After a very successful ten-day event, de-installation, clean-up and the beginnings of an extensive evaluation, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who helped make Fermentation Fest a great success again this year, bringing thousands of people to Sauk County and the Farm/Art DTour.
On behalf of the Wormfarm Institute I wish to thank our partners: Sauk County UW Extension and Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce; and our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Kailo Fund, Alliant Energy Foundation, Greater Sauk County Community Foundation, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Reedsburg Area United Fund, Sauk County Arts and Culture Committee, the City of Reedsburg Room Tax Commission and Madison Arts Commission. We bestow special thanks to the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Kristine Koenecke for acting as the Fermentation Fest Headquarters—again this year—and to the Reedsburg Revitalization Organization, Reedsburg ArtsLink and the Sauk Prairie, Baraboo and Spring Green Chambers of Commerce for your support. You stepped forward with enthusiasm and vision. We are honored.
We would also like to thank our major sponsors: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Organic Valley, and Cricket Design Works. Without you there would be no Ferm Fest. Your confidence in our work inspires us to reach higher every year. Additional event sponsors include: Wisconsin Public Radio, Lands’ End, Culver’s VIP Foundation, Viking Village Inc., Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Slama’s Lawn and Sport, LK Design Studio & Photography, Able Trek Tours, ReStore Sauk-Columbia Area, Rock Springs Public Library, Madison College, Alphagraphics Madison, and Voyageur Inn. Thanks also to Community First Bank, Oakdale Electric Cooperative, Saputo Cheese USA, Inc. 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 all of our advertisers and other local businesses who helped in a variety of ways with a special shout-out to A-1 Rental, Friede & Associates and Vierbicher Associates. Special thanks to Amanda Veith for producing the 2015 Fermentation Fest promo video.
Special tribute goes to all of the landowners who graciously allowed art installations to be placed in their fields; to the many residents who created wonderful Farm Forms and “rogue” installations along the DTour; and to the farmers for what you do every day. Together you illuminate and celebrate the culture in agriculture and have generated increasing national interest for our entire region. We are deeply grateful for your hard work, creativity, and conviction. In addition we would like to thank those who allowed the use of your space for classrooms and event venues including Jan and Carolyne Aslaksen, Jim Van de Grift, Deli Bean, Webb Middle School, Linda Spencer and Madison College, Park Place, the Old School Art Asylum, Star Cinema, Voyageur Inn, the Reedsburg Public Library. A special thank you goes to our gift shop/class host, Blue Heron.
We extend our gratitude to you who loaned or donated materials for art installations including tree limbs and straw bales, laundry, and electricity. Lemonade Workshop, Beaver Bike & Kayak and Wildside Action Sports provided support for each weekend’s bicycle rides, and buskers (street musicians) performed in Downtown Reedsburg or along the DTour during the Fest. Big thanks to Shawni Mittlesteadt and SoulSong Productions for the use of audio equipment for the Pasture Performances, to Beth and Todd Persche for the beautiful mosaic archway; and to Nichelle Martin and Nina Macheel for marketing expertise. Know that your work, your artistry, your inspiration weaves throughout Fermentation Fest and lingers in thousands of memories. Thanks to Ray Cummings from Citetek for providing technical support for the classes 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—you are a large and generous group!
Thank you to the Wormfarm Institute Board of Directors, the staff, interns, resident artists, and members of the Fermentation Fest Steering, DTour and Food Committees for your 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 ten-day live culture convergence over the ten months it takes each year to bring it to life. You bring joy and inspiration to thousands of residents and visitors to Sauk County each fall. Until next year!
Executive Director, Wormfarm Institute