Heritage Village

Root Beer Festival is Back!

The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) is thrilled to announce the return of its annual Root Beer Festival! The festival will take place on July 3, 2021 from 10am to 3pm at Heritage Village (2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay). 

“After a year hiatus, this event will be bigger than ever!” says Bailey Koepsel, Door County Historical Society Executive Director. Ages 0-99 are able to participate in all Root Beer Festival activities! The activities include a Village-wide scavenger hunt, blacksmith demonstrations with Don Frazier, historic tool demonstrations at the Madden Tool Museum, and textile demonstrations with the Arachne Spinners.  Also scheduled are potato sack races every half hour and historic interpretations of a one room schoolhouse at 11:00am and 1:00pm.

The food tent will be serving brats, hot dogs, and root beer cookies for $5 a plate. Water will also be available for purchase.

The main feature of the 2021 Root Beer Festival is a root beer sampling contest! Showcasing 4 Wisconsin-made root beer brands (Baumesiter, Sprecher, Sno-Cap, and Dang!) in a bracket-style tournament.  Root beer will be available throughout the Village for $1 a bottle for 6 extra votes at each tournament tent.  All guests will be able to sample and cast a vote for their favorite root beer! The final two contenders face off at noon. Satisfy your sweet tooth with unlimited root beer floats in a commemorative stein for $15!

Festival admission is $5 for adults and donations for kids.

Special thanks to our sponsors: K Distributing, Triangle distributing, Imperial Flavors Beverage Company, and Door County Ice Cream Factory and Sandwich Shop.

For more information, contact Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332 or email  doorcountyhistory@gmail.com.  


The Door County Historical Society is creating and preserving the Heritage Village at Big Creek to provide experience-based activities for learners of all ages to grow in appreciation of the people of 1880-1910 who developed their community in a rural crossroads setting.

The Heritage Village at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan Street (County Highway TT) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (just beyond the highway bypass, east of Sturgeon Bay). View a map and directions to the Heritage Village at Big Creek.