Community Events

Calendar of Events

  • TBA January 2017- Anyone interested in running for Town Office (Chair, Town Supervisor, clerk, or treasurer) 
  • Nominations will be made for office.
  • January 09, 2017 Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
  • January 12, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Village of Birchwood 6:30 pm
  • February 13, 2017 Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
  • February  09, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Town of Birchwood 6:30 pm
  • March 09, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Village of Birchwood 6:30 pm
  • March 13, 2017 Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
  • March TBA, 2017- (Saturday) Parade Committee Meeting 9 am (Quillen's)
  • April 4, 2017- Town Board Election Day
  • April 13, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Cedar Lake Town hall 6:30 pm
  • April 10, 2017- Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
  • April TBA, 2017-(Saturday) Parade Committee Meeting 9 am (Quillen's)
  • April 22, 2017-Annual Town Meeting 10:00 am at Town Hall
  • May 08, 2017- Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
  • May 11, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Village of Birchwood 6:30 pm
  • May 13 , 2017- Parade Committee Meeting 9 am (Quillen's Big Bear) 
  • May 13, 2017 - (Saturday) Open book 10 am to 12 pm at the Town Hall
  • May 20, 2017-  (Saturday) Board of Review 9 am to 11 am at the Town Hall
  • www.revenue.wi.gov/pages/municipalities/boardofreview.aspx for more information. 
  • May 27, 2017. (Saturday) Parade Committee Meeting 9am (Quillen's Big Bear)
  • June 8, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Town of Doyle 6:30pm
  • June 10, 2017- (Saturday)  Parade Committee Meeting 9 am (Quillen's Big Bear)
  • Jun 12, 2017- Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
  • June 17, 2017 - White Goods and E Goods Pick up 10 am to 2 pm Town Shop, 2636, Hwy 48
  • June 24, 2017- (Saturday)  Parade Committee Meeting 9 am (Quillen's Big Bear)
  • July 13, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Village of Birchwood 6:30pm
  • July 4, 2017 - 5K, Parade, Raffle, Fireworks
    • July 22, 2017- (Saturday)  Parade Committee Meeting 9am (Quillen's Big Bear)
    • 8:30am Registration for 5 K Walk/Run (Click on Document link below to pre-register)
    • 9am Parade 5K Walk/Run 
    • 9:45am Horseshoe invitational registration
    • 10am-1pm Artisan craft, bake sale, face painting
    • 1pm ‘BIGGEST LITTLE PARADE IN THE WORLD’
    • 2pm Parade Raffle
    • Dusk (about 10:00pm) Fireworks scheduled for Joel Wosepka Park

    • Jul 10, 2017- Cedar Lake Board Mtg 6:30pm 
    • August 14, 2017- Cedar Lake Board Mtg 6:30pm
    • August 10, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Town of Edgewater 6:30pm
    • August 27, 2017 - Cedar Lake Community Pot Luck Picnic, 2 to 5 pm Joel Wosepka Park
    • September 14, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Village of Birchwood 6:30pm
    • September 11, 2017- Cedar Lake Board Mtg 6:30pm 
    • September TBA, 2017 -Parade Committee Meeting 9am (Quillen's Big Bear)
    • October 09, 2017- Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
    • October 12, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Town of Long Lake 6:30pm
    • November 09, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Village of Birchwood 6:30pm
    • November 13,  2017 - Cedar Lake Town Board Mtg 6:30 pm
    • December 14, 2017- BFCESD Meeting at Town of Wilson 6
    • December 11, 2017- Cedar Lake Board Mtg 6:30 pm Date will be set for nomination of Town Office.



Fourth of July - Fireworks and Parade

Cedar Lake hosts one of the most magnificent fireworks displays in the area. Fireworks this year will be on July 4, 2017 currently planned to be set off from Joel Wosepka Park at dusk. Just the sight of hundreds of boats with their running lights glistening in the evening, as folks gather to watch on the lake, is beautiful. The fireworks are sponsored by the Mikana Parade Committee, area businesses and private donations.

The Town of Cedar Lake has had "The biggest little Parade in the World" for many years. The parade will be held at 1 pm July 4.     

PARADE ENTRY'S

We need you to join the parade in 2017.  Please contact Mary Hele at 612-618-7679. 

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PARADE

Last year many new faces joined the Parade Committee and helped make the 2017 Biggest Little 4th of July Parade a great success.  We need more volunteers to help with all areas of the parade; set-up, clean-up, 5K, games, raffle ticket sales, parking, royalty and parade line-up.  If you are interested in joining the Parade Committee call Jon Sleik 715-354-3003.


                                   CEDAR LAKE NEWS

                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

            2017 BIGGEST LITTLE 4TH OF JULY PARADE MARSHALS

 

Please congratulate Dave and Sharon Dhein on being named Grand Marshals of the “Biggest Little 4th of July Parade”.

 

Dave and Sharon moved to Cedar Lake full time in 1990 when Dave was promoted to Supervisor of Probation and Parole Agents for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Sharon began working full time in Special Education at the Birchwood Public School.  Previously they lived in Eau Claire where Sharon worked at UW Eau Claire and Dave worked as a Wisconsin State Probation and Parole Agent. After they retired both stayed active with Sharon working on the backpack program for low income students at the Birchwood Schools and volunteering at the Birchwood Food Pantry.

