Walleye Weekend Co-Chairs


Kelly Norton

Kelly lives in Fond du Lac with her husband, Tyler and three children, Hazen, Sophie, and Reese.  Originally from Brownsville, Wisconsin, she regularly volunteers and attends Walleye Weekend with her family and friends.  “My favorite element of the festival is the sheer variety of options – everything from watching the Pier Pups, to the athletic tournament play, to an amazing family zone, to fishing weigh-in, to music… and of course, the food. There really is something for everyone!” Kelly exclaimed.  Norton is also an all-around advocate of both celebrating and growing the Fond du Lac Community.  She is a proud member of the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund, the First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Morning Rotary, and an alumni of Leadership Fond du Lac.  You may find Norton in the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary beer tent, either serving or being served, depending which band is on the big stage.

Dave Hopper

Like Norton, Dave Hopper has fond memories of Walleye Weekend.  “My favorite memory was when Mercury Marine sponsored the inflatable boat race on the lake.  We raced inflatable Quicksilver boats with a Mercury 9.9 hp engine, and we had to complete 8 laps.  I was so close to winning, but was still excited to finish in 2nd place.”  Hopper was born and raised, and still resides in Fond du Lac with his wife Amy; son, Adam, and daughter, Taylor.  Dave is also excited to follow in his father’s (Mark Hopper) footsteps, as Walleye Weekend Co-Chair in ’08 and ’09.  You will find both Dave and his whole family in the Merchandise Tent at Walleye Weekend, all weekend long.


VIP Parking

How would you like to park INSIDE the festival? Purchase your parking pass, $10 per day of your choice, check back for details…

Golf Cart Shuttles and Accessible Parking

There is a golf cart shuttle service from the bus drop-offs at the Park Street entrance (Harborview Drive & Park Avenue), and Main Street entrance (Haborview Drive & Main Street), to any event inside Walleye Weekend. This free service ensures the entire park is accessible for our elderly and handicapped visitors. This shuttle is staffed by volunteers from the Fond du Lac Evening Optimists.




Hotel Accommodations

WISCO is the official festival hotelier. For reservations contact jpinch@wiscohotels.com or (920) 322-8204 and ask for the Walleye rate.


Walleye Weekend Shuttle – TBD

We want to make transportation to Walleye Weekend simple. Ride the Walleye Weekend Shuttle, courtesy of Gold Star Transportation. Pick up is at Fond du Lac HS. Riders should park on the West Side of the parking lot at High School (park just to the west of the PAC). Drop off at Harbor View and Park Avenue or drop off at Harbor View and Main Street. Departure times at the top and bottom of the hour.


Friday: 3pm-10:45pm
Saturday: 7:30am-10:45pm
Sunday: 8:00am-6:30pm


Runs continuously every 30 minutes, 30 Minute Shuttle to see the full schedule


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Bike Corral

Walleye Weekend asks that you ride your bike to the festival. The bike corral is available: Friday, 3 – 8p.m., Saturday, 10a.m. – 8p.m., and Sunday 10a.m. – 6p.m.  All bikes must be locked.  Fond du Lac Festivals is not liable for any damaged or stolen bikes.  If your unlocked bike is at the corral after 8:00 pm it will be brought to the park pavilion for you to retrieve.


Walleye Weekend Lost Child

Lost children or parents may come to the Pavilion. The Walleye Weekend feather banner (Frazier Drive near the bridge) is your marker.


First Aid

Guests in need of minor medical attention (limited to abrasions, cuts and minor wounds) may seek assistance at a first aid station at the corner of Promen Drive and North Main Street. There is another first aid station located on Baseball Island. Guests in need of further assistance will be referred to paramedics located on Mercury (Oven) Island. Call 911 for assistance for an emergency. First aid stations are sponsored by the Army National Guard.



Public Motorcycle Parking

There is motorcycle parking available on North Doty Street (north of the Harborview intersection).

No coolers or carry-ins allowed.


No dogs allowed in the park for Walleye Weekend.