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Free Community Campfire and Concert | By Friends of Pike Lake

August 27, 2018 – Hartford, WI – It’s free, it’s fun, it’s an outdoor treat for people of all ages.

The annual Friends of Pike Lake Community and Campfire concert is Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

The event’s most popular entertainer, Randy Peterson, will perform in the Pike Lake Unit’s new amphitheater just up the hill from the old location.  If it rains, the concert will move to the nearby shelter.

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is at 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford,  just south of Highway 60 between Hartford and Slinger.

The event is free, though a state park sticker (annual or daily, available that evening) is required for parking.


Attendees can find the new amphitheater just northeast of the beach parking lot . . . follow the candles that will light the path.  The amphitheater has its own seating with overflow lawn seating just above.


Along with his many live concerts, Randy Peterson often appears on television and radio programs.  His concerts are fast-paced, featuring humor and storytelling. Children participate throughout his shows, which he likes to call “sing-along, clap-along, laugh-along concerts . . . which all ages will enjoy.”


Readers of Northeast Wisconsin Kids Magazine voted Randy “Favorite Children’s Performer” many times, and the Green Bay Press Gazette Best of the Bay reader’s poll voted him “Best Musician.”   Peterson’s CD “Picture Day!” received the iParenting Media Award, given to children’s products deemed “the best in the industry” by iParenting Media, a division of the Walt Disney Company.


Randy also twice received the prestigious national Parents’ Choice Award.


Members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation will be on hand with their telescopes to give visitors a chance to view stars and planets (







Visit the Friends of Pike Lake website,, and Facebook page for more information.


Friends of Pike Lake, Inc. provides support for this and other projects at the Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest. This non-profit volunteer organization is not part of the Wisconsin DNR, though the Friends group supports the DNR’s local programs and works closely with local DNR staff.  Donations and sales of merchandise fund the group’s work including support for two annual community events — the February Candlelight Ski/hike and the September Community Campfire.  Other recent projects include funding support for the amphitheater, updated astronomy trail signs and seasonal clean-up days.  The Friends group welcomes new members any time, with membership information available on the website, at the Pike Lake DNR office and at Friends-supported events.

Keberle & Patrykus

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