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 (

Planting Lucky 14

Lucky the Carp #14, was remembered  on Sunday, May 3rd, 11:00, as he served the last of his duties –  providing a valuable service in the growth of a Maple tree in Lucky Park, Prairie du Chien, WI. The special day was in direct contrast to Lucky’s first appearance – January 1, 2015. The last of Lucky’s duties as official good-luck carp of the year has always been celebrated on the first weekend of May.
The date is in conjunction with Kodomo no Hi or "Children's Day" as celebrated in Japanese culture. The tradition involves flying kites shaped like a carp. The carp symbolizes courage being a fish that often swims upstream and even jumping small waterfalls. Parents wish for their children to be strong and determined like the carp. Anyone is welcome to attend the ceremony on Sunday.
Tom Nelson, also mentioned that five cherry trees were planted along the walkway of Lucky Park. Who knows, maybe the next Lucky the Carp will have something made from cherry’s at the next event – New Years 2016. Additional photos can be found at

Coloring Contest

The City of Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department along with the Droppin of the Carp Committee is pleased to announce this year winners of the Lucky the Carp Coloring Contest. With 89 total participants the committee had a tough choice in selecting this year winners and they appreciated the efforts put in by all participants. The winners received a plaque and official Carpfest Cap as well as recognition they colored best looking Lucky in the world! All of the Lucky contest participants artwork will be on display at Hoffman Hall and then shown at Lucky Park on New Year’s Eve where everyone will have a chance to see the real Lucky and kiss him for good Luck! From Left to right: Krystal Yoshino (12-17 age division), Shawn Redman (CarpMaster), Avary Sheffland (7-11 age div.), Avery Kilburg (6 & Under age div.), Tom Nelson (Droppin of the Carp Founder)

Saturday Ice fishing and sledding cancelled.

CARPFEST ACTIVITIES UPDATE: Due to the poor weather conditions this Saturdays Ice Fishing Funday, Snowmobile rides and Candlelit sledding hill will be cancelled however just a reminder that the other Carpfest events are still a go with Fridays Bowling Party, Sundays Disc Golf tournament, and Mondays Euchre Tournament, Additionally Friday also is the first day for Dollars days for Open Gym/Swim at Hoffman Hall from 1-4pm which will continue throughout the holiday season and leading up to the big Dropping of the Carp event at Lucky Park on New Years eve day.
Enjoy the fun with family and friends and come see the largest Lucky ever!
For more information please call 326-7207

Mike Ulrich
Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director
214 East Blackhawk Avenue
Prairie du Chien,Wi 53831