LA CROSSE INTERSTATE FAIRGROUNDS, N4985 COUNTY ROAD M, WEST SALEM, WI 54669
Mississippi Mayhem (named after the river, not the state) is held in West Salem, WI, at the La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds, home of the La Crosse Interstate Speedway.
Founded by Thomas Leonard in 1851, the village of West Salem is the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hamlin Garland. Historic points of interest include two octagon homes, Thomas Leonard’s colonial-style home, and the Hamlin Garland Homestead.
Known as “God’s Country,” the surrounding Coulee Region’s bluffs and valleys provide for some of the most scenic areas you will find in western Wisconsin. The nearby La Crosse River meanders through forests and farmlands winding its way to the “Mighty Mississippi.” Though the village is small, it hosts one hotel and two campgrounds. Camping is also available on the grounds of the show. With showers!
Located halfway between Minneapolis and Madison, West Salem is right off Interstate 90. If you prefer a more scenic route, Highway 16 curves over the hills and through the valleys, cutting straight through town. Onalaska, just five miles down the road, offers multiple hotel options, restaurants and shopping.
The fairgrounds offer ample space for show cars, swap meet, shaded eating areas, indoor vendors, dance hall with bar area and a track to race your rods on Friday night. There is even an auto parts store within walking distance, should you encounter mechanical difficulties. Not that that ever happens with old hot rods.