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Dartball, salsa music, Caribbean food heating up Event City

Dartball, salsa music, Caribbean food heating up Event City

8:32 PM, Mar. 20, 2013  |  Comments
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There are so many quirky things to love about Wisconsin. Aside from the obvious - cheese, sausage, beer and brats - we also boast the largest populations of people who understand concepts like a bubbler, brandy old fashioned and the game of dartball.

The origins of dartball are a bit unknown. Sometime in the 1920s, a baseball fan was obviously suffering through a long, cold Midwestern winter and decided to adapt the game he loved into an indoor sport. A large wooden board that resembles a baseball field is the target for these larger-than-normal darts.

This weekend, Oshkosh will host the largest dartball tournament in the world - the 74th annual Wisconsin State Dartball tournament at Lourdes Academy, 110 N. Sawyer St. Dubbed "Conquest in the Castle," action starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, go to www.widartball.com.

Another thing we love about Wisconsin is our unique way of combining food, drinks and music and wrapping it up under the umbrella of a fundraiser.

Tonight, head to The Waters, 1393 Washington Ave., for the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra's "Get Hot, When It's Not" fundraising event. It will feature the music of Salsa Manzana, an authentic Latin-inspired menu, and plenty of dancing. The doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday night, you can head to the Grand Opera House to support the performing arts or to the Oshkosh Convention Center to support education.

The Grand, 100 High Ave., is hosting its annual amateur talent revue "Oshkosh on Broadway" where members of the community take to the stage and perform Broadway-style song and dance numbers. One highlight is always the appearance by the Oshkosh City Council. The show starts at 8 p.m.

"The Big Event: Caribbean Nights" will feature delicious food, outstanding entertainment and a live auction all to support quality education at Oshkosh Christian School and Valley Christian High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the auction at 8:30 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St.

"Art in the Garden" returns to the Hilton Garden Inn, 1355 20th Ave., this weekend. The annual people's choice fine art show and sale runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Voting will end at 2 p.m. on Sunday with awards handed out shortly after. Artwork will include paintings, pottery, jewelry, carvings and metal and fabric work. A raffle will help support scholarship programs administered through Altrusa International of Oshkosh.

Finally, agriculture will be on display next week as the 53rd annual WPS Farm Show lands on the EAA grounds. More than 400 vendors will set up indoors and outdoors for people to check out the latest in farming equipment, machinery, tools and services. More than 40,000 people are expected attend the three-day event which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Thursday. And don't miss the Kiddie Tractor Pull scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $3. For complete details on vendors and educational sessions, go to: www.wisconsinpublicservice.com.

Whether you decide to watch the darts fly, enjoy a great fundraiser or simply check out some amazing machinery, Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Event City has just what you need to celebrate the first week of spring and everything that makes Wisconsin special.

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