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Visitors to the Richland County area soon discover that creativity and originality are part of what rural Wisconsin is all about. From live music to theatre, and from galleries to historical sites…things are always happening in and around Richland County.

The Arts
The Community Players of Southwest Wisconsin present one summertime theatrical production, along with an annual Christmas play each December in partnership with the Richland County Performing Arts Council. Excellent theatre is also found at the UW-Richland Theatre, a campus-community theatre offering a fall and spring production each season. UW-Richland also hosts choral, band and orchestral concerts, as well.

Treasure’s Music, located at the Blue Highways facility in Richland Center, is packed the first Friday night of every month. Patrons come to check out regional musicians while enjoying a delicious dinner.

The area also houses a host of unique gift shops and galleries lined with an assortment of artwork featuring local and regional artists; one of which is the Red Door Gallery. Located in downtown Richland Center, the Red Door Gallery is bursting with an assortment of artistic medias. Local artists exhibit original artwork, fine crafts and unique gifts at the gallery, which is sponsored by the Richland Area Arts Council.

Supporting the Arts
Thanks to dedicated community organizations, the arts are alive and well in the Richland County area. The Richland Area Arts Council (RAAC) sponsors a calendar year full of workshops, events and exhibitions in order to advance the development and appreciation of the arts, while the Richland Concert Association delights audiences with fine classical music throughout the year.

The Richland County Performing Arts Council (RCPAC) was established to lead a restoration project of the nearly century-old City Auditorium in Richland Center. When completed, the 800-seat auditorium will reopen as Richland Center’s Performing Arts Center and will play host to a multitude of plays and performances by the local theatre troupe and other groups. Currently, the facility houses Auditorium Antiques, which raises funds for the restoration, and the Arts Council Classroom, the educational branch of the organization.

Notable Events
Exciting community events are happening year round in the Richland County area. Country music is a favorite and is celebrated at Bear Valley Park’s Country in the Country, which features regional country music bands, and the Star Spangled Celebration, an exciting annual event featuring the most popular names in country and western music. Young rodeo enthusiasts participate in the Wisconsin High School Rodeo State Finals each year at the Richland County Fairgrounds, while the Churning Dirt Nationals and Truck and Tractor Pull is full of entertainment. Among the attractions are Badger State Tractor Pullers, Tri County Mini Rods, Monster Trucks, Semi Trucks, Freestyle Dirt Bikes, American Mini Pullers and many others. Community members are also sure not to miss the Center Color Fiesta in October, which celebrates the changing of the season with competitions, live entertainment, exhibitions and a long list of other activities.

More Entertainment
The fun keeps going in Richland County. Bowlers take advantage of leagues and open bowling opportunities at the Phoenix Center, while rollerskaters from both near and far hit the floor at Galaxie Skate Center. Rollerskating has been a Richland Center tradition for more than 50 years. This rink was built in 1972 with a beautiful hardwood Maple floor, remodeled under new ownership in 2004 and stands today as a great place to bring the entire family. Owner Phil Wallace grew up in this rink and has kept the tradition alive and well. Galaxie Skate Center features a “Retro-Night” on Thursdays and Open Skating on Friday and Saturdays. The rink also hosts birthday parties, private parties and physical education skating programs in local schools.

Heading outdoors, morel mushroom hunting is popular in springtime, and history buffs are entertained with such attractions as the Richland County Historical Society’s Akey School Museum, the Richland County History Room at the Brewer Public Library and the Historical and Architectural Heritage Tour of Richland Center. In addition, wine lovers make a stop at Weggy Winery and Oak Ridge Vineyard, one of the state’s largest vineyards. Carved into the gorgeous landscape of Southwest Wisconsin, the winery and encompassing vineyard and orchard invites guests to tour the lush grounds and taste the fruits of the land.

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