Muscoda has the title of “Morel Capital of Wisconsin”. A celebration of this woodland delicacy, The Morel Mushroom Festival, is held every spring the weekend after Mother’s Day. With the average Morel weighing just a few ounces, the festival committee had purchased and sold over 2,000 pounds of the woodland treat during one two-week period preceding the festival.
During the second weekend of February, the Lions Club hosts the Muscoda Open Dart Tournament, which attracts dartists of all skill levels for two days of competition. On Friday, the annual co-ed tournament is held beginning at 7:00pm in St. John’s Gym on Wisconsin Avenue. On Saturday, the main team event occurs with 100-150 throwers arriving for the all day affair. The event has grown from a small, local tournament in 1995 to its current stature as one of the premier dart competitions in southwestern Wisconsin.
July is the month for the Wisconsin River Canoe Race, sponsored by the Muscoda, Avoca, and Blue River Lions Club, the River Alliance of Wisconsin, and The Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association. This race has three different starting points to challenge all skill levels. The Spring Green start will give you 21 miles of river, the Otter Creek/Lone Rock equates to about 15 miles, and the Gothem start at the Pine River is about 8 miles. Waiting at the end of this race in Muscoda, is the only campground directly on the banks of the lower Wisconsin River and the site of Victora Riverside Park and playground for the children. So after a long day on the river, you can lay back and listen to the birds sing and the river flow by or take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
September has a number of events for the family. The Fire Department’s Chicken Bar-B-Que is held the Sunday after Labor Day. Then in mid September the Muscoda Chamber of Commerce holds the Fall Opener Dinner with door prizes and raffle. Then in the beginning of October, a Fall Festival is held at St. John’s Catholic Church, which includes crafts, a white elephant sale, dinner, a band, and more.
The first Saturday in December is Muscoda’s “Holiday Weekend” when Santa stops by the Cafe for breakfast and to visit with the children. Also on Saturday the St. John’s Catholic Church holds their annual Christmas Bazaar which includes crafts, bake sale, lunch and much more.
For more information on any of the festivals and events, check out the community calendar.