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2024 Birchwood Bluegill Festival: Events Schedule

July 18 @ 8:00 am July 21 @ 5:00 pm CDT

The Annual Birchwood Bluegill Festival is the best block party around! This weekend of fun in northwestern Wisconsin includes a craft market, live music, medallion hunt, children’s games, street dances, raffle, parade, fishing contest and world-class fish fry!

Meet new friends and old at Birchwood, WI’s annual, smalltown get-together.

Celebrating its 60th year in 2023, the Birchwood Lion’s Club pulled out all the stops on this fun family festival. Keep reading for the list of events!

  • The annual Birchwood, WI Bluegill Festival is held each year during the 3rd weekend in July.
  • The 2024 dates are Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.
  • We’ll update the 2024 Bluegill Festival event schedule as soon as it’s available.

Check out 2023 Events Below!
(We’ll post the 2024 events as soon as they’re available.)

The Bluegill Medallion Hunt

Clues Begin Thursday, July 20 And Daily Til Found

$75 Prize if Wearing a 2023 Bluegill Festival Button
$25 Prize if NOT Wearing a 2023 Bluegill Festival Button

Can you solve the daily riddles that lead to the 3-inch, colorful Bluegill medallion? Clues are posted daily at Gary’s Grocery on Main Street, beginning Thursday, July 20 and then daily until the medallion is found. Turn in the medallion at Gary’s Grocery and fill out the winner’s information card. Good luck!

Fishing Contest

Biggest Bluegill By Length Only – Must Be Alive!

Two Age Groups: Kids 12 & Under / Adults 13 & Over
Prizes To Be Announced

To measure and check in your big catch, go to Birch Lakes Resort,1085 County Rd F, Birchwood, WI 54817 on Saturday, July 22 from 9am-9pm or Sunday, July 23 from 9am-1pm. 

Men’s Softball Tournament

Friday, July 21: 4pm – Dark
Saturday, July 22: 7am – Dark
Sunday, July 23: 8am
Sunday Afternoon Championship Game

World-Famous 2023 Bluegill Buttons

$2.00 each at participating Birchwood businesses.Get your collectible Bluegill Button while they last!

Lucky 2023 Bluegill Pins

$5.00 each at Dairy State Bank and by the Bluegill Queen Candidates. No limit to how many you may purchaseEach pin buys a chance to win one of 3 cash prizes

The drawing for the Bluegill Pin three cash prizes will take place Sunday, July 23 right after the 1pm Grand Parade. Need not be present to win!

Laughing at the Birchwood Bluegill Festival

Quick! Book Your Stay NOW And Don’t Miss The Fun!

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2023 Bluegill Festival Daily Event Schedule

Friday, July 21, 2023

  • Bluegill Medallion clues continue daily until found.
  • 4:30pm – Lions Beer Garden Open (ID Required)
  • 5pm – Lions Food Tent Open for Fish Fry. (Come early!) Regular menu available after fish fry.
  • 5-8:30pm – Music by Corley Karoke
  • 7pm – Mouse Game
  • 8:30pm – Introduction to Candidates for Bluegill Queen & Little Miss Birchwood (Main Street)
  • 9pm-1am – Music by County Line

Saturday, July 22, 2023

  • Bluegill Medallion clues continue daily until found.
  • 8:30am – 12th Annual 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run. Starts at Synergy Pit Stop on County Road 48, east side of town 
  • 8:30am-1pm – Birchwood All Class School Reunion;  School Tours;  Bake Sale;  Art in the Park;  Pickleball Tournament;  Information Tables
  • 9am-2pm – Book Sale at the Senior Center
  • 9am-3pm – Craft Fair
  • 10:30am – Beanbag Registration
  • 11am – Beanbag Tournament
  • 11am – Lions Food Tent & Beer Garden Open
  • 11am – Pie & Ice Cream Social at Village Hall
  • 11am-4pm – Historical Morey House & Birchwood Area Log Museum Open (donations welcome!)
  • 1-3pm – Princes Camp (near Lions Food Tent)
  • 1-3pm – Kids Games – Sponsored by Dairy State Bank
  • 1:30-4:30pm – Music by the Gators
  • 4:30-8:30pm – Music by Whiskey & Topaz
  • 6:00pm – Outdoor Mass at Saint John’s Catholic Church
  • 7:00pm – Mouse Game
  • 8:30pm – Presentation of Bluegill Queen, her Court, and Little Miss Birchwood (Main Street)
  • 9pm-1am – Music by Divided Highway

Sunday, July 23, 2023

  • Bluegill Medallion clues continue daily until found.
  • 8:30 & 10am – Outdoor & indoor services at Trinity Lutheran Church
  • 10:30am – Registration for Doubles Horseshoe Tournament behind Log Cabin
  • 11am – Indoor Mass at Saint John’s Catholic Church
  • 11am – Lions Food Tent & Beer Garden Open
  • 11am-5pm – Historical Morey House & Birchwood Area Log Museum Open (donations welcome!)
  • 1pm – Grand Parade on Main Street
  • After Parade – Bluegill Pin Cash Raffle Drawing;  Water Fights on Main Street;  Birchwood Fire Dept Fire Truck Rides
  • 3pm – Raffle Drawing at new Fire Station (need not be present to win)

Thanks to the Birchwood Lion’s Club for coordinating this spectacular annual event!

Come on out, have some fun and make some wonderful memories in our magical Northwoods Oasis.

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