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Stuffed peppers, spaghetti, pizza, meatballs…. The stuff of dreams? Well they are all part of a dream that came true for some parents who wanted to help get a school set up in North Hudson a little over 60 years ago. They held a fund-raising/awareness ethnic festival with lots of Italian food. It was  called the Pepper Fest and it is still going strong today.

We wanted to let you know the next one is coming up Friday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug. 20. Most of the events take place in or near Pepper Fest Park, 400 7th Street in North Hudson.

The Pepper Fest began in 1954 to raise funds to build North Hudson Elementary School. What it has since turned into is an annual event to give a helping hand to community organizations throughout the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds from the volunteer-run, non-profit festival are donated to local youth, school, community and service organizations.

The three-day celebration honors the community’s Italian heritage and includes a parade, queen coronation, wide variety of food and many food eating contests. It’s a lot of fun and a great place to show off your SunWerks tan!

Friday, August 18

5:00 – Dusk Kids Fishing Contest
5:00pm – Midnight
  Food Booths
5:00pm – Midnight  Pizza Tent – Kozy Korner
5:00pm – Midnight  Beer Garden
5:30pm – 8:00pm  Microbrew + Wine Tasting Competition
5:00pm – 11:00pm  Amusement Rides + Games
6:00pm – 11:00pm  Bingo
6:00pm – 6:15pm  Introduction of Royalty
6:15pm – 7:00pm  Introductions of Queen Candidates & Fish Bowl Questions
8:00pm – Midnight  Live Band: Jeff Loven.
Midnight Festival Grounds Close

Saturday, August 19

Dawn – Dusk Kids Fishing Contest
9:00am – 10:30am  Royalty Brunch
10:00am  Parade Lineup
11:00am  Pepper Fest Grand Parade
Noon – Midnight  Food Booths
Noon – Midnight  Pizza Tent – Downtown Carbone’s
Noon – Midnight Beer Garden
1:00pm – 11:00pm  Amusement Rides + Games
1:00pm – 3:30pm Beer Garden Entertainment – Robert Elwood
1:00pm – 4:00pm  Bean Bag Tournament – South Tent
1:00pm – 11:00pm
  Bingo
1:00pm  Royalty Spaghetti Eating Contest
2:00pm – 6:00pm Dunk Tank
4:00pm  Youth Spaghetti & Pepper Eating Contest
4:30pm   Championship Spaghetti Eating Contest
5:30pm   Championship Hot Pepper Eating Contest
4:00-6:30pm Beer Garden Entertainment- Jawsy
8:00pm – Midnight
 Live Band: Roger Allen Band
Midnight  Festival Grounds Close

Sunday, August 20

Dawn- Noon Kids Fishing Contest
7:30am – 8:15am  Foot Race Packet Pick Up
8:15am 
1 Mile Family Fun Walk/Run
8:30am 
5K & 10K Run
9:00am – 11:00am  
Pancake Breakfast
9:00am – 1:00pm  Craft Sale
11:00am Kids Sawdust Hunt
11:00am – 2:00pm  Bingo
11:00am 
Tractor Pull Registration
11:30am  Children’s & Adult Tractor Pulls
Noon – 2:30pm Dunk Tank
11:00am – 10:00pm  Food Booths
11:00am – 10:00pm  Beer Garden
Noon – 10:00pm  Pizza Tent – Green Mill
Noon – 9:00pm  Amusement Rides + Games
Noon – 2:00pm  Cooking Contest, South Tent
Noon – 2:00pm Dart Tournament, Beer Garden
Noon – 2:30pm  Beer Garden Entertainment – Kyle Koliha
3:00pm – 5:00pm  Royalty Coronation
5:00pm – 9:00pm  Bingo
7:00pm – 10:00pm  Live Band: The Dweebs
10:30pm Festival Grounds Close

(Subject to change)

The Pepper Fest Button is required for entry to Pepper Fest Park as well as the concerts for ages 12 and older. Buttons are now being sold in advance at a reduced rate of $3.00 at select outlets. Buttons are $4.00 during the festival.

That is a lot of fun packed into three days. Be sure to come into SunWerks before the Festival to get your tan on, then enjoy the peppers and the people!