Gemuetlichkeit Days Contests

Contests for 2016:  Get your teams together and challenge your friends in 2016. Don’t miss participating in these fun events this year.

The Annual Gemuetlichkeit DaysTrap Shoot
Trap Shoot 2015

The Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club is an excellent facility, so don’t miss the action and challenge to do your royal best.
It will be held on Saturday, September 10th from  9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club, 920-699-3968, W5328 Christberg Road, Jefferson, WI 53549.  **Note change of day and weekend.  This is one week later than previous years.
Sponsored by: Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club. Thank you JSC!


Find The Mecki

Starts Thursday, September 8th.

The MECKI is a fictional character that loves tricks and practical jokes. The Mecki is a 3-1/2 to 4 inches high doll that resembles a hedgehog dressed in German clothing. The Mecki is hidden in the Jefferson area in a public place. Clues to his location are in the Daily Jefferson County Union newspaper and posted in the Library window. A cash prize goes to the person who finds the Mecki and returns it to the Jefferson Library.  Will you find him and take him home with you?

Mecki Hunt Clues will be posted here daily after the start of the contest.
ImageThe Gemuetlichkeit festival is just days around the corner, and the Mecki contest is on – starting September 10th.

Mecki is the German Hedgehog cartoon character that for decades has been the unofficial mascot of Jefferson’s German-heritage festival, which takes place September 18-20, 2015.

Clues are posted in the Daily Jefferson County Union and also at the Jefferson Public Library after 3 p.m.  When Mecki is found the finder should take the Mecki to the Jefferson Public Library.  The Library will contact the Gemuetlichkeit contest chair person.  

A $100 cash prize and the Mecki will be awarded to the lucky winner.

2015 Clues
Clue #1 – Guten Tag!  It’s me Mecki!  I’ve traveled back to the Gemuetlichkeit city to have a little fun and be a little silly.  You will find me with patches on my pants, my trusty pick axe, I’ll be tipping my hat, and filling my pack.  The weather is hot.  I think I’ll look for a place, to wet my whistle with an ice cold brew or maybe even two!

Clue #2 – Hey it’s me Mecki again!  Hut ab zu 45 Jahren (hats off to 45 years).  Gemuetlichkeit is in the air and I can almost hear the polka bands now.  I cannot wait to get to the Schafskopf tournament; I’ve been pretty lucky with an ace!  I have even heard there is a big wheel race.  My legs are a bit short but maybe I will try this race or maybe even the Polka run?  My goal this year is to try every event and maybe even the facial hair contest?  I hope I can grow a beard…maybe one of the beautiful judges will want to date me this year!!!

Clue #3 – I hope whoever finds me will teach me to swing a hammer.  Hammerschlagen is not easy with a pick axe you see.  I will set down my pack, swing my arm back, and give that nail a hefty whack.  With biceps so strong that nail will not stand a chance.  I will win the contest without taking a glance.  The girls will all giggle and stand in a line, in hopes for a chance to be my sweet Frauline.

Clue #4 – Mecki here!  Contest number three what will it be?  The Sauerkraut eating contest will be no match for me.  I’m a seasoned professional when it comes to kraut you see.  Will you be brave and try to compete with me?  The kraut will be served in a double serving for sure, but only one will win in the end that’s for sure.  Practice your skill if you won’t match me; this contest will be a grand slam for me!

Clue #5 – Guten Tag!  I ventured out of my hiding place today to get a quick bite and to stretch my legs.  This town is quite patriotic with American flags all around; I’ve even seen some German flags flying tall and proud.  The people here like to make a noisy racket; they don’t understand that I just cannot hack it.  I wish I could ask them to stop all this noise but they are too busy going back and forth making this terrible slamming noise.  I wish I would have saved my ear plugs from the Gemuetlichkeit Days trap shoot to avoid all this noise!

Clue #6 – I cannot wait to meet the Queen….I hear she sings like an angel and looks like one too!  I hope she gives me a dance or maybe even two; forget about the King he will have to wait ’til we’re through!  Maybe I’ll get lucky and she will give this King the boot!  If I have to rally the King will jump to test; anything will do for love sweet love.  She will be the Queen of my court and the love of my life, if she only says yes I will make her my wife.  The King will be sad and he will say, “Love is for losers” as he walks way.

Clue #7 – The game is now done and the King has been a good sport, but I have won the Queen’s hand; she is now in my Court.  Good news for me I no longer play single; it’s doubles from here on out.  We will rally a bit but I will not lose my wit.  You will be left alone saying, “This is the pits”.  


Beer Pong       

Rock Bottom Express **new location in the old ‘Depot’
211 S Gardner Avenue
Saturday, starts at 8:00 pm September 10th
Contact: Wes Viola 920-723-9242

2015 Winners:
1st – Team Drink Wisconsinbly
2nd – Team Balls Deep
3rd – Team Gun Boat


Gemuetlichkeit Days begins Friday, September 16, 2016

Facial Hair Contest in the Black Forest Garten for Best Beard; Best Mustache and Best Sideburns
Sign up at the B.E. Hive Hair Salon before September 12th or at the ‘Head table’ by the Souvenir Stand in the Black Forest Garten that evening before 7:20 pm. Three prizes will be awarded for each category.  Friday at approximately 7:45 p.m.  Sponsored by the B.E. Hive Hair Salon

Sauerkraut Eating Contest in the Black Forest Garten sponsored by Bon Ton Bakery
Friday at approximately 9:15  p.m. during a band break

Saturday, September 17th

 2016 Pretzel Polka Run/Walk
9 a.m. start time at the Puerner Street Gate.  7:30-8:30 a.m. on grounds registration or pre-registration info can be found at http://randyschopenfoundation.org/run
Presented by: The Randy Schopen Foundation.

Ethnic Costume Contest
Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Registration at 9:15 a.m. in the Linden Garten
Age categories are: 0 to 2, 3 to 5, and 6 to 12 years old
Contact Person: Kelly Becker (920) 674-4244
Costume contest for both Homemade and Authentic costumes. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Honorable Mention in each category.

Vintage Car Show
Saturday at 10:00 am (Infield Area)
Contact Person: Mike Spangler (920) 674-4482
Participant ribbons to the first 25 entries. Three trophies awarded. King’s Choice for Best Pre-War, Queen’s Choice for Best Post-War and President’s Choice for Overall Favorite.
Sponsored by: Aumann