Rusk County

September 27, 28 & 29, 2019

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Leaf It To Rusk is an annual fall weekend sponsored by the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce with events throughout Rusk County. The kick-off is Friday (September 27, 2019) evening with a beer, wine & cheese event followed by various events throughout Saturday and Sunday (September 28 & 29, 2019).

Events include: chairlift rides at Christie Mountain, activities at Toad House, guided hikes in the Blue Hills, Rusk County garage sales, and events downtown, including a car & tractor show, live local music, and more!

For more information on events, call the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce office at 715-532-7328 or the Rusk County Visitor Center at 715-532-2642 or visit

Beer, Wine & Cheese Tasting Event

September 27th, 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Worden Avenue Exchange in Ladysmith, WI

2019 is going to be the best Beer, Wine & Cheese Tasting Event yet! Around a dozen local craft beers straight from four area breweries (Heart of the North, Valkyrie, Moonridge, and Round Man),  more cheeses straight from four Wisconsin creameries and cheese makers (Ellsworth Coop Creamery, Maple Hill Farm, Marieke Gouda, and Barron County Cheese), delicious appetizers from The Pickled Gill and Ladysmith Fresh Market, a selection of great Wisconsin wines, and Wisconsin craft soda from Point Soda! Plus 50/50 raffles every hour! 


Must be 21 to attend.

Gundy's Canyon Guided Hike

Saturday September 28 10:30 AM

Event Location: Blue Hills - Meet at the Old Weyerhaeuser School and carpool from there

Take a guided hike through the beautiful Blue Hills to Gundy's Canyon.

$11/person due by September 21st - Click here to purchase tickets

Sack Lunch is Included.

Limited to 20 people.

The Hike is approximately 3 miles round trip. Appropriate clothing and footwear are required. The hiking terrain is uneven, hilly, and may be slippery.

For more details contact the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-532-7328 or

Felsenmeer Guided Hike

Sunday September 29 10:30 AM 

Event Location: Blue Hills - Meet at the Old Weyerhaeuser School and carpool from there

The Felsenmeer is a German word meaning “sea of rocks.” There are several of these formations in the area, but the most famous is in the Blue Hills which was created at the time of the last glaciation. The Felsenmeer is 82 feet deep and about 1,000 feet long.

$11/person due by September 21st - Click here to purchase tickets

Sack Lunch is Included.

Limited to 20 people.

The Hike is approximately 3 miles round trip. Appropriate clothing and footwear are required. The hiking terrain is uneven, hilly, and may be slippery.

For more details contact the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-532-7328 or

Take a Bite of Fall

Friday September 27 & Saturday September 28 9:00 Am to 4:00 PM

Fine Arts Center & Gallery 105 Miner Ave W. Ladysmith

Artwork with apples for the kids. Plus see all the fall art in the Gallery.

Rusk County Historical Museum

Friday September 27, Saturday September 28, & Sunday September 28 11:00 Am to 3:00 PM

998 E. 3rd St. N. Ladysmith

Learn about the rich history of Rusk County through the wide variety of displays that include logging history, antique farm machinery, rail history, WW I & II artifacts, antiques, Little Red Schoolhouse, Log Cabin and more.  The wedding dresses display showcases pioneer Rusk County couples; the vintage doll display showcases many German-made dolls from the early 1900's that were owned by Rusk County children.   Check out the enlarged and improved military display. The farm display has several working, hand-operated pieces used during the late 1800's to early 1900's. Be sure to visit our newly opened 20's house and Ed's Plow Museum.

Scarecrows on Parade

Kids and Businesses and Organizations
Design and build your scarecrow entry for Scarecrows on Parade!

Win one of 3 prizes, provided by Ladysmith Mainstreet (in the Families Division)
(Business and organization entries win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons)
1st prize-$50.
2nd prize-$30.
3rd prize-$20.

On August 31st and September 7 families and businesses or organizations can come to Toad
House to build their scarecrow—or you can build your scarecrow at home or at the top of the
bridge with materials that will be available.

If you build your scarecrow at Toad House, you can bring special touches from home or take
your scarecrow home to decorate further. Bring your scarecrow to the top of the bridge and
secure firmly to the posts provided by September 8. Fill out a card, naming your scarecrow and
write a few words or story about him or her. Attach the card to your friendly scarecrow with
safety pins provided, after placing it in a plastic bag—also provided.

