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There's plenty to do in Ripon and Green Lake this weekend. From the state chili cook-off to an art exhibit at Ripon College, there's something for everyone.

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Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off — Saturday

Green Lake will host the Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each year, as many as 40 cooks take the challenge by partaking in the Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off contest in Green Lake.

This contest, which is put on by the Green Lake Rotary Club and the International Chili Society begins when the cooks meet at 10 a.m. under the big tent in Deacon Mills Park and start combining their ingredients to create some of the best chilis out there.

Cooking must be completed by 3 p.m. when chili will then be judged and the public is allowed to sample the chili and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The event features live music, an award ceremony, and a live auction to take home your favorite chili!

‘Reclamation’ art exhibit opens at Ripon College — Friday

“Reclamation,” an exhibition of work by Sacramento, Calif., artist Chris Christion, will run Sept. 9 through Oct. 16 at Ripon College.

The exhibit will be on view in Caestecker Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

An opening reception will take place Friday at 7 p.m. with an artist’s talk in Demmer Recital Hall.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Reclamation” explores themes of history, identity, religion and inherited social perceptions.

Comedian Tim Cavanagh returns to Thrasher — Saturday

Comedian Tim Cavanagh will return to the historic Thrasher House Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Cavanagh has brought his comedic songs and stand-up to concert halls, corporations, college campuses, nightclubs and cruise ships across America. Cavanagh will be joined by comedian Brian Hicks.

Hicks has spent the last 22 years honing his craft at clubs and theaters across the United States. He specializes in giving every audience a hilarious and singular comedic experience.

His unique talent consists of clever material and audience interaction, combined with a quick wit.

Tickets for Tim Cavanagh’s performance are $22 and available at or by calling 920-294-4279.

The Market at Town Square — Friday

The Market at Town Square is an outdoor event every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. It features fresh-off-the-farm goodness and handmade items.

“Enjoy the delights as local growers and artisans will show off their wares that you and your family will love,” Town Square says. “Live music, kids' activities and more.”

Fall Crush Fest with Copper Box Band — Saturday

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Fall Crush Fest Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., featuring Copper Box.

Copper Box will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Food Service will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Join us for some delicious food, wine, beer, live music, and take a walk through the winery and watch the ‘grape crushing’ process,” the winery says.

Live Music Featuring The Belle Weather — Friday

Knuth Brewing Co. will host The Belle Weather, a modern folk and indie rock band with fusion-inspired anthems Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Seth James live at the Tap — Friday

Seth James, a musician-for-hire since 2010 who has played in jazz, rock and worship bands, will perform at Town Square Tap Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

“A skilled singer, and an award winning guitar player, Seth began recording music as a solo artist in 2020,” Town Square says. “Between tight grooves and two part vocal harmonies, Seth James provides a wonderful evening of entertainment. Seth puts an emphasis on relatable and professional performances.

“No hiding behind music stands or iPads, and strong on-stage banter that leaves everyone laughing but no one feeling put down or pushed away.”

Ripon Community Church Unchained Concert — Friday

Ripon Community Church will host its Unchained Concert Friday at the Village Green at 7 p.m. Friday.

The event features live music, bouncy houses and cotton candy.

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