Wild West Days - Viroqua, WI

Wild West Days in Viroqua, Wisconsin is an annual event in Vernon County on August 20, 2016. It is advertised as "Where Old West Meets New" and features reenactors, old time barbers, a "saloon to wet your whistle", street performers, and vendors. All that sounds like a fun weekend, however, one of the main events (probably a big money maker) is their Hog Wrestling competition.  You can watch video footage of a past event here. 

We have requested that the organizers cancel the Hog Wrestling event. There are several ways that you can help us. These are in order of importance.

1.  Sign our Change.org petition: Stop Pig Wrestling at Wild West Days

2.  Email or call Vernon County District Attorney Tim Gaskell at timothy.gaskell@da.wi.gov and ask his office to tell event organizers to cancel the event because it violates Wisconsin's Crimes Against Animals statutes. 

3.  Write or call the Viroqua Chamber of Commerce and tell them that hog wrestling is NOT a tourist attraction. infodesk@viroqua-wisconsin.com or 608-637-2575

4.  Take a selfie of yourself holding this sign and email it to Vernon County District Attorney Timothy Gaskell at timothy.gaskell@da.wi.gov and Viroqua Chamber of Commerce at infodesk@viroqua-wisconsin.com and any other contacts listed below

5.  DO YOU WANT TO PROTEST THIS EVENT? Let us know! If we get enough people, we can carpool. Email lynn@allanimals.org

6.  Write a letter to the editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster saying that hog wrestling is bullying and should not be a part of their Wild West Days. Send letters to matt.johnson@lee.net

7.  Make a strong but polite comment on their Wild West Facebook page

8.  Make phone calls to the event organizers and others involved who are listed below:

President of Wild West Days: Roger Tollefson 608-606-9953

Hog Wrestling Coordinator: Tonya Mikkelson 608-632-0478

Treasurer of Wild West Days: Shelley Gunn    608-632-0855

Viroqua City Government 


Others involved with Wild West Days

KG and the Ranger - Performers

Maggie Mae and the Heartland Country Band - Performers

Tollefson Repair (608) 637-8850 - Ticket sellers

Roger Tollefson (608) 606-9953- Ticket sellers

Nelson Agri-Center (608) 637-2192 - Ticket sellers

People's State Bank (608) 637-3127 - Ticket sellers

Terry's Sewing Shop (608) 637-3890 - Ticket sellers

American Family Insurance - Phil Strand - Royalty Sponsor

5*6*7*8 Dance Royalty Sponsor

Proline Printing - Viroqua  - Royalty Sponsor

Hoff Tree Service - Chaseburg - Royalty Sponsor

Tangled Hickory Wine Bar - Viroqua - Royalty Sponsor

National Reclaimed Lumber LLC - Viroqua - Royalty Sponsor