Voting begins on Monday, the 9th through the 16th. Winners will be called and prizes for the
children/family category will be given by Mayor Alan Christianson of the Mainstreet Program at
Toad House at 10:00 am on the 28th of September. (During Toadally Artsy Kids' Event)

We hope your scarecrow is sturdy enough to brave a few weeks of weather! And when it is time,
please remove all traces of your friend the first week of October

Questions?  Call or come to Toad House. 715-532-4661

Bruce Farmer's Market

Friday September 27 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

600 N. Alvey St. Bruce

Featuring local produce, baked goods, meats, and much more.

Sing Along

Friday Sept. 27 6:00 PM

Apollonia Church N4517 Cemetery Road, Bruce (intersection of Hwy 8 and Cemetery Road in Apollonia)

Enjoy a non-denominational singing event with cookies and coffee sponsored by the Bruce Area Historical Society.

Marvelous Mike's Mini Golf 1st Anniversary Celebration and Open House

Friday September 27,  Saturday September 28, and Sunday September 29 All days 11am-4 pm

W10966 Hwy 8 (1 mile east of Bruce on Hwy 8)

Free Cake and Soft Serve Cone.  Drawing for prizes and free Mini Golf Games.

View the beautiful fall colors in our 2 acre Mini Golf Course from the observation stations.

Rusk County's Honor the Fallen Motorcycle Ride & Fundraiser

County Wide Garage Sale

Saturday September 28

Get your bargain hunting boots on, and check out a few of the garage sales going on around the county. There are three dozen sales happening on Saturday! Plan your route with our convenient maps and sale location list.

To add your garage sale to the County Wide Garage Sale maps and list send an email with your name, address, and phone number to Deadline to register your garage sale is September 20th at noon.

Maps coming soon!

Rusk County Visitor Center & Railroad Displays 

Sat. Sept. 28   8:30am - 1:00pm

205 W 9th St. South, Ladysmith (Hwy 27)

Stop in at the Visitor Center for a tour of the renovated train, caboose, and boxcar.  Learn about their renovation process.

Rusk County Farmer's Market

Saturday September 28th 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Corner of Hwy 9 & East 2nd St. Ladysmith

Fresh selection of vegetables, fruits & meat as well as honey, maple syrup, baked goods & more! Pizza will be available for purchase.

Toadally Artsy Kids' Events

Saturday September 28 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Toad House

Leaf it to Rusk Easel Painting

Rusk County Republican Party Open House

Saturday September 28th 9:00 PM - 1:00 PM

215 Lake Ave E. Ladysmith, WI

The Rusk County Republican Party Headquarters will be open for visitors. Free cookies and coffee. Campaign gear will be available for sale.

Arts & Crafts Sale 

Saturday September 28th 9:00 - 2:00 PM

Miner Plaza Ladysmith, WI

Rusk Riders ATV Club Guided ATV Ride

Saturday September 28th 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM Rides

Meet at the former Weyerhaeuser School

The Rusk Riders ATV Club will have two guided ATV rides on the trail leaving from the former Weyerhaeuser School parking lot and riding to the Buck's Lake ATV parking lot and back. Lunch will be available at Buck's Lake. For more info contact Dave Williams at 715-532-0282

Tractor, Car, and Cycle Show

Saturday September 28th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Miner Avenue

Bruce Historical Society Museum Tours

Saturday September 28 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

E River Ave. Bruce (Old Bruce News Letter Building)

Displays include family history files, census files, many old books and papers and artifacts donated and borrowed from local families. Tours Available.

Free Movie!

Saturday September 28 11:00 AM

Miner Theater

Come to Miner Theater for a free movie!

Christie Mountain Fall Color Chairlift Rides

Saturday September 28th & Sunday September 29th 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

W13775 County Road O Bruce, WI

Experience breathtaking views of the blue hills.

Pumpkin Bowling and Kids Activities

Saturday September 12:00 - 2:00

Outside Miner Plaza

Leaf it to Rusk Mud Bog

Saturday, September 28 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Rusk County Jr Fair

$5 admission for spectators, 10 and under are free. $10 entry fee for participants. Food and beverages will be sold. For more information call Scott Jones at 715-290-5694.

Music On Miner

Saturday September 28 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

On the corner of Miner Ave and E. 2nd Street Ladysmith, WI

Sponsored by The Miner Theater and Ladysmith Mainstreet

Enjoy free music all day featuring great local bands! Joe's Music (10:00 - 12:00) Jason Chaffee featuring Mike Schlenker (2:00 - 4:00), Three Pitches (4:30 - 5:30), South of 8 (5:30 - 6:30), and Rusk County's favorite band Anxiety (7:00 - 1000)!

For lodging and camping information please visit

For more information call 1-800-535-RUSK
Rusk County, Wisconsin - Ladysmith Area Chamber, Wisconsin

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