Editor’s note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview on a topic of local interest.
Who: Hugh Crane, co-organizer, Chippewa Falls SpringFest.
Talks about: SpringFest.
Details: Friday through Sunday at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls.
You have been averaging 2,500 visitors in recent years to Spring Fest. What are your expectations this year?
We think we’ll have massive crowds. It’s going to be difficult for people to get on the water or in their yards (because of recent weather), and people want to get outside.
We’re excited about the forecast; if we’re in the 60s with no rain, we’ll do really well.
How has the event grown?
We’ve added a lot of activities. We have the Chris Clark Bike Thrill Show at 1 p.m. Saturday. He’ll put on a show you’ll never want your children or grandchildren to do on a bike.
Then we have the Big Air Tour at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s like watching the Summer X Games, with the jumps on four-wheelers.
What musical acts are performing this year?
We’ve got the two most popular acts we’ve ever had. On Friday, we have Madison County, a country band from Madison. They have three CDs out. They’ll do some covers, but they’ll also do an incredible amount of new stuff.
Then on Saturday, we have Boogie & the Yo-Yoz. Our tent is an additional 750 feet larger, to accommodate the crowds that love Boogie.
What are some of the other events planned for the weekend?
Brewster Brothers (Brewing Co.) will have free tastings 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The 8th annual Kubb tournament will be Saturday, and there is a 5K fun run Saturday morning. Participants in the race get a ticket to SpringFest.
Where does the money raised from this event go?
This is a Chippewa Falls Rotary Foundation event. The money goes into the principle of the foundation. We’ve used that to give back more than $100,000 to the community.
We’ve raised nearly $20,000 every year and we think we can blow the cover off that.
— Chris Vetter