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  • Leadership Oneida County seeks community projects

    Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014

    Leadership Oneida County is currently accepting applications from community groups and non-profits in Oneida County for consideration by our 2014 -2015 Leadership Oneida County Projects.  The 16 candidates in the group are required to complete a community project by graduation in May 2015.  If your group has project you would like them to consider please fill out the below application and return it to the Chamber by Friday December 5, 2014.

    The group is available for any need you might have other than fundraising.  Project examples include: helping plan an outreach event, create and implement a new marketing plan, create a brochure or advertising piece.  All projects must be able to be completed between December 2014 and May 2015.  Those groups submitting projects must be available to pitch the idea to the candidates during our program day on Thursday December 18, 2014.

    If you have any questions please call the Chamber at 715-365-7464 and ask for Dana.

    LOC Community Project Application

  • Perfect fall mountain biking

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    RHI guy on off road bike trailSome of the best times on the trails are during the transitions between seasons. Many of the summer trail users are now off the trails but the big winter snows have yet to arrive.

    This means mountain bikers often have the trails to themselves and there’s still great riding to be found. The trails are simply studding this time of year. Wildlife is on the move and woodland vistas have appeared that were invisible just a few short weeks ago.

    To have a great trail adventure, here are a few tips:

    • Dress warmly and in layers with warm gloves. It’s not summer anymore!
    • Consider wearing some blaze orange. It’s always a smart precaution this time of year.
    • Keep your speed under control on the leaves. They can become a little slippery and hide rocks and roots.
    • Bring a good light or headlamp. Night arrives quickly in November!
    • Rhinelander is home to some of the best mountain biking in the state. Get out on the trails before the cross-country ski season arrives. Find information about some of Rhinelander’s outstanding trails here and have a great ride!
  • Some of our favorite Hodag photos

    Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014

    Here's some Hodag adorableness (Mandi R., Rhinelander)

    Here’s some Hodag adorableness (Mandi R., Rhinelander)

    Hodag selfie (Ruth L., New Berlin)

    Hodag selfie (Ruth L., New Berlin)

    Hodag in the Land of the Midnight Sun (Ross D., Eau Claire)

    Hodag in the Land of the Midnight Sun (Ross D., Eau Claire)

    Our Hodag Photo Frenzy Contest is well under way, and we figured it was time to share some of our favorite photos with you.


    Remember, there are plenty of ways to enter the Hodag Photo Frenzy Contest:

    • Take a photo with the Hodag in front of the Chamber of Commerce or any of the Hodags you can find around the city of Rhinelander
    • Download and print a Hodag mask to wear in your own photos (wherever you take them). You can also pick up a Hodag mask at the chamber!
    • Add the Hodag to your photos with our Hodag Photo Filter.

    Keep the entries coming, fans!

  • Downtown Trick or Treating

    Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    When: October 25, 2014 – October 25, 2014 from 2:00pm  –  4:00pm

    Headquarters: Downtown Rhinelander


    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.

    After your trick or treating fun make sure you walk or drive by and see all the pumpkins aglow in the 2nd annual Pumpkin Glow. More than 100 pumpkins (maybe 200) will be lit in the big green space in front of Trigs 5:30-9:00 p.m.

    For more information visit www.downtownrhinelander.com

  • City of Rhinelander Trick or Treating

    Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    When: October 31, 2014 – October 31, 2014 from 4:00pm  –  7:00pm

    Headquarters: City of Rhinelander


    Wear your favorite costumes and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

  • Accepting Applications for Rhinelander Room Tax Community Grants

    Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee (RTMC) is now accepting applications for the winter disbursement of Room Tax Community Grants.  Funding is available for community groups and organizations that provide marketing for the Rhinelander area and focus on bringing people into the area.  Applications for projects that encourage visitors to stay longer will also be accepted.   The RTMC will not fund for-profit organizations.  Funds can only be used for advertising and marketing activities, they may not be used for an organization’s operating expenses, volunteer pay or stipends, or infrastructure.

    The RTMC will review all applications during the December 3, 2014 committee meeting. The deadline to apply for the winter cycle of grants is 5pm on Friday, November 21, 2014.

    The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee is comprised of members of the City of Rhinelander and the Town of Pelican tourism entities.  In 2013, RTMC awarded over $10,000 to local community organizations.

    All questions regarding the winter cycle of funding can be directed to the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-365-7464.

    2014 Application for Room Tax Funds

  • WILD Hodag Mini-Triathlon

    Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    When: August 22, 2015 – August 22, 2015

    Headquarters: TBA


    Challenge yourself on this 300yrd swim, 10k bike (off-road) and 5k run course among the woods & waters of the scenic Northwoods. Proceeds benefit W.I.L.D (Wise Intentional Leadership Development) to further youth leadership skills internationally and locally.

  • Hodag Country Festival

    Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    When: July 9, 2015 – July 12, 2015 from 5:00pm  –  9:00pm

    Headquarters: Hodag Country Festival Grounds


    The 38th Annual Hodag Country Festival.  Each year this amazing country music festival brings some of the biggest names in country music to the Northwoods.  Find more festival information including the full lineup on their website.  Follow the below link.

    Hodag Country Festival Website

  • 2015 Boom Lake Log Jam

    Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014

    When: June 19, 2015 – June 21, 2015

    Headquarters: TBA


    Join us for the 2015 Boom Lake Log Jam on Friday June 19th – Sunday June 21st. This event is a day dedicated to the rich logging history of Rhinelander. Enjoy the many activities, live music and great food. For more information contact the Rhinelander Chamber at 715-365-7464

    More information coming soon.

  • Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

    Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    When: November 28, 2014 – November 28, 2014 from 5:00pm  –  7:00pm

    Headquarters: Downtown Rhinelander


    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. 2014 Christmas Parade App