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Sandra Cleary continues family tradition of La Crosse Oktoberfest royalty as new Mrs. O



The new Mrs. Oktoberfest for 2022 in La Crosse is a third-generation member of fest royalty.

Sandra Cleary was introduced as this year’s Mrs. O at a Saturday night banquet on the UW-La Crosse campus.

Her father, Russ Cleary, and grandfather Roy Kumm, were both leaders of the G. Heileman Brewery.

Kumm was the third person to serve as festmaster, earning that honor in 1964. Russ Cleary became festmaster in 1989.

Sandra has been active in Oktoberfest as a director over the years. She is eager to see many of the fest traditions from a different angle as a member of the royal family.

Her theme as Mrs. Oktoberfest is “Unity in the Community.”

She has been active with the Boys and Girls Club, United Way and Rotary Lights. She also serves on the city of La Crosse Park Board.

The Festmaster for 2022 will be introduced Wednesday, the night before Oktoberfest opens, at the Festmaster’s Ball.

Meanwhile, the Oktoberfest medallion was found around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, after six clues. Cavan Jefferson and Hanna Bauer discovered the medal on the upper ORA trails near Wilder Way.

The Oktoberfest medallion for 2022 was found Saturday on the ORA trails

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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