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Tallman Arts Festival

Tallman Arts Festival: Art @ PLAY

The Rock County Historical Society is busy getting ready for the Tallman Arts Festival on August 7th. This year’s theme is Art @ PLAY; attendees will be able to take part in hands-on activities at various “PLAY” stations to unleash their artistic side.

Attendees will be able to see a range of art styles on display, including hand woven baskets, photographs, quilts, stone work, glass designs, woodworking, paintings, sketches, jewelry, and more. The vendors’ work, as well as the official Tallman Arts Festival poster, will be available for purchase.

During the festival, Stephen and Cameron Pickering will be running a fun-filled event for kids called Young@Art. There will be arts and crafts available for children of all ages. This year, some activities include squirt gun painting, paper plate masks, and face painting.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Paul Imholte at 10:00am, Mike Boyd at 11:00am, Andrus and the Mariners at 1:00pm, and SwingFish at 3:00pm.

There will be a variety of food vendors at the festival, serving everything from Asian Fusion to burgers and cheese curds. The confirmed food vendors are The Nutman Co., R-Own Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, SoHo Gourmet Cuisines, Dip n Good Dips, Slide LLC DBA Slide Food Cart, and Curd Girl.

Furthermore, attendees will be able to preview the Society’s newest tour that will be sure to give visitors a spook this October.

Stop on by the Tallman Arts Festival on August 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm and immerse yourself in Wisconsin’s oldest arts festival. Tickets are just $5 at the door. Proceeds of the Tallman Arts Festival go to support the programming and events at the Rock County Historical Society.

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The Rock County Historical Society enriches and engages the communities in Rock County, Wisconsin through preservation and dissemination of the unique history and heritage of our area.


Gathering here today in the Rock River Valley, the Rock County Historical Society (RCHS) acknowledges the Indigenous People whose ancestors thrived for thousands of years in this region. RCHS welcomes all the First Nations as the nations pass along their native language and traditions to younger generations.

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