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What’s Next with Natalie: Brat Fest

On “Mornings With Dave & Natalie,” we asked for your help compiling a bucket list for my first summer in Madison – and boy, did you deliver! I plan to check off many of your suggestions throughout the summer – and beyond – and write about my experiences. You can also follow along on Life 102.5’s Facebook and Instagram pages, where I’ll be posting as I go. Thanks for helping to make my first Madison-area summer a memorable one!

First up: Brat Fest!

I went to my first Brat Fest on Saturday before Sunday’s rain moved everything indoors.

Madison’s rainy weekend meant quite the shake up for the Madison summer staple this year, so I’m so glad my family and I made it out for a couple hours on Saturday before Sunday’s downpour moved everything indoors.

We went Saturday morning, which turned out to be a pretty popular time for families with kids. We beat the lunch rush though and got our brats/ hot dogs around 11:30. (I’m not sure what I was expecting of food produced en masse, but I was pleasantly surprised that everything was grilled, not boiled.)

It was only after we ordered and sat down and I realized I should’ve ordered a brat instead of a hot dog to get the full picture of the World’s Largest Brat Fest. (I blame mom brain.) However, I’m sure I’ll have many opportunities to try a brat now that I live in Wisconsin.

We then spent most of our time in the Kid Zone, which had an abundance of suitable activities for both of my kids, ages 5 and 1. My little one couldn’t get enough of the petting zoo, and I would’ve been happy to pay more than the $5 entry fee for the joy on her face. She didn’t quite get up the nerve to pet most animals, but she loved when they surrounded her looking for food. I personally appreciated the variety of animals – sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, ducks and surely more I can’t remember.

I’m not sure who enjoyed the petting zoo more — me or my daughter!

My oldest quite enjoyed himself in the inflatables area – setting himself up nicely for an afternoon car nap. 😊

I ended up getting sick and missed Sunday’s concert by Life 102.5 artist Sidewalk Prophets, which is a real bummer because they’re one of my favorite bands. I distinctly remember listening to their song, “You Love Me Anyway,” on repeat shortly after it came out and tearing up at those powerful lyrics.

I am the thorn in your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway

We may have had to move the Sidewalk Prophets concert indoors, but I heard it was still amazing!

Thankfully, I have seen Sidewalk Prophets in concert before and can only imagine Sunday’s show was just as amazing! 

I also missed seeing many of you who I had hoped/ planned to meet in person and look forward to another opportunity to do so soon.

Overall, it was a great introduction to Brat Fest. Kudos to the many hardworking organizers and volunteers for putting on a great event despite the weather forecast. I can’t wait to go back next year!

But in the meantime, where should I go next?