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Colfax Main Street Block Party: Introducing Matthew Tison and The Soggy Roots Band

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  New to the line-up for the Colfax Founder’s Day Main Street Block Party on August 6 in downtown Colfax will be Matthew Tison and The Soggy Roots Band.

Based out of Menomonie, the Soggy Roots are described as an “indie folk rock” band.

“Matthew Tison and The Soggy Roots Band” will be playing on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Block Party.

From noon to 3 p.m., the “Top Notchmen” will once again be filling the street with polka tunes.

With any luck at all, the weather will not be as hot and humid as it was for the 2015 Main Street Block Party, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to polka.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jordan Herrick and Jason Stone will be providing their unique blend of acoustical music on Main Street.

And from 8 p.m. to midnight, Colfax’s very own “Hickory” will close out the night.

Main Street in Colfax will be detoured that day from about 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Craft fair

This year’s Main Street Block Party craft fair will be on Main Street.

Vendors will be set up in the street along the block from First Avenue to River Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The craft fair will feature pottery, landscape timber yard crafts, mason jar crafts, textiles and mixed media art work, jewelry, and several commercial vendors including Pampered Chef and Avon.


From noon until — well — whatever time it wraps up depending on the number of teams, the Colfax Softball Association will be hosting a kickball tournament at Tom Prince Memorial Park.

To sign up for the kickball tournament, contact Tammy Briggs at 715-894-0454.

Car Show

The Colfax Sno-drifters will be hosting a car show on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register for the car show, you can contact Mike Buchner at 715-962-3747.

Railroad museum

The Colfax Railroad Museum will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the day of the Main Street Block Party.

The museum’s tour guides possess a wealth of knowledge about trains, railroads and the history of the railroad in Colfax.

If you’ve never been inside the Colfax depot or have never been inside a caboose or a grain car, now’s your chance.

J.D. Simons Park

The Colfax Commercial Club will hold a dedication ceremony for J.D. Simons Memorial Park from noon to 1 p.m.

During the park dedication, the time capsule from the Colfax Sesquicentennial in 2014 will be buried in J.D. Simons Memorial Park.

J.D. Simons, the founder of Colfax, built his original cabin somewhere along the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek, and the Colfax Village Board has named the park on the west side of the bridge with the Class of 1958 flower garden J.D. Simons Memorial Park.

During the park dedication, the first annual J.D. Simons Community Volunteer Award will be presented.

The Colfax Commercial Club has received six applications for the J.D. Simons Award.

Bean Bags

A bean bag tournament also is scheduled for the Main Street Block Party.

The bean bag tournament will begin at noon, and registration is $30 per team.

Registration for the bean bag tournament will take place the day of the event.

Food and drink

The Colfax Commercial Club will again be hosting a beer garden during the Main Street Block Party.

Colfax Lutheran’s Youth Group will be holding an ice cream social, serving pie and ice cream and root beer floats.

The Colfax Kiwanis will be serving serving hamburgers and bratwurst.

Look for sidewalk stands from the Buck Snort Bar & Grill and A Little Slice of Italy, too.


For this year’s Main Street Block Party, the Colfax Commercial Club will be selling tickets at the ticket booths set up on Main Street.

You can “spend” your tickets with any or all of the food and beverage vendors.

Craft fair vendors will manage their own sales.

At the end of the event, food and beverage vendors will cash in their tickets at the ticket booths.

Music in the Park

The Main Street Block Party starts out Thursday night, August 4, with Music in the Park sponsored by the Colfax Woman’s Club.

Herrick & Friends will be playing for Music in the Park at 7 p.m.

Pig roast

The Main Street Block Party on Friday evening features a pig roast at the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Herrick & Friends also will be providing music for the pig roast.