Your 2018 Special Fester – Mackenzie Peterson

Mackenzie Peterson is the daughter of Patrick and Stephanie Peterson of Holmen. She just turned 13,and is currently a 7th grader at Holmen Middle School. At home, she is the “princess in the middle” between her two fiercely protective brothers, Connor – 16, and Liam – 8, who can make her face light up with smiles like no one else can.

Mackenzie is a social butterfly – she really enjoys going to school and spending time with her friends there. She loves the flurry of activity and conversation in the lunch room, hearing a “Hi, Mackenzie!” from a friend passing in the hallway, and soaking up all of the attention from her aides that help her participate in activities with her classmates.

Kenzie LOVES music. She greatly enjoys her weekly music therapy sessions with Life In Harmony Music Therapy, and has participated in adaptive dance classes as well. She really likes to get outside and swim in the pool she received from Make-a-Wish, ride her adaptive bike, and go for walks with her dogs, Milo and Riley. But most of all, she loves to spend time with her family, especially on camping trips during the summer. And she never misses a chance to cheer on her brothers at their football and basketball games.

Former Special Festers

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

[email protected]

PO Box 1716

La Crosse, WI 54602


  • Oktoberfest Special Fester Nomination

    La Crosse Festivals Inc. (d/b/a Oktoberfest USA) accepts nominations for the Special Fester through Monday, May 7th, 2019.

    If you know an individual who would love to be a part of the Oktoberfest family, submit your nomination!

    Your nominee should be a person who:
    • has a special need or disability
    • is between the ages of 9 and 21
    • is a resident within 20 mile radius of La Crosse

    All entries must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7th, 2019 to be considered. The final selection is made by Special Fester Committee. The new Speical Fester will be announced at the Special Fester Ball on September 8, 2019.

    Eligible nominations shall remain active for two years from the date of the original nomination.