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  • Rhinelander Girlfriends Getaway

    Posted on December 6, 2013

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Rhinelander Girlfriends Getaway May 2 – 4, 2014.  This weekend promises to be full of fun, learning and great times!  We will begin the weekend Friday at the Hext Theatre on Brown Street in Rhinelander for a private comedy show, Saturday will be full of workshops that peak your interest, shopping and dining and we’ll end the evening with a wine tasting.  Plus on Sunday we’ll make sure you get a great meal before heading home.  Rhinelander is the perfect community for a girls weekend and we’ll help keep you busy!

    Download the Registration Form

    For questions call the Chamber at 715-365-7464.

  • Hodag Hops & Vines

    Posted on October 15, 2013

    Hodag Hops and Vines MicroBrew and Wine Tasting will be held on Saturday April 26th, 2014.  Sample dozens of craft beer and wine samples, plus taste delicious offerings from Rhinelander area restaurants.  Live music and raffles will also be included in the fun.  Tickets are available for purchase online.  Tickets purchased after 5pm Friday April 25th will be $25.  Hodag Hops and Vines will be held at the Quality Inn in Rhinelander.

    For more information please call the Chamber at 715-365-7464.

  • Hodag Home Show

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    The Hodag Home Show is the first home show in the Northwoods and you don’t want to miss this!  From construction companies, to pluming and heating, to financial services and more businesses in the Northwoods will gather for a weekend that will help you line up all you need for your spring and summer projects!

    Make sure to sign up now for your booth space to make sure you have access to thousands of potential customers during the weekend!

    Click here for a 2014 Hodag Home Show Application

    The Hodag Home Show will be held at Rhinelander High School from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.

    For more information call the Chamber at 715-365-7464.

  • Hodag Broomball Tournament

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    The third annual Hodag Broomball Tournament will be held as part of the Lions Fisheree and Winter Festival on Saturday February 8th.  Games will begin at 9am.  Registration is now open for this annual tournament.  Click below for registration information and also the official rules and waiver forms.  For questions or more information please call the Chamber at 715-365-7464.  We’ll see you on the rink!

    2014 BroomBall Rules

    2014 Team Registration Form

    2014 Release of Liability

    A big thank you to our 2014 Tournament Sponsors R-Value Insulators and Ministry Health Care!

  • Rhinelander Lion’s Club Fisheree & Winter Festival

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    This annual ice fishing tournament will once again include activities for the entire family!  Fishing will be from 7am to 3pm both days.  Tons of great prizes, raffles and of course the famous paddle wheel will be held.  Other activities include the broomball tournament on Saturday February 8th and Hodag Snow Dash Snowshoe race on Sunday February 9th.  More details to come as we get closer to the event!

    Registration for the Hodag Broomball Tournament is now open!  Sign up by January 27th to ensure you get team t-shirts!

    2014 BroomBall Rules

    2014 Broomball Team Registration Form

    You can also now register for the Hodag Snow Dash Snowshoe race, follow the below link to register.

    http://www.active.com/rhinelander-wi/winter-sports/snowshoeing-races/hodag-snow-dash-2014

    For More Information on the Fisheree & Winter Festival Click Here

     

  • Downtown Open House

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    Make a trip to you favorite Rhinelander business for the annual Open House Weekend.  Shops will be having specials, sales and other events during this annual tradition which coincides with the opening of hunting.  Please check individual stores for hours and specials.

  • Hodag Howl

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    Join us for this annual evening of fun and the unveiling of the new mini Hodags which will be up for auction.  The fun will be held Saturday October 26th at 6pm at Quality Inn in Rhinelander.  For more information please call Downtown Rhinelander at 715-362-7374.

  • Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

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    Help kick off the holiday season with our annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Black Friday.  The parade will begin at 5pm and run from the Police Department on Brown Street to Stevensport Square.  Following the parade join in for some caroling and then help us light the tree!  Santa will also be available for visiting with the children.

