Oktoberfest Button

Each year Oktoberfest conducts a design contest for the button that symbolizes festivities for the coming year and celebration. The La Crosse Festivals, Inc. Board of Directors selects a winner from the button designs submitted – some years as many as 60. The contest is based on best graphic representation of the theme and Oktoberfest in general.


2024 Oktoberfest Button Design Contest & Rules:

  • Entrants must include their name and contact information (phone number and/or email address) with their design.
  • Design is to be submitted as a 6 inch circle. However, designers should be mindful that the selected artwork will be used in various media and in various sizes (from two inches to six feet in diameter).
  • The design must include these elements:
    – Oktoberfest USA Red Logo Banner with Blue “Das Beste!” (available above)
    – Dates of 2024 Oktoberfest celebration: September 26 – 29, 2024
    – Number of 2024 Oktoberfest celebration: 63rd
    – Text of the 2024 Festival theme: “2024! Friendship, Gemütlichkeit and More!”
    – The text “La Crosse, Wisconsin”
    – A maple leaf (or leaves)
    – The design must be done in a minimum of 2 colors
  • Media/tools are at the discretion of the designer: colored crayons, colored pencils, oil paints, computer applications, etc.
  • All artistic design elements must be the original work of the submitter. Use of clipart is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the designer that all elements do not conflict with any existing copyrighted works.
  • Designers may submit more than one design.

Deadline for submission is 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Please submit entries by one of the following two methods

  • Email: [email protected] (indicate “Button Design Entry” in the subject line)
  • Postal mail: La Crosse Festivals, Inc. P.O. Box 1716 La Crosse, WI 54602-1716

All entries received become the property of La Crosse Festivals, Inc.

The selection decision of the Board of Directors of La Crosse Festivals, Inc. will be final.

La Crosse Festivals, Inc. reserves the right to make adaptations or adjustments to the selected design to meet various media and promotion needs.

The winner will be notified following the design selection, and will receive a $100 cash prize, a “signature” button indicating them as the winner, and participation in the unveiling ceremony / press event.

Questions should be directed to the Oktoberfest office at [email protected]