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Old World Wisconsin's "An Old World Fourth of July"
"OLD WORLD FOURTH OF JULY" WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. AT OLD WORLD WISCONSIN IN EAGLE: BEST OF OLD-FASHIONED, SMALL-TOWN CELEBRATIONS PLUS DISCOUNTED ADMISSION AVAILABLE THROUGH WATERSTONE BANK SPONSOR
Old World Wisconsin will host "Old World Fourth of July" on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It's an old-fashioned event like those held in small towns in the 19th and early 20th centuries and will include music, games and a centerpiece "through the ages" parade that will wind around the 1870s Crossroads Village.
The band concert will be performed by the Harmony Cornet Band, which comes together only once a year to play at this event. Using historic instruments from the late 19th century, the band will perform throughout the day. Their repertoire will include "The Doxology," which was played by the U.S. Marine Band at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg just prior to President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863.
"Old World Fourth of July" will also offer patriotic exercises and a lively debate.
Visitors are welcome to participate in spirited competitions like races, egg tosses and tug o’ war, with winners pitted against the site's oxen team.
Admission Special Guests may visit WaterStone Bank branches to pick up a special $3 off coupon good for general museum admission during "An Old World Fourth of July" — and valid the week of July 1 through 8. Each single-use coupon is good for discounted admission for up to six people.
Admission: Adults $16; children (5-17) $9 (children under 5 are free); students and senior citizens (65 and over) $14; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $43. Fees include all-day tram transportation. Veterans with proof of service receive free admission to this event.
Overview of Old World Wisconsin: Old World Wisconsin, owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society, is a premier outdoor museum of late 19th- and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life. The museum offers visitors engaging points of connection, facilitated by period-clad interpreters, and by visiting 10 working farmsteads, exploring 12 heirloom gardens, interacting with historic animal breeds, and trying out historic crafts and trades. The new "Life on the Farm" experience is now open for the 2012 season. The site is open May 1 through Oct. 31 plus postseason holiday weekends.
Register at WaterStone Bank by June 22 for a chance to win a ride on the horse-drawn omnibus in "An Old World Fourth of July” parade. WaterStone Bank will pick an adult/child pair of winners per branch. Entries must be received by June 22; the drawing will take place June 27.