    If you are interested in participating in the parade we’d love to have you!  The theme is “Old Fashions Christmas in the Northwoods”

    2013 Christmas Parade Application

  • City of Rhinelander Trick or Treating

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    Halloween Trick or Treating hours for the City of Rhinelander will be held on Thursday October 31st from 4pm to 7pm.

  • Downtown Trick or Treating

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    Head downtown Rhinelander for an afternoon of trick or treating!  Visit the local businesses with pumpkins in the window and have a safe, family, friendly Halloween Afternoon!

  • Oneida County Fair

    Posted on July 9, 2013

    Join us for the 2013 Oneida County Fair at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander August 1 – 4.  Events include carnival games, great food, 4H exhibits and much more!  Experience the new events of UB the Band, the Ugly Lamp Contest, Friday Night Fish Fry and Craft and Flea Market.  Check out their website at www.oneidacountyfairwi.com for more information!  We’ll see you at the Fair!

  • Fairway to Food

    Posted on June 24, 2013

    Join us for a great afternoon of golfing to help benefit Northwoods Area Food Pantries.  This 18 hole, scramble format, golf outing will be held on Tuesday August 13th at Northwood Golf Course.  The shotgun start will be at 12pm and the cost per player is $80.  All the money raised will be donated to our local area food pantries to help build a hunger free community.  Not interested in golfing but still want to help?  Join us for the dinner portion of the event following the golfing.  Tickets for just dinner are $20.  Your entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, dinner and door prizes.  There will also be a variety of raffle items up for grabs.

    The event is sponsored by K-Tech Kleening, WJFW Channel 12 and the Rhinelander Chamber.

    To sign up simply fill out the below form and return to the Chamber office.

    Fairway to Food Event Flyer

    Fairway to Food Entry Form

    Questions call Tyler at 715-581-9021

    If you are a business interested in sponsoring this event there are a variety of different options.  Please click the link below for sponsorship levels.

    Sponsor Opportunities

  • 2013 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

    Posted on June 4, 2013

    The 2013 Rhinelander 4th of July parade will be held on Thursday July 4th in Downtown Rhinelander at 11am.  The theme this year is “Happy Birthday Uncle Sam.”  Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Rhinelander Chamber Office on Kemp Street or follow the link below to download a form.

    If you plan to hand out candy you must also print a copy of the Rhinelander Police Distribution form and keep it with you during the parade.

    For more information contact Dale Schlieve at 715-369-1814.

    2013 Parade Application

    Police Distribution Form

    You can enjoy a special performance of the Hodag Water Ski Shows at 7:30pm at Hodag Park.

    The Fireworks will be held at dusk at Hodag Park.

  • Hodag Country Festival

    Posted on May 21, 2013

    The 36th Annual Hodag Country Festival will be held on July 11 – July 14, 2013.  Each year this country music festival brings some of the biggest names in country music to the Northwoods.  Tickets are on sale now and you can find more festival information including the full lineup on their website.  Follow the below link.

    Hodag Country Festival Website

    Attention Hodag Country Fest attendees: Kemp Street will be closed for construction. Read more about the construction.

  • W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon

    Posted on May 13, 2013

    Make plans to join us for the first annual W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon on Saturday August 24th, 2013.  The race will kick off at 8 AM at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.  The race includes a 300 yard swim, 10K bike portion and a 5k run.  The course will wind through the gorgeous northwoods scenery of woods and water.  Proceeds from the event will go to benefit W.I.L.D. (Wise International Leadership Development) an organization with the goal of furthering youth leadership skills international and locally.  For more information on the race click this link  W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon Website

  • 2013 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge

    Posted on April 22, 2013

    We are excited to announce the dates for the 2013 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge to be held on September 20th – 22nd, 2013.   The event will again be headquartered at the Rhinelander Ice Arena this year.  Our rules meeting will be held on Friday evening at 8pm so make sure you are in attendance.  For a registration brochure click the below link.

