Prost! Celebrate German culture and heritage this year…

Prost! Celebrate German culture and heritage at this year’s Oktoberfest

The annual Chippewa Falls Celebration includes a sauerkraut tasting contest, mug holding contest, and keg rolling – and much more!

Stick V1, photos by Taylor Smith

Time to dust off those Lederhosen! The 17th annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest celebration is scheduled for September 17-18 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, featuring traditional German music, food and – of course! – Beer. This year will bring new kids’ activities and Glockenspiel acts, as well as some local favorite competitions, such as mug holding, sauerkraut drinking and keg rolling.

The weekend begins with the announcement of the Festmeister and Festmeisterin on the grounds of the Leinenkugel brewery at midday on Friday, followed by the procession from the Golden Keg to the exhibition grounds and the tapping of the Golden Keg. Enjoy over 30 artists, vendors, authentic dishes and lots of dancing!

You won’t want to miss the Sheepshead and Euchre Card Tournament, Field Parade, Kid’s Kingdom, Shows, Brass Barn Polka Band, Face Painting, Local Musicians, Magician Kevin Hall and more.

Purchase a two-day wristband online at www.gochippewacounty.com/oktoberfest for $15 or a one-day entry for $10. A weekend package is also available for $35, along with packages for individuals, couples, and friends. (Also: check out this year’s Oktoberfest steins!) Parking is $5. Check their website for more information. And, until then: Gemutlichkeit! Prost to 2021!