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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Malibu Open Waterski Championship Returns to Milwaukee’s Veterans Park Lagoon

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Free Malibu Open Waterski Championship Returns to Milwaukee’s Veterans Park Lagoon
 
Adds Summer Festival & Family Fun Activities

MILWAUKEE – June 18, 2013 – The Malibu Open Waterski Championship and Summer Festival is returning to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veterans Park Lagoon for the fourth consecutive year on June 21st and 22nd. Waterskiing’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for more than $64,000 in prize money. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, a kids zone, live music, bikini fashion show, picnic areas, live music by the Screaming Cucumbers, beer gardens, food trucks and clothing, boat and outdoor activity vendors round out the exciting two day event, which is open and free to the public.

The Milwaukee County Parks is estimating 20,000 to 25,000 spectators will come to observe the extreme water sports competition and interact with the athletes during the Friday and Saturday event. “The Malibu Open is an example of our park system continuing to bring quality events to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," County Executive Chris Abele said. "For the fourth year in a row, the Malibu Open Festival is attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe, helping shine the light on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."

“Athletes from 31 countries around the world will be in Milwaukee competing during the first festival of the 2013 season,” event organizer and competing athlete, April Coble Eller said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers while enjoying festival activities, food and music. The number one slalom skier in the world, Will Asher of England, two time World Champion Thomas Degasperi of Italy and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess of the USA, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in Veterans Park Lagoon.”

In slalom skiing, athletes navigate through a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 43-foot line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened by a pre-determined length to increase difficulty. Whichever athlete rounds the most buoys at the shortest line length, wins. In the long-distance jumping event, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph and fly distances over 200 feet. The athletes get three approaches at the ramp. Whoever goes the furthest, wins.

The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by the ProSki Tour and sponsored by Malibu Boats. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department. For the complete lineup of events, visit www.theproskitour.com.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Bead & Button Jewelry Marketplace to Attract Thousands

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Bead & Button Jewelry Marketplace to Attract Thousands

Open to the Public June 7 – June 9

MILWAUKEE- June 4, 2013 - Once again Milwaukee is the center of the jewelry universe as the Delta Center hosts the world’s largest Bead & Button Show from May 29 – June 10. The Show welcomes more than 13,000 jewelry enthusiasts from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. It is the largest show of its kind in the world, and the largest annual public convention in Milwaukee with an estimated impact of $3.5 million to the local economy.

A week of classes and workshops, specializing in everything from lampworking and fundamentals classes to various techniques for beadwork, culminates in the Bead & Button Jewelry Marketplace, open to the public from Friday through Sunday, June 7 – 9th at the Delta Center. The Marketplace is designed for those interested in buying artisan-crafted, finished jewelry, beads, gemstones, accessories and much more. Thousands will be lined up at the Delta Center on Friday when the doors open at 10 a.m. to shop at hundreds of vendors for one-of-a-kind finds and to see astonishing bead art exhibits.

Admission is $10, or just $8 with online coupon available here: www.shopbeadshow.com

Marketplace hours at the Delta Center:

Friday, June 7th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (no admission fee Friday 5:00-8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 8th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 9th, 10:00 am -4:00 pm

For more information on the Bead & Button Show, please visit www.BeadandButtonShow.com/

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

MILWAUKEE’S FESTIVAL SEASON GOES FULL THROTTLE THIS JUNE

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Milwaukee's Festival Season Goes Full Throttle This June

High Adrenaline Kicks Include Fast Cars, Racing Sausages on Water Skis and Rock Stars Galore

MILWAUKEE – June 3, 2013 – Temperatures are heating up in anticipation of the action roaring into Milwaukee this summer including IndyCars racing to the finish line at the historic Milwaukee Mile, international extreme water sports athletes making waves at Veterans Park Lagoon and the Big Boomski fireworks lighting up the sky to cap off a day of nonstop polka dancing. June is jam-packed with live action entertainment, festivals and events all over Milwaukee.

Wisconsin’s largest celebration of LGBT culture kick starts the fun. The 26th annual PrideFest (June 7-9) is the world’s largest LGBT festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers. Get in on the fun and run the “Big Gay 5k” or compete for the title of Mr. or Miss PrideFest 2013. 

Give Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift of a weekend full of cars and stars as the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the Milwaukee Mile for Milwaukee IndyFest (June 14-15). Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating speedway to see the drivers up close and personal, let the kids check out the track from above on the Ferris wheel in the Family Fun Zone or test your pit crew skills at the IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge in the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden. For a truly unique experience, catch the World Championships of Rickshaw Racing!