    2013 HMC Registration Brochure

    We have to give a huge thank you to our 2013 Sponsors – Rhinelander Toyota, Shoeder’s RV & Marine, and The Bait Shoppe.

    We’ll see you all in September!

    Sign up and pay online!

  • Rhinelander Girlfriends Getaway

    Posted on March 13, 2013

    Calling all ladies!  Join us for the first annual Rhinelander Girlfriends Getaway to be held May 3 -5, 2013.  The weekend will kick off with a Friday night reception and Taste of Rhinelander from 5pm to 9pm at the Days Inn and Suites in Downtown Rhinelander.  Saturday will be filled with your choice of various workshops, everything from fitness classes, decorating, floral design and cooking.  Class registration is on a first come first serve basis.  Sunday morning we’ll send you off with a great brunch provided by the Days Inn and Suites.

    Registration for the event is $25 plus the cost of supplies for your chosen workshops.  Many workshops are FREE!  Register by April 5, 2013.

    Registrations received after April 5, 2013 will incur a $10 late fee.  Registration for this AWESOME event closes on April 19, 2013.

    We hope you’ll mark your calendar to join us May 3 – 5 for the Rhinelander Girlfriends Getaway!  (It’s also opening fishing weekend if you need to suggest an activity for the men in your lives!)

    Click Here for Class Descriptions, Agenda & Registration Form

  • Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn

    Posted on March 7, 2013

    Join us for the 27th annual Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn on June 8th.  The event includes over 100 arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, plenty of food and entertainment.  Also downtown that day is a car show, pancake breakfast, and more!  Show hours are from 9am to 3pm.

    We have plenty of room for vendors in the show and we want you to participate!  We just need your application and payment plus a few photos of your items and showing yourself creating them.

    Print your application below and send it in today!

    2013 Art Fair Application

    If you have any questions give us a call at 715-365-7464.  We hope to see you on June 8th!

  • 2013 Hodag Home Show

    Posted on January 29, 2013

    Mark your calendars for the 2013 Hodag Home Show to be held on March 23 & 24, 2013 at Rhinelander High School.  Businesses from all over the Northwoods will be on hand to talk to you about their latest and greatest products and services just in time to get your list of spring “to-do” projects ready to go.  Admission is free.  Other activities include demonstrations, door prizes, kids activities and much more.

    If you are a business in the area we want you to join us!  Businesses already signed up include contractors, utility companies, retail stores and much, much more!  Area crafters we want you to participate as well.  Thousands of people walk through the high school throughout the weekend and this is a great chance to reach out to those potential customers!

    2013 Home Show Application

    The 2013 Hodag Home Show is sponsored by the Chamber and NRG Media.

     

  • Lions Fisheree and Winter Festival

    Posted on December 18, 2012

    Join us for this annual event on February 9th and 10th which includes two days of ice fishing, a broomball tournament, snowshoe race, kids activities and snowshoe demonstrations.

    • Fishing Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 3pm
    • Broomball Tournament on Saturday – Games start at 9am
    • Snow Dash 5k snowshoe race to be held on Sunday – 10:30 AM

    Register now for the Broomball tournament.

    2013 BroomBall_Rules - Rules will be enforced make sure you read them!

    2013 Fishereee & Winter Festival Poster

    Register for the Snow Dash

    Fisheree Info & Rules

  • Annual Northwoods Business Expo

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    The 6thAnnual Northwoods Business Expo will be held on February 27, 2013 at James Williams Middle School from 5 PM to 8 PM.  All businesses are invited to attend.  Registration is just $50 per booth.  Hundreds of attendees are expected to at this annual event, we hope you’ll join us!

    Vendors please register now!

    Please contact 715-365-7465 for more information.

  • First Annual Ho-Drags on Ice

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    First Annual Ho-drags on Ice will be held on Lake Thompson on Saturday February 23rd.  This ice drag racing event will offer several classes for cars, outlaw vehicles and trucks.  Racers are encouraged to register!  Racing will start at noon.

