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Downtown Fond du Lac Main Street Market

Saturday,September 12, 2020 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is committed to supporting the downtown businesses in light of all of the changes we have all experienced this year. One of the biggest changes this year is whether or not to host Fondue Fest. With an annual expected attendance of over 20,000 people, it is a day to celebrate downtown!

This year, the celebration is going to look a little bit different. In lieu of hosting Fondue Fest, the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership will be hosting the first Downtown Fond du Lac Main Street Market. Taking place Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 9 a.m.- 2.p.m between Merrill St. & Western Ave. you will find a variety of vendors providing fresh produce, merchandise, prepared foods, art, and crafts while shopping at our downtown businesses. 

Downtown Fond du Lac Main Street Market will be modeled after the currently running Farmers Market. All vendors will be placed one space apart from one another. We are encouraging attendees to please be aware of social distancing and to utilize the provided handwashing stations. 

This year, we have decided against hosting our music stages and Kids Zone to refocus the event to let the businesses on Main Street shine. 

Fondue Fest History

The downtown Fall Festival began in 2000 when downtown merchants wanted to celebrate the reopening of Main Street following a lengthy construction project. Shops put sales on the street, and other vendors were invited. Since then, the festival has grown exponentially in every aspect: participation, attractions and attendance.

In 2007 the festival was given a new name – Fond du Lac Fondue Fest – and it attracted more than 15,000 attendees. The centerpiece for the festival became the World’s Largest Fondue Set, which was created by an engineering and fabrication team from Brenner Tank. The “World’s Largest” name was conferred by the Guinness Book of World Records, and presented to the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership. This re-styled event attracted visitors and vendors from throughout the Midwest, and was covered by media outlets from throughout Wisconsin and the Chicago Sun-Times. The festival was even covered nationally by CNN. Blogs and other Internet media sources provided additional buzz. The event was a great success, and raised more than $3,000 for the Fond du Lac AC Agribusiness Council.

This year the festival will have a number of different palate-pleasing fondues, prepared and presented by students of the Culinary Arts Program at Moraine Park Technical College and the Fond du Lac Optimists' Club. Other favorite events will return, including the Kids' Zone, music stages, plus great food and great fun!

Fondue Fest gives the downtown the opportunity to show their endurance, the strength of their friendships and a chance to celebrate community in the downtown.

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