The village of Brandon sits between Ripon, Markesan and Waupun and is full of great local businesses, a large park, and lots of small town charm.
Upon entering Brandon, village board chairman Michael Walgenbach recommends visiting Brandon Memorial Park.
“The downtown community park is a large park with a pond and a river running through it,” he said.
Every Friday and Saturday in the summer, Brandon puts his brat stand on Main Street, and Walgenbach said a lot of people come to Brandon in the summer to catch a kid.
Walgenbach said the village is best known for Brandon’s meats and sausages.
“A lot of people stop there and come from all over just to buy their meat there,” he said.
The village also has gift shops where people can find unique gifts for the whole family, said Walgenbach.
Garden Scents Everlasting, located at 107 E Main St., offers a variety of garden decorations.
RagSpun Studio, located at 172 E Main St., is a quilt store that offers everything from rugs and pillows, to wall hangings and table runners.
“We also have a few sports bars that have really good sandwiches and food,” Walgenbach said.
People can enjoy delicious food at Mel’s Bar and Grill and Corner Bar, he said.
A summer tradition in the village is to stop at Ultimart Brandon for an ice cream, according to WalgenBach.
The village also has its share of festivities throughout the year. Walgenbach said that in the summer, Brandon organizes a farm team horse traction in the village.
The village also holds an annual Christmas parade at night to show off the colorful holiday lights.
The Christmas Parade has been taking place in Brandon for 20 years and features fire trucks, cars and four-wheelers adorned with Christmas lights.