Visitors from The Netherlands visit Carp Fest and Droppin of the Carp.

Droppin of the Carp Royalty.

Carp Bowl - Football game.

Carp Fest ice fishing tournament.

Carp Fest Euchre tournament.

Carp Fest arts and crafts in Hoffman Hall.

Carp Fest - night torchlit sledding at LaRiviere Park.

A fun-filled event intent on bringing friends, family, and community together for the New Year! Proceeds going to Dropping the Carp Fund and City Park and Recreation Youth Enrichment/Hoffman Hall Activities.
Additional Information: Contact Prairie du Chien Tourist Info 1-800-732-1673 (

CarpFest 2016

2016 ended on a great note with thousands of people participating in this year’s CarpFest and Dropping of the Carp at Crossing Rivers Assisted Living Facility ,Hoffman Hall, and Lucky Park. Thanks goes out to our sponsors; The PdC Tourism Council, Fuller Lumber, Valley Fish and Cheese, Leisure Time, Twisted Vision, Dan Gingerich Crane, Eagles Club, and Rich Picca/Cliffhangers Snowmobile Club. Special thanks goes out to the many people that helped make this a great event including : Carp Master Shawn Redman, Nate Gilberts, Mike Ulrich, Carp King and Queen Ken and Jan Meyers, Founders Tom & Cathy Nelson, Dept of Corrections work crew, and the many city staff and volunteers who helped put smiley faces on many people to welcome in the New Year!

Mike Ulrich

Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director

214 East Blackhawk Avenue

Prairie du Chien,Wi 53831


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Carpfest a busy week in Prairie du Chien, capped off with carp drop *

Prairie du Chien has made quite a celebration out of dropping a carp on New Year’s Eve for the past 16 years. Carpfest, as it’s affectionately tagged, is weeks long, leading up to the official turn of the calendar.

A carp coloring contest is complete and winners were recognized Monday, including Leola Ledesma, Kaydence Comer, Zackkary Suthers. A total of 54 entries were submitted in three age groups.

The bulk of the Carpfest activities begin Monday, Dec. 26, and take place the week before the new year. the schedule includes:

•Monday, Dec. 26—Euchre tournament, city hall, 1-4 p.m.; family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Tuesday, Dec. 27—Bowling party, Leisure Time, 12-3 p.m.; family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Wednesday-Friday, Dec.28-30—Family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Saturday, Dec. 31—Family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.; Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party, Hoffman Hall, 6-7:30 p.m.; Droppin’ of the Carp, Lucky Park, 9 p.m.-midnight

Euchre tournament
Interested card players are encouraged to join in the fun at the euchre tournament, co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club, at the city hall community room. Card playing begins Monday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. Bring your dimes and there is a small entry fee. Cash payback will be for the top five place winners. There will also be door prizes. To join, call 326-7207 or Butch Pedretti at 326-8658.

Bowling party
Attend the bowling party Tuesday, Dec. 27, from noon to 3 p.m. at Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. This is a first come, first serve event (access to the bowling alley only). Everything—from the bowling games and shoe rental to French fries and pop are only $1 each.

Early bird party
On Saturday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hoffman Hall recreation center, there will be plenty of fun for the whole family, for a small entry fee per person and discounts per family. This event is geared toward youth amd families wishing to spend some time ringing in the new year together. Activities include arts and crafts, carnival games, meet the Carp King and Queen, a pet therapy dog, snowmobile rides, noisemakers and hats, kiss Lucky Carp Jr. for good luck, carp samples, carp corn and carp pop as well as carp pizza and hot carp chocolate available for purchase. Tristan the magician will also perform at 6:45 p.m.

Droppin’ of the Carp
Beginning at 9 p.m. at Lucky Park downtown will be the area’s largest music, entertainment and light show, sponsored by Twisted Vision, from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will be a huge bonfire to keep attendees warm.
The grand finale event will be the Droppin’ of the Carp and pyrotechnics show when the clock strikes midnight.

Carpfest is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council, Fuller Lumber, Liberty Builders, Valley Fish and Cheese, Leisure Time, Huckleberry’s, Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, Twisted Vision, Dan Gingerich Crane, Eagles Club and Cliffhangers Snowmobile Club.

On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, a Rotary Club breakfast will cap the celebration, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Huckleberry’s.

All proceeds from the year-end festivities will benefit the Droppin’ of the Carp and the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department.


Source: Courier Press 12/2/2016

Lucky Coloring Contest Winners Announced - 2016

Lucky Coloring Contest Winners 2016 006The City of Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department and the Dropping of the Carp Committee is proud to announce this year’s winners of the Lucky the Carp Coloring Contest. Parks and Recreation Director  Mike Ulrich said the committee had 54 total entries and while they were all great the top winners had pictures that really were imaginative and fun that represented CarpFest!

They all are currently on display(along with Lucky Jr.) at Hoffman Hall and will also be shown at Lucky Park on New Years Eve night at Lucky Park where the real Lucky will be lowered.

Photo includes Front Lt to rt. Leola Ledesma, Kaydence Comer, Zackkary Suthers. Back Row  Lt. to Rt. Carp Committee member Nate Gilberts, Carp Master Shawn Redman, Carp Founder Tom Nelson.

Ulrich says the many family friendly  activities leading up to the Dropping of the Carp starts next week Monday so please check out the schedule of events by going to the city web page or

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