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)

Photographs 2012

Catching Lucky 2012

Mike Valley, Brian Dillman, Lindsey Nicholson, and Faith Dillman teamed up to catch about 1,100 pounds of carp, two sheepshead ,and two buffalo.  (More...)




Coloring Contest

The Lucky the Carp Coloring contest is spnsored by Prairie du Chien, WI, Parks and Rec Department. It is open to all children and young adults under the age 17 and younger. The contest usually runs from the second week in December to the third week.  (More Photos)


Bowling at Timber Lanes Sport Bar and Grill
On Friday, Dec. 28, a bowling party at Timber Lanes Sports Bar and Grill will start the day at noon and go until 3 p.m. More activities will take place at Hoffman Hall from 1-4 p.m. (More Photos)

Torchlight Ski or Hike
LaRiviere Park. Ski or Hike the lighted trail, moonlight sledding, ending with hot chocolate & campfire! A warm evening of fun and sledding was had by all.(See Album here)




10TH ANNUAL CARP BOWL FOOTBALL GAME Football game between Prairie du Chien and Mar-Mac Fire Depts. The touch football game between Prairie du Chien and Mar-Mac Fire Departments always brings out the good sportsmanship and camaraderie. The game is sponsored by Go America of Marquette, IA. (See 2012 photos here.)


The Good Luck Kiss
Kissing Lucky the carp is thought to bring the kisser good luck. The tradition of kissing the carp on New Years Eve has really kind of caught on, and people know that they're going to have good luck in the following year. (See 2012 photos here)


The Big Event
It's a big fish story you have to see to believe. The festivities, including bonfires and live music, begin Monday at 9 p.m. in Prairie du Chien, near the intersection of Main Street and Blackhawk Avenue. Fireworks will follow the midnight carp drop. The Droppin' of the Carp is the biggest and original event of what has since grown into a week-long celebration called Carp Fest, which the city developed as it saw the popularity around the drop. Organizers said Lucky the carp goes back on ice after the event and then gets buried in May under a newly-planted tree. Every year a local commercial fisherman catches a new Lucky in the Mississippi River. Nelson said founders bury that year's Lucky always facing the river. (Link to Droppin' of the Carp Event Photos)

News Articles from Around the World!
 Well, around the world may be a bit of an exaggeration. But, you get the idea! (Link to 2012 Album)