Niagara celebrates centennial

NIAGARA, Wis. – A five-day celebration of the city of Niagara’s centennial starts Wednesday.

A canopy tent – believed to be the largest ever erected in northern Wisconsin – was set up Monday at Heights Park. The tent measures 220-feet long by 120-feet wide and is nearly 40-feet high. It will accommodate thousands of people, along with the main stage deck and a beverage stand.

The celebration will feature entertainment from bands including 38 Special and The Kentucky Headhunters. There will also be a fireworks show and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band will perform as part of a centennial parade.

A schedule follows:


– 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., carnival midway.


– 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., carnival Midway

– 2:30 p.m., The Steenos (Futures Stage)

– 4:30 p.m., Cancel Tomorrow (Futures Stage)

– 6 p.m., Next Myle Band (Main Stage)

– 8:30 p.m., HOTEL CALIFORNIA A Salute to The Eagles (Main Stage)


– 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., carnival midway; arts and crafts

– Noon to 6 p.m., kids fun and games

– 2 p.m., Chartier & Norton (Futures Stage)

– 4 p.m., Plain Fashion Dirt Band (Main Stage)

– 6:30 p.m., The Johnny Wad Band (Main Stage)



– 10 a.m. to 11a.m., parade, featuring the UW Marching Band

– 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., carnival midway; arts and crafts

– Noon to 6 p.m., kids fun and games

– 12:45 p.m., UW Marching Band Fifth Quarter Show

– 1:30 p.m., THE ULTIMATE LEGENDS Music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, The Blues Brothers (Main Stage)

– 5 p.m., Nudge (Futures Stage)

– 7 p.m., Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders (Main Stage)

– 9 p.m., 38 SPECIAL (Main Stage)


– 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., ecumenical church service

– 11 a.m. to midnight, carnival midway; arts and crafts

– Noon to 6 p.m., kids fun and games

– 1:30 p.m., THE BRITINS doing The Beatles

– 5 p.m., SUBSTITUTE doing The Who

– 7:15 p.m., SEPARATE WAYS doing Journey

– Dusk, fireworks show.

Admission to the centennial celebration and entertainment events is via a $15 centennial button. Children age 2 and under are free.

The button provides admission to all five days of the celebration. Buttons are available at the park gates, and in advance at all Forward Financial Credit Union and First National Bank of Niagara locations.

Carnival rides are $1.25, with wristband specials ($20) and other discounts available.

On Thursday at 2 p.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially kick off the centennial event, conducted by Niagara Mayor George Bousley.