Thank you!

Creative Motion School of Dance wearing corn tutus by Martina Patterson. Photo: Katrin Talbot.

Creative Motion School of Dance wearing corn tutus by Martina Patterson. Photo: Katrin Talbot.

After a wonderful nine days where art, farming, food and learning converged in Sauk County we are feeling incredibly grateful to the many individuals and organizations who made Fermentation Fest possible this year. We wish to thank all those who contributed towards another successful event, bringing thousands of people to beautiful Sauk County.

On behalf of the Wormfarm Institute we thank our partners: Sauk County UW Extension and Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and our funders The National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Alliant Energy Foundation, Greater Sauk County Community Foundation, Wisconsin Farmers Union,

Reedsburg Area United Fund, Sauk County Arts and Culture Committee, and the City of Reedsburg Room Tax Commission.  A special thanks to the Reedsburg Chamber and Kristine Koenecke for serving as the Fermentation Fest Headquarters again this year and to the Reedsburg Revitalization Organization, Reedsburg ArtsLink and the City of Reedsburg for their support.

We also thank our major sponsors:  Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Cricket Design Works. Additional event sponsors include: Wisconsin Public Radio, Bug Tussel Wireless, Lands’ End, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Slama’s Lawn and Sport, Able Trek Tours, Chef K. Clark Pickles and Preserves, Water House Foods, Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Reedsburg Utility Commission, Vierbicher, Cooks Countryside Trucking, and WCCU Credit Union.

We are grateful to the Reedsburg Independent, Reedsburg Times Press, Baraboo News Republic, Reedsburg Utility, and WRDB for spreading the word and to our advertisers and other local businesses who helped in a variety of ways including with map sales with a special shout-out to A-1 Rental, Touchdown Tavern and Viking Village.

Special tribute goes to all the landowners who allowed art installations to be placed in their fields; to those who hosted artists; to those who created Farm Forms and “rogue” installations along the DTour; and to farmers for what they do every day.  In addition we would like to thank those who allowed the use of their space for classrooms and events including Larry and Kay Schroder, BJ and Sarah Pitts-Ganem, Jim Van de Grift, Frank Neumann, Reedsburg Computer Studio, Webb Middle School, Dietz Kitchen Gallery, and the City of Reedsburg.

We extend our gratitude to those who loaned or donated equipment and materials including grain elevators, chopper boxes, refrigerators and more. Thanks to performers such as Creative Motion School of Dance and buskers (street musicians) who performed along the DTour. Big thanks to Beth Persche for the beautiful mosaic archway; to Citetek for technical support, to Wildside Action Sports for the bicycle cue sheets and to the Dietz family for countless acts of kindness. Our sincere thanks to a very long list of volunteers who hosted classes or performances, installed and de-installed art works, housed artists, put up signs, and more – they are too numerous to mention.

Thank you to the Wormfarm Institute Board of Directors, the staff, resident artists, and members of the Steering Committee for their tireless work, creative problem solving and support over the past year. And a final thank you to all who participated in or contributed to this live culture convergence over the ten months it takes each year to bring it to life.