Plans are being finalized for the North Hudson Pepper Festival, scheduled Friday through Sunday, Aug. 14-16, at Pepper Fest Park in North Hudson. The three-day celebration honors the community’s Italian heritage and includes Italian food, a carnival, parade, queen coronation, spaghetti- and hot pepper-eating contests.
Proceeds from the Pepper Festival are donated to various groups and organizations serving the Hudson and North Hudson area. For more information, go to www.pepperfest.org.
Festival activities include:
The annual talent show is Friday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30. Cash prizes are awarded in three age categories: 12 and younger, 13-17, 18 and up. There is a limit of 10 acts per age group. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling Mary at (715) 381-8042.
Kid, Doll, & Pet Parade
The fifth annual Kid, Doll and Pet Parade is scheduled at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, shortly before the grand parade begins. Registration and line-up are from 8-10 a.m. in the parking lot of Bible Baptist Church, 545 Sixth St. N. The parade will end at Monroe St. Participants must be sixth grade or younger.
No motor-driven vehicles are permitted. Judging is based on originality, child participation, theme, and quality of construction. There will be prizes, treats, balloons, music and special appearances. This year’s theme is Rock ‘n’ Pepper Fest. For more information, call Cheryl, (715) 377-1028, or Anita, (715) 381-1683.
The Pepper Fest Grand Parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The entry fee is $50 for businesses and politicians. Those wishing to enter should complete a parade application at www.pepperfest.org/home/grand_parade/. The parade begins at the intersection of Lemon and Michaelson streets, running west down Michaelson and then south on Sixth Street (Hwy. 35) to St. Croix Street N.
The amateur food cooking contest is Saturday, Aug. 15, outside the North Hudson Village Hall, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Categories are adult, and under 14. Adult categories are appetizer/side dish, main dish and dessert. The under 14 category is chef’s choice. Each dish must contain peppers. For more information, contact Cheryl, (715) 377-1028, or Anita, (715) 381-1683.
The championship spaghetti-eating contest begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Teams of five will eat one pound of spaghetti each for the top prize of $75 and a T-shirt for each winning team member. The second-place team earns $50. The entry fee is $25 with signup Aug. 15 in the Pepper Fest office of the Village Hall.
The championship hot pepper-eating contest begins at 6 p.m. Teams of five will eat one pound of hot peppers each for the top prize of $200 and a T-shirt for each winning team member. The second-place team earns $100. The entry fee is $50 with signup Aug. 15 in the Pepper Fest office of the Village Hall.
The one-mile family fun walk/run, 5K and 10K runs are Saturday, Aug. 15, at the North Hudson Village Hall. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the first race at 7:15. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under. All participants receive a T-shirt. Trophies are awarded to the top female and male winners of each age bracket of the 10K race and to the over-all female and male winners of the 5K race.
The annual volleyball tournament begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, and noon Sunday, Aug. 16, at Mudd’s & Sudd’s in North Hudson. To register, or for more information, call Mudd’s & Sudd’s at (715) 381-9781.
This year’s live entertainment includes Grilled Cheese on Friday at 8:30 p.m., Zebra Mussels on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and The Dweebs on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Pepper Festival Board is now accepting grant applications from local groups and organizations. Send an application to the Pepper Fest Grant Request Committee, PO Box 432, Hudson WI 54016. All grant requests must be received by Monday, Aug. 10, and must contain information about the group, contact information, the amount being requested and the specific use the grant money will go toward.
Grants are distributed during the Pepper Festival Appreciation Dinner following the festival in early 2010. Those receiving grants will be notified prior to the dinner.