Keeping busy with area events during Wausau weekend
People from around the world are in central Wisconsin this weekend. With many events to choose from, people from near and far have been keeping busy.
Wausau has been playing host to dozens of softball teams from around the state. Teams took the mound at Sunny Vale and at three high schools in the area for the Junior Olympic Girls State Championship.
"Where else can you go and have a whole bunch of girls playing a good softball game? Having a blast, doing lots of good things and staying out of trouble," said Mikel Bushmaker, who lives in Green Bay.
"For a small city, it's really wonderful," said Deana Hipke, who lives in Madison.
Artists took over the 400 Block, creating a giant masterpiece -- one piece of chalk at a time.
"It give me the opportunity to put my artistic talent to use once a year," said Caren Vandewalle, who lives in Stevens Point. "I don't do much other art otherwise but it's something to do with my mom too."
People of all ages found a way to make their mark on the square, with a celebration of the arts on full display.
An audience from around the world watched as athletes paddled their way to glory in the Canoe Slalom World Championships.
"If you think about everything that's going on, it's absolutely amazing," said Steve Rainville, who lives in Weston. "You've got to come down and see this. It's truly amazing."
"We've never been here. We've seen advertisements of it and thought we'd check it out," said Tammy Rainville, who lives in Weston. "We're really enjoying it."
It was an intimate setting for an international competition as the best of the best put their skills to the test.
"I get to see my friends race," said Seu Jacobi, who lives in Tennessee. "I get to cheer them on. I get to be with them and it's just a great community to be around."
Kites filled the air at the Wausau Airport as part of the Balloon Rally and Glow. Back on land, there were ribs you couldn't resist. With five kinds to choose from, there was no shortage of food or fun.
"It has to be juicy with good flavor without the sauce," said Pete Sorensen, who lives in Fond du Lac. "The sauce will add to it but it doesn't make it."
So whether you wanted to play on the diamond or a square -- by land by sea or high in the sky -- this weekend will be one to remember.