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Annual festival draws a big crowd to a small town in central Wisconsin


A small town in central Wisconsin is temporarily boosting its population by 12 times.


The Scandinavia Corn Roast Festival kicked off Friday, bringing a lot of visitors from around the country.

Scandinavia is a small town in Waupaca County.

It has a population of just about 400 people, but this weekend it's getting a lot of attention.

"We're at the 45th annual Scandinavia Corn Roast Weekend," said Mitchell Swenson, organizer.

A festival with a lot going on.

"Scandinavia is the best little community there is," said Mary Hayes, a food stand coordinator. 

And attracting visitors from as far away as New York.

Visitors like Matthew Hass.

"It's my profession, this is all I do," said woodcarver, Matthew Hass.

Hass says he started carving wood 12 years ago.

"I was 18 and I seen somebody doing it and I just had to try it and this is where it lead me to," said Hass.

This is his first time at the corn roast and his first time in Wisconsin. A state he says has welcomed him with open arms.

"The people are great, I now know what everyone is talking about when they go to New York and they're like everyone's so mean," said Hass.

Hass is taking part in the festival's woodcarving contest.

He's up against 6 other people and he says he's already accomplished a lot.

"A bench, a little coffee table, and a welcome sign," said Hass.

whether he wins or loses  .. Hass says it's worth it.

"Just the experience I like going different places you meet different carvers you pick up tips from everybody and you get better," said Hass.

The festival also offers rides, food, and entertainment.

Many of the activities attracting thousands of people to this small town in central Wisconsin.

The corn roast festival runs through Sunday.

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