2019 Special Fester – Danielle Lass

Danielle Lass is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Onalaska Middle School. She is the daughter of Rob and Stephanie Lass. She has three older brothers that she adores. Alec is 23, Sam is 21, and CJ is 17. Danielle enjoys supporting them in their various activities and in turn, they are very supportive of her. Danielle enjoys all types of music but especially K Pop. Going to concerts is one of her favorite activities.

Danielle was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at 3 months. It is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 10,000. Williams Syndrome is characterized by medical issues and cognitive delays. Danielle is very social and outgoing. She loves interacting with people and is very excited to be this year’s Special Fester.

Former Special Festers

YearSpecial Fester
2018Mackenzie Peterson
2017Keaton Hall
2016Gunner Skroch
2015Brianne Cooper
2014Makayla Olson
2013Conner Ellis
2012Erik O'Brien
2011Sydney Fitzpatrick
2010Jonah Cowgill
2009Brevin Terpstra
2008Alysha Klatt
2007Danny Alderman
2006Emily Limbach
2005Mitch Kaiser
2004Cassie Strand
2003Keith Stachowitz
2002Andrew Fruit
2001Teri Gerlach*
2000Katie Kane
1999Jareau Ammann
1998Thea Aspenson
1997Molly Mulrennan
1996Devon Sprain
1995Patrick Molzahn
1994Ashley Adams
1993Amanda Hundt*
1992Brad Swinghammer
1991Jamie Williams
1990Jill Bakalars
1989Miranda Roberts
* Fondly Remembered

Special Fester Nomination

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Special Fester. Download, complete and submit the Special Fester Nomination form or complete the form online. Deadline for nominations is May 7, 2019.  Completed applications can be returned to the Oktoberfest office:

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PO Box 1716

La Crosse, WI 54602