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Summer still busy for La Crosse Oktoberfest royalty with Riverfest around corner



No seasons off for La Crosse Oktoberfest royalty.

The Oktoberfest royal family will be part of La Crosse’s Riverfest in three weeks, while the Commodore banquet will be held later this week.

Current Festmaster Jeff Wrobel has been traveling quite a bit during his reign.

“Since going to St. Paul for the winter carnival in January, Canada in February, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, all the way up through Oktoberfest, there’s something every week, and usually two or three things every week,” Wrobel said.

The Festmaster was put to work last week, taking part in the unveiling of the 2024 Oktoberfest button design, which was unveiled last week.

FILE: Festmaster Jeff Wrobel and Frau Amy are introduced as new Oktoberfest royal couple on Sept. 27, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

Besides the Commodore dinner Thursday, Wrobel and the Oktoberfest group have a trip to Oshkosh planned to support Miss La Crosse-Oktoberfest Emma Garrison, as she competes in the Miss Wisconsin pageant.

Riverfest runs July 3-6 at Riverside Park.

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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