2018 Oktoberfest boasts 16th year of German heritage events

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- It's that time of year to grab your lederhosen and head to the 16th annual Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls!

The all weekend event kicked-off Friday afternoon with a ceremony at Leinenkugel Brewery.

Right now at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds event-goers can experience live music, authentic German cuisine, along with the fried fair favorites, and family-fun activities!

Earlier on Friday there was a parade to festival grounds a festive affair as you can see here and that was followed by the tapping of the golden keg.

All new this year there will be a keg rolling competition, kid's bird house making and home brew demo with Leinenkugel's John Hensley.

This year’s Festmeister and Festmeisterin are Mike and Barbara Tzanaski.

Mike says his favorite part is meeting some of the around 14,000 people that come visit the fairgrounds every year.

“They come from all over the county, Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota, a lot of people from Minnesota come to dance, a lot of dancing goes on with the polka bands and it's just a really great event,” said Tzanaski.

A single day admission ticket at the gate is $9. Kids 12 and under will be free Friday through Saturday.
Sunday free admission for children & parking.

Friday & Saturday Gates open from11am - 11pm
Sunday Gates open from 10am - 4pm