Hodag Heritage Days take center stage May 16-21

Calendar of festival events, specials, contest details

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RHINELANDER – On the heels of National Travel and Tourism Week, Rhinelander – and all those who love the city’s mascot – will celebrate the Hodag Heritage Festival from May 16-21. This is the second annual event organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rhineland region.

The week will include art contests, scavenger hunts, Hodag decorations and giveaways of all kinds, videos featuring Hodag heritage information, and Hodag-themed retail items throughout the city. , food and beverages available for purchase throughout the week. The week will end in style at Pioneer Park on May 21. A pancake breakfast, music from Hip Pocket, Hodag vendors, guest speakers, Hodag storytellers, the first-ever Hodag Calling Contest, a historic bus tour, children’s activities and Suite.

Hodag hunting
The DRI Hodag Scavenger Hunt begins Monday, May 16 at Tom’s Drawing Board between noon and 6 p.m. A $10 donation starts the hunt for the Hodag, along with a scroll containing the clue to the first Hodag medallion. Each medallion is located at a downtown and will feature a clue to the next medallion. Be sure to ask the store clerk for the locket and take a selfie with it as proof. Find each of the 11 medallions and the final clue will send hunters to the final hidden trophy, a hand-sculpted Hodag statue created by Tom Barnett. Bring this one-of-a-kind statue to Tom’s drawing board to be declared the winner.
Anyone can start the scavenger hunt anytime between May 16 and May 20.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rhineland region organizes the treasure hunt “Hodags throughout the city” during the festival. An information sheet will be available at the chamber or on the website asking scavengers to locate the Hodag murals and statues. Bring the completed form to the chamber by noon on May 20 and receive a Hodag Prize Pack complete with a Hodag Flying Disc, Hodag Mini Beach Ball, and Hodag Keychain Flashlight.

Hodag Calling Contest
Have you ever heard a Hodag howl? Is it howling or is it more of a growl, bark or cry? Stop by Pioneer Park at noon on May 21 for the first-ever Hodag Calling Contest and listen to the contestants do their best to perform the most original Hodag call. All ages and abilities are welcome. The winner will receive a Hodag Calling Gold Medal and a $50 gift certificate to the Hodag Boutique.
Art contest

Citizen creativity will be honored with the Hodag decoration contest. Six-inch statues are available to decorate for $5, or artists can create their own medium-flat Hodag masterpiece, using this year’s theme, “The Hodag’s House.” Entries will be posted on ArtStart. There will be prizes for adults and children, awarded at the Hodag Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 21 at Pioneer Park.

Tower of Hodag
Get out and enjoy the beautiful countryside by joining the second annual Tour de Hodag group cycle ride. Val Foley will lead the group, departing from the Co. K Bearskin trailhead at 5 p.m., Friday, May 20. Riders will ride three miles on the bike and three miles back for an hour-long ride at a leisurely pace. All skill levels are welcome; mandatory helmets; wearing Hodag green clothing is encouraged.

Pioneer Park will be the site of Hodag Heritage Day events.

The Hodag Spirit
Wear the Hodag swag on Friday and Saturday and potentially win a prize. Wear a green tutu or horns – anything and everything to show the most Hodag spirit, take a selfie and email it to [email protected] by May 21 to enter and win $25 in Chamber Bucks.

Bus tour of the historic town of Hodag
Unheard of in the Rhineland, Saturday’s Hodag Day festivities will include a free bus tour. The bus will depart from the parking lot behind the large Pioneer Park tent at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. WHDG Radio’s Al Higgins will narrate the tour as riders learn more about the Hodag at each stop. The visit will take 35 to 45 minutes.
For more information, visit the chamber’s website.

Hodag Heritage Festival

Saturday May 21, Pioneer Park

Pancake breakfast …… 8am-11am

Historical Park Complex Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hodag Heritage Ceremony …… 10 a.m.

Hodag and Cryptid Vendors…… 10am-6pm

Bouncing house and activities……10am-6pm

Chad Lews, Paranormal Author……11 a.m.

Beer Pavilion ……12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Hodag Calling Contest …… Noon

Kerry Bloedorn, Historian ……12:30 p.m.

Barnaby Jones (Paranormal Society) …… 1 p.m.

Historic Hodag Bus Tours 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Live Music: Hip Pocket …… 4 p.m.
10-piece band playing classic rock, R&B and jazz

Hodag History Videos on stage throughout the day

Specials “All Things Hodag”

Special foods, beverages and other items for purchase. Many are only available during Hodag Heritage Week!

• Fashionable: Hodag Macha Blend Personalized Hodag Blend of Matcha Latte Green Tea. Available hot, iced or as a blended smoothie
• Creations for bath and body: Special Green Hodag Latte plus everything green in the store is 20% off
• Briar House: Hodag Latte Crème de menthe and white chocolate, available iced, hot or blended, plus Green Machine Lotus
• Butcher bakery company: Special cookie inspired by Hodag
• Child’s Frame Co: Give Hodag prints and cards
• Charcuterie CT: Hodag Grilled Cheese with Black Forest Ham and Maple Bacon Aioli, White Bulldog Sandwich with Grilled Chicken, Shepard’s Pie Soup, Green Beast Elixir Cocktail
• Culvers: Mint Hodag shakes, mint flavor of the day Saturday May 21
• Fourth floral: “Forth’s Hodag Bouquet” Available year round $52.95, Hodags stuffed animal
• Fun Factory Candy Shop: Solid Chocolate Hodag, Solid Chocolate Hodag Medallion, Hodag Poo (Mint Malt Balls or Sixlets), Rhenish Rocks, Hodag Paw (Cashew or Pecan, Milk or Dark), Hodag Hats, Camp Mug in Hodag enamel, Hodag dinner mug, matching Hodag clothing, Hodag Tails (caramel and chocolate pretzel rod).
Hanson Garden Village:
• May 19 6 p.m. Hodag Planter Class, call to schedule
• May 21 10 a.m. Hodag Planter Class, call to schedule
• May 22, 11:00 am, Hodag Children’s Succulent Class
The Hodag store: Hodag Root Beer, Hodag Beer and over 200 different Hodag items year round!
Hometown Pharmacy: Offer 10% off any green purchase during Hodag Heritage Week
Pizza Korner for kids (available all year round):
• Hodag Pizza: loaded with five meats, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, hamburger and Canadian bacon
• Hodag Sub: As good as their myth! Filled with ham, turkey, roast beef, bologna, pepperoni, hard salami, summer sausage, American and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato and onion. Half or full size.
• Mel’s Trading Post: “Happy the Hodag” books, coloring books, stickers, clothing. All year
• Metro screen printing: Hodag clothing, infant to adult, including t-shirts, coats, pants, hats
• Endless BS Emporium: Variety of Hodag items
• Northern Lands: Hodag Lotus, blue and red lotus energy with kiwi, topped with whipped cream
• Northwoods Embroidery: Clothing, stuffed animals, books and more
• Pioneer Park Historic Complex: Stickers, figurines, Hodag history books, vintage maps and more
• Rhenish brewery: Gift shop with a variety of Hodag gear, Hodag beers and lagers
• Homemade stained glass Hodag by Sali Winn: 10 by 24 inches, $250. Custom sizes available. 715-277-2319
• Tom’s drawing board: Offering Hodag shirts, statues, children’s books, mugs, candles and more
• Triggers: Hodag shot glasses, stuffed animals, jewellery, postcards
• Wickersham jewelry: Custom Hodag Pendant