Dave found retirement was not to his liking so he became the baliff for all Barron County jury trials and started working as a substitute teacher in the Birchwood School System and is still actively doing both. In 2010 Dave was appointed to the Four Corners Police Commission and is still serving as it Chairman. Dave served four years on the Board of the Red Cedar Lakes Association.

Dave and Sharon have been active volunteers with the Mikana Parade Committee and for years they could be found operating the adult games (roulette & dice) on Parade Day. Dave also collected prizes for the raffle. They are active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood.

Dave and Sharon enjoy fishing and pontooning on Red Cedar Lake. They have two children and four grandchildren who also keep them active on the lake during the summer. They are members of Tagalong Golf Club and enjoy golfing and socializing with their neighbors. Sharon is a league bowler and plays in several card clubs. They know they are very lucky to have settled in Cedar Lake and feel that their many friends here are part of their extended family.

Please join the Mikana Parade Committee in honoring Dave and Sharon as the 2017 Parade Marshals.


4th of July Adult and kid 5K run/walk is being held at 9 am July 4 with registration beginning at 8am at Quillen’s Big Bear.  There are several categories for men and women with medals for the top finishers, all racers are given a commemorative t-shirt.  It is $20 if you pre register and $25 dollars day of the event, registration forms are available at local Mikana business’ or click on 6th ANNUAL MIKANA 5K FORM.pdf to print the form.


A "LITTLE PARADE" INFORMATION

"THE BIGGEST LITTLE PARADE IN THE WORLD" was started on July 4th, 1980. In April of 1980, The United States Hockey team defeated the Russian team in the Olympics and a small group of people, fired with patriotic pride, got together and marched through town waving flags.

That summer was the year of gas shortages and people were requested not to travel on the Fourth of July. The idea was to have a parade and Fourth of July celebration right in Mikana. Local businesses were consulted and the enthusiasm spread. Jeanne Wolff came up with the name of the parade, saying, "If we are going to have a parade, let's have the biggest little parade in the world." She worked very hard on publicity, (even trying to get into the Guinness Book Of World Records).

In the next few years, Elsie Bartels invested her own money to have parade buttons made, and the rest of the group agonized over whether they could sell enough buttons to return her investment. They did. Now the buttons are a guaranteed seller. Many people have button collections that go all the way back to the beginning of the parade. There is now a collection of all the parade buttons displayed in the Cedar Lake Town Hall, created and donated by Howard and Emily Helfert.

Some of the highlights of the parade have been: Jeanne Wolff dressed as the Statue of Liberty, the Lombardo family as swamp monsters, and Bob Quillen's outhouse. Joyce Jarzyna was our Drum Majorette for many years of the parade, leading "Joyce's Jewels" a group of local ladies singing patriotic songs. Our youngest participant was Tom Plahn, pulled in a wagon dressed as a clown, and our oldest is George Dana of Sarona, who came for many years impressively dressed as Uncle Sam: looking as if he just stepped off a recruiting poster! We have also had Minutemen, a Chinese Dragon from Long Lake, and Cathy Hatfield as Lady Godiva. Yes, she was clothed!

Each year we honor a special person(s) as the Fourth of July Parade Marshall(s), recognizing their contributions to the community.

WE USED TO HAVE A QUEEN, LITTLE MISS, AND THEIR ATTENDANTS

Our Mikana Queen, Little Miss Mikana, and their attendants were another important part of the parade. We were very proud of our democratic way of choosing these young ladies: the names of the girls living in Cedar Lake Township were placed in a hat and drawn. The Queen and attendant had to be age 13 to 16, and the Little Miss and her attendant had to be age 5 to 9, by the Fourth of July. The first name picked in each category was asked to become Queen or Little Miss. The next name drawn was asked to be an attendant.

The Mikana Queen, Little Miss Mikana, and their attendants were installed in a ceremony on the Saturday preceding the parade. To add some time to the program and insert local humor, a musical was created each year featuring Cedar Lakes most talented voices. Sara Wojciehowski created, wrote and directed the coronation play for past fifteen years.

After the Coronation Lisa Howard and helpers would provide punch and homemade treats for all those attending.

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO MODERN RESTRICTIONS, AND SO MANY MORE DEMANDS ON YOUNG PEOPLES TIME, THE PRACTICE OF THE QUEEN, LITTLE MISS, AND THE CORONATION PLAY ENDED IN 2011.

As the parade grew and the committee started to actually make money, it was decided that the money not needed for the support of the parade should be used to benefit the Town of Cedar Lake. Some of the things done with the money include wiring the Town Hall for a sound system, street banners with a goose logo proclaiming "Mikana: Headwaters of Red Cedar River", and a historical marker in the park near the dam, explaining the history of Mikana. Christmas street decorations were purchased in conjunction with Barb's General Store and monies were also used to refurbish the Mikana float, which was re-done a few years ago in a very patriotic theme: red, white, and blue, with American flags.

We have purchased tactical defense equipment (official wording for flack jacket) for our Police Officer (approximately $1,500), donated $500 to the Birchwood Community Education Project for their library program, bought new sound equipment for the day of the parade, and "Welcome to Mikana" signs which are erected at either end of town.

The Parade Committee also spent its monies on a new furnace and air conditioning for the Town Hall, paid for half the cost of new vertical blinds for the Cedar Lake Town Hall, and donates $1,000.00 every year to the fireworks. Money was also spent to re-decorate the "Home Town Spirit" float. In 2009, we purchased a $5,000 Stryker cot for the Birchwood Ambulance EMT's