Milwaukee Promotional Products
Milwaukee, Wisconsin lies in the center of the Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha Metropolitan Area in the Great Lakes Region along the shores of the only one of the five Great Lakes located entirely inside of the United States borders, - Lake Michigan. Like an ocean without the waves, tourists and residents of nearby Bayside, Glendale, and Wauwatosa alike flock to Lake Michigan to enjoy a swim, jet-ski ride, or even a cocktail cruise on the calm waters - bringing along their Milwaukee promotional products of course. From beach blankets koozies, residents of Milwaukee and surrounding Washington County and Ozaukee County (once part of neighboring Washington County) have a lot to be proud of. Ozaukee County was actually ranked by Forbes Magazine as #2 on its list of "America's Best Places To Raise A Family" in 2008 and Waukesha was ranked 36th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine in 2006.
The city of Milwaukee and nearby Racine and Waukesha were largely built up by German immigrants who set up breweries. By 1856 there were more than twenty-four breweries in Milwaukee. As briefly mentioned before, Milwaukee is still home to the Miller Brewing Company (who merged with the Coors Brewing Company in 2008), which was originally founded back in 1855. The historic Milwaukee Brewery, located in "Miller Valley," is actually the oldest still-functioning major brewery in the US. Visitors can tour the Miller Brewing Factory in Miller Valley, visiting the distribution center, the brew house, the historic caves, and finally sampling some beer at the Bavarian-style Miller Valley Inn. And what tour would be complete without a stop at the gift shop to purchase some Milwaukee souvenires?
Milwaukee is also known for the many festivals it hosts throughout the year, even receiving the nickname, "City of Festivals." One of the most popular is Summerfest, an annual music festival held at a 75-acre park along the Lake Michigan lakefront where attendees have plenty of room to show off their custom items. The festival runs for 11 days in late June through early July and attracts nearly 1,000,000 people each year, from all around the Great Lakes Region and beyond including nearby Bayside, Glendale, and Wauwatosa earning the title of "The World's Largest Music Festival," as certified by the Guinness World Records in 1999. First held in 1968, Summerfest has since featured such musical acts as Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, Cher, Bon Jovi and an endless list of other prominent performers. Products featuring its famous red smiley face logo can be found all over the event too. The Summerfest merchandise is so popular that they are usually sold out by the end of the festival. Lake Michigan also provides the scenery for many ethnic festivals which are also sources for more Milwaukee keepsakes.