by Laura Kocum
on Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 12:49pm.
They're known for their Swiss roots, and Spotted Cow beer. And this weekend, New Glarus will be celebrating both at the annual Oktoberfest. The community is located just 30 minutes southwest of Madison, and is a must see for anyone looking for a unique variety of shops, restaurants and festivals.
Oktoberfest events kick off Friday night with live music by Pink Houses and the ceremonial Tap of the Wooden Keg at 9 p.m. At that time, award winning beer Staghorn Octoberfest, created by New Glarus Brewing Co., will be available at the Oktoberfest tent. Admission to the tent is free, and commemorative Oktoberfest Bier Steins will be available for purchase.
The next morning, the day starts with the Glenda K. Scott 5K/10K run or 2 mile walk through New Glarus. The run welcomes participants of all ages and abilities and raises funds for the Crohns and Colitis Foundations. First, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in all age groups, plus special recognition for the overall male and female winners. All participants over 21 can enjoy a free beer after the race. Registration is available online, or at Valle Tell Soccer Park the day of the event.
Starting at 11, spectators are sure to enjoy a chainsaw carving demonstration, taking place on the corner of Highway 39 and 69. The chainsaw action continues until 3 p.m. Meanwhile, at Noon, an antique tractor pull can be seen at New Glarus Lumber and Village Park, and at the festival tent, Max Drexler Bavarian Brass Band will perform.
Food and drink continue at the tent, with music by Wheelhouse and Boogie and the Yo Yo'z ending the day. A shuttle bus is available all day Saturday, running to the Holiday Inn Express in Verona and to AmericInn and Super 8 in Monroe. Rides are free and go from 11 a.m. until the last band ends.
On Sunday, the festival tent opens with music by Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. Later, The Jimmy's provide live music until 6 p.m.
Whether you come for the day, or the weekend, you're sure to enjoy the unique downtown, friendly culture and fantastic beer that make New Glarus worth a visit.