Oktoberfest underway in Chippewa Falls

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- If you are looking for a little taste of Germany but want to stay in Western Wisconsin, the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend.

You'll hear musicians, smell brats and see a lot of beer and German style clothes at Oktoberfest.

There is so much to do - where do you even start?

"Can't go home without a pretzel or the french fries," said Bonnie Gullickson. She has been coming to Oktoberfest since it started 11 years ago.

Or you could ask Carol Frederick who is all about the polka music.

"Pretty soon we'll be going over there to do some dancing," she said.

But if the dance floor is not your type of thing, Bonnie has got a good point about the food. There is plenty of it.

That includes popcorn at the stand right off the main office. Caramel apple has been the big seller.

And while you are there, take some time to take in the German decor.

"We cut the letters and traced them and burned all the letters in by hand," said Brenda Hanley.

By this point if you have worked up quite a thirst, the beer tent is your next stop. It seems to be a hit everywhere you go.

"I'm drinking Orange Sandy," said Amanda Nussbaul.

"Oktoberfest of course," said Kristen Gast.

Three days out of the year.

"My favorite event in Chippewa Falls actually," said Betty White.

One weekend - a little taste of Germany in Chippewa Falls.

If you are looking to visit Oktoberfest, the gates are open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8.

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