Road America’s Spring Vintage Festival Weekend returns, and more Sheboygan news in weekly dose

Road America’s Spring Vintage Festival Weekend returns, and more Sheboygan news in weekly dose

SHEBOYGAN – An annual rite of spring, the SVRA Spring Vintage Festival Weekend returns May 19-21 at Road America.

“America’s National Park of Speed” will come alive with the sights and sounds of vintage racing throughout the weekend. Spectators can immerse themselves in the history of motorsports, witness the beauty of classic cars, and enjoy the sights, sounds and on-track action from nearly every era of racing’s past.

The weekend will also be bolstered with the SVRA SpeedTour, a series of races and events from the Formula 4 United States Championship, Formula Regional Americas Championship series and the Mazda Miata Heritage Cup Series.

One of the festival’s highlights is the Hagerty Cars & Caffeine showcase, where vintage car owners display their prized possessions and engage in conversations with other enthusiasts. The showcase will be the morning of May 20 and guests can enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the cars.

A 1960 Austin Healey 3000 waits for its turn on the track at Elkhart Lake

Apart from the races, there will be plenty of activities to keep guests entertained. The Paddock Shop will offer a range of merchandise, and Road America’s concession stands will serve up food and drinks.

Guests can also walk around the Road America grounds and explore the many improvements, such as the new viewing trail that circumnavigates turns nine and 10, known as “The Carousel,” and witness awe-inspiring feats of speed and skill as competitors attempt new lap records on the completely repaved 4.048-mile racing surface.

Cars enter turn six at Elkhart Lake

Road America will provide free admission to all active, reserve-duty military, and veterans with ID during the Spring Vintage Festival Weekend.

Gates will open to the public each day at 7 a.m. Admission is $55 for the three-day weekend, $25 May 19, $30 May 20 and $30 May 21. Anyone 16 and younger is always admitted free with a paying adult at the gate. All races run rain or shine. A tentative event schedule is available online. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 800-365-7223.

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Sheboygan’s Bike & Walk Week coming up June 5-11: Sheboygan Active Transportation, in collaboration with Wisconsin Bike Fed, is gearing up to host Bike & Walk Week in Sheboygan June 5-11.

The annual week provides residents a chance to get their bikes out of storage and challenge themselves to consider alternative forms of transportation to school, work and errands around their community.

Some of the happenings for the week include the following:

  • Weekday Commuter Energy Station: 6-9 a.m. June 5-9, get fueled up through coffee and treats at the Uptown Parklet in the northwest corner of Eighth Street and St. Clair.
  • Thursday Bike Giveaway & Movie: Begins in the Uptown Parklet at 5:30 p.m. June 8. Free, refurbished bikes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Also June 8, bike or walk to the Uptown Parklet for a bike-themed movie at 7 p.m. inside Paradigm Coffee & Music.
  • Saturday Bike Expo: Go to the Uptown Parklet between 9 a.m. and noon June 10 to experience bike resources and amenities in Sheboygan. Anyone who owns vintage bicycles is encouraged to attend and exhibit their bike(s) for three hours during the Bike Expo June 10.
  • Sunday Bike Festival: From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 11 at 3 Sheeps Brewing, 1837 North Ave., Sheboygan. Includes free kids’ bike playground and rodeo, group rides and more family fun. Plus, raffles, a brat fry and beer.

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Parklet installed on St. Clair Avenue: St. Clair Avenue between North Eighth and North Ninth streets in Sheboygan is closed to designate a street space into a temporary public gathering space that will include enhancements such as seating and landscaping.

The purpose of the temporary gathering space, also known as a parklet, is to reimage the area, provide pedestrian amenities and encourage non-motorized transportation while supporting local businesses and enhancing the public space, the city said.

The parklet will be available until Nov. 15.

Heaven’s Gait Ranch Inc. in Cedar Grove earns professional accreditation: Heaven’s Gait Ranch, Inc., in Cedar Grove, recently earned the designation of Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Heaven’s Gait Ranch partners individuals who have special needs, and others, with certified professionals and equines to achieve health, wellness and learning goals.

Heaven’s Gait Ranch, Inc., in Cedar Grove.

By earning PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center status, Heaven’s Gait Ranch Inc. has demonstrated it is operating in accordance with nearly 200 PATH Intl. standards for the equine-assisted services industry.

Out of the more than 800 PATH Intl. Member Centers, only 250 hold this distinction.

To become a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, Heaven’s Gait Ranch Inc. successfully passed an evaluation by trained PATH Intl. site visitors. Center evaluations cover a range of topics such as horse management, participant safety, equipment, quality of instruction, facility operations, volunteerism and best-business administrative practices, all with specific standards that must be met.

The standards were developed and adopted by the PATH Intl. membership to ensure centers follow procedures essential to safe, quality EAS programming.

PATH Intl. requires that Premier Accredited Centers be re-accredited every five years to maintain this designation.

For more about Heaven’s Gait Ranch Inc., contact Executive Director Margaret Mary McClaren at or visit

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