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Sept 28 1, -Oct 201 7 La Crosse’s 57 th Oktoberfest Celebration Five things to know before you go: 1) The Golden Keg The Tapping of the Golden Keg is held on Friday morning and is a festival highlight for many. Craft Beer Night is held the evening before the Tapping, so if you can handle both of these events, along with the Maple Leaf Parade on Satur- day, you are a true Oktoberfest professional and (perhaps) deserve your own button. 2) Maple Leaf Parade 100,000 people come to watch this 3 mile parade through- out La Crosse. Marching bands and floats ensure there is plenty of music, clapping, and laughing. Coolers come filled with a multitude of beverages, and the jovial mood is shared by all. Where else can you Polka with strangers? 3) Torchlight Parade This is a must for families, and now marks the first night of the fest. If you have never attended an evening parade, you 18 | Summer 2017 | Travel Midwest must experience it. Watch marching bands and floats go by all decked out in glow sticks. Everything is lit up, including houses along the route. 4) Celebrity Spotting The word is out nationally on how great this festival is, so you are bound to see celebrities. Do you ever watch the His- tory Channel series, American Pickers , featuri ΉœΙ…Ή¬Ι₯Ρθό)!”±½Ω•Μ=­Ρ½‰•Ι™•ΝΠ°Ρ½ΌΈ(Τ€5•Έ₯Έ1•‘•Ι‘½Ν•Έ)e½Τ…ΉΉ½Π‘•ΉδΡ‘•Ι”…Ι”„±½Π½˜Α•½Α±”‘Ι•ΝΝ•₯Έ•Θ΄)΅…Έ±½Ρ‘₯Ήœέ‘Όέ…±¬…Ι½ΥΉ­₯ΝΝ₯ΉœΝΡΙ…Ή•Ί…Ή‘…Ή΄)₯Ήœ½ΥЁ‰ΥΡΡ½ΉΜΈQ‘”έ•‰Ν₯Ρ”έ…ΙΉΜθƒŠq=Ρ‘•ΘΑ…ΡΙ½ΉΜ΅…δ)‘Ι•Ν́₯Έ…ΥΡ‘•ΉΡ₯Œ…Ιˆ…́ݕ±°ΝΌ₯˜ε½Τ…ΑΑΙ½… Ν½΅•½Ή”)₯Έ•Ι΅…Έ΅ΝΡε±”έ•…Θ°Α±•…Ν”…Ν¬™₯ΙΝЁ₯˜Ρ‘•δ…Ι”Α…ΙЁ½˜Ρ‘”)=­Ρ½‰•Ι™•ΝЁ½Ι…Ή₯ι…Ρ₯½Έ»Št%Έ½Ρ‘•Θέ½Ι‘Μ°©ΥΝЁ‘½»ŠeЁ…ΝΝΥ΅”)ε½Τ…Έ­₯Ν́…Ήε½Ή”₯Έ•Ι΅…Έ•…ΘΈΉ©½δ„)₯Ή½ΥЁ΅½Ι”…ЁέέάΉ•αΑ±½Ι•±…Ι½ΝΝ”Ή½΄