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International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival - Expired Event

Location 400 Third St
Wausau, WI 54403
September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018 1

From International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Website:

International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16th, 2018

Friday: 12pm-9pm
Saturday: 12pm-9pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

This multi-faceted event has broad appeal, with agricultural, culinary, educational, historical, arts, and entertainment aspects being showcased. The festival also features multicultural aspects, as the Hmong and Native American communities have significant influences on ginseng production. By working closely with the Native American liaison as well as the local Hmong American Center, the festival will incorporate elements such as traditional dance, foods, and the history of ginseng within their cultures.

Ginseng cultivation began in the late 1800's at the turn of the 20th century in Marathon County by the Fromm Brothers, but has been used in eastern cultures for its healing properties for over 5,000 years. Today, the capital of the United States ginseng industry is in Marathon County, Wisconsin. There are over 185 ginseng producers in the county and 95% of the ginseng root exported from the United States comes from Central Wisconsin. The rolling hills, virgin soil, and cool summers grow unique roots very high in ginsenosides (the active compound in ginseng). These properties make Wisconsin ginseng known as the premier cultivation in the world. As you drive around Marathon County in the warm weather seasons, you'll see tarp-covered fields protecting ginseng plants from direct sunlight. The berries turn red in August and are harvested in September. The roots are harvested in October and are used in a variety of products including health and beauty products, teas, beverages, candies and much more. The recent resurgence in the interest of ginseng has created great demand in this ever-evolving market of the crop.
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Show hoursFri-Sat 12-9, Sun 11-4

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