Turn a newspaper blunder into a community celebration! After USA Today mistakenly reported an alligator problem in this small town, the idea sparked a buzz that led to the creation of a unique festival. Join us for Gatorfest at the end of August in the charming town of Leon.

Photo Credit: Township of Leon
Leon Gatorfest
Photo Credit: Leon Gatorfest
in Leon, Wisconsin
Although there are no gators in Leon, you can still enjoy Leon Gatorfest. From a standstill parade to a laundry basket softball tournament, food (including gator), reptile exhibits, arts and crafts, and music, there’s fun for all in this tiny community every August.
August 2024
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Leon, Wisconsin

The Town of Leon, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Monroe County, Wisconsin, is steeped in history and connections. Legend has it that Leon inherited its name from the vibrant city of León, located in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Moreover, adding to its narrative, Leon WI serves as the birthplace of renowned astronaut Deke Slayton. Born on March 1, 1924, on a farm nestled in the serene countryside near Leon, Wisconsin, Slayton’s remarkable journey from rural beginnings to the stars above adds an extra layer of significance to this quaint town’s story.

Wilton, Wisconsin



124 N. Court St.
Sparta, WI 54656
Monroe County, WI

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