    Spectators – there will be a free parking and admission area on the ice, to get into the pit area there will be a charge.  $20 for car pit passes and $10 per person admission to the pits.

    We hope you’ll join us for this first annual event!

    Download the Flyer.

    Rules & Classes for the 2013 Ho-Drags on Ice

    Directions to Lake Thompson Boat Landing:

    Hwy 17 North to County Road C

    Right on County Road C to Lake Thompson Road

    Right on Lake Thompson Road

    Lake Thompson Road will lead you to the public boat landing

    Click here to look at a Map

  • Chamber Annual Dinner

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    Thursday January 24th at Holiday Acres Resort

    Cocktails will begin at 5 PM and Dinner will be served at 6 PM

    Join us as we look back on 2012 and celebrate the accomplishments of you our members and the Chamber.  We will award Community Volunteer of the Year, Retail Business of the Year, Tourism & Convention Business of the Year, and Business, Professional & Industrial Business of the Year.  Nominations for these awards are now being accepted.

    The evening will also include live entertainment, raffles and a dessert auction.  We are also looking for businesses to decorate the tables.  If you are interested in participating in any of these items please contact the Chamber.

  • Trees Art Exhibit

    Posted on December 5, 2012

    View trees in a new light through the eyes of a dozen area artists, all of whom have a deep love of the woods and the natural world around them. Mediums include sculptural woodturning, art quilts, tapestry weaving, mixed media paintings, collage, colored pencil drawing, photography, and poetry. For more information and gallery hours, visit nicoletcollege.edu or call Katy at 715-365-4556.

  • Lunch With Santa

    Posted on November 26, 2012

    Lunch With Santa

    $5 per child and no reservation required. For more information call Bob Lake at 715-420-0146.

  • Santa Meet and Greet

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    Santa Meet and Greet at Trig’s Riverwalk Center (old Family Dollar) Friday, November 30, 2012. Pictures are provided for a minimal fee. For more information contact Bob Lake at 715-420-0146

  • Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

    Posted on October 25, 2012

    The Annual Rhinelander Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on Friday November 23rd at 5pm Downtown Rhinelander.  The parade will begin at the police department on Brown Street and travel to Stevensport Square where Santa will light the tree and visit with the attending children.

    New this year we’ll also have a mystery contest for those attending the celebrations in which a big prize will be awarded.  More details to come but mark your calendars to attend the fun!

    If you would like to participate in the parade we are looking for floats!  The theme will be “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the Northwoods.  Click below for an application.

    2012 Parade Application

  • Rhinelander City Wide Trick or Treating

    Posted on October 22, 2012

  • Holiday Expressions

    Posted on October 16, 2012

    Holiday Expressions – a fundraiser for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry “Northwoods Essence” Holiday Decorating and Entertaining ideas, raffle items from local artisans, re-gifting table, table centerpieces, appetizer samples. Plated lunch 11am – 2pm Call Rhonda Jicinsky, Holiday Acres Resort for more info; 715-369-1500

  • Holiday Open House

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    Throughout the weekend, experience the warmth, welcome, and wonder of many of Downtown Rhinelander’s unique shops at this traditional weekend event. Find the perfect gift, see fabulous decorations, and enjoy refreshments while you shop. Contact: DRI (715) 362-7374 or msdri@frontiernet.net

  • YMCA “Not-So-Scary” Halloween Trail

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    Kids enjoy a trail with not-so-scary stops filled with treats provided by various businesses.  Stop into the YMCA auditorium after for warm drinks, cookies and chili. For more information call the YMCA at 715-362-YMCA.

  • Trick or Treat Spooktacular

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    Kids will have a spooktacular time trick-or-treating in Downtown Rhinelander. Look for the pumpkin in the window of participating businesses. Pumpkin decorating contest also adds to the fun! For more information call DRI at 715-362-7374.

