Visitors from The Netherlands visit Carp Fest and Droppin of the Carp.

Droppin of the Carp Royalty.

Carp Bowl - Football game.

Carp Fest ice fishing tournament.

Carp Fest Euchre tournament.

Carp Fest arts and crafts in Hoffman Hall.

Carp Fest - night torchlit sledding at LaRiviere Park.

A fun-filled event intent on bringing friends, family, and community together for the New Year! Proceeds going to Dropping the Carp Fund and City Park and Recreation Youth Enrichment/Hoffman Hall Activities.
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Additional Information: Contact Prairie du Chien Tourist Info 1-800-732-1673 (www.prairieduchien.org)

2010/2011 CARP FEST SCHEDULE

FOUR CHOSEN TO GO FISHING FOR LUCKY THE CARP. Click here for details.

POOL CARP ACTIVITIES,
DEC. 27-31TH 1-4PM at Hoffman Hall Pool including
  • 12/27-Big Carp Splash Contest,
  • 12/28-Youth Triathalon,
  • 12/29-Flying Carp Games
  • 12/30-Diving for Carp Contest
  • 12/31 New Year’s Eve Day Pool Party w/Music
  • DAILY YOUTH CARP GAMES/ARTS and CRAFTS, Dec.27-31st 1-4pm @ Hoffman Hall
BOWLING PARTY- Dec. 28th 12-3pm Timber Lanes Sports Bar and Grill. View details here.

EUCHRE TOURNAMENT - December 29th 1-4pm City Hall Community Room

SKATE PARTY - Dec.29th 6-8pm @ Lochner Park Sponsored by PDC Boys Scouts

TORCHLIGHT SKI, HIKE, SLEDDING HILL
- DEC. 30th 6-9pm@ LaRiviere Park



DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT - Dec 31 10am @ Hoffman Hall


ICE FISHING FUN DAY- Dec. 31 9-11am @ South of Blackhawk Bridge


CARP BOWL FOOTBALL GAME - DEC.31 3-5pm @ St. Feriole Island Sponsored by Go America

CARP RUN/WALK – DEC.31, 9am @ Hoffman Hall (Megan Pedretti 412-0049)

ROCKIN THE NEW YEAR CONCERT - Dec. 31st 8-11 @ Hoffman Hall View details here.


CARP HOT AIR BALLON RIDES (PENDING WEATHER) @ ST. FERIOLE ISLAND

FOOD/HOT DRINKS TENT - Dec. 31st 9pm-1am @ Lucky Park

LIGHT SHOW and FIREWORKS - December 31st,12 midnight @ Lucky Park sponsored by Scream Xtreme

GRAND FINALE 10th ANNUAL DROPPIN OF THE CARP - Dec. 31 9pm-1am@ Lucky Park
NEW YEAR'S DAY ROTARY BREAKFAST- Jan 1st, 2011 9am-1pm @ Huckleberrys
 
 

