition in Beaver Dam. The festival, which is meant to remember two Beaver Dam soldiers killed in combat and to honor all of our fighting men and women, was an all day event that featured great food, great music, a parade and several other displays. It was something I could take my entire


      family to or, as we plan on doing next year, my wife and I could go to it by ourselves. The festival started out with a parade.

      I’m not sure how many people attended the parade because there weren’t that many lined up on University Avenue (where we were) but it was possible that there were quite a few people downtown (where it started). Those who didn’t take the time to attend (and I know it was raining but it wasn’t raining very hard) really missed out on something. My dad, who attended with us, described it best. It wasn’t a long parade; I would say it was over in about 10 minutes.

      But, unlike many of the parades we have attended, it wasn’t full of people advertising their business or politicians trying to win your votes (there were a couple politicians but all they did was walk in the parade and waive, nobody tried to hand us flyers or anything like that). Instead, it was almost strictly military, with all branches being represented, only one high school band and,


      • my favorite, a traveling museum of antique weapons and vehicles. We had a few errands to run during the day and skipped the opening ceremony but were at the actual festival by 1 p. m.

        Once again, it wasn’t a big festival. But, unlike every other event held at Swan Park, there wasn’t a display that was there solely to sell you something for profit. The only booths that were there were run by non-profits and most of those were related to the military. When we did buy something, and we did, the money went to those groups or a scholarship in the name of the two fallen soldiers I mentioned before.

        My favorite part had to be the Civil War reenactment people that were there. Not only were they very friendly, they put on a somewhat interesting demonstration of a Civil War era surgery. Probably the only thing missing, in my opinion, was the vehicles in the parade didn’t stick around to be on display at the park. I would have loved to get a close up view of some

        of those; including that really big gun.

        I thought the food was a bit expensive; at least if you are buying for a family of four. But, I guess I’m willing to overlook that a bit considering I do support the cause it was going toward. And, it wasn’t bad for the most part; though I do prefer brats from Rechek’s Food Pride and I think they had the ones from Piggly Wiggly. The bands that were playing were also pretty decent and I love the fact they have several performances going on throughout the day so, if we couldn’t attend right away, we could have gone later and still would have been entertained.

        As I said before, I didn’t get anything done around my house this past weekend. But, at the same time, I really didn’t care because I had a great time with the family and was able to support some good causes at the same time. Those of you in the Beaver Dam area that didn’t think this event was worth attending really missed out on something great and you should mark your calendars for next year’s event.




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