Edgerton’s 25th Annual Chilimania

Chilimania Collage

First Saturday in September – 9-6-14

For 25 years, Chilimania has been hosting a chili-cookoff and raising money for local charities. It was our first time attending this exciting event and we were looking forward to joining in the fun! Contestants were from all over the country, many wore cute costumes and their booths were just as creative. This one looked like a school bus.

Schoolbus Booth at  Edgerton Chili Fest

The Highwood Clubhouse had a funny “House Divided” theme, capitalizing on the well-known rivalry of the football teams Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.  Great booth!

Highwood Clubhouse of Edgerton at Chilimania

Hell’s Fire Chili won us over with their devil costumes!

Hell's Fire Chili at Edgerton Chilimania

Hosts from The Hog radio station on 105.9 FM in Janesville, dressed like hot dogs.

The Hog Radio 105.9 FM of Janesville

Not only great booths, the music was just as wonderful. The Monday Morning Dixie Band provided music that sounded like what you would hear in the French Quarter in New Orleans.  They are the only band that has performed at ALL of the Chilimania festivals. Let’s listen to them perform “Sweet Georgia Brown”.

The Chicago Experience tribute band to Chicago played all the old favorites!

Special Guest Stephanie Klett, former host of Discover Wisconsin, read a special proclamation praising the work Chilmania has done raising money for charities. Great job! She even posed with some of the attendees.

Stephanie Clett at Chilimania

Right after that at 3 PM, it was time to taste the chili. All the festival-goers were now able to try the chili at all the booths and vote on their favorite.  The flavors were all so different and wonderful, it was hard to choose.  We did choose though and cast our vote.

We had a great time and hope to come back again.

Pot of Chili at Chilimania

Edgerton – Connect to Endless Possibilities


Welcome to Edgerton dign

Formerly known as “Tobacco City USA”, Edgerton  looks toward the future while acknowledging its past and origins.  Used to be called Fulton Station before it was renamed Edgerton.  This community of 5,461 was named after by Benjamin Hyde Edgerton  or his brother Elisha in 1853.  Here are a couple of famous people who grew up here. This is the Sterling North House, now a museum.  The museum hold a book festival the last Saturday in September.

Sterling North House in Edgerton


Sterling North home marker


There is a larger Sterling North marker located at Albion Park. Also the former Albion Academy.

Albion Academy in Edgerton

Sterling North Marker in EdgertonAlbion Academy marker in Edgerton

Another historic marker is in town, including one explaining more about Edgerton’s tobacco heritage. It is located at N42º49.133′ W089º04326′, on Lord Street just south of downtown.

Edgerton Tobacco Lands marker

Edgerton was not just famous for its tobacco, pottery also played an important part in putting Edgerton on the map. You can find these origins at Clay Pit Heritage Park. Located at 305 W. Lawton St, you will find the log cabin of Pauline Jacobus, taken apart in another location and rebuilt here in 2003.

Pauline Jacobus cabin in Edgerton

Let’s head downtown and see some of the historic buildings there.

Downtown Edgerton sign

About 20 of the original tobacco buildings still exist, complete with the old signs painted on the side or front of the building.

Tobacco building in Edgerton

Tobacco building in Edgerton

Leaf Tobacco Building in Edgerton


These were turned into housing, Tobacco City Lofts. Great idea!

Tobacco City Lofts in Edgerton

We also stopped at the Edgerton Public Library, another beautiful historic building. While we were there, we met a couple of local historians, Larry and Beverly Witzel.  Larry’s family were among the original residents in this community.  They educated us about Edgerton and showed us some great books about Edgerton’s past. We saw a historic home that was in the book near the library.  Thanks for the history lesson!

Edgerton Public Library


Larry and Bev Witzel and us in Edgerton

The Andrew McIntosh home

Andrew McIntosh house in Edgerton

The former City Scales downtown, now Mario’s Italian Restaurant.

City Scales in Edgerton in the 1800's

Maroi's Italian Restaurant in Edgerton


Other Local Businesses Worth Visiting

Jim’s Auto Trim and Upholstery

Owner Ace Illbeck is a friendly guy who is never too busy to say “hi” to passersby, his dog is just as friendly.

Jim's Auto Trim and Upholstery in EdgertonJim's Auto Trim dog


Edgerton Oasis and Truck Stop – Exit off of I – 90

Staff ready to answer your questions and help in any way.

Edgerton Oasis sign

Edgerton Oasis


Depot Cafe  and Chamber of Commerce -The Former Depot

Edgerton Depot - Railway Express Cafe


Edgerton has many festivals throughout the year that draws people in all over the country.  Tobacco Heritage Days celebrates their tobacco history with many family activities.

This year we attended for the first time the 25th Annual Chilimania on September 6. What a great festival!  This is a chili-cookoff competition drawing people from miles around.  Many of the competitors even wore costumes.  Come to Chilimania if you like chili, as you get to taste the chili and vote for your favorite!

Chilimania Collage


Edgerton is a friendly community that we plan on returning to again and again. We had a lot of fun here!

Downtown Edgerton

6th Annual Beatle Fest in Spring Green


Spring Green General Store

Spring Green has kept us coming back many times, especially since we have made friends  on our previous visits. Our best friend there is Karin Miller, owner of the Spring Green General Store. They are the hosts of this annual event and we were so glad we could go! This was the list of artists performing Beatle songs all afternoon.  Live music is always a lot of fun, and here they encourage audience participation.

Beatle Fest 2014 poster


Some of the artists were from England, so it really felt like Liverpool :)  One of our favorites is Ken Wheaton (and the only one on the list we have heard perform before).

Ken Wheaton in Spring Green at Beatle Fest.

 Mark Hubanks and Ken Kvammen, great harmony from these two.

Mark Hubanks and Ken Kvammen at Beatle Fest in Spring Green

Lunch was even special, we got our food inside and ate while enjoying the music. I had the Italian sandwich and Al had the Frito Pie. Delicious!

Beatle Fest lunch menu in Spring Green

Italian  Sandwich at Spring Green General StoreFrito Pie at Spring Green General Store

Groovin’ to Carissa Dixon and Ned Hodgson

Carissa Dixon and Ned Hodgeson at Beatle Fest in Spring Green

 Lori and the Suncats

Lori and the Suncats

The festival concludes with “Hey Jude”, with everyone singing along.


We had a great time at this festival, hope we can go back next year.

Greetings from Beatle Fest in Spring Green