July 29, 2023


July 29, 2023


July 29, 2023


July 29, 2023


July 29, 2023

Event Date & Time

Saturday, July 29, 2023
@9:00 am

Event Location

Lake Pacawa Park
1831 Maple Drive
Plover, WI 54467


For many years, local business owners and individuals have come together to celebrate what is really great about Plover and the surrounding areas. This one day, 100% sponsored event has gone through a number of name changes such as Downtown Plover Days, Golden Sands Festival, and Freedom Fest. However, we feel we have finally settled on a name that really captures what the event is all about; bringing businesses and individuals together to Celebrate Plover.

For an entire year, a small committee works with local business owners and individuals to raise funds for this annual event that is enjoyed by thousands of people. The day’s events include youth activities, live music, food and beverage, market place, outdoor business expo, volleyball tournament, and is capped off with one of the best fireworks displays in central Wisconsin. The event is 100% supported by volunteers, donations, and sponsors. All proceeds are put back into the event or donated directly to public use areas of Plover.




SHOWTIME: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


SHOWTIME: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Youth Activities

One of the best parts of Celebrate Plover is the McCain Logoactivities we offer for the youth in our community. Due to our amazing sponsors, all of these activities are offered FREE of charge! In 2019, all youth activities are sponsored by McCain Foods located in Plover, WI. With their generous sponsorship, we are happy to offer the following inflatable amusement rides: Castle Bouncer, Bounce Climb Slide, Rock Wall Climb Slide, 18 foot slide, and a 40 foot obstacle course. Additionally, Mischief and Magic will be at the event with awesome balloon artists!

Boys & Girls Club of Portage County

Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club of Plover for planning and staffing the inflatables!


Market Place

Looking to do some shopping at Celebrate Plover? Visit the Market Place! A variety of vendors offering arts and crafts, flea market, antiques, and home based direct sales businesses will be on display. Check back soon for a list of registered vendors.

Interested in showcasing your business? Please consider being a vendor at the show! For more information, please call DeAnn Donahue at (715) 498-5443 or email us at celebrateplover@gmail.com


Outdoor Business Expo

As part of Celebrate Plover, we want our community to learn more about our local businesses.  In the Outdoor Business Expo, local businesses and non-profits are encouraged to showcase their business, meet and greet current and future customers, and distribute free samples and informative literature.  Expo hours will be from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Interested in showcasing your business? Please contact Mahala Ault at (920) 672-9702 or email us at celebrateplover@gmail.com.

Volleyball Tournaments

The Lake Pacawa Pounder – 7th Annual Coed Quads grass volleyball tournament to benefit The Celebrate Plover Foundation. This annual tournament is held on the soccer fields at Lake Pacawa Park during Celebrate Plover.

Room for up to 20 nets!

2 guys and 2 girls, power format (rotate server only)
No Girl rule, Let serves DON’T count, Mostly Waupaca Boatride Rules

A and BB/B Divisions are currently open for signup, pay the day of the event.
Entry Fee – $100 per team

Pool play followed by an upper and lower single elimination tournament.
Registration begins at 8 am, play begins at 9 am.

One half of the proceeds raised will be donated to Celebrate Plover Foundation and the rest will be paid out in cash prizes.


To register, find the Facebook group or Email Jake @ THEPacawaPounder@gmail.com


Tournament Format: Round robin format with Single Elimination Playoffs.
Scoring: All games will be played using rally scoring.
Playoffs – 1 game to 30 (no cap).
Time and Daylight permitting, we will possibly make the semi finals and finals in each division, play 2 out of 3 games.
If so, the first two games will be to 21 (no cap) and the third to 15 (no cap).
Tips: No open hand tips.
Double Contact: Players may double contact any first ball over (including serves) provided the ball is not held.
Let Serves: Let Serves are NOT legal.
Blocking: A block is not counted as a team hit.
Foot Digs: Foot Digs are legal.
Setting Over: When the ball is set into the opponents court, the setters shoulders must be “Squared Up” or Perpendicular to the line of flight of the ball.
Time Outs: Each team is allowed two 30 second timeouts per game. Time out may be called prior to server receiving ball on either side of court between plays.
Side Changes: Teams should switch sides of the court after every 10 points in games to 21 or more, and every 8 points for games to 15.
Footwear: Players may not wear cleats or spikes of any kind. Players may play barefoot.
Forfeit Rule: A 10 minute forfeit rule is in effect.
Coed Rule: There is no coed rule.


