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2016 Webfooters present: The 40th Anniversary! 

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Webfooter Water Ski Show Team, and there are lots of moments to celebrate. It’s been a long journey of ups and downs.

Webfooters began in 1976 as an extra attraction to the Bicentennial Celebration in Fremont where local people performed various stunts on the water at the Fremont water carnival.  Through the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s, various members and businesses of the Fremont community donated boats, gas, and equipment as the team continued to grow and develop.  

The team grew in numbers, skiers started wearing costumes, and in 1981 Webfooters began performing free performances every Sunday and Wednesday. Shortly after, an empty lot was donated to the team by Bill Plank. The team cleaned it up and turned it into the Webfooters show site, which we now know as Plank Stadium.

In the late 1980’s the team was able to begin purchasing its own boats, skis, ropes, and other equipment. The team began performing the first theme shows with the creation of Walter J. Webfooter – a character that would be the center point of all Webfooter shows for the next 15 years.

1987 and 1988 the Webfooters won back-to-back 1st place Division B championships in the Wisconsin State Show Tournament.  The 1988 victory also qualified the Webfooters to compete in the National Ski Water Show Tournament, where the team scored an impressive 5th place.

Exactly one decade later in 1997 and 1998, Webfooters saw an exciting repeat their success.  Once again, the team took 1st place back-to-back in the Division B competition at the Wisconsin State Show Tournament. Due to the consistent strong performances of the Webfooters, the team was moved up to compete in the Division 1 category where we remain today.  

However, disaster struck the team in August of 2002 when a storage-shed fire destroyed most of the team’s boats and equipment.  Insurance coverage was good and, with money earned in fundraisers, the team was able to replace needed equipment and returned to the water in 2003 stronger than ever.

Now, in 2016, we celebrate our past, our present, and our future, and we couldn’t be happier to be performing for all of you! Come out to Fremont and join us as Carl and Conner become heroes on their unexpected adventure to bring Walter back to Plank Stadium!