6 Simple Reasons To Visit Summerfest This Year

6 Simple Reasons To Visit Summerfest This Year

Now’s the time to be in Wisconsin, clearly, with Summerfest’s 50th anniversary here and in full action.
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Now’s the time to be in Wisconsin, clearly, with Summerfest’s 50th anniversary here and in full action. This year instead of starting with the tradition of “The Big Bang” opening night fireworks, Milwaukee experienced the bangs of thunder and lightning overhead the headliners performances but that didn’t stop crazy Wisconsinites!

1. The Booze

If you’re over the age of 21 be prepared to uber home or have a DD because the alcohol stands are a huge part of the Summerfest experience. Wisconsin is all about their beer and the best place to come to know that is at Summerfest, if you’re from out of state. If you’re from in state garb your favorite beverage and show everyone how Wisconsin does it.

2. The food

If you’re on a diet you’re not anymore! It is far too difficult to turn down the delicious fried food that Summerfest has to offer. Meat lovers are extremely encouraged to visit for the food because deep fried bacon is a thing, there’s bacon in drinks, in burgers and basically anywhere you ask them to put it. The Classic Wisconsin Summerfest meal, however, contains only one food group, carbs. Head over to SAZ’s for a SAZ’s sampler containing a plate of cheese curds, sour cream and chives fries, and mozzarella sticks. If you go to Summerfest and don’t try a SAZ’s sampler basically you messed up big time.

3. The friends

Summerfest is such a fun place to meet up with friends and enjoy the day together, or just the night (while this is much harder to find people this way) But seriously the best way to enjoy good music is with good friends jamming out next to you so go call up your friends and enjoy the many concerts left that Summerfest has to offer.

4. The Music

Time flies sadly is not coming for the fourth year in a row, but many people see this as a time to celebrate. The lineup this year is over the top as every year in the past. There is a perfect mixture between pop, rap, country, EDM, anything for all ears. Have to work one night? No worries there are 11 nights to catch someone from your favorite music genre. At only $20 bucks a night you better be prepared to go to multiple nights so start listening to the artists coming and get ready to shout their lyrics across the Summerfest grounds.

5. The money

While at the end of the night Summerfest does seem like a money sucking trap, where else are you able to go to a music festival with 15+ acts in one day for only $20. There are always amazing deals too when considering going to multiple nights of Summerfest, all worth seeing any of the performers Summerfest hosts. And you should be able to spare more than a couple of bucks for some Wisconsin cheese curds, cause who else does deep fried Cheese better, worth the money.

6. The Memories

While Summerfest may have some high and low memories associated it, it is such a fun place to visit at least once. There will be so many positive things to look back at in the future thanks to Summerfest, or at least funny Snapchat stories to see the next day. At Summerfest the music sounds better, the drinks taste stronger, and your laughs are louder. Go grab a ticket while you still can and Smile on.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.

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Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.

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If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.

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Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.

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Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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