Summertime, and the living is fun - lots of it

LET THE SUMMER BEGIN. On the calendar, the season doesn’t officially begin until Thursday, June 1. Unofficially, it began with the recently-completed Memorial Day weekend.

However you measure it, the season of fun and sun is here, or almost here.

The weather over the Memorial Day weekend was certainly more than enough to whet anyone’s appetite for the many delights of summer.

Perhaps it’s because the summers are shorter here than they are in sunny southern climes that Sheboygan County seems to find a way to keep every summer weekend – and the weekdays (and nights) in between – packed with fun and interesting things to see and do.

Whether it’s arts festival, firemen’s picnics, shows and entertainment, or just the natural scenic beauty and outdoor activities that stretch from Lake Michigan to the Kettle Moraine to the Sheboygan Marsh, there’s no lack of things to do to keep summer days and nights full and fun.

Much of it, of course, is designed for or aimed at the visitors and tourists who come here during the summer, but as tourism officials here and elsewhere have always told us, it’s also possible – and fun – to be a tourist in your own backyard. And there’s no backyard better for fun and good times than Sheboygan County.

Many people, no matter where they live, will travel all over to see sights and events without ever taking in what’s right in their own hometown – and that’s certainly true in Sheboygan County.

The whirl of summer activities has already begun here and there’s plenty out there for everyone to keep busy this summer.

There’s the usual array of festivals and picnics, in just about every town, village and city across the county, big or small, on just about every weekend.

That includes a special event right here in Plymouth the second weekend in August, when the Plymouth Fire Department celebrates its 150th anniversary with a two-day family celebration that will include a parade, firefighter competitions, live music and a carnival.

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 months.

We’re also blessed, of course, with an abundance of natural splendor for those who want to enjoy the wonders of the world around them. From the Lake Michigan shoreline to the rolling foothills of the Kettle Moraine, the call of nature is easily answered anywhere in Sheboygan County. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet hike in the woods, splashing in refreshing lake water, throwing a line in clear blue waters to catch some good-sized fish or just taking in the scenery, the opportunities are all around.

For those with an artistic or entertainment bent, there’s plenty of art and shows throughout the summer as well, whether it’s the Gallery 110 North shows or the Mill Street Guild’s “Mill Street Live” shows at the Plymouth Arts Center, the always popular Summer Concerts in City Park series (including the annual German Night) in Plymouth, live music concerts at the Generations center, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, in Sheboygan Falls or elsewhere around the county, or lively shows and live music at the resorts and bars in Plymouth, Elkhart Lake and elsewhere, there’s lots of great art and great entertainment right at hand.

There are also sports and recreational activities galore throughout the city and county, whether your interest is in participating or just watching. You can swing a golf club on our many championship-caliber golf courses – or several par- 3 courses if your game is on a less professional level. You can watch world-class auto racing of many varieties at Elkhart Lake’s Road America or enjoy local drivers going wheel-to-wheel in the weekly Plymouth Dirt Track racing events at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

It all adds up to the usual blend of summer fun and activity Sheboygan County offers each and every year, with truly something for everybody right here at home.

Bring on the summer fun!


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