Since 1964, Good Neighbor Festival has been bringing the Middleton community together. Over the past 50 years, this festival has changed a lot. The music sounds different. There are more midway rides. The city of Middleton is a bigger place than it once was.
But, through the years, some things have never changed. Good Neighbor Festival is still family fun, good music, great food and the good neighbor ethic. And it always will be.
Good Neighbor Festival grows out of the Middleton community. As the major fundraiser of the year for Middleton’s non-profit organizations, the event supports charities and worthy causes throughout the Middleton area. Event organizers continue to hope that visitors to Good Neighbor Festival attend not only to have a good time, but also to support the Middleton organizations that help our neighbors most in need.
Good Neighbor Festival owes so much to so many. This event would be impossible without the generous donations of businesses and organizations throughout the Middleton area. Whether they’re a Diamond Sponsor helping to fund a major component of the event, or a much smaller supporter, the generous donations of the business community make Good Neighbor Festival possible. The event would also be impossible without the commitments of time and expertise from countless volunteers.
Middleton Boy Scouts Troop 140
Troop 140 is one of the largest troops in the Wisconsin with approximately 88 active scouts. We are at the gold level for the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence Award.
Since 1959, hundreds of Middleton area youths have shared the values of Scouting through outdoor activities, leadership development and community service. Of which over 163 have received the rank of Eagle scout. Sponsored by St. Luke’s Church, Troop 140 is proud to serve Middleton and the surrounding communities.
Middleton Boy Scouts Troop 940
Troop 940 is a diverse, welcoming, and active group of scouts ages 11 – 17. Besides earning Merit Badges and working toward Eagle Rank, our scouts plan and lead monthly outings, a summer high adventure, and a week at summer camp in northern Wisconsin. The program is intended to give young men the chance to lead others, learn lifelong skills, and spend time in the great outdoors. We are chartered by the Optimist Club of Middleton.
The Middleton Jaycees is an organization of young professionals serving the Middleton and Madison areas of Wisconsin. Our focus is on community service, professional & personal development, networking, leadership training, and other fun activities. Strengthen your career & life by giving back to your community while enjoying all it has to offer.
Middleton Kiwanis is an organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world,one child and one community at a time. Meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 5:30 p.m., at Sofra Family Bistro in downtown Middleton.
The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world. In Middleton, our club empowers volunteers to serve the community. Our signature project is supporting the expansion of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, where transplant families and patients find compassion, care and support. Please see our website for all our projects and how to get involved.
The Middleton Optimists foster their core mission of “Serving the Youth of Our Community” through a variety of activities. We recognize a “Student of the Month” and a “Rising Star” student throughout the year. We host the annual “Cops & Bobbers” kids fishing event, help fund baseball/softball participation, support the Police Department’s “GREAT” program and engage our members in other community activities focused on youth.
Middleton VFW Post 8216 – William “Sonny” Simon Post
The Middleton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8216 and its members have a long proud tradition of service to our Nation and the local community.
VFW Post 8216 is the founding member of the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival and has been proud to continue to support the goals of the Fest for over 50 years. With over 175 members, Post 8216 prides itself as a community leader and has received recognition nationally from the VFW for its contributions to Middleton and the surrounding area.
As part of VFW Post 8216’s continued service to our community, we donate over $20,000 yearly to deployed Soldiers and their families and Veterans recuperating in local hospitals while also providing services for families of Veterans who have traveled from all over the county for life saving surgeries at the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital. We also provide civic donations to the Middleton Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs through the Middleton Flag Program, and to the Middleton High School, Middleton Library and Swimming Pools, Middleton Fire and Police Departments, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), Middleton Senior Center and a host of other community agencies and individuals in need. Proceeds from the Good Neighbor Fest Entertainment Tent are used to fund some of these programs. Come support your community with a celebration of music, entertainment, refreshments and camaraderie as Post 8216 hosts a diverse musical lineup once again this year.
Middleton VFW Post 8216 – Auxiliary
The VFW Auxiliary was one of the founding members of the Good Neighbor Festival and has been operating the carnival since the very beginning of the Fest. This is the major fundraiser for the Auxiliary that makes its charitable donations possible for the upcoming year.
The Auxiliary was chartered in 1953 and has been providing support to active military families,veterans and their families for more than 60 years. VFW Auxiliary membership is open to both female and male spouses and the immediate family of veterans eligible for VFW membership.
The Auxiliary provides funding for services that support military families in times of crisis and deployment at both the state and national levels. The Auxiliary also supplies financial and in-kind support to our Wisconsin VA Hospitals. The organization donates to a number of area groups such as: Middleton-Cross Plains Elementary Schools, Middleton Outreach Ministry, Dry Hooch, local scouting programs, school scholarships as well as giving support to many other local organizations in their charitable efforts.
It has been a pleasure to be able to bring fun and lasting memories to the families and neighbors of our area communities and in doing so being able to continue our support to our veterans and community.
The Chamber works to promote a strong economy and high quality of life for the greater Middleton Community. We are an association of more than 700 businesses, focusing on facilitation, advocacy, education and communication. We are STRONGER together!
The Middleton Wings
Middleton Youth Hockey – the Middleton Wings – promotes the advancement of youth athletics for boys and girls ranging from 4 to 16 years of age through hockey, by developing teamwork, sportsmanship, respect and camaraderie, while enhancing hockey skills, social development and competition, and having a lot of fun participating in the fast-moving sport of hockey! Go Wings!
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Education Foundation The MCPASD Education Foundation was launched in the summer of 2011 to raise funds to augment programs and activities currently provided by our school district, and to keep our local community informed on the strengths, challenges and needs of its schools. Our goal is to provide inspiring experiences for our students now, and for decades to come, through teacher innovation grants, student scholarships and our endowment.
The Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Executive Committee and Trustees for 2016 are (front row, l to r): Janet Nodorft (Chamber of Commerce); Jennifer Briggs, Raffle Chair (Lions Club); Mandy Peacock, Treasurer (Past President); Simi Seerha (MHS Key Club); Brandon Krogh, President-Elect (Lions Club); Jasmin Statz, Recording Secretary (Jaycees); Anamika Holke, Publicity Chair (Jaycees); (second row) John Dyar, Contributions Chair (Cub Scout Pack 240), Tamra Dagnon, Immediate Past President; Lucie Arendt (Sertoma); Carol Maki (Optimists); Renee Krueger (Jaycees); Kathy Esser (VFW Auxiliary); Bob Miller, 5K Run Walk Chair (Chamber of Commerce); (third row) Adam Warriner, President (Sertoma); Eric Dalyrmple, Executive Secretary (Boy Scout Troop 140); Mark Opitz, Parade Co-Chair (Boy Scout Troop 140); Kristi Warriner (Chamber of Commerce); Nancy Vickery, Grounds Chair (VFW Auxiliary); Randy Reinke, Vice President (Chamber of Commerce); Brian Morstad (Kiwanis); Andy Yadro (Chamber of Commerce); Scott Rubitsky (VFW); Cal Rigsby (VFW). Not pictured: Al Ripp (Chamber of Commerce); Courtney Ward-Reichard (MCPASD Education Foundation); Curt Fuszard (Optimists); Jenny Asmus (Cub Scout Pack 240); Mark Oesterle (Sertoma); Mike Bakken (Optimists); Mike White (Boy Scout Troop 940); Perry Hibner (MCPASD Education Foundation); Scott Budzinski (Middleton Youth Hockey); Shareef Bnyat (MHS Key Club); Stephanie Mueller, Parade Co-Chair (Boy Scout Troop 940); Tom Vandervest (Kiwanis).