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On September 6, 1962, the early morning skies of Wisconsin were illuminated with an eerie green light.  A bright object burning like the sun created an arc and plunged toward earth. SPUTNIK IV crashed into Manitowoc. JOIN US ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2016 from noon to 11pm as we celebrate the biggest and best SPUTNIKFEST yet. Come on board.


Voted One of the Top Five Funkiest Festivals in the Country by Readers Digest, it’s always wacky, always tacky, and always great fun!  Sputnikfest 2015 drew 1000's of people from all over the Midwest. The Sputnik story is a little-known fact about our city and we want to share it with the rest of the world. This year, it is already on Wisconsin Tourism’s annual ‘Bucket List’ of things to do in Wisconsin and the legendary Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles gave Sputnikfest national exposure with a feature story in their magazine. The festival will be a celebration of not only the Sputnik/Manitowoc tie, but to that fun and sometimes frightening space age.

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Please contact Greg Vadney or Elaine Schroeder
at the Rahr-West Art Museum 920-686-3090
if you have any questions

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