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 (

Carp Fest 2014-15

Anyone wishing to get lucky in 2015 will have their opportunity soon, as the 14th annual Carp Fest is nearly upon us. Carp Fest, of course culminates every New Year's Eve with the Droppin' of the Carp at the stroke of midnight in Lucky Park at the entrance to St. Feriole Island. Lucky the Carp is famous worlwide, and people come from around the globe to kiss Lucky on New Year's Eve and enjoy good luck throughout the coming year.

Those who smooch Lucky this New Year's Eve may be granted exceptionally good luck in 2015 because, at a whopping 47.4 pounds he is the biggest Lucky ever and is sure to pack much more power in his pucker.

"We may have to beef up the crane this year," said new Carp Master Shawn Redman, notng Lucky's increase pundage. "Everyone should get here early to get a kiss with Lucky's luscious lips."

Along with Lucky being bigger, the annual Carp Fest continues to  grow as well. "Come on out, it keeps getting biggerand better each year," said Redman. "You never know what surprises might arise."

The week-long Carp Fest and especially the Droppin' of the Carp have been quite cold the past two years, but Redman predicted a change for this year's event. "I called in a favor," he said, "I promise it wil be balmy."

Ted Pennekamp - Courier Press.

14th Annual Carp Fest–Droppin’ of the Carp

Sponsored by and proceeds going to the Dropping of the Carp Committee and the City of Prairie du Chfcn Paths and Recreation Deportment. For more information and to register call 608-3267207

Monday, December 8

  • Lucky the Carp Coloring Contest begins. Deadline Dec. 18, 2014

Friday, December 26

  • BOWLING PARTY 12 - 3 p.m. at Leisure Time Sports Bar & Bowl
  • FAMILY OPEN GYM, SWIM 1 4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall $1.00


Saturday, December 27

  • YOUTH ICE FISHING FUN DAY 9 tt a.m. Washington SL Park
  • FREE SNOWMOBILE RIDES 9 -11 a.m. Washington Street Park
  • FAMILY OPEN GYM, SWIM 2 5 p.m. at Hoffman Hall $1.00
  • CANDLEUT SLEDDING HILL & BONFIRE 4 - 6 p.m. at Lariviere Park

Sunday, December 28

  • DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT 10 AM  at St. Feriole Island $5.00
  • FAMILY OPEN GYM, SWIM 1-4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall $1.00

Monday, December 29

  • EUCHRE TOURNAMENT 1 - 4 p.m. at City Hall
  • FAMILY OPEN GYM, SWIM 1-4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall $1.00

Tuesday, December 30

  • NEW YEARS EVE DAYTIME PARTY 1-3pm at Hoffman Hall
  • FAMILY OPEN GYM, SWIM 1-4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall $1.0

Wednesday, December 31

  • FAMILY OPEN GYM, SWIM 1-4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall $1.00
  • 11TH ANNUAL CARP BOWL FOOTBALL GAME 3-5 PM at St. Feriole Island
  • DROPPIN’ OF THE CARP  Midnight at Lucky Park

New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015


2014 Flyers

December 9-Jan. 1: Carp Fest, Family orientated activities including lighted sledding hill, torchlight ski/hike, skating party, bowling, snow bowl football, ice fishing and more. Event cumulates with the annual Droppin’ of the Carp. For a list of activities contact the City Parks & Rec, 608-326-7207 or Prairie du Chien Tourist info 1-800-732-1673

Carpfest20152014-15 Main Activity flyer. Click to view and download 

Coloring Contest Click to View and download.

Carp Fest 2013–A Success*

Coloring Contest WinnersLucky the Carp Coloring Contest had over 100 participants! The Lucky the Carp Coloring contest is sponsored by Prairie du Chien, WI, Parks and Rec Department. It is open to all children and young adults under the age 17 and younger. The contest usually runs from the second week in December to the third week.

(Photo Left)Winners L-R: Tom Nelson(Carp Meister) Emily Kavenow, Makenna Forde, Ava Forde

The First Year Ice Fishing Derby held at Washington St Park was co-sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club and Ice Fishing Derby Winnershad beautiful weather along with many fish caught.

(Photo Right) Place Winners:1st-Kyle Stluka & Jeremy Lessard, 2nd- Tyler Stulka, 3rd-Noah Troester,4th-Abbey Troester,5th-Josh Max,6th- Kyle Wilkenson.

The First Year Euchre Tournament held at PdC City Hall saw an enthusiastic group of 40 participants. Co-Sponsored by the Eagles Club and headed up by Euchre gurus Butch & Mary Pedretti this featured  cash pay backs, door prizes, Most Loaner prizes, and Boobie prize.

Euchre Tournament Winners(Photo Right) Winners: 1st- Donna Matti,2nd -Eileen Hermson, 3rd-Sharon Dallman,4th-Joan Drewis, 5th-Annie Steffensmeir, Most Loaners-Sharon Dahman & TerryZinkle,Bobbie Prize-Harvey Zabel

Over 30 folks enjoyed the Torchlight Hike, and Sledding Hill at LaRiviere Park at drank delicious Hot Chocolate supplied by Simplys.

Over 50 kids had a great time in the Bowling Party sponsored by Leisure Time Sports Bowl.

20 teens heard a great DJ for the Teen Dance at Hoffman Hall that was sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Health Care/Villa Succes that raised over $130 to the Skate Board Park

Hoffman Hall was busy everyday with open gyms, swims and Arts & Crafts for youth!

A huge thanks goes out to all of our CarpFest Sponsors ,volunteers, and participants who made this a great fun-filled event!

A special thank you goes out to Randy Paske for his many pictures of Carpfest that can be seen by going to

Already Looking forward to next year!


Mike Ulrich

City of Prairie du Chien

Director of Parks & Recreation

214 E. Blackhawk Ave.

PO Box 324

Prairie du Chien, WI  53821

(608) 326-7207 - Phone

(608) 326-8182 - Fax