(Land O'Lakes) What was "Barefoot Charlie"? Discover the tales behind the colorful Northwoods figure during the inaugural "Barefoot Charlie" Fest, August 18  at Land O'Lakes. The community has a full day of fund and music in store for everyone, all part of the year-long observance of the 100th birthday of Land O'Lakes (at one time known as Stateline).
Scheduled for the pavilion starting at 10 a.m. are period games for the younger generation, food, beverages and music all day long. The music starts in late morning with four bands ranging from polka to rock 'n' roll. There will be a Barefoot Charlie look-a-like contest and a "Big Foot" contest with prizes for the best costumes. From the 1940's to the 1960', Barefoot Charlie (who had very large feet and who went barefoot most of the time) owned and operated a restaurant/tavern that was unique to say the least. Everything in the structure was made out of wood with a rustic flavor (tree stumps served as bar stools!) and he even had a tree or two growing through the roof.
The 21 and older crowd is invited to the Barefoot Brew-Ha from 2-6 p.m., the same day at the nearby ball daimont at Memorial Park. At least 15 craft brewers are expected to present about 30 different brews. Music and snacks, too. Strong-weak, light-dark, sweet-sour. Try them all. Participants will receive a commemorative glass with their paid admission. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate the day of the event. Tickets available at the chamber office and area businesses.
For more information, contact the Land O'Lakes Chamber of Commerce.