Leaf It To Rusk

Leaf It To Rusk

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, foot and bike races, Ladysmith area garage sales, and events downtown, including a car & tractor show, live local music, and more!


View a full list of all events


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! 

Tickets are just $25 in advance and $30 at the door if any tickets are available by the event. Purchase tickets in person at the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce inside the Rusk County Visitor Center or online using the link below. 

Must be 21 to attend.

Click here to purchase tickets online

Felsenmeer Guided Hike

Event Location: Blue Hills

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.

$10/person due by September 21st

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 manager@ladysmithchamber.com.

County Wide Garage Sale

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 manager@ladysmithchamber.com

Maps coming soon!


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

Rusk County’s Honor the Fallen Motorcycle Ride & Fundraiser

Rusk Riders ATV Club Guided ATV Ride

Meet at the former Weyerhaeuser School

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

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

Christie Mountain Fall Color Chairlift Rides

W13775 County Road O Bruce

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

Experience breathtaking views of the blue hills.

Leaf it to Rusk Mud Bog

Sponsored by the Rusk County Jr Fair

Saturday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m.

$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.