Rock out at Quarry Quest!

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 by Community

Neenah, Wis. —Quarry Quest, an exciting day of construction, excavation and adventure, will soon be here. This fantastic family event, taking place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will entertain children and adults alike while also raising money to benefit local childrens’ charities and the Quarry Quest Environmental Education Fund. The event has raised more than $1,000,000 in the last 14 years.

Participants will explore the inner-workings of a real quarry with hands-on educational activities including treasure hunts, fossil finds, rock-inspired arts and crafts, and interactive presentations. If you’re seeking even more adventure, don’t miss your chance to take the controls of a colossal crane, blasting excavators, trail blaze in a Jeep, or cruise in the back of Festival Food’s giant shopping cart! Food and beverage stands will add to the festive atmosphere of this all-day, family-friendly affair and will be located throughout the quarry. Children will also receive a free Quarry Quest guide containing fun coloring pages, word scrambles and map of the quarry.

If you’ve been to Quarry Quest before, don’t think you’ve seen it all. This year’s event features a number of new activities, including:

  • Treasure Trek: Test your skills and your smartphone by finding hidden treasures in this fun geocaching challenge.
  • Art Still Rocks: Get transported back to prehistoric days when rocks were used to create art. Challenge your creativity as you draw, stack and carve a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
  • Rock of Ages: Learn about Wisconsin’s geologic past and become a junior geologist.

And for the second year in a row, Krieger Jewelers of Appleton has donated a beautiful piece of jewelry for the Wishful Diamond Dig. For a nominal fee, participants get the chance to dig for precious and semi-precious gemstones. This year, the grand prize is a ladies 18 carat white gold 1.65 ct. diamond band with princess baguette and round cut diamonds, valued at $8,995! All proceeds from the dig will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.

Location: Quarry Quest will rock, rain or shine, at Michels Materials Quarry, 700 Tullar Road, Neenah.
Directions: Exit JJ, Main Street or Hwy. II (Winneconne) from Hwy. 41, and follow the signs to Tullar Road.

Admission is $6 in advance for 13 years and older, $8 at the gate; $4 in advance for 3 to 12 years, $6 at the gate; children 2 years and younger are admitted free of charge. Children 17 years and under will not be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Advance tickets are available at multiple area locations—please click here for a complete listing. Event tickets may also be purchased online at the Quarry Quest website.

Quarry Quest’s major sponsors include Michels Materials, Miron Construction Co., Inc., FABCO Equipment, and the Operating Engineers Local 139. Media sponsors include WBAY-TV2, Midwest Communications and The Post-Crescent.

If you would like more information on the event, please visit

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