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Octoberfest USA (La Crosse)

Listed under Food Festivals in Wisconsin, United States.

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The US has numerous Octoberfests – well, what's not to like, right – but the one in La Crosse presents itself as one of the US's few authentic 'Old World' folk festivals. The festival was started by a couple of homesick Germans in 1961, so as well as beer drinking it's got the outfits, and the steins and the German music and the German food and a passion many Germans and Americans share: beer drinking, or did we say that already.

The whole place makes a big deal out of it – local businesses and industry, community groups they're all involved in proceedings, which is what gives this festival 'heart' as the Americans would say. It's not all polka and bratwurst though, there's rock and Budwiser as well.

Written by  Ame P. Oliver.

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