Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend Is Number 1

By: deanna on February 5th, 2009

Since 1988, I’ve worked on the Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend Organizing Committee, and we met last week to kick off preparations for this year’s September 12-13 event.

It felt like we had fresh wind under our wings thanks to being voted the #1 2009 Top Fair & Festival by AmericanStyle magazine!

Knowing that a groundswell of local support put our three-in-one all-about-the -arts weekend – Art in the Park at Marathon Park, Festival of Arts in downtown Wausau, and Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum – at the top of the list feels great! Knowing that Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend beat out fairs in Houston, Baltimore, Scottsdale, Des Moines, Ann Arbor, and three fairs and festivals in Kentucky alone – a mecca for American arts and crafts – is almost unbelievable.

Now we put our back into working on the City of Wausau Room Tax Fund application due February 27, securing corporate donations, scheduling the shuttle buses, and figuring out better and less expensive ways to spread the word about Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend beyond our immediate area. Now is also when a new brochure is prepared to distribute through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Welcome Centers and the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The next seven and a half months will zip past. During that time, our three organizations – Wisconsin Valley Art Association, Wausau Festival of Arts, and Woodson Art Museum – work on the myriad details of our individual events and, at the same time, keep the Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend balloon aloft.

With the terrific support that Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend receives locally, living up to our #1 ranking should be a snap!

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