Rhinelander’s Hodag is 150 years old

Hodag image courtesy Rhinelander Chamber

Take a trip up to Rhinelander this Saturday August 21 for the Hodag Birthday Bash and help celebrate the 150th birthday of the Hodag. The Hodag is this Northwood town’s official mascot, even the high school team is named after them. Discovered in 1860, this beast has been causing trouble for a century and a half. From the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce:

The Hodag is celebrating his 150th birthday.  How do we know?  According to Kim Swisher, Executive Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, “Documents recently found in the basement vaults of businesses on Brown Street note that in the summer of 1860 an infant Hodag was sighted in Rhinelander.  While we don’t know an exact birth date, we now know that with this recent finding, we can celebrate the 150th birthday of the Hodag that we know calls our Northwoods home.”

Gene Shepard, the man who brought the Hodag to prominence, is being given the key to the City for his efforts in promoting Rhinelander to the world.  “Mr. Shepard’s publicity efforts in promoting Rhinelander and the Hodag helped put us in the nation’s spotlight in the early 20th century.  We appreciate Mr. Shepard’s efforts and would like to thank him and celebrate our beloved mascot’s 150th birthday,” said Swisher.

The Hodag Birthday Celebration runs from noon to 10:00 in Downtown Rhinelander. Visit the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce site for details and activities for the event.

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