Kimberly, Wisconsin is a small city in both population and in area. The latest estimates place about 6,000 residents within the city’s 2.4 square miles. Located in eastern Wisconsin in Outagamie County, Kimberly is known for its close ties to the paper industry. In fact, the paper industry has been such an integral part of Kimberly’s economic growth and history, the name used for the sports teams at the local high school is the Papermakers.
The city’s other connection to the paper industry can be seen in its name. Originally known as “The Cedars”, the town decided to change its name to Kimberly in honor of John A. Kimberly. Mr. Kimberly was one of the founders of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, one of the largest paper product makers in the world.
The city also celebrates and pays tribute to its ties to the paper industry. A good example of this is Paperfest, a festival held every July at Kimberly’s Sunset Park. The three-day festival features games, sporting events, music, and food. Another event that the town hosts is the Big Green Sustainable Music Festival, which is held in August at the Kimberly Amphitheater in Sunset Park. The music festival features live performances from high-profile bands and artists.