11th Annual Carpfest Schedule (2011-2012)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011
  • Catch Lucky the Carp Contest Join Mike Valley, of Valley Fish and Cheese, and others to seek out the elusive Lucky the Carp.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12-202, 2011
  • Lucky The Carp Coloring Contest begins on December 12 and lasts through the 20th Deadline 4:30PM. 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2011
  • POOL/GYM CARP ACTIVITIES at Hoffman Hall Pool including weeklong Adult Lap Swim & Walking Contest, Youth Games & Swim Lessons!
  •  1 - 4 p.m. ADULT/YOUTH CARP GAMES/ARTS & CRAFTS at Hoffman Hall
  • 1-4 PM ADULT/YOUTH CARP GAMES/ARTS & CRAFTS @ Hoffman Hall
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
  •  12 - 3 p.m. BOWLING PARTY  at Timber Lanes Sports Bar & Grill
  • POOL/GYM CARP ACTIVITIES at Hoffman Hall Pool including weeklong Adult Lap Swim & Walking Contest, Youth  Games & Swim Lessons
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011
  •  1 - 4 p.m.  ADULT/YOUTH CARP GAMES/ARTS & CRAFTS at Hoffman Hall
  • POOL/GYM CARP ACTIVITIES at Hoffman Hall Pool including weeklong Adult Lap Swim & Walking Contest, Youth Games & Swim Lessons!
  • 6 - 8 p.m. SKATE PARTY & BONFIRE at Lochner Park. Skates available. (Unseasonable warm temps melted ice. Event was cancelled.)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011
  • POOL/GYM CARP ACTIVITIES at Hoffman Hall Pool including weeklong Adult Lap Swim & Walking Contest, Youth Games & Swim Lessons!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011
  • 1 - 4 p.m. ADULT/YOUTH POOL CARP ACTIVITIES at Hoffman Hall Pool 
  • 1 - 4 p.m. YOUTH CARP GAMES/ARTS & CRAFTS at Hoffman Hall
  • 6 - 9 P.M. TORCHLIGHT SKI, HIKE, SLEDDING HILL at LaRiviere Park (Cancelled - Lack of snow)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2011
  • 9 - 11 a.m. YOUTH ICE FISHING FUN DAY south of Blackhawk Bridge (Cancelled - No Ice!)
  • 3 - 5 p.m. 9TH ANNUAL CARP BOWL FOOTBALL GAME at St. Feriole Island
  •  9 a.m. CARP RUN/WALKat Hoffman Hall
  • 2-5 p.m. OPEN KAYAKING at Hoffman Hall Pool
  • 2-5 p.m. OPEN JAM CONCERT at Hoffman Hall
  • Midnight - GRAND FINALE 11th ANNUAL DROPPIN OF THE CARP and PYROTECHNICS SHOW- @ Lucky Park Come Kiss “Lucky” for good luck in the new year! 
  • CARP HOT AIR BALLON RIDES (PENDING WEATHER) @ ST. FERIOLE ISLAND (Very windy - likely will be cancelled)
NEW YEAR'S DAY, JANUARY 1, 2012

  • 9AM-1 PM NEWS YEAR's DAY ROTARY BREAKFAST- @ Huckleberrys

Carpfest Fast Facts (Droppin' of the Carp)

  • In 2009 Dropping of the Carp and the City of Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department developed a partnership to expand upon the existing 9 year old event and formed CarpFest. The main goal is to provide friends and families a variety of weeklong events that are unique and fun for all ages.
  • 2008’s attendance totals showing approximately 2500 participants which was held in artic temperatures of 0 degrees throughout the week! It also brought in people from 42 different cities, 12 different states, and 3 foreign countries with the farthest participant coming from Bolivia, South America. We hope to bring between 3000-3500 this year.
  • · Past CarpFest events have been recognized through the following state and national publicity avenues including: Discovery Wisconsin, Governor Doyle’s Proclamation, numerous midwest radio interviews including “Higher Ground” Wisconsin Public Radio, tri-state news coverage from multiple newspapers, David Lettermen’s Top 10 List, and featured in the books-Fun with Families in Wisconsin, Great Winter Get Away’s in Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Curiosities.
  • All proceeds from selling apparel, concessions, and minimal fees go directly back into the event to help off-set costs
  • The city benefits include: increased tourism throughout the week increased downtown patrons on New Year’s Eve, participant’s spending moneys through the community (ie gas stations, stores, etc.)Community pride that we offer something no other community does for all at a nominal cost, it has created Lucky Park which is the gateway on to the Island and provided many new trees integral for this park.
  • Over 30 volunteers assisted with making this event a success for those that participated including school teachers, retired individuals, construction workers, council members, and a variety of other very dedicated individuals looking to make this something really special for our community.
  • Past sponsors supporting this event include: PdC Tourism Council, Chamber of Council, Go America, Scream Extreme, American Sign Company, PdC Boy Scouts, Fuller Lumber, Liberty Builders and many other local business that donated prizes used for the event participants.
  • We hope that members of the Tourism Council, Chamber of Council as well as businesses in the community recognize this event as a very meaningful way to spend the last week of December and that with their assistance this event will continue to grow and benefit all those that partner with us.