Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest returns

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisc. (WLAX) — Oktoberfest is back at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds for the first time since 2019.

After a hiatus last year because of the pandemic, Tasha Weiss with the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce said it’s nice to be back.

“The committee members, the royalty, the community all rallies together,” she said. “So, being able to come together and then there’s a German word of Gemutlichkeit, and that really encompasses our event and it’s just friendship and welcoming and it’s just great to be back with that.”

In its 18th year, Oktoberfest featured a variety of entertainment for families.

Jerry and Mary Kuhl served as the 2021 Oktoberfest Festmeister and Festmeistrin.

“It’s humbling and it’s just a privilege to be able to represent Chippewa and be just the hosts for this great event for a year,” Mary said.

The Kuhls aren’t originally from Chippewa Falls, which makes being selected especially humbling for the couple.

“Frankly, I just find it humbling to not being from Chippewa but raised by the community, and then to be celebrated in this way and honored in such a way, it’s just really humbling,” Jerry said.

“Out of the last 18 years, we’ve been here about 16 of those 18 years,” Jerry said.

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