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No Oktoberfest La Crosse in 2020

Kaitlyn Riley

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Making the announcement on social media Monday, the La Crosse Festivals Board decided to cancel Oktoberfest USA for 2020.

The statement signed by Co-Presidents James Brennan and Bobbi Schoh said following discussions with local leaders and experts, and after careful review of the County Health Department Compass, it has become clear that the board would not be able to host an Oktoberfest celebration this year in accordance with published guidelines.

“La Crosse Festivals will now turn our focus to finding other ways to spread Gemütlichkeit and provide support to our community through these difficult times. We look forward to celebrating our 60th Oktoberfest with everyone September 30 – October 3, 2021.”

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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