Downtown Open House great kickoff to summer

At issue: Busy, fun summer Bottom line: Starts downtown Saturday

IT MAY SEEM QUESTIONABLE at times whether summer weather will ever get here, but there’s no doubt that summer tourism will be here – and soon. season Summer is always a busy time for both visitors and locals throughout Sheboygan County, with plenty of events and activities to fill the longer days and shorter nights.

Perhaps the short duration of summer-like weather in these parts means we have to squeeze as much fun into a short time as possible – but somehow we still do it all, and even more each year.

There’s the usual array of festivals and picnics, in just about every town, village and city across the county, big or small. Whether it’s music, food, games, bargain shopping – or all of the above – you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it somewhere in Sheboygan County any and every weekend for the next three or four months.

We’re also blessed, of course, with an abundance of natural splendor for those who want to enjoy the world around them. From the Lake Michigan shore to the rolling foothills of the Kettle Moraine to the preserved ecosystem of the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh, the call of nature is easily answered anywhere in Sheboygan County. Whether you enjoy a quiet hike in the woods, splashing in refreshing lake water or just taking in the scenery, opportunities abound.

Sporting enthusiasts have plenty to choose from as well, from championship golf on a number of different challenging courses, angling for trophy fish on our many lakes and rivers, to hiking or biking along scenic and wooded trails.

If watching is more your speed – and speed being the operative word – there’s racing thrills and excitement at Elkhart Lake’s Road America or the Plymouth Dirt Track Racing at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds. History abounds in Sheboygan County and it’s easy to immerse yourself in old times at the Wade House, the Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum, the Plymouth Historical Society Museum and many other spots throughout the county.

For those with an artistic or entertainment bent, there’s plenty of art, shows and concerts throughout the summer as well, from Plymouth to

Elkhart Lake to Sheboygan Falls to Sheboygan and many other venues.

Shopping has become a popular tourist pursuit and there’s plenty of that to be found throughout Sheboygan County, from quaint stores, craft shops and specialty stores in Plymouth and Elkhart Lake to outlet stores and big malls – all offering plenty of bargains for eager shoppers.

To the usual full calendar of happenings new events are always being added, including one this weekend here in Plymouth.

Plymouth is the only community in Sheboygan County participating in the Wisconsin Downtown Open House event Saturday. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Main Street, and Wisconsin Downtown Action Council (WDAC) this event is designed to showcase unique historic and cultural assets of Wisconsin downtowns.

With trolley and horse-drawn wagon rides, live music performances, exhibits, family craft events, local author presentations and book signings, store specials and the chance to win Historic Gift Give-A-Way prizes, the Downtown Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday will be a perfect way to start the summer season, whether you’re a visitor or a local.

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