The decades long tradition of three signature Rhinelander events continues this summer on Saturday, June 11th. Rhinelander will be filled with familiar sights - art, craft and food vendors showing their handmade goods. And familiar sounds – like the hum of a motor.
Make plans to explore Rhinelander for a day of Motors and Makers - a collaboration of three signature Rhinelander events – the Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn, the Rhinelander Car Show and Bikes & Burgers - which are hosted by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Rhinelander Inc.
For more specific on each individual event, please click on their links below.
The beautiful and historic Oneida County Courthouse is the perfect backdrop for a day of shopping for a variety of arts and crafts that are handmade my local makers. The Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn hours are 9 am -3 pm
“The Art Fair is a premier event for local makers to sell their arts and crafts.” said Rachel Boehlen, Rhinelander Chamber Events & Program Coordinator. “We have makers sharing everything from metal art to paintings, photography to hand knit items, and so much more.”
The Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn features over 100 art, craft and food vendor booths, a local music performance, and admission is completely FREE.
Cars from all across the country make their way to Baird Avenue behind the Oneida County Courthouse for the annual Rhinelander Car Show – a show that has more than doubled in size since 2015. In 2022, Car Show organizers Linda Krebsbach and Dick Jennejohn, hope to welcome 200 cars – pre-registration only.
“Last year, with the uncertainty that COVID brought us, we capped our show at 140 registrations,” shared Linda Krebsbach. “This year we are excited to announce that we have increased our cap to 200 cars.”
Through the years, as the show has grown, new elements have been added. Most recently – the “Car That Caught Our Eye” – a special recognition that features one car on the event’s logo and t-shirt for the coming year. The 2022 “Car That Caught Our Eye” is a 1937 Ford Sedan, bright green in color, owned by Bill & Susan Melchi from St. Germain.
In addition to the sights and sounds of the cars between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, attendees can expect childrens activities hosted by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, music and announcements by Big Dog DJ Service, and watch the trophy ceremony at 2pm.
Downtown Rhinelander Inc. is hosting it’s 5th Annual Bikes & Burgers event! Between 9 am and 2 pm, enjoy a stroll through our beautiful downtown while looking at amazing 2 and 4 wheeled artistic cycles and build up your appetite for a real American burger from one of our great participating restaurants or pubs.
Rev up those motors and get your motorcycle ready to show! Cycles of all kinds are accepted as entries and trophies will be awarded in 4 classes - American, Metric, Vintage (1970 or older), and Special Interest (Dirt, UTV, Minibike, Bicycle, Pocket Bike, Spider).
While these three signature events are going on, there are many more things to participate in. Typically, the second Saturday in June events also includes the Hodag Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, a Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast and the Master Gardeners Plant sale in Stevensport Square.
To learn more about sponsoring, vending, participating or attending any of the three signature events, contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce at (715) 365-7464 or visit www.RhinelanderChamber.com.