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Larson’s Famous Clydesdales, Vines & Rushes Winery, the Birthplace of the GOP

  • Wed, May 29, 2019
  • 8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
  • Ripon
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Registration Required
Registration Deadline: Must be received by Monday, May 13
8:15 Leave West side pickup point
9:00 Leave East side pickup point
5:00* Arrive East side
5:45* Arrive West side
Return times are approximate
TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated.

What do Clydesdales, cold tolerant grape wines and the birthplace of the GOP have in common? They are all located in Ripon, Wisconsin – just an hour and half drive from Madison.

Larson’s Famous Clydesdales, the only show of its kind in the Midwest, is a 90-minute guided tour with a short grandstand performance in the middle. See these gentle giants up close and pet a recent newborn (200 pounds at birth.) Tour the ranch and view the trucks, trailers, harnesses and equipment that are the accouterments to a performing horse show.  

Visit the Birthplace of the Republican Party where a group of Riponites gathered on a cold evening in 1854 to form a new anti-slavery party. They became the first “Republicans” in the Union. The Birthplace also known the “Little White Schoolhouse” has been restored to represent, as closely as possible, how it might have appeared on that historic night in 1854. Tour this National Historical Site and participate in an interpretive program that reviews local and national events of the 1850s that led to Ripon’s role in creating national political history.


Vines & Rushes Vineyard and Winery is located four miles north of Ripon. Their focus is on growing and using cold tolerant grape varieties that are capable of surviving Wisconsin’s frigid winters to make quality wines.

Tour and Lunch: We will tour the vineyards and the winery – then do a wine tasting and have a Neapolitan style wood-fired pizza buffet lunch. Craft Beer or Root Beer will be available for those not wishing to participate in the wine tasting (indicate on registration form.)

(University League and Plato members may register if space is available.)

Deadline:  Registrations must be received no later than

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pickup Points

8:15 a.m.

Leave Westside (West Towne former Sears parking area)

9:00 a.m. East Towne Sears/Planet Fitness -- lamp post #10
5:00 p.m. Return Eastside
5:45 p.m. Return Westside


Contact Esther Olson at 608-335-3207 or UWRA office at 608-262-0641



Register online.   Mailed in reservations using the Registration Form and checks are accepted. Registration includes: admission fees, vineyard & winery tour & wine tasting, lunch, tax & gratuity, motor coach and driver gratuity

Refund Policy

UWRA refunds an event fee if cancelled prior to the registration deadline.  Refunds are only processed after the registration deadline if a wait-listed registrant can attend. Refunds are made by same tender received for original registration.


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