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Red Cracker Festival this weekend
Times file photo One of the events taking place at Red Cracker Festival this weekend will be a volleyball tournament.
SOUTH WAYNE - Let the fun begin.

The annual Red Cracker Music Fest kicks off Friday night in South Wayne, and the festival, which continues through Saturday, offers fun and entertainment for the whole family.

The event has food and refreshments, music, ball tournaments and a variety show, just to name a few activities.

The Red Cracker Music Fest is held to raise money for the South Wayne Community Park. It's also a chance for residents and visitors to enjoy the small-town atmosphere and relax for a couple of days.

The weekend events begin at 6 p.m. Friday when the park opens for ball tournaments. The Sunshine Band, known for its nostalgic Rock and Roll music, takes the stage from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A "DJ Duel" follows from 12:30 to 2 a.m.

Saturday offers a wide variety of activities. Ball tournaments, a home run derby and volleyball tournaments begin at 9 a.m. A car, truck and bike show is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m.

There is a '50s and '60s dress-up contest for kids up to 12 years old from noon to 1 p.m.

Steven Z plays music from the '50s and '60s from 1 to 5 p.m. and at 2 p.m. the bean bag tournament begins.

Evening events include a variety show that features local talents and at 9 p.m. Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts Band plays rock and roll for the crowd.

Admission is $10 per night or $15 for both nights.

Red Cracker Music Fest began as an idea in 1995, when four people got together. Quentin Rood, Jim Meier, Lonnie "Red" Marty and Bob "Cracker" Lancaster came up with the idea to hold a fundraiser for a community park, and the latter two lent their nicknames to the event - a music festival held the last weekend in July.

Several improvements have been done to the park in South Wayne since the festival first began. A baseball diamond and softball diamond were laid out and fenced in, a concession stand was built and electricity was put in.

Red Cracker Music Fest draws 1,000 to 1,500 people on average to the growing community park along Wisconsin 11 over the course of the weekend.

More information about the festival is available at