German fun abounds at Oktoberfest

Falls Lions/ KPAL enjoy successful Oktoberfest weekend at River Park
by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS LIONS CLUB and KPAL held the seventh annual Oktoberfest event Sept. 7-8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. The Plymouth HIgh School German band Junge Kameraden (top photo ) was among the musical performers. The Michelob Ultra 5K Bier Run/Walk (bottom photo) drew a solid field of entries. - Falls News photos by Jeff Pederson THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS LIONS CLUB and KPAL held the seventh annual Oktoberfest event Sept. 7-8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. The Plymouth HIgh School German band Junge Kameraden (top photo ) was among the musical performers. The Michelob Ultra 5K Bier Run/Walk (bottom photo) drew a solid field of entries. - Falls News photos by Jeff Pederson Favorable weather conditions helped Sheboygan Falls Lions Club-Kohler Police Athletic League Oktoberfest organizers in staging one of the most successful weekends in the event’s seven-year history Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8, at River Park in Sheboygan Falls.

For the second consecutive year, highly popular crowd pleasing bands Vic Ferrari and Bella Cain filled the entertainment tent to capacity on Friday and Saturday nights respectively.

Despite a week of heavy rain leading into the event, Oktoberfest Co-Chair Gary Beaudoin said Oktoberfest 2018 went off without a hitch.

“I was a little concerned with all the rain we had that we would have some issues setting up on the wet ground, but that didn’t turn out to be a problem at all,” Beaudoin said. “The entertainment tent and everything else went up fine and the weather really turned out great over the weekend.

“The best part of it is this is truly a community event,” he said. “All the money that is taken in during these two days stays right here in our own community to benefit a variety of projects in Sheboygan Falls and Kohler.”

Oktoberfest Co-Chair Jeff Romanoski said Friday evening, which featured a fish fry and Vic Ferrari, drew an outstanding crowd of supporters.

“We had one of our best Fridays in our seven-year run,” Romanoski said. “Great weather helped us have a good event even with all the other events going on this past weekend with Badgers, Brewers, Packers free concert and Tough Mudder. It will be one of our better years overall, that’s for sure.”

In the Sprecher’s Beer Olympics, Pete’s Cheeks took first place honors. Second place went to Average Joes and Babes placed third.

In the HTT Cornhole Challenge bean bag tournament, Find The Hole took the first place prize.

Rob and Dave placed second and Team Irish wound up third.

Derrick Geiser was the winner of the Michelob Ultra 5K Bier Run/Walk.

“We would like to thank the members of the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club and the Kohler Police Athletic League, as well as all the non-club members that helped this be a successful Oktoberfest,” Romanoski said.

The Lions Club uses the money raised at Oktoberfest to support a number of worthwhile community causes, including a Lions Kids Camp in Rosholt, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Sheboygan Falls YMCA, Sheboygan Falls Recreation Department and the new westside park project.

The KPAL organization will also use funds from the event to support youth and community service projects, including youth camps and scholarships.

Anyone wishing to join the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club or assist with next year’s Oktoberfest, can is invited to contact Jeff Romanoski at 920-918- 0352 for more information.



THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS-KPAL OKTOBERFEST weekend Sept. 7-8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls featured a variety of competitions, including the Specher Beer Olympics (top), Michelo Ultra 5K Bier Run/Walk (above ) and HTT Cornhole Bean Bag Challenge (top right, at right). THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS-KPAL OKTOBERFEST weekend Sept. 7-8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls featured a variety of competitions, including the Specher Beer Olympics (top), Michelo Ultra 5K Bier Run/Walk (above ) and HTT Cornhole Bean Bag Challenge (top right, at right).

Falls News photos by Jeff Pederson Falls News photos by Jeff Pederson

THE WALTZMEISTER Jeff Behrens entertained the audience, during the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club-KPAL Oktoberfest event Saturday, Sept. 8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson THE WALTZMEISTER Jeff Behrens entertained the audience, during the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club-KPAL Oktoberfest event Saturday, Sept. 8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson
THE CULVER’S INFLATABLE area was a popular spot for kids, during the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club-KPAL Oktoberfest event Saturday, Sept. 8 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson

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