Paperfest…it’s all about community!

Published Friday, July 12, 2019

The 31st annual Paperfest presented by Community First Credit Union will be held Thursday through Saturday - July 18-20, 2019 at beautiful Sunset Park in Kimberly, WI. The three day free-admission, community-driven festival features free live music including Quiet Riot, hot air balloon glow, carnival rides, stand-up comedy, car show, and family tent activities. This is just part of the fun Paperfest has to offer!

Thanks to the tremendous support of great partners, Paperfest is able to remain a free-admission festival and continues to give back to the community! Originated in 1989 by Dr. James Boots and Dennis Smits, this annual summer event is a community effort. Paperfest is organized by Kim-Com Promotions – a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers from the Fox Valley.

Paperfest was named after the booming paper mills that brought life to the Fox River Valley but years after the Kimberly mill has closed, this name is a reminder of the history our community shares. It really is all about community! Paperfest strengthens the community by utilizing the expertise of volunteers and generosity of partners to bring the community together to enjoy wonderful entertainment, sports, food and activities.

Funds from Paperfest are donated directly back into the community. Throughout the 30-year history of Paperfest, nearly $850,000 has gone back to more than 50 nonprofit, civic and service organizations such as fire departments and Boy Scout troops.

Some of the groups utilize these funds to send kids to camp while others buy supplies to do more good for the community. Paperfest helps not only nonprofit organizations in Kimberly but throughout the Fox Cities. It takes many organizations to make an event like this run smoothly and the community benefits! Come out and support local nonprofits and most importantly – have some fun.

Paperfest attract fans from all over Northeast Wisconsin and the Saturday headliner Quiet Riot will sure be a draw. As the sun goes down, the lights go up for some great free live music acts including Kevin Chalfant’s Journey Experience from his days with Journey, Fran Cosmo formerly of Boston, and local acts

Driftwood and Mistrial. Have a laugh between music acts with comedians sponsored by Skyline Comedy Club.

Sporting events add additional excitement to the Paperfest weekend. Free sessions of yoga in the park are taught by 95 Yoga House on Thursday and Saturday. The Paperfest 5K Run/Walk makes it’s return on Friday. Saturday kicks off with the 15th annual Tour de Fest bike ride, volleyball and 3 on 3 basketball tournaments.

There is fun for all ages on Saturday July 20, 2019 from the family entertainers, sawdust hunt, balloon drop, and kids games and activities. Families can look forward to free entertainment by jugglers, hypnotists and magicians on the Sunset Stage located inside the family tent. The kid in all of us can enjoy the Anduzzi’s Giant Lawn Games all weekend.

Come out and make paper! Papermaking by Ahlstrom-Munksjo will take place Saturday at noon. If animals are more your style - don’t miss the petting zoo, pony rides, reptile exhibit or the trout fishing pond! Stick around Saturday night as the sun goes down for the Fox Communities Credit Union Hot Air Balloon Glow. With six hot air balloons soaring over 100 feet high, this is a sight not to be missed.

Grab some friends and enjoy some free live music or bring the family out for a full day of fun on Saturday. The kids will love the carnival rides, bouncing around in bubble suits playing bubble soccer, inflatables, building a teddy bear with Teddy Bear Mobile, or taking a river boat cruise with Fox River Tours.

Things to know before you go. Paperfest, July 18-20 at Sunset Park, Kimberly is free admission and all the proceeds are donated back into the community through local nonprofit organizations. A free shuttle service sponsored by Lamers Bus Lines will bring people to and from Sunset Park and JRG Middle School where they can park for free. Please support the community, carry-ins are not allowed and wristbands must be warn to consume alcohol.

New this year is the 3 day (Thursday-Saturday) schedule, and activities such as stand-up comedians, extreme Yamaha motorcycle experience, 5K run/walk, and even a few new adult beverages.

Visit for more information and like the Paperfest Facebook page for giveaways and the most up-to-date information.