Vern Meier

Volunteer with the July 4th celebration

Meet Vern Meier

What is your connection to the area? I grew up in DeForest and it has my heart.  

The 4th of July celebration is a big draw. What makes it more special than most? I’ve been on the committee for a handful of years now. I work at ABS Global, and they asked me to be on the local Chamber of Commerce board of directors and that’s how I got started with the event. Everyone really comes together for this. High schoolers help us stage it. The fire department lets us use the firehall for bingo, with room to seat several hundred.  I’m always amazed how many people attend the Fourth of July parade, it’s 10 deep in some spots. This is also a way for local non-profits to make some money, it’s their big once-a-year event for them. We have a lot of things for the kids that are free, like pony rides and a bounce house. There’s a free car show. There are dance and song performances on the pavilion stage at Fireman’s Park. Lots of ways to create family memories!     

Where do the locals like to eat? A favorite is bb Jack’s. 

What makes the Yahara River Trail so special? It’s awesome, it’s runs behind ABS, so it was easy for me to walk it.

Do you agree that the people here are especially nice? Wholeheartedly! Everyone knows everyone by name. It’s genuine hospitality.  

Favorite cheese? I love cheese! My favorite flavor is cheddar. Ehlenbach’s has a really good summer sausage too. 

When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? I enjoy golfing. Six Mile Creek is nearby and the Lake Windsor course is nice too.

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Archivist and curator at the DeForest Area Historical Society

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