Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
12:00 pm : Opening Proclamation
1:00-2:30 pm : Brad Emanuel
3:00-4:30 pm : Patchouli
5:00 - 7:00 pm : The Playlist (formely known as The Rabbid Ardvaarks)
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
10:00-10:30 am : ReUnited Hmong Male Dance Group
11:00 am-12:30 pm : Mike Maher Band
1:00-2:30 pm : Lor Chang
3:00-4:30 pm : Open Tab
4:45 pm : Announce Poster Art
5:00-7:00 pm : Spicy Tie Band
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 pm : Was-ira Show (Native American Dancing)
12:30-2:00 pm : Catfish & Caviar
2:30-3:30 pm : Ntxhais Qaum Ntuj Female Hmong Dance Group
Coming to the Ginseng Capital!
The festival will take place over three days, September 15-17, 2017 at downtown Wausau’s 400 Block city square park and along adjoining streets. Additionally, a variety of tours, demonstrations and other activities will be offered at several locations throughout the area, with shuttle buses transporting attendees to the many off-site attractions. Festival attendees will receive maps and programs outlining the schedule of activities.
This multi-faceted event will have broad appeal, with agricultural, culinary, educational, historical, arts and entertainment aspects being showcased. The festival will also feature multicultural aspects, as the Hmong and Native American communities have significant influences on ginseng production. By working closely with the Native American liaison as well as the local Hmong American Center, the festival will incorporate elements such as traditional dance, foods, and the history of ginseng within their cultures. Outlined are the variety of activities that will take place during the festival:
DOWNTOWN WAUSAU’S 400 BLOCK CITY SQUARE PARK
MAIN EVENT LOCATION:
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES - OFF SITE LOCATIONS:
HISTORICAL EXHIBITS, TOURS & MORE:
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
SEMINARS & DEMONSTRATIONS:
History of Ginseng in Marathon County
Ginseng cultivation began in the late 1800s at the turn of the 20th century in Marathon County by the Fromm Brothers, but has been used in eastern cultures for its healing properties for over 5,000 years. Today, the capital of the United States ginseng industry is in Marathon County, Wisconsin. There are over 185 ginseng producers in the county and 95% of the ginseng root exported from the United States comes from Central Wisconsin. The rolling hills, virgin soil and cool summers grow unique roots very high in ginsenosides (the active compound in ginseng). These properties make Wisconsin ginseng known as the premier cultivation in the world. As you drive around Marathon County in the warm weather seasons, you’ll see tarp-covered fields protecting ginseng plants from direct sunlight. The berries turn red in August and are harvested in September. The roots are harvested in October and are used in a variety of products including health and beauty products, teas, beverages, candies and much more. The recent resurgence in the interest of ginseng has created great demand in this ever-evolving market of the crop.
Additional blocks of rooms will be added as they become available.
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