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    by pipsqueak Written May 11, 2004

    Yet another shot from the fiberglass figures at the factory in Sparta, Wisconsin. You actually see quite a few of these Holstein replicas gracing the end of the driveways of dairy farms throughout the Midwest.

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    by pipsqueak Updated Oct 4, 2002

    Stop at the fiberglass animal factory.

    This may be your only chance to taunt a rhino. Of course, Kyle wouldn't do this to a real rhino even if they are supposed to have very poor eyesight.

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Sparta Restaurants

  • by bwb58 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Dorine's Family Inn, located on S. Water street in the downtown area of Sparta has some wonderful homecooked meals!
    The prices are exceptional and the waitstaff is friendly! Please be sure and say hello to the locals who stop in every morning for their coffee clutches.

    Favorite Dish: Breakfast is my favorite meal and I gar-un-tee you won't go away hungry if you like pancakes!

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Sparta Nightlife

  • by bwb58 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    I do not partake of the local nightlife too much anymore but there are several local taverns to get a cold one! You can check with the local police department (where I work) to find out where to go and where to avoid!
    When I do venture out, it is usually to Harris' Crossing where we play darts on Tuesdays, horseshoes on Wednesday. They also have a nice sandy volleyball court in back!

    Dress Code: Very casual!

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Sparta Transportation

  • by bwb58 Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Interstate 90 will get you to Sparta. LaCrosse, 30 miles to the west is the nearest airport but Madison, about 100 miles southeast, would be the closest large airport.
    A vehicle is a must to see all the surrounding area but once here, many ride their bikes around town. We do have a small taxi service and $2.00 will get you anywhere in town!

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Sparta Warnings and Dangers

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    by pipsqueak Written Oct 4, 2002

    Watch out for bicyclists in Sparta. It is a terminus of the Elroy-Sparta Bike trail, one of the best bike trails in the upper Midwest. It lies on a old railroad bed, so it it relatively flat and very scenic.

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Sparta Off The Beaten Path

  • by bwb58 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    A nice picnic in Memorial Park. We have a small lake, pool, several sheltered picnic areas as well as four ballfields and a wonderful playground area for kids, next to the lake so don't forget to let the kids feed the ducks! Memorial Park is located at Montgomery St. & Rsk Ave. Just ask anyone for directions!

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Sparta Sports & Outdoors

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    by Dabs Updated Aug 12, 2012

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    The Elroy-Sparta bike trail is a 32 mile stretch of bike trail that links in with three other bike trails creating 101 miles of continuous bike trail in Wisconsin. The 1st time we rode part of it we started in Kendall. We normally ride our own bikes but didn't want the hassle of bringing them on this trip so we rented 21 speed trail bikes for $8.50 for the 1/2 day. The path was a bit wet and we were glad not to have our skinny tire bikes as the path is crushed limestone, not paved, and not designed for high speed travel especially not after a rain. The 2nd time we did bring our own bikes and we started in Wilton and rode past Norwalk and through the 3/4 mile tunnel and back.

    One of the main draws of the trail are the three old railroad tunnels, 2 of which are 1/4 mile in length and the 3rd is 3/4 miles long. We've now done all three, you are supposed to walk your bikes through and it's a good idea to have a flashlight although not absolutely necessary. Although the surrounding area is fairly hilly when driving, the path does not have any steep hills but most of the time you can feel that you are either riding slightly uphill or slightly downhill.

    A trail pass is required at $4 for the day, $20 for the season. Check the attached website for where to buy the trail passes depending on where you start.

    Equipment: There was a really large selection of bikes for rent if you don't want to bring your own bike. I don't think they rent bike helmets so it's a good idea to bring your own if you like having a dent free head. There are bathrooms and water fountains at Norwalk, Kendall and Wilton and perhaps other places along the way.

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Sparta Favorites

  • by bwb58 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Hop on your bicycle and take a wonderful ride east on the Sparta-Elroy Bike trail or west on the LaCrosse trail. Trails are converted railroad beds and the scenery is is lovely! And you can start from the Sparta Information Center, where the largest bicycle in the world is parked!

    Fondest memory: The folks here are friendly and there are several lovely Bed & Breakfast places to stay.

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