Rhubarb Fest set for June 15


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano County Historical Society members Jim and Pat Kasten were among the volunteers staffing a Rhubarb Fest booth at the Shawano Sundrop Dayz June 1. The Kastens were helping to promote the upcoming Rhubarb Fest with cookbooks, historical information and other rhubarb-related enticements.

It’s almost time for all things rhubarb.

This year marks the 11th annual Rhubarb Fest, set for June 15 at Heritage Park, 524 N. Franklin St. in Shawano. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Proceeds benefit the Shawano County Historical Society.

On this day, the main attraction is, not surprisingly, rhubarb. Visitors will be able to taste rhubarb in pies, tortes, cakes, muffins, cookies and breads in the many bake sale items. Other rhubarb items include rhubarb lemonade, sangria, rhu-berry SunDrop slushies and a rhubarb beer. Brats and hamburgers will be served with a rhubarb sauce.

Live music will be presented by String Fever, Dan Robinson, John Stano and Mark Dvorak, Paul Sruba and Joel Kroenke, Pat Schwenke, Mary Vercouteren, Keith McGillivray.

Other activities include a pie contest. Contest rules are at the Shawano County Historical Society website, www.shawanohistory.org.

Visitors can also tour the museum buildings; learn about the life of a fur trader, how to spin wool, make corn bread and carve wood.

The feature exhibit this year is the Shawano Fire Hose Wagon purchased by the Shawano Fire Department in 1912.

The historical society’s gift shop will offer items for sale, including a Rhubarb Cookbook, rhubarb jam, fresh rhubarb, many books, handmade cards using museum photos, and polo shirts at $5.

A plant sale is back with a variety of perennials including rhubarb. There will also be craft vendors and a basket raffle.

The Shawano County Library will sponsor children’s crafts.

Shuttle service is available from the city parking lots on Washington Street and North Second Street.