9/9/17 – The fourth annual Beaver Dam Pepper Festival is being held today at the Park Village Shopping Center. The festival celebrates the sweet, mild vegetable- or technically fruit -that originated in Hungary and its appearance in America dates back to 1912. The origin of its original name is unclear, some call it the Hungarian Pepper, but it came to be widely known across the country as the Beaver Dam Pepper. Festivals to honor the Beaver Dam pepper have been held in recent years in Milwaukee and Chicago. The local celebration features an apple-pepper pancake and sausage breakfast, an apple-pepper pie eating contest – featuring among others the Dodge County sheriff and district attorney – and a chili contest. There will also be entertainment from the Swingin Beaver’s Square Dancers, musician Jeremiah Purdy, kids entertainer Mr. Steve and – new this year – the Hillbilly Scientists. The Beaver Dam Pepper Festival will be held from 9am until 4pm at the Park Village Shopping Center at highways 33 and 151 in Beaver Dam. There will also be sidewalk sales and other offerings from the stores in the center.
Photo: Lee Green of Scrumptious Pantry in Chicago showcases products made with Beaver Dam Peppers at the inaugural festival in 2014.