Monday, February 20, 2006

Visiting Amberg, Wisconsin

Amberg, Wisconsin is a quaint little town in northern Wisconsin. Amberg may be small, but there a lot of friendly people, small businesses, and a lot of fun things to do. The town of Amberg depends on tourists and locals to help keep their town prosperous. Most of the businesses are locally owned and ran.

The main street of Amberg consists of the Amberg Post Office, The Downtown Cafe, Gordy and Norma's Party Store, and Gordy and Norma's Pub. The Party Store sells groceries, magazines, diapers and toiletries, cleaning supplies, fireworks, greeting cards, lottery tickets and lots more. You can even rent movies there! Gordy and Norma are a local couple who own the cafe, the store, and the pub. Off the main street of Amberg are a large Ace Hardware Store, The Driftwood Gas Station, The Amberg Baseball Diamond, The Italian Inn, a bank, a community center, a church, and a shooting range. Across the highway that runs through Amberg is the Pike Pioneer. The Pike Pioneer is a restaurant and a bar. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and they serve great food. Down the highway from the Pike Pioneer is the store Antiques and Sweets. Antiques and Sweets is an antique store, but they also have the most delicious ice cream and ice cream treats. They are only open during the summer, but they get a lot of business.

Running through Amberg is the Pike River. In Amberg on the Pike River is a swimming hole, where any day of the summer, you can find a few locals swimming. During the summer, fishing is a huge activity for the residents of Amberg, and all of the tourists. All kinds of trout are found in the river including brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout. The river usually does not freeze enough for people to ice fish on it. There is a park named Daves Falls in Amberg, where the Pike River runs. There is a playground at the park, a beautiful waterfall, and hiking trails too. There is also a lot of popular fishing holes located at Daves Falls. If you visit Daves Falls you will most likely find a few people swimming and jumping off the rocks into the water there. It is also a beautiful place for a summer picnic. Daves Falls has even been known to host a few weddings. It is definitely a beautiful place.

Behind the main street in Amberg is the Amberg Historical Society. If you would like to learn about the history of Amberg, the Historical Society is the place to go. Inside there are many pictures of the quarry's located in Amberg, and pictures of the logging businesses that used to be the livelihood of most Amberg residents. Inside the Historical Society you will also find pictures of the graduating classes of the early Amberg residents. Amberg no longer has a school of their own, so the kids travel eight miles to the town of Wausaukee to go to school. There are a lot of interesting pictures and artifacts in the Historical Society, and it is a fun place to visit.

The town of Amberg also recently built a community center where the old school used to sit, and near the baseball diamond. The community center is open for the residents to play basketball a couple of times a week. They also hold town meetings there, and have spaghetti dinners, and different kinds of fund raisers are also held there. You do not have to pay to get in to play basketball, and lots of kids go every week to hang out and have fun.

Amberg also has an Amberg Firemen's Picnic every year. It is held at the baseball diamond. At the picnic, there is lots of food, fun, and games. Every year they have a lawnmower race and horseshoe tournament. Almost every person that lives in Amberg shows up for the fun and excitement. The Firemen's Picnic goes all day and night. At night, they hold a dance in the pavilion, and have live music from a local band. There are also lots of raffles and giveaways. They raffle off everything from snowmobiles to trips. Amberg also holds the Turkey Shoot every year. It costs two dollars to enter, and you get one shot at a target. You can enter as many times as you want. The closest shot to the bulls' eye wins a frozen turkey. Mostly men enter in the turkey shoot, but women are welcomed to try also. They also have a chicken throw for women, men, and children. The object is to get a rubber chicken into a bucket. The winner of each chicken throw wins five dollars. They also have food, games, and raffles and giveaways. The Firemen's Picnic and the Turkey Shoot are both places for a lot of family fun.

During the winter, a lot of people come from down south to Amberg to have fun snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is one of the largest tourist attractions for Amberg. There are also a few small lakes near Amberg, and one of them has an ice fishing derby every year. There are a lot of different prizes for the winners, and it is also a fun family event.

Although Amberg may be small, there are a lot of fun things to do, and a lot of fun seasonal sports to enjoy. If you ever get a chance to travel to Amberg, don't pass it up!

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