Kaukauna Celebrates the Past, Present and Future with Electric City Experience

Did you know the small City of Kaukauna is the 4th oldest city in the State of Wisconsin? Kaukauna is celebrating its 225 year anniversary of European settlement this summer. In 1790 Dominique Ducharme built a log home and began trading with the Native Americans along the banks of Kaukauna. Later he traded two barrels of rum for Wisconsin’s first recorded land deed of hundreds of acres of what is now much of Kaukauna’s north side. This area encompasses a tract of land from the Fox River past the Starlite Club and totaled 1271 acres. There are countless entertaining stories that have happened in the last 225 years in Kaukauna and it is time we celebrate together.

On June 13th 2015 KARMA is kicking off the first annual Electric City Experience. KARMA is celebrating this 225 year anniversary with 225 performances and activities throughout downtown Kaukauna. KARMA is a 501(c)(3) organization working with the city, local businesses and non-profit organizations to host outstanding events in the Kaukauna area. Appleton Rock School joined forces with KARMA to bring an event to Kaukauna like no other.

This event will showcase numerous local businesses and parks. Family fun games, inflatables, face painting, race car and equipment displays plus other kids activities will be hosted in Central Park behind the original Kaukauna Library. This park will also host local food vendors and non-profit organizations lending a hand building community pride. To cap it all off, live music will be running all day with an all ages, no cover charge performance by national recording artist and Mile of Music co-founder Cory Chisel.
Across the beautiful new power canal KARMA will show off many small and home-based businesses in a vendor fair inside Hydro Park. This beautiful new park will also showcase local original acoustic acts as well as a large historical booth showcasing Kaukauna ‘a proud history and serve as a pick up point to our city wide historical tour. Ride along with our local girl scouts and local historians to learn about the countless things cleverly hidden throughout the City of Kaukauna.

Surrounding the large numbers of performances inside the parks, local bars and taverns are excited to participate and entertain attendees as well. Appleton Rock School and other local performing groups will also host pop-up performances all day long on sidewalks and in other high traffic areas. Headliners include Appleton native Cory Chisel, plus other local talent to include Kyle Megna and the Monsoons, Boxkar, Copperbox, The Electra Color, Bad Haji, Red Light Saints, The 151’s, and more. The complete lineup of entertainment is available on the next page or on Facebook.

Title sponsors include Kwik Trip, Midwest Carriers, Appleton Rock School and Wisconsin Brewing Company. In addition to these title sponsors, Boldt, Unison Credit Union, Able Insurance, and Kobussen Busses have committed to be “Lower Dam” sponsors, each contributing large monetary donations or in kind services. Each performance venue and many other local businesses have contributed to bring this great event to Kaukauna. The complete list is available on the Electric City Experience Facebook page.

All proceeds go right back in to the Kaukauna community. KARMA donates a portion of its proceeds right back to the non-profit organizations that help out the programs and events. Kaukauna Athletic Association plans to use proceeds to fund the new scoreboards for Kaukauna’s athletic facilities. KARMA also allocates a portion of proceeds to scholarship funding and local community projects. Potential volunteers, vendors, or sponsors are invited to email the KARMA board of directors at with ideas or questions. June 13th is coming up quick, mark your calendars for the Electric City Experience.

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