64th Eleva Broiler Fest this weekend

Miss Eleva coronation, pull track events among highlights for 64th annual event

By Beth Kraft
ELEVA - The schedule for the 64th annual Eleva Broiler Fest is set and features a jam-packed weekend of events starting this Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, from entertainment for all ages to a Fest favorite: charcoal grilled chicken dinners.

The University of Wisconsin Marching Band will be on hand for a performance during Sunday’s Grand Parade as well as a Fifth Quarter performance on the fest grounds afterward.

A Burnout Contest, Truck and Tractor Pull and Demolition Derby will bring the horsepower to the pull track throughout the weekend. Other returning, kid-friendly events are Eleva-Strum Youth Association softball and baseball games and a Kids Fishing Contest.

The Zayvier’s Chicken Chase 5K/10K run/walk will hold its 11th annual race, continuing to raise funds for community causes. Most recently the group completed work on Memorial Trail behind Eleva Lake Park. The new, 3/4-mile trail allows for walking, running and snowshoeing around the Eleva Broiler Festival grounds. There is also a special spot to relax and remember with benches and a perfect spot for a picnic overlooking all of Eleva at the top of the hill.

Also back at this year’s Broiler Fest are more annual staples, including carnival rides and games, sports tournaments, and live music.

• Friday, June 3 •

The 2022 Miss Eleva Queen Coronation will officially kick off the festival on Friday evening at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage.

This year’s contestants are Abby Pederson, 16, daughter of Jon and Jennifer Pederson, sponsored by Aiona Heating & Air Conditioning; Charlie Peterson, 16, daughter of Kelly Peterson and Rob Lindall, sponsored by Toss and Go Rolloffs; and Olivia Torres, 16, daughter of Melissa Torres and Joel Cervantes, sponsored by Maes Boutique.

The Burnout Contest will get the action going on the Main Pull Track beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person with a family maximum of $30. Children 12 & under are free of charge.

Softball games by ESYA youth will also help get the festival started at the Eleva Lake Park Baseball Field beginning Friday at 5 p.m.

Live music by Kid Kactus will provide the evening’s entertainment on the Main Stage from 8:30 - 12:30 a.m.

• Saturday, June 4 •

The morning gets started bright and early with the eighth annual Brandon’s Pancake Breakfast, co-ed volleyball, and Zayvier’s Chicken Chase.

The six-person co-ed volleyball tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. at Eleva Lake Park’s sand volleyball courts.

The pancake breakfast, held in memory of Brandon Semingson, will take place in the downtown chicken stand from 8 - 11 a.m., sponsored by Eleva Fire and First Responders. Proceeds from the event will go to the Eleva-Strum High School Baseball program in Semingson’s memory.

Zayvier’s Chicken Chase 5K or 10K run/walk, held annually in honor of Zayvier Barnes, will have an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start from Eleva Lake Park. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. for $30 the day of the race.

The 2021 Chicken Chase saw nearly 200 runners and walkers participate in the event.

For more information, please visit www.elevachickenchase.com

The day will turn over to afternoon events with the Kiddie Parade on Main Street at noon. There will be a Flag Retirement Ceremony, conducted by the Strum VFW and Eleva American Legion, on the Main Stage at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Talent Show at 1 p.m.

Baseball by ESYA squads will get started at the Eleva Lake Park baseball field beginning at 11 a.m.

The Western Wisconsin Truck Pullers Truck and Tractor Pull starts at 6 p.m. on the Main Pull Track. Admission is $10 per person ($30 family max), and children ages 12 & under are free. The pull includes the following classes: 5800/6200 Stock Trucks, 5800/6200 Improved Stock trucks, 5800/6200 Pro Stock trucks, 8500 “King of Street” Diesel trucks, 6200 Super Stock trucks, 6200 FWD Mod trucks, 8000 Open Diesel.

To cap off the evening, Jake Nelson will close out the night in the beer garden with live music from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

• Sunday, June 5 •

The Kids Fishing Contest will get the final day of the festival started at Eleva Lake Park with registration starting at 8 a.m.

The contest will feature different start times for two age groups: Ages 3-9 years old, 9 a.m.; 10-15 years old, 9:45 a.m. Door prizes will be available for all participants, as well as prizes for fishing contest winners.

The festival will peak Sunday afternoon with the Grand Parade, featuring the UW Band, through the heart of Eleva beginning at 1:30 p.m.

A Demolition Derby sponsored by NRL Derby Parts, Inc., will follow the parade at 3:30 p.m. at the pull track. Admission is $10 per person ($30 family max), and children ages 12 & under are free.

Live music by The Rattlenecks, featuring local musicians Todd Barneson, Jim Pullman and Gabe Koxlien, will take Broiler Fest home on the main stage from 4 - 8 p.m.

Throughout the three-day festival, a pie and ice cream social hosted by the Eleva Lutheran Ladies Aid will be held at the Village Hall. Festival-goers are also invited to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for the Eleva-Strum School District, and may visit the Eleva Historical Society throughout the weekend, Carnival rides, games and concessions by Stipes’ Shows will be on the fest grounds all weekend. Advanced discount tickets are available at Express Mart in Eleva.

Charcoaled chicken and other refreshments will be served throughout the festival.

For more information about 2022 Broiler Fest events, please visit www.elevabroilerfestival.com or find them on Facebook.

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