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Celebration of Freedom

SEPTEMBER 4-8, 2019




Wall Escort

Celebration of Freedom



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 September 4-8  

American Vietnam Traveling Tribute Wall

The American Legion Riders will escort the Wall to the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Portage on September 4. This is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.





 September 6  

Chris Kroeze

Singer and Songwriter Chris Kroeze from Barron County connects with both the hearts and minds of audiences across various generations through his genuine country soul and his unique and allutring vocal delivery as he performs more than 200 shows per year.  In 2018 Kroeze placed 2nd on NBC's Emmy Award winning television show, The Voice.                          Performance:  8-9:30PM.

 September 7th  

The Memories will be performing two 45 minute shows at 2 PM and 4 PM.

Warren Petryk and Tim Stevens first met each other on the bleachers of the Boyceville, Wisconsin High School Gym in 1961 while watching their older brothers play basketball. They began performing music together during their grade school years playing trombone in Junior High Band and later as members of the High School choir and band. In the summer of 1972, between their Junior and Senior years of High School they formed a dance band along with classmate & friend John Lynch called “The Pickle Dillies”. They were scheduled to perform for two dances but things didn’t turn out exactly as planned because August of 2019 marks their 47th Anniversary!Today, Tim and Warren continue the tradition of their trademark – “MUSIC, LAUGHTER AND WONDERFUL TIMES!” The Memories have traveled across the country – entertaining audiences at fairs and festivals, concerts, conventions and other special events. They perform a wide variety of popular music, plus special comedy and novelty songs – which are enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

Saturday night will feature Conscious Pilot!
You will not want to talented Rock Band!


Have you ever heard a band that has a distinct, unique sound that when you hear it, you just know who it is? Isn’t that a killer feeling to experience? How does that happen? Great players, maybe. Hard work, most likely. Passion for music, absolutely. Conscious Pilot is one such band! The players come from Wisconsin’s elite ensembles that include: The Groove Hogs, Separate Ways (2015 WAMI Male Vocalist of The Year) and Short Stuff (2017 WAMI Hall of Fame Inductee). A fresh and powerful sound that is familiar and fun! Conscious Pilot, a vibe to make you shake, rattle and roll...





Platinum ($20,000):







Sponsor of the Chris Kroeze

City of Portage Tourism Committee


Elite ($8,000+):

Wisconsin American Legion Foundation


Premier ($4,000):








Gold ($1,000+):

The American Legion, District 4





Bank of Wisconsin Dells


Silver ($500):

Portage Lions Club

Cook-Fuller Post 70 Oshkosh

American Legion Post 271


Portage Rotary


Bronze ($250):

American Legion Post 216

Baraboo State Bank

Joes Auto & Truck Service

Kathy Houzner & Julie Groves Waddell & Reed

Kratz Funeral Home

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homes

Portage Ace Hardware

Zimmerman Plumbing

Star ($100):

American Legion Juneau Post 15

Big O's Trailers

Boy Scout Troop #70 - Portage

Culver's of Portage

Dino's Restaurant & Lounge

Dave and Judy Eulberg

Paul Fisk

Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin River Area

Kiwanis Club of Portage

Miller Simonson Insurance Agency

Neil's Wine House

Gary and Barbara O'Hearn

Pardeeville American Legion Auxiliary

Portage Elks

Portage Plastics

Summit Credit Union

Tamarack Pizza

Trail's Lounge Supper Club

United Country Hamele Auction & Realty

VFW Post 1707

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 221

Weaver Auto Parts




September 7th  

There are many exciting events planned for Saturday September 7th:

* Vendor Fair ~ Sign up forms coming

* Mobile Vet Center

* Combat-to-Construction Display

* Special Programing:

~ Ho-Chunk Nation
~ American Legion Riders
~ Sons of the American Legion
~ American Legion Auxiliary
~ Badger Boys State
~ Oratorical Program

* Cornhole Tournament 
* Kick Ball Tournament


From $1,000-$20,000 we have opportunities for everyone to join in this amazing event honoring Wisconsin Veterans. Click on the opportunities below for more informaiton.

Premier/Elite/Platinum Sponsor

Gold/Silver/Bronze/Star/In Kind Sponsor

Contact Angie Chappell at (608) 745-1090 Ext. 211 or


Vendor Application - non Food and Beverage

Food & Beverage Vendor Application






Eldor Fruehling

Joseph James Altmann

Chuck Hennes

Denise Rohan

Lawrence Pankratz

Jim Jolly




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