July 6th was my parent's 25th year anniversary. To celebrate this amazing event they took my sister and I to Summerfest in Milwaukee!
We woke up early and hit the road. While stopping for gas on the way out of town we met a very unhappy cow. She was in the trailer of the truck parked next to us and kept sticking her nose out the window and pushing against the sides!
Thanks for taking us with on your anniversary! We split up once we reached the festival and then reunited for dinner and the main show.
We stopped for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings and ate as much as we could to try and avoid buying food in the grounds. I know they need to make money, but it was over 90 degrees out and water was $4.50 a bottle! I had some sort of buffalo chicken salad with chips and salsa.
Traffic was pretty heavy due to the event so we ended up getting there shortly after noon.
The first thing going on inside was the Milwaukee Circus!
We split off from our parents and wandered around lost for awhile. We weren't sure where to go and didn't know anyone who was playing at the time we got there. It was such a colorful place though! In addition to all the big theaters there were artists set up in little tents all along the lakefront! There was also a giant rainbow sky tram that ran the entire park.
Lots of different vendors were set up and we found one that sold handmade llamas! They were out of my price range, but I was very tickled when we found them. If I ever travel to South America though I'll definitely pick up a fluffy handcrafted llama!
After walking around for a long time my sister and I had to stop in some shade for a rest. We were in listening range of a cover band called Mt. Olive and ended up staying to listen for over an hour!
While sitting under the umbrella we were approached by a member of a group called Just B. Polo and personally invited to their performance a little later on. We ended up going but their style of music really wasn't for us. We took our parents and my dad just had a perplexed look on his face the entire time and we ended up leaving early.
We sat in an angled ray of shade while watching the cover band Stray Voltage. There were so many cover groups there!
We all ordered giant shaved ice cones to battle the heat. I got lime, my favorite flavor.
For this next series of photos I really don't know why I did this. We were passing the mechanical bull ride and the controller was calling out that he needed a rider. My mom jokingly told my dad that we had to stop so I could ride the bull and then I actually did!!
I made it a grand total of 19.3 seconds! I flew off the moment the conductor turned it up to level 2! It was a hoot! I still have friction burns on my legs but it was a worthwhile experience!
While looking for a place to sit we discovered Kix was playing! We watched the remainder of their performance.
Dialogue from the lead singer: "I want you to sing it for me!" *singing* "Now just the ladies!" *ladies singing* "Now just the ladies with big [boobies]" *singing while singer tries to see who's singing* "Now just the guys!" *singing* "Now just that guy!" *that guy belts it out* "Give it up for that guy!"
We got dinner from a vendor called Venice Club. My mom and I both got chicken Parmesan sandwiches. I had mine with a side of fried mushrooms and it was wonderful.
After dinner we went and bought Def Leppard concert tickets and watched Comedy Sportz while waiting for the main concert. Then, finally, it was time.
It rained while everyone filed into the bleachers but calmed down before the concerts.
Tesla was the opener. I'm not familiar with their songs but enjoyed them nonetheless.
They were followed by REO Speedwagon. My favorites of theirs were "I Can't Fight This Feeling," "Keep On Loving You," "Take It on the Run," and "Time For Me to Fly." "Take It on the Run" was stuck in my head for the next two days!
Then, the group of the evening, Def Leppard!
They definitely had the most impressive lights.
Photograph really stirred up my emotions because it had pictures of the band members across all 35 years they've been touring. I find it amazing that they're still as impassioned to perform as they were when they were in their heyday!
The day was great and the concert a phenomenal experience. We didn't get back home until 1:30 in the morning but the drive was definitely worth it!
Happy anniversary mom and dad!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!