The first weekend of October is significant in La Crosse and throughout our region. It is the beginning of Oktoberfest; which is the annual fall gathering to celebrate German culture. It is commonly highlighted by beer exhibitions and entertainment. The Oktoberfest celebration in La Crosse is similar to other celebrations around the country, all of which are based on the largest Volkfest held in Munich, Germany.
This year’s Oktoberfest began today with a salutation from the Oktoberfest President and a toast, which was met by thousands of people raising steins, cans and cups to commemorate the beginning of the festival. People attending the festival wore traditional outfits as well as Packers green and gold. Essentially, festival goers were out to have a good time.