16th annual Oktoberfest continues to bring in thousands

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – What do you get when you see the words: lederhosen, Hammerschlagen, and glockenspiel? Well, you get the largest German festival in the Chippewa Valley, Oktoberfest!

The 16th annual Oktoberfest is taking place at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds this weekend. Organizers said they always expect between 14,000 and 16,000 attendees, especially with the great weather. Last year, Oktoberfest gave away $25,000 and hope to meet or exceed that number this year. All of the money raised goes back into the community.

“Oktoberfest is such a great event,” said Maranda Mahr, programs director for the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce. “It really is this family and this really great community celebration that so many people travel across the state and further to come and experience it.”

To keep the experience unique, organizers touched up the grounds and beer tents and added pumpkin bowling for the kids and a keg-rolling competition. The gates open back up on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See here, for the Sunday schedule.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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