LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s a taste of Germany in La Crosse. Oktoberfest is in its 53rd year.
“Good music, happy times, a little beer and good, good, good food,” said Oktoberfest accordion player Georg Schiltz.
George Schilitz has been the accordion player at Oktoberfest for 20 years.
He said it’s a time for people to come out and have fun.
“Get out and enjoy life, just get out and laugh and giggle do a little singing shake hands with your neighbors and have a great time,” said Schiltz.
Those who come to Oktoberfest said there’s a lot to enjoy.
“What I like the most is the family atmosphere here. I grew up in this area, and because I was a past Miss Oktoberfest I know a lot of the family involved in Oktoberfest,” said Abigail Avila.
“We love the music, we love food, it’s just a wonderful festive atmosphere. We love all kids of festivals,” said Daniel Christensen.
“I just enjoy the festivities, I enjoy being with friends and family and enjoy watching people, and it’s just a great time,” said Betsy Brzowsky.
“It’s a great time to see all kinds of people from all different walks of life just here to enjoy the German heritage,” said Bev Rott.
The La Crosse Police Department will have an extra enforcement out this weekend, which Sergeant Randy Rank said isn’t anything unusual.
Third Street will also be closed in front of the bars downtown Friday and Saturday nights starting around 8:00.
“We’re out there doing business as normal, and we’re doing our best to make sure the citizens are enjoying the Oktoberfest events are as safe as possible,” said Rank.
And if you want to reserve a spot along the parade route Saturday morning, you’ll have to wait until 12:01 a.m.
Oktoberfest runs until October 5.
Admission buttons are $10.
Kids 12 and under are free.