Carpfest a busy week in Prairie du Chien, capped off with carp drop * 2017

Prairie du Chien has made quite a celebration out of dropping a carp on New Year’s Eve for the past 18 years. Carpfest, as it’s affectionately tagged, is weeks long, leading up to the official turn of the calendar.

The bulk of the Carpfest activities begin Monday, Dec. 26, and take place the week before the new year. the schedule includes:
•Monday, Dec. 4—LUCKY THE CARP COLORING CONTEST BEGINS Deadline Dec. 14th at 4:30 p.m.
•Tuesday, Dec. 26—BOWLING PARTY 12 - 3 p.m. at Leisure Time Sports Bar & Bowl
•Thursday, Dec. 28—EUCHRE TOURNAMENT 1 - 4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall
•Tuesday-Saturday, Dec.26-30—Family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.
•Sunday, Dec.31—FAMILY OPEN GYM & SWIM 1 - 4 p.m. $1.00
EARLY BIRD DROPPIN’ OF THE CARP PARTY 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Hoff man Hall
DROPPIN’ OF THE CARP 9 p.m. - Midnight at Lucky Park
•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

Tuesday, December 26th 12 Noon - 3 p.m.

  • Getting bored over school break?
  • Want to hang out with friends?
  • Want to eat french fries and drink pop? 
  • Want to “Show off”?

If you can say yes to the above questions, we have just the right Carpfest event for you!
This is a first come, first serve event with access to bowling alley only (use south entrance)

Early Bird Special
December 31, 5-6:30PM
Hoff man Hall Recreation Center
1600 South Wacouta, Prairie du Chien
Geared for youth to celebrate the New Year with your friends and family!
$3/person or $10/family
Activities include:
• Arts & Crafts • Carnival Games
• Meet the Carp King & Queen
• Pet Therapy Dog
• Noisemakers, Hats, etc.
• Kiss Lucky Carp Jr. For Good Luck
• Carp Samples • Carp Corn • Carp Pop
• Carp Pizza & Hot Carp Chocolate
All $1 Each
For more information, call 326-7207 or PdC Tourist Info
1-800-732-1673 or go to

Beginning December 31, 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.