  • 31st Annual Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge

    Posted on September 17, 2012

    Congratulations to the 2012 HMC Champions Robert Petrusky and Ryan Stewart from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin!  They were fishing on Lake George and caught two musky measuring 40 ½ inches and 42 inches to win the title.  The team took home over $4,800 in cash for their win.

    The 31st annual Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge was held on Friday September 7th through Sunday September 9th 2012.  72 teams registered for this annual musky fishing tournament.  In all 16 musky were caught and registered through the two days of fishing.  The largest musky of the tournament was caught by Kevin and Zach Mahlberg and measured 48 inches.  The team caught the fish on the Moen Chain.

    Here is a rundown of the full results:

    • 1st – Robert Petrusky & Ryan Stewart, fishing Lake George, caught a 40 ¼ & 42 inch musky
    • 2nd – Dave Hershey and Pat Burge, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 40 ¾ and 40 ½ inch musky
    • 3rd – Kevin Mahlberg and Zach Mahlberg, fishing Moen Chain, caught a 48 inch musky
    • 4th – Rodney Reader and Rick Coenen, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 45 inch musky
    • 5th Place (TIE) – Tyler Robish and Dmitry Burgan, fishing Crescent Lake, caught a 44 ½ inch musky and Darrel Mack and Cory Mack, fishing Crescent Lake, caught a 44 ½ inch musky
    • 7th Place – Rich Anderson and Lee Bastian, fishing Boom Lake, caught a 43 inch musky
    • 8th Place(TIE) – Ken Liebnitz and Rod Rodziczak, fishing Lake Julia, caught a 42 ½ inch musky and Kevin Abendroth and Scott Abendroth, fishing on Oneida Lake, caught a 42 ½ inch musky
    • 10th Place – Brock Terzinski and Travis Unverzagt, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 42 inch musky
    • 11th Place – Jim Engman and Rick Ammons, fishing Oneida Lake, caught a 41 ¼ inch musky
    • Largest Musky of Saturday – Rodney Reader and Rick Coenen, 45 inches caught on Oneida Lake
    • Largest Musky of Sunday – Kevin Mahlberg and Zach Mahlberg, 48 inches caught on Moen Chain
    • Largest Northern of the Tournament – Dan Brekke and Mick Miller, 32 ¾ inches caught on Lake George

    Download the score totals (PDF)

    The Hodag Musky Tournament would not be possible without our sponsors Rhinelander Toyota, Shoeder’s RV & Marine and Rollie and Helen’s Musky Shop.   In addition, we have a huge group of volunteers that work at our registration stations and help with our rules and awards meeting.  A huge thank you goes out to them.  Finally, we have to thank each and every Rhinelander area business that donated to our raffle drawing as well.  The support the Chamber receives from the community is much appreciated.

    Congratulations again to Robert and Ryan on their big win!

  • Hodag Block Party

    Posted on June 21, 2012

    Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Hodag Block Party to be held on Saturday June 29th! We have a fun filled day planned in Rhinelander!  First, lace up your tennis shoes and take part in the Hodag Run for Your Life, hosted by the YMCA of the Northwoods.  Then make your way downtown to Davenport street and join us for the 1st Annual Hodag Block Party!  From 10am to 3pm we’ll be celebrating and having fun with a magic show, live music, carnival games, and plenty of food, drinks and fun!  So come on downtown and join us!  If you have any questions about the event give us a call, 715-365-7464.

    Calling all local artists we need your help for this event!  We are looking for your help in creating a logo!  Anyone under the age of 18 can submit a logo for consideration. We need all submissions by May 30 , 2013 and we’ll announce a winner on June 3, 2013.  Call us with questions and GOOD LUCK!

    Click Here for Logo Application

  • 2012 4th of July Parade

    Posted on May 16, 2012

    Mark your calendars for the 2012 4th of July Parade in Rhinelander.  This year the parade will be held on Wednesday July 4th at 11am.  This year’s theme will be ” We Pledge Allegiance to the Flag”

    This year parade entrants include:  Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay, Rhinelander High School Band, ZOR Funsters, Valders High School Band, Edgar High School Band, Janesville Fife and Drum, Rhinelander Community Band and Oregon High School.

