Attractions & Events

Posted by Frank Kempf

About the Wisconsin World's Record Black Bear:

The world's record Wisconsin black bear was shot five miles northeast of Glidden during the 1963 hunting season. Otto Hedbany and Donald Struebel, both of Milwaukee, were the hunters who bagged this trophy-size animal which was estimated to be twelve years of age.

The bear dressed out at 665 pounds and required seven men to pull it out of the woods. The bear's height was 7 feet 10 inches. The world's record black bear ws purchased by the Glidden Chamber of Commerce and has been on permanent display in the Log Cabin Home since 1964.

Obviously, if bear hunting is your game, the Glidden area deserves the title of "Black Bear Capital of Wisconsin." Black bear open hunting seaon is usually in September.

Glidden other feature attractions include the beautiful Marion Park and the very interesting Marion Park Pavilion. The Marion Park Pavilion is on the National Resister of Historic places and was accepted to the register because of its architectural uniqueness. It was constructed in 1938 by public works program. See section link on this page for more details.

The Glidden History museum is also located on the grounds of Marion Park and consists of two adjoining building. The History Museum is managed by the Glidden Area Historical Society, Inc. and is open to the public on all special occasions at Marion Park or upon request. See section link on this page for more details on the museum and for Glidden history memorabilia.

Glidden Community Fair is celebrated at Marion Park on Labor Day weekend annually. The first fair was celebrated in 1926 and the event still remains the main event for the Glidden Community annually. See section link on this page for more details.