“Sense-sational Recreation” in Marathon County

Written by Karyn Powers

Seeking a sense of balance in your leisure?
“Sense-sational Recreation” is here to help!

Imagine using your 5 senses to explore the wonders of Marathon County… Each issue of Wisconsin Central Time NEWS will highlight 5 events around the county for you to see, taste, hear, smell, or feel!

Here’s this issue’s Top 5 “Sense-sational Recreation” picks…

Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge

Saturday, May 27, 2017  •  Within 10 miles of Rib Mountain State Park (exact location TBA)

Photo courtesy of Ann Illegal Photography.

Feet will pound up the mountain, hands will pull through the water, and legs will FEEL the burn as the third annual Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge gets underway. Come out and show your support as teams of 2–4 members run, bike, and paddle their way through the rugged and beautiful Central Wisconsin wilderness using only a map and compass to find their way.


Carden International Circus

Monday, May 29, 2017  •  Marathon Park | Wausau

Cotton candy, elephant ears (real ones!), straw, grease paint, and more — Take a deep breath and inhale the circus of AROMAS under the Big Top. Shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.


June Dairy Breakfast

Sunday, June 4, 2017    Fustead Holsteins  |  Wausau


Wrap your TASTE buds around the June Dairy Breakfast…

Local foods served by local farmers: Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage patties, cheese curds, milk/coffee, and ice cream.

Petting zoo, cheese tasting, children’s pedal tractor pull, educational activities, wagon rides, WDEZ Polka Jamboree, & more! Bring the whole family and learn about Wisconsin’s dairy heritage.

New this year… 5K Run/Walk.


Raptors Invade Monk Gardens

Saturday, June 10, 2017    Monk Botanical Gardens  |  Wausau

Raptors will be invading the Monk Botanical Gardens, Saturday, June 10, in cooperation with the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) of Antigo.

It’s an up-close and personal viewing of some of the sharpest SIGHTED birds in the animal kingdom.

Time is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cost is $3 for children; $5 for adults. There will be $2 picture-taking opportunities from 11:00–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–1:30 p.m.

Rain date is Sunday, June 11.


Walls of Wittenberg WOWSPACE Concerts

Thursday, June 15, 2017   WOW Art Park  |  Downtown Wittenberg


Experience the intimate outdoor concert performance of Third Thursday Concerts. LISTEN to live music in the art garden next to WOWSPACE in the center of town.

The time is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring chairs, a picnic supper or snack, and beverages to enjoy.




Whether you’re working, visiting, or living in Marathon County — there’s always something great just around the corner for you to enjoy.

Karyn Powers - Marathon County Recreation SuperintendentKaryn Powers

Recreation Superintendent  |  Wausau / Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department 

Karyn Powers joined the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department in 1991. Prior to settling in Marathon County, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and the U.S. Army in South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to being the city/county Recreation Superintendent, she is a published poet and author. Karyn fell in love with Marathon County as a college senior when she interned here in 1979, then traveled halfway around the world to get back here as soon as was possible.  Email Karyn Powers

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