Veteran’s Tribute

This year at the water fight grounds located within the park, Plover VFW Post 10262 will lead the tribute to our Veterans. This ceremony pays tribute to those Veterans that fought, died or those that are still listed as Missing in Action as a result of war.  The tribute will take place at 10:00 am.  

It is requested that individuals attending the tribute be respectful and salute the flag appropriately. This means that any citizens should salute the flag by placing their right hand over their hearts.  If you are wearing a hat, please remove it when saluting the flag.


Taste of Plover

A variety of businesses and non-profit organizations come together to offer family friendly priced food and beverages for attendees.  Food ranges from corn on the cob, cheese curds, hamburgers, brats, homemade french fries, pizza, sesame chicken, crab rangoon, ice cream, cotton candy, kettle corn and much more!  

If you are interested in participating in Taste of Plover, please contact DeeAnn Donahue at (715) 498-5443. (Registration is limited to 15 vendors with a unique food offering). 2022 Taste of Plover spots are sold out!


Water Fights

So, how do water fights work anyway?

An empty barrel beer keg is strung from a cable 15 feet in the air and stretching 100 feet across.  Two teams of firefighters are positioned on each side of the barrel.  The referee signals and the teams spray their firehouses on the barrel with the goal of pushing the barrel toward their opponents, thus winning the round.  This is repeated for two more rounds.  The team winning two out of three advances.  This process takes place for all fire department teams competing.  The two remaining teams compete in the final round resulting in the winner.

During the battles the audience cheers on their favorite team – and be aware, you may get wet depending on the way the wind blows!  

To enter your fire department into the competition, please contact the Plover Fire Department at (715) 345-5310.



We offer entertainment throughout the day for all ages!  

We kick off the day with a tribute to our Veterans at 11:00am. Dance Dynamics will have a performance at 11:30. Fire Department water fights bring in teams of fire departments from surrounding areas starting at 1:00pm and going into the afternoon.

Afternoon musical entertainment will be The Drovers, performing a musical variety with instrumentation ranging from steel guitar and keyboards to concertina and trumpet. There’s music for all ages! They will be followed by the musical entertainment of Pat Keller. Pat’s solo vocal performance features songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Ray Price and more.

Get ready to top off the night with party band, Outlaw’d! As one of the most requested party bands in the state, they combine a high energy show with an eclectic mix of classic to contemporary party rock songs.



It’s been said that Celebrate Plover has the best fireworks display in Central Wisconsin so why miss it? Just shy of a half hour, the show is choreographed to music with an unbelievable water display on Lake Pacawa. The best place to be is at the park so you don’t miss out on any of the surprises that are in store!


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Media Sponsors

2021 Platinum Sponsors
Del Monte
McCain Foods
Monogram Foods
Pointe Precision Inc.
Spectra Print
Worzella & Sons, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Advanced Disposal
American Asphalt of Wisconsin
BMO Harris Bank
Bone & Joint Clinic
Bushman Electric Crane & Sign
Fahrner Asphalt Sealers
Hamerski Farms
Hampton Inn
Members’ Advantage Credit Union
Plover Taxi
Simplicity Credit Union
Wood Street Rental

Media Sponsors
Big Cheese 107.9
103.3 WGLX
Hot 96.7

Celebrate Plover would also like to thank the following for their donations:
Plover Whiting Lions Club, Plover Area Business Association, and the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County.

The Celebrate Plover Committee would especially like to thank the participants and sponsors of the Celebrate Plover Golf Outing.
All proceeds from the outing are generously donated to the Celebrate Plover event.