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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
Contest Winners

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

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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:


  • 400 Block vendors selling a variety of ginseng food and beverages.
  • Traditional Hmong and Native American foods.
  • Wisconsin favorites including cheese curds and brats.
  • Entertainment on the main stage including music and
    other performances.
  • Wausau Children's Museum-Interactive Ginseng Field Exhibit with Partners for Progressive Agriculture Marathon County
  • Juried vendors with art and items for purchase.
  • Hands on activities for children relating to ginseng.
  • Downtown shops and restaurants will participate with special offers and ginseng related food and beverages.


  • Dig It, Keep It! Dig Your Own Root: 
    • Hsu's Ginseng Farm (4707 McIntosh St, Wausau, WI 54403)
      • Sept. 16, 1:00-3:00 pm
    • Heil Ginseng Field (2670 Hwy H, Edgar, WI 54426) 
      • Sept. 15, 3:00-5:00 pm
      • Sept. 16, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
      • Sept. 17, 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Commemorative coins and an opportunity to sign the vintage log book of visitors at the 45x90 Geographic Marker. It is the location of the 45th parallel; the exact point half-way between the Equator and the North Pole and half-way between the Greenwich Meridian and the International Dateline. Geographically, it is a location of significance to ginseng cultivation, as the climate and area geology are key components.


  • Exhibit showcasing the evolution of ginseng in Marathon County at the Marathon County Historical Museum.
  • Historical reenactment at Fromm Farm (436 Co Rd F, Hamburg, WI 54411), where ginseng farming in Wisconsin began; Sept. 16, Noon-4:00 pm
  • Event at Janke Book Store featuring the book Bright With Silver, which chronicles the rise of the United States ginseng industry through the story of the Fromm brothers.



  • Cooking with ginseng demonstrations at Robert W. Monk Gardens in the outdoor catering kitchen and tours featuring the wild ginseng that is grown in the gardens; Sept. 16 & 17


  • 5K Ginseng Root Run at Veterans Park, Marathon City (204 E 4th St, Marathon City, WI 54448); Sept. 16, 10:00 am. Sign up here.
  • Kayaking at downtown Wausau’s championship White Water Park through the Wausau Kayak & Canoe Corp. recreational release program.
  • View the fall colors on the Comet Chairlift Rides at Granite Peak Ski Area, free for festival-goers; Sept. 16, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.


  • After you've sampled our festival foods and beverages, we recommend that you also stay downtown and patronize the wonderful establishments around the 400 Block. Watch the store and restaureant windows for Festival Goer specials.
  • Wausau World Market - A west-side marketplace with diverse entrepreneurs selling produce, goods, and cultural items all under one roof. 828 S Third Ave, Wausau, WI 54401  Daily 8 am – 7 pm
  • Hmong Museum in the Wausau Center Mall - Stop in and enjoy their "From Laos to America" exhibit honoring the refugee experience.
  • 1st Annual Antique Tractor, Steam, Equipment and Parts Swap Meet - Hosted by North Central WI Antique Steam & Gas Engine Club, Inc.
    • Club Showgrounds (W4255 Hilldale Drive, Edgar, WI 54426)
      • Sept 15, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
      • Sept 16, 12:00-5:00 pm

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. 


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