It was about this time last year, actually just before the 4th of July, that we learned there would be no Oktoberfest in La Crosse for 2020.
But that was last year, as the COVID-19 outbreak was causing cancellations of practically every public event in America. This year, the fest is on again.
Oktoberfest president Kelly Wilde says local officials gave the green light for the 60th anniversary fest just in time for it to happen.
“Just last month, members of the board met with the city mayor and a delegation from the police department, and decided it was in the city’s best interest to have Oktoberfest,” said Wilde.
“It really worked out,” said Cowgill. “We got to do our wintertime, our trips to Canada, the parades, Rotary Lights, and then this spring it kind of kicked in gear.”
The usual events including the Torchlight and Maple Leaf parades are planned to proceed on schedule between September 30th and October 3rd.
Illinois artist David Sexauer, who has attended Oktoberfest for several years, designed the 2021 button unveiled on Tuesday.