2016 National Meet
FALL is one of the most beautiful times of year in Sheboygan County. The red, orange, and yellow trees with a lake background are absolutely breathtaking. The days are just cool enough for walks on the trails of Maywood Envirornental Park, Parnell Tower and the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Farmers Markets in Elkhart Lake, Plymouth and Sheboygan abound with fresh produce, and flowers, to local cheese artisans, maple syrup and bread makers.. Apple orchards are ready to be picked and pumpkin farms have Jack-O-Lanterns and corn mazes. And, it’s start of surfing season, of course!
ELKHART LAKE is a hidden gem. The crystal clear water and natural beauty are treasured secrets to many who make their way here and continue to come back year after year. From it’s beautiful little main street offering a Museum, Farmer’s Market, delightful shopping and restaurants, golf courses and of course Road America’s National ark of Speed. Two historical over-road- racing circuits around Elkhart Lake are not to be missed. You will go around the corners, over the hills, once traveled at high speed by the world’s top sports car drivers. A few miles out of town is Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park. It has 64 campsites. The Sheboygan river is great for canoe and row boat fun. Climb the Marsh Tower for breathtaking countryside views. On the way back to Elkhart stop and see the Henschel Indian Museum. Indian artifacts and copper pieces dating back to 8000 BC. Includes an archeological dig site.
WITHIN 20 MILES you can visit many varied sites, including the following:
The Wade House. A stagecoach stop in the 1800’s. You can climb inside a stagecoach! See the new Visitor’s Center, and the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. Take a horse-drawn ride back in time to learn how your relatives lived before indoor plumbing, electricity and the automobile. Tour the Wade house, blacksmith shop and more. www.wadehouse.wisconsinhistory,org
PLYMOUTH Wl. The Cheese Capital of the World. Historic downtown Plymouth now features 24 Walldogs murals that capture the nostalgia and significance of its rich business history. Don’t miss the antique, specialty and gift shops. Delicious eateries abound. Dirt Track Racing with stock cars are a Saturday night event at the Fairgrounds.
AVIATION HERITAGE CENTER OF WISCONSIN. Located at the Sheboygan County Airport, it is a place for people to experience the world of flight. Explore the Museum, library, and the early pioneer days of barnstorming pilots landing in fields to give rides and demonstrations. www.ahcw.org
SHEBOYGAN FALLS WI..The downtown Historic District encapsulates history. It boasts of over 40 buildings restored to their original 1800’s splendor. It’s no wonder this quaint town received The Great American Main Street Award. It is known for its niche shops dealing in gift, specialty items, wine, clothing and furniture. It also has unique dining experiences.
KOHLER WI…The village is an amazing community. Not only is it home to a leading American corporation and the third best golf course in the world, (according to Golf Magazine), it’s Design Center houses a three-level showcase of innovative product design and technology, creative achievement and American history, and is ready to tour.
The Waelderhaus is a bit of Austria in an alpine chalet. A replica of the ancestral home of the Kohler family, it reflects the spirit and architecture of the Bregenzerwald region of Austria. Shopping is an experience not to miss at the Shops at Woodlake.
SHEBOYGAN WI….Known as the spirit on the lake, the City rests on the Lake Michigan shore. Also known as the Malibu of the Midwest. Sheboygan is the Fresh Water Surf Capital of the World. A favorite spot for stand-up paddleboarders, surfers, (Labor Day week-end is known as Surf week-end, with people coming from across the country) windsurfers, sailors and kayakers. A walk through the Riverfront shanty shops, or a stroll along the South Pier restaurants and boutiques, makes for a delightful afternoon. Kids will love Spaceport Sheboygan. It is an interactive portal to science fun.
Check out authentic NASA artifacts. Learn how to land a space shuttle on a simulator.
Then going from new to old, tour the Wreck of the Lottie Cooper, built in 1876. The schooner capsized and sunk in gale force winds in 1894 just off the Sheboygan Harbor John Michael Kohler Arts Center…Twelve art galleries featuring exhibitions devoted to contemporary art. It includes music, dance and the theatrical performances, along with ARTspace gift shop, ARTcafe and an outdoor sculpture garden.www.jmkac.org
Bookworm Gardens…is a whimsical, wonderful spot where nature, literature, and the imagination come to life. The 2.5 acre garden brings books to life in a beautiful garden setting. Organized into six children’s areas anchored by the Hansel and Gretel Learning Cottage. bookwormgardens,org
Indian Mound Park…The Open Mound Exhibit contains artifacts and replica skeletal material and 18 animal and geometric effigy burial grounds. Builders were nomadic Native Americans living between 500 and 1000 AD
Sheboygan is also the Bratwurst Capital of the World, beating out Bucyrus Ohio for the title in 1970. How did Sheboygan’s sausage makers, bakers, and backyard chefs earn the prestigious title? Well first, Sheboyganites fry brats on a grill. And no, they absolutely do not grill brats, they fry them-period. Many a visitor and transplant to Sheboygan has been confused by the well-known phrase, “fry brats.” But know for certain the Sheboyganites are not utilizing the word “fry” incorrectly, nor are they spelling it incorrectly when they write, “We fryed brats,” in reference to how one spent a weekend. That is just simply how it’s done in Sheboygan. They fry brats, and after frying them to perfection, brats are dressed on a round (not oblong) Sheboygan hard roll and sprinkled with onion and brown mustard. There you have it! The Sheboygan brat that earned the title Bratwurst Capital of the world!
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Annual National Meets
Each year, the VCOA Board of Directors along with a Host Chapter organize a multi-day National Meet. Held at various locations nation wide, these meets allow members from all regions to participate. National Meets have been held from New Hampshire to Florida, New Jersey to Michigan and Kansas to California. Meets usually begin on Friday as members arrive throughout the day for an evening reception, Saturday events often include a car show, technical forums, driving activities, and non-automotive activities for the family. Saturday evening concludes with a banquet, awards ceremony and keynote guest speaker.