Nes­tled in a scenic val­ley in the cor­ners of Dane, Green, Iowa and Lafayette coun­ties, the Vil­lage of Blan­chardville offers small town liv­ing within com­mut­ing dis­tance from Madi­son. Along Blanchardville’s Main Street you’ll find stores offer­ing cheese, gifts, fine art, cot­tage indus­try crafts, antiques, and hard­ware. Enjoy home­style cook­ing at the Viking Cafe or a bev­er­age and food at one of the three pub and grills. Sit­u­ated along the banks of the Peca­ton­ica River is beaut­ful McKel­lar Park, fea­tur­ing 9 full-service camp­sites, pic­nic area and shel­ter, play­ground swim­ming pool, and ball dia­monds. In coop­er­a­tion with the DNR and FEMA, a wet­lands area is being devel­oped. If you are canoe­ing the Peca­ton­ica, Blan­chardville is an ideal launch or take out site. If ATV fun is more your style, the Lafayette Tri County ATV Trail from Fayette ends at Hwy 78 in the village.

Right next to the bridge over the Peca­ton­ica is the Blan­chardville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, a museum of arti­facts detail­ing the his­tory of Blan­chardville and offer­e­ing a self-guided tour of the his­tor­i­cal build­ings. The vil­lage was estab­lished in 1844 by a small group of Mor­mons lead by Samuel Horner, who named it Zara­hemla. Horner built a water-powered grist­mill which was bought by Alvin Blan­chard in 1855. After the Mor­mon colony dis­ap­peared around 1857, the com­mu­nity became Blanchardville.

Events in Blan­chardville include the Father’s Day Chicken Bar­beque, Cruis’n Wis­con­sin Car, Truck and Cycle Show on the sec­ond Sun­day in July, a sum­mer gar­den tour and art exhibit in July, Pec Jamm 2-day music fes­ti­val and Peca­ton­ica River Art Con­flu­ence in August, and in late Sep­tem­ber or early Octo­ber a uniquely “Blan­chardville” tra­di­tion of a whole com­mu­nity true Home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion involv­ing the school, alumni from across the coun­try, and com­mu­nity. The fes­tiv­i­ties begin Fri­day night with a parade down main­street which ends near the foot­ball field fol­lowed by fire­works and a bon­fire. Next is a fun, slightly wacky, Sat­ur­day home­com­ing parade fol­lowed by the foot­ball game. Packed tav­erns on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day nights often pro­vid­e live music.

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Hunter Safety Classes Available

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Hunter Safety Classes Available

Blan­chardville Rod & Gun Club will be offer­ing Hunter Safety Classes at the Peca­ton­ica High School Ag Room.


April 1st, 3rd, 8th and 10th from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 12th 8:00–10:00 a.m.

Hunter Safety classes are MANDATORY for any­one hunt­ing who will turn 12 years of age in 2014.

Cus­tomer ID # is required from the DNR and can be obtained at the DNR web­site.

Pre-Registration is MANDATORY by call­ing:
Steve Dieck­hoff at 523‑4114 or
Todd Han­son at 523‑4523


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April 1, 2014


Vil­lage Trustee terms expir­ing in 2014 are:
John Boyle
Sam Harned
Paul Thomp­son
Incum­bants Harned & Thomp­son will be seek­ing another 2-year term while Boyle has declined to run again. Ryan Klassy was nom­i­nated as a can­di­date for the third trustee posi­tion, replac­ing Boyle.

Dis­trict School Board Can­di­dates are as fol­lows:
Wendy Bedale  ~  Ron Lin­der  ~  Patty McGowan
These 3 can­di­dates will be on the offi­cial bal­lot for the 3 seats available.

Retirement Reception

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Retirement Reception

   Police Hat Clip Art
Retire­ment Recep­tion for
Walt Fis­cher
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 1st
1 — 4 p.m.

In appre­ci­a­tion for Walt’s 6 years in Blan­chardville and over 40 years in area law enforcement

B’ville Boot Camp

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B’ville Boot Camp

Mon­day / Tues­day / Thursday

Jan­u­ary 9th — March 27, 2014

4:45 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.

Doors Open at 4:30 a.m.

Warm Up * Work Out * Walk/Run * Stretch * Cool Down

Vari­ety of music pro­vided ~ Yoga mat recommended

All fit­ness and inten­sity lev­els welcome

Please note: If there hap­pens to be inclement weather, Open Gym will be can­celed. 

To stay con­nected, email Cher Schliem at and include your cell phone num­ber if you have one. You can con­tact Cher by cell phone at 608–558-3385