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History
Royal Family
Festmaster
Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest
Mrs. Oktoberfest
Parade Marshals
Grenadiers
Special Fester
Board of Directors & Staff
Sponsors
Klub Memberships
Gemutlichkeit Foundation
About Us

For fifty years, this blending of the German Oktoberfest with Americanized style has been a happy one. Parades, pageantry, royalty, brew, bratwurst, and world famous entertainment has made La Crosse's very own Oktoberfest one of the finest in the nation.

Mission

“Oktoberfest, U.S.A., through a network of volunteers, preserves, promotes, represents, and celebrates the values of our diverse heritage regionally and internationally.”

More than just a festival...

Over the years, with YOUR participation, Oktoberfest has supported 100's of organizations, clubs, and volunteer groups.  By donating over $75,000, Oktoberfest supported the following groups in 2011:

THANK YOU COULEE REGION!
Alzheimer's Association La Crosse Irishfest
Amanda's Dance Academy La Crosse Lions Club
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of La Crescent La Crosse Three Rivers Pow Wow Committee
American Legion Post #52 La Crosse Wrestling Club
American Marketing Association Lakeview Health Center 
American Red Cross Scenic Bluffs Chapter Logan Alumni 
Apple Annies Logan "Class Act" Parents Association 
Aquinas Parents Association Logan High School Show Choir Parent Organization 
Bantry International Friendship Association Mary Mother of the Church
Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps Mt. La Crosse Ski Patrol 
Boy Scout Troop 100 Mormon Coulee Lions 
Caledonia Lions Club North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association 
Causeway Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers North La Crosse Lions 
Central High School Debate Team North Presbyterian Church 
Central High School - SADD Chapter Oktoberfest Grenadier Corps 
Central High School Show Choir Onalaksa High School Pan Project 
Chamber Ambassadors Onalaska High School Show Choir 
Children's Museum of La Crosse Onalaska Hockey Booster Club 
Chileda Women's Board Onalaska Scouting Parents  
Click'n & Grin'n Cloggers Our Saviors Lutheran Church 
Congregational Preschool PIE - Partners in Enpowerment 
Coulee Catholic Schools Re-Lax-In Campers 
Coulee Region Officials River City Running Club
Coulee Region R.S.V.P. River City Water Ski Club  
Courtesy Corporation/Mc Donald's River City Youth Hockey
D.A.R.E. Riverfest
Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. Riverfront Singers 
Eagle's Club Auxiliary Rotary East 
The Fat Daddies St. Elias Orthodox Church 
German International Relations Committee St. Pat's of Onalaska 
Grumpy Old Men St. Thomas More Church 
Happy Twirler's Square Dancers Shelby Youth Baseball 
Holy Trinity Men's Club State Road Elementary PTO 
Holy Trinity St. Ann Society Student Leadership Team 
Jail Ministry UW-L Alumni Association 
Junior Achievement UW-L Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble 
Kiwanis Club UW-L Delta Sigma Pi 
Knights of Columbus UW-L Gamma Sigma Sigma Society 
La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Village Dancers 
La Crosse Citizen Advocacy WWMA 
La Crosse Community Theatre  WTC-Foods Program 
La Crosse County Tavern League  WTC-Radiography Club 
La Crosse County Historical Society  YWCA 
La Crosse Dubna Friendship Association Zion Evangelical Church-Brownsville 
La Crosse Family YMCA / The Y  

Our Family Makes Magic...

Since the beginning, Oktoberfest has been more than just another festival to those involved.  Our"Founding Fathers" were all active members in the La Crosse and surrounding communities and successful business owners.   Oktoberfest marked the perfect combination of celebrating German heritage and giving back to the La Crosse coulee region. 

Our Oktoberfest would never be the successful festival it is today without the efforts of our Royal Family, Trustees, Mrs. Oktoberfests, Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfests, Parade Marshals, Grenadier Corps, Board of Directors, Klub Members, Sponsors, and volunteers.  And as the years have gone by, it would seem those involved in Oktoberfest can't help themselves but be involved in something!

Here are just a FEW examples of the great folks working with Oktoberfest:

  • Mike Hengelsberg (Active Grenadier) played music for mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, November 7, at 1:00PM.
  • Melissa Graff (Active Grenadier) performed as "The Trespasser" in the Second Annual Debtor and Trespasser Piano Duo Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 11, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church in La Crosse.  Admission to the concert was a nonperishable food item or a freewill monetary donation.  All donations were split between the Holmen Lutheran Food Pantry and WAFER.  
  • Dave Clements (2007 Maple Leaf Parade Marshal) donates his time to aid in the Mobile Meals program through his Downtown Rotary Club.  They partner with Bethany On Cass to bring hundreds of meals to those less fortunate every year.
  • Raeanna Johnson (2009 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest), in conjunction with the Miss America Organization, has teamed up with Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. This new partnership gives each contestant the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for two great organizations - Miss America Organization and Children's Miracle Network.
  • Many Members of our Fest Family (Festmasters/Fraus, Mrs. Oktoberfests, Grenadier Corps, Parade Marshals, and Board Members) took part in bell ringing for the Salvation Army at various locations in the month of December.
      

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