Viola and the surrounding area were first inhabited by the group of people known as the “Mound Builders.” These people left earth mounds, some shaped like birds or animals (effigy mounds), on bluffs and river edges in the region. Viola’s Mound Park is named to honor these earliest of inhabitants.
The village is now best known for its Horse and Colt Show, held every September, with its horse pulls, truck and tractor pulls, carnival, arts and craft show, and country music show. Camping is available on the banks of the Kickapoo River in the Banker Park and Campground. Bring your canoe or kayak and put in to enjoy a paddle along the river. Hiking, paddling, horseback riding are all recreation opportunities, and like much of the Driftless, trout fishing can be found here.
For more information, call the Village Clerk—(608) 627-1831, or visit www.vi.viola.wi.gov/
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