Experience the vodka tastings, Chopin youth piano competition and more than 40 craft and goods vendors at one of the largest Polish festivals in North America. Learn the technique of making perfect pierogi while listening to traditional folk bands at this year’s Polish Fest (June 14-16). Be sure not to miss The Big Boomski grand finale firework display on Saturday night!

Milwaukee’s Veterans Park Lagoon is home to the 4th annual Malibu Open Pro WaterSki Championship and Summer Festival (June 21-22). Pro athletes from more than 33 countries come to Milwaukee to compete, exceeding 70 mph on the water and jumping more than 200 feet in the air! This event is fun for the entire family with a rock climbing wall and bouncy house for the kids and a beer garden for the adults. Not to be outdone on their home lagoon, the Racing Sausages of Miller Park will fly through the air on water skis at the "The Flying Sausage" event.

View artwork displayed by 180 artists from around the world along a backdrop of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s beautiful “wings” and Lake Michigan at the Lakefront Festival of Art (June 21-23). Stroll through the sculpture garden or bid on some of your favorite pieces in the Silent Auction to add to your collection. Activities include a children’s area with face painting and a create-your-own masterpiece station, a Fiber Art fashion show, live music and dining options from Vietnamese to French dishes add to the menu of fun.

Milwaukee Greek Fest (June 21-23) returns to Wisconsin State Fair Park for another weekend full of music and dancing. It wouldn’t be an authentic Greek celebration without the proper Mediterranean dishes such as gyros, baklava, saganaki and much more.

Your taste buds will be begging for more after you sample some of the sweet creations at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival (June 22-23). Where else can you have a strawberry brat while sipping strawberry blush wine and top it off with strawberry cheesecake for dessert? Gluttons for this sweet summer berry can come back Sunday morning for live outdoor music at the Strawberry Pancake Breakfast.

Summerfest, the showstopper of the “City of Festivals” lineup, rocks the lakefront with more than 800 bands performing on 11 stages for 11 days. The party starts on June 26 and brings some of the most diverse musical and entertainment acts together inside the 75-acre world-class festival grounds, complete with four huge shopping marketplaces and food vendors featuring festival favorites such as corn-on-the-cob and deep-fried treats, to fajitas, ribs, spaghetti and more.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IndyFest Rumbles in to the Milwaukee Mile

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IndyFest Rumbles in to the Milwaukee Mile

This action-packed two-day festival will feature live music, family activities and more!

MILWAUKEE – May 22, 2013 – The Milwaukee IndyFest brings the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship to the Milwaukee Mile for another year of fast cars, great music and family fun! On Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, visit the longest continually operating speedway in the world, the Milwaukee Mile, for an unforgettable time.

Activities begin on Thursday night with the Milwaukee IndyFest Street Party, hosted by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, complete with live music, food vendors and local entertainment for everyone to enjoy! There will also be autograph sessions with the drivers and vintage cars on display.

On Friday and Saturday, IndyFest has everything a racing fan would love and more! Cool off and relax at the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden where each day there will be live music beginning at 10 a.m., including the MarchFourth Marching Band, a world-renowned band that plays everything from funk, rock and jazz combined with stilt-acrobatics! On Friday, fans can also participate in the Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge to test out their pit crew skills against friends for some friendly competition. Later in the evening, you can see the pros duke it out for a chance to win the 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge Champion title. 

The Family Fun Zone has activities for children of all ages throughout the festival. See the racing oval from atop the Ferris wheel, ride the merry-go-round and bump around in the bumper cars. On Saturday, Radio Disney will have two performances where kids can sing, play games, dance and win prizes!

Fans can take part in interactive IndyCar and product displays and live Q&A’s with the drivers at the IZOD IndyCar Fan Village. You can even get the autograph of your favorite driver at the autograph sessions on Saturday!

The Marcus Club, located in the heart of the IZOD IndyCar Series paddock, lets fans take in all of the action from a private viewing platform.  This VIP club will feature appearances by members of the legendary open-wheel racing family Michael and Marco Andretti, as well as other IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and legends. Marcus Club members can interact with these stars during exclusive Q&A and autograph sessions.

IndyCars aren’t the only things racing during IndyFest. The inaugural World Championships of Rickshaw Racing takes place all weekend with two qualifying races on Friday and the championship race on Saturday. Featuring some of the best and brightest stars in Rickshaw Racing, this is one event not to be missed!

Make it a weekend in Milwaukee and stay at the stylish InterContinental Milwaukee with a premier on-site restaurant, Kil@Wat. The elegant and sophisticated Pfister Hotel, which houses the largest collection of Victorian artwork of any hotel in the world, is a perfect retreat for an art lover. The art deco Hilton Milwaukee offers a prime location as well as several dining options for after a long day of festivities.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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