Event City Minute: Tough Mudder; 9/11 tribute

10:37 AM, Sep. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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Strength, courage and honor are all characteristics that define truly unique people.

This weekend those adjectives will describe the thousands of athletes participating in the Tough Mudder competition on the Experimental Aircraft Association grounds and audience members for a unique collaboration between the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Vic Ferrari Band at the Leach Amphitheater.

The former will test individual fortitude, both physical and mental. The latter will pay tribute to those men and women who are professionally required to live up to these lofty attributes - active and retired members of the military, first responders, police officers and firefighters.

Tough Mudder Wisconsin is a 12-mile hardcore obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test the strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie of those who think they are up to the challenge.

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The Oshkosh course includes obstacles such as: the Artic Enema (80,000 pounds of ice competitors must get through before they become hypothermic); the Firewalker (running through four-foot tall flames before jumping into a pit of ice water to cool off); and the course-ending obstacle known as Electroshock Therapy (a field of live wires carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock).

Throw in 15 additional obstacles like the Electric Eel, Walk the Plank, Funky Monkey and Everest, and you'll understand why this is one of the most grueling competitions in the world.

The competition takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Spectator admission is $20 in advance (get tickets online at www.ToughMudder.com before Friday at noon) or $40 at the gate. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

While the Tough Mudder is literally fun and games for the competitors, across town classical music will combine with rock and roll for a unique evening of music on Saturday dubbed "Honoring Our Heroes."

In a first time collaboration the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Vic Ferrari Band for a performance of classical and modern patriotic music. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Leach Amphitheater. Admission is $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more people. Active military personnel, first responders, firefighters, police and military veterans are admitted free of charge with proper identification. Advance tickets are available through the Grand Opera House box office, 100 High Ave., or (920) 424-2350.

Help honor the everyday heroes in our community with a great evening of music.

Saturday night the Paine Art Center and Gardens hosts "Jazz in the Garden." Set in the Paine's gardens, the evening includes the style and sounds of Palm Beach and features fine wine, seasonal food and live jazz by the 18-piece Lighthouse Big Band. All proceeds support the care of the Paine's historic mansion, art collections, gardens, exhibitions and educational programs. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are $125 per person or $100 if you are a member of the Paine. Register online at www.ThePaine.org or call (920) 235-6903 ext. 28.

This weekend also features another installment of Friday Fright Night at the Time Community Theater. They'll screen "Vulcan Son of Jupiter" (1962) for free at 8 p.m. on Friday.

The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and our monthly Gallery Walk returns to downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. Both events are free.

This is your last opportunity to check out "Steampunk: Gadgets-Art-Costumes" at the Oshkosh Public Museum as this unique science fiction exhibition ends on Sept. 8. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Finally, end your weekend with a little extra exercise at the Granny Smith 1 & 2 Mile Walk / Fun Run starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday from the Oshkosh Seniors Center, 200 N. Campbell Road. Two routes are available (either the River Walk or the Wiouwash Trail). Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults; children age 10 and younger are free. Participants receive a T-shirt, caramel apple and a chance to win prizes. Call (920) 232-5319 for more information.

Be safe, play hard and have a little fun this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Event City!

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