Onalaska ‘celebrates’ with new summer festival

'Celebrate Onalaska' brings community together for food, music, family fun

An area community kicks off an inaugural celebration Friday.

The first-ever “Celebrate Onalaska” started this afternoon at Van Riper Park and the School District of Onalaska athletic fields. The event will feature three days of food, music and family activities.

It replaces Sunfish Days, which ended about five years ago. Community leaders have been looking for a way to bring people back together since that event ended.

“I know we put together a lineup that just everybody can enjoy if they come out here,” said Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic, who is one of the event’s organizers. “Whether it’s a Friday night, Saturday or even Sunday with the run that they’re doing with the Park and Rec, it’s all going to be a good time.”

The annual Festival Foods Salute to the Fourth fireworks show Saturday night will be a part of the event this year.

For a full schedule of events and entertainment, you can head to their website.