    Anyone is invited to join the parade 2012 Parade Application

  • 35th Annual Hodag Country Festival

    Posted on March 23, 2012

    Bringing Live Country Music to the North 

    Join 30,000 music fans for four days of fun

    Shows by big-name artists all day long

    Entertainment in the pavilion each night

    Find lodging in the Rhinelander Area as well as camping on site

    Tickets are on sale now!

    Order tickets and learn more about the Hodag Country Festival.

  • 49th Annual School of the Arts

    Posted on February 14, 2012

    One-week workshops for adults

    • Art and Folk Art
    • Mind, Body, and Spirit
    • Performing Arts
    • Photography and Computer Arts
    • Writing

    All workshops meet daily Monday through Friday.  Workshops have enrollment limits; enrollment is first-come, first-served.

    Register online at www.soawisconsin.org or by mail.  For additional information, please call 608-262-0557 or e-mail soa@dcs.wisc.edu

  • Oneida County Fair

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    FREE ADMISSION

    FAIR HOURS:
    Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    For more information, please contact the Oneida County UW-Extension office at (715) 365-2750.

  • 2012 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge

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    5 lake groups to choose from:  Wisconsin River and Boom Lake, Lake Julia and Crescent Lake, Moen Chain, Oneida Lake and Lake Hancock, Lake George and Lake Thompson

    The Hodag Musky Challenge will be held September 7th-9th 2012.  The registration fee for each team will be $250.

    Payouts are 67% of registration fees

    Download the 2012 Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge Registration Form.

    Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors:  Rhinelander Toyota, Shoeder’s RV and Marine and Rollie & Helen’s Musky Shop.

  • 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

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    This year the theme of the parade is “We Pledge Allegiance to the Flag”.  Anyone can enter a float into the parade so mark your calendar to join us!  2012 Parade Application

  • Hodag Run for Your Life/Hodag Block Party

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    The YMCA of the Northwoods is excited to host the sixth annual HODAG Run For Your Life 5K/10K run/walk. Pre-registration for the run/walk is $25 and can be completed until June 20th. Participants are guaranteed a race t-shirt if pre-registered! After June 20th registration is $35 and can be completed online at www.active.com until June 28th. Thereafter, registration can be completed by calling the YMCA of the Northwoods at (715) 362-9622.

    The Hodag Block Party will begin after the races are complete.  Live music, carnival games, bouncy house, plenty of food, drinks and entertainment.

    For more information on the Hodag Block Party, contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Hodag Hops and Vines

    Posted on February 13, 2012

    The 2013 Hodag Hops and Vines Beer and Wine Tasting will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Elbo Room Lounge and Ballroom.  From 4pm to 8pm.

    Tickets are now on sale for the event!  Tickets are just $20 ahead of the event so purchase them early!  To order by phone and use your credit card call the Chamber at 715-365-7464 or 1-800-236-4FUN.  You can also purchase tickets at the Chamber Office, the Rhinelander Trig’s, Northern Coffee Haus and the Elbo Room Lounge and Ballroom.  Tickets at the door will be $25.

    The event will include a variety of breweries and wineries sampling their products along with food from local restaurants and live music by Kyle Mertz.

    The event is sponsored in part by NRG Media, BMO Harris Bank, Rhinelander Brewing Company and the Chamber.

  • 36th Annual Rhinelander Lions Club Fisheree & Winter Festival

    Posted on January 9, 2012

    When: February 11th & 12th

    Headquarters: Boom Lake Boat Landing

    This year the Fisheree is expanding to a Winter Festival! We’re adding snowshoe races, a broomball tournament, winter softball, plus snowshoe and cross-country ski demos. Sign up now for the event of your choice! If you have questions give us a call 715-365-7464.