Welcome the New Year in the State of Wisconsin 2013
Wisconsin is mid-sized US state lying in the Great Lakes region of North America. Geographically, the state of Wisconsin is a land of contradictions, from lowlands toward the Great Lakes region, to highlands in the north, plains in the central region, ridges to the east and uplands to the west. This contrasting geography provides Wisconsin with a wide variety of stunning natural features and touristic attractions. Ranging from an uncountable amount of beautiful glacial lakes, to thousands of coniferous trees in the Chequamegon National Forest, the state of Wisconsin boasts not only some of the most attractive scenic natural features in the USA but is also rich in arts, history and culture. Wisconsin has always had its own way of celebrating, and New Year’s Eve 2013 is no exception.
Forget watching the ball drop. In Prairie du Chien a 29-pound frozen carp drops from 100 feet in the air at the stroke of midnight! The event also includes a bonfire, carp piñata, sledding, skiing and the crowning of the Carp King and Queen in the final hours of 2012. Only in Wisconsin is the, Polar Bear Plunge, that is, running into frigid, icy water an acceptable way to welcome a new year. Cool Kite Festival event starts at noon and features kites, kites and more kites. Free hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be served while it lasts. At the Pro Vintage Snowmobile Olympus in Hurley you will see vintage snowmobiles race on a special ice oval track! The event kicks off on New Year’s Eve with a parade, torchlight ceremony and fireworks.