September 2019
September 2019 DWACC Newsletter
September is Chamber of Commerce Month, Yahara Riverfest and WindsorFest!
See what else is happening!
Governor Evers proclaims September Chamber of Commerce month!
Our Mission: To provide pro-active leadership to advance a positive business environment and foster economic growth, through community identity involvement, and membership participation.

WMC Foundation Business & Industry Luncheon
Tuesday, October 8th
10:30AM - 1:00PM
The 2019 Business & Industry luncheon will feature discussions on Wisconsin economic direction, the state of Wisconsin’s business community and the crowning of the 2019 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. 
The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Yahara Riverfest is on Saturday, September 7th at Conservancy Commons Park in DeForest from 12:00pm - 4:30pm!

Come down for some wonderful family activities and enjoy food, entertainment and the infamous duck race in the Yahara River!

Celebrate our community's largest natural asset - the Upper Yahara River!
What is Happening Here!
Best of DeForest Windsor Businesses!
Time to vote for your favorite businesses in a variety of different categories!

Vote to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Pick-N-Save!

Deadline is September 19th! Vote Here 
Open House
Sunday, September 8th from

The  Hansen-Newell-Bennett House,  is located at 119 East Elm St. in DeForest and includes several permanent displays, including historical information on the early schools, churches, and businesses in the area. 
Rooms on the first floor - parlor, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom - are interpreted from the early 1900's period, before the advent of electricity. A small garage on the property houses artifacts that relate to transportation, farming and gardening implements.
Chamber Luncheon

Tuesday, September 10th from 11:30AM-1:00PM at Parkside Village

Mike Mathweg from Milz Health Group will be presenting on the

"Ten things you should know about your Health Insurance."

10th Annual DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night
Tuesday, September 10th, from 5:00-7:00PM at Fireman's Park

DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night is an opportunity to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.

This year’s festivities will include free food (while supplies last), raffle prizes, crime prevention information, children’s games/activities, and other exhibits from the DeForest Police Department. This event will include participation from the DeForest Police Department, DeForest Windsor Fire Department and EMS, and other local law enforcement agencies.

Citizens will be able to tour squad cars, fire apparatus, and ambulances. Visitors will also have a chance to meet and talk with local Officers, Firefighters, and EMT's.
Brews & Bites on Thursday, September 12th from 5:30-8:30PM at Fireman's Park

The Village of DeForest Parks & Recreation presents the second Brews & Bites of the season in Fireman's Park. This event is sure to have something for everyone!

Bring your lawn chairs, spread out your blankets and enjoy an evening of live music by Dig Deep

An assortment of local craft beers, hard cider and non alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase, along with food options.

Musical Act: Dig Deep
Food Carts:
Sabor Querentano
Series Sponsor: TDS TV
The American Legion Post 348 will be having a Brat Bust on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm in the Pick-N-Save parking lot!

Enjoy a brat and support our Olson-Grinde American Legion Post 348!
Chamber Networking Event
Tuesday, September 17th from 4:00-6:00PM at Rodeside Grill
Our Chamber Networking Events will be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4-6 pm!

Come and get to know other Chamber members and create a network of friends and colleagues to collaborate with and make connections!

If you would like to sponsor or even host one of these events at your place of business to give a tour and show Chamber members what you do for our communities, please contact Heike to set up a date!

DASD Referendum Projects
Design & Construction Updates
DeForest Area Intermediate School The conceptual images of the latest floor plan and an exterior rendering of the new intermediate school.  It is important to remember that these are conceptual images, not completed designs.  The intermediate school design will continue to evolve as the design team meets with staff to further develop plans and ensure budgetary alignment. 

Features of the new Intermediate School include:
  • Core instructional areas organized into Small Learning Communities, which include classrooms, small group instructional spaces, collaboration space and student and staff resource areas
  • “Social stairs” (a versatile space for students to gather, meet and learn)
  • Art, music and maker spaces
  • Three-station gym 
  • Separate bus and parent drop off / pick up loops
  • Layers of security integrated into the school’s design

DeForest Area High School
It is important to remember that the floor plans and exterior renderings are conceptual images, not completed designs. It is likely that these plans will evolve over time as the design and construction team continues to gather feedback from staff to further develop plans and ensure budgetary alignment.

Features of the High School addition and renovations include:
  • Enlarged student commons and cafeteria
  • Renovated science wing with new classroom, laboratory space
  • Renovated library with integrated media lab and small group instruction spaces 
  • Renovated large group instruction area 
  • New three-station gymnasium
  • New pool with locker room facilities, spectator seating, and public access 
  • And more

4th Annual WindsorFest Celebration
on Saturday, September 28th!

A nod to the past, a celebration of the present and a look to the future!

Help us celebrate the agricultural history of the Windsor Community with the 4th Annual WindsorFest Celebration!

This wonderful family event will have many free family activities, entertainment and special events, like a kickball game with Law Enforcement versus Fire & EMS, with the help of children present and ready to play! Watch Smokey the Bear make his way through the obstacle courses and maybe even up the Rock Wall! A petting farm, pony rides, carnival style games and family stage entertainment!

We are looking for sponsors to help make this event a wonderful time for kids of all ages! If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in the WindsorFest celebration, please contact the Chamber!

All sponsorship include the opportunity to enter the Scarecrow decorating contest which is judged by event goers - so be creative! 

Would you like to volunteer for WindsorFest?
Please sign up here: Volunteer
Current WindsorFest Sponsors

Vienna Tourism Commission

Dwight and Bonnie Ziegler
North Star Convention Center renovations and new holiday menu!

The Comfort Inn & Suites is renovating the North Star Conference Center in time for holiday gatherings. Pictures coming soon! They also have a new Holiday Menu available November 1st thru January 31st!

Contact Alycia Prince to book your next event at the North Star Conference Center
608-846-4593 or
Calendar of Events
For more events and information visit:

DeForest Windsor Area Chamber Calendar:  Chamber September Calendar
DeForest Area Community & Senior Center News:  DeForest Center Scoop
DeForest Area Public Library:  DeForest Area Library Calendar
DeForest Area School District Calendars:  DASD Calendars
Town of Burke:  Town of Burke
Town of Leeds:  Town of Leeds:
Town of Vienna:  Town of Vienna
Village of DeForest:  Village of Deforest
Village of Windsor:  Village of Windsor
DeForest Times Tribune:  DTT News

If you have an event that you would like on the Chamber Event Calendar, please go to Chamber Master and fill out an event listing and we will post it on the Chamber website!