Vandalism mars annual Oktoberfest in La Crosse

The nine-day Oktoberfest began last Friday. Organizers have decided to trim the festival to four days next year.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The La Crosse Police Department is investigating after three vehicles were flipped over this weekend during Oktoberfest.

One of them was in the 300 block of 11th Street North.

Jessica Olson said she heard a loud noise, creaking metal and someone say, “Come on let’s go,” around 12:15 Saturday morning.

When she came out of her building, she said she saw a car being pushed over, and called police.

Olson said she thinks more tickets need to be given out.

She also said she appreciates the fact that the Oktoberfest committee is trying to put on some good events.

“I do appreciate that part of what it is to the community, but there are so many negatives, and the negatives are really getting to the point that they’re outweighing the good, and something’s gotta give,” said Olson.

La Crosse Police said there were also vehicles flipped over this weekend on 10th and Main Street and 13th and Vine Street.


LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- La Crosse police are investigating some acts of vandalism during the opening weekend of the city's annual Oktoberfest celebration.

Two or more vehicles were flipped upside down by vandals in the area around the university campus.

Pamela Strittmater is president of the La Crosse Area Apartment Association. Strittmater tells the La Crosse Tribune she saw a car flipped and witnessed other vandalism throughout the night Saturday, including damage to landscaping.

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