Prost! Celebrate German culture and heritage this year …

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

Chippewa Falls’ annual celebration includes a sauerkraut tasting contest, a tankard holding and barrel rolling contest – and much more!

Personal V1, photos by Taylor Smith

It’s time to dust off those Lederhosen! The 17th Annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Celebration is scheduled for September 17-18 at the Northern Wisconsin Fairgrounds, showcasing traditional German music, food and – of course! – Beer. This year will bring new activities for kids and Glockenspiel acts, as well as some favorite local competitions, such as stein holding, sauerkraut eating and barrel rolling.

The weekend begins with the announcement of the Festmeister and the Festmeisterin on the grounds of the Leinenkugel Brewery on Friday noon, followed by the Golden Keg procession to the exhibition center and the putting into operation of the Golden Keg. Enjoy over 30 artists, vendors, authentic food and lots of dancing!

You won’t want to miss the Sheepshead and Euchre Card Tournament, onsite parade, Kid’s Kingdom, shows, Brass Barn Polka Band, face painting, local musicians, magician Kevin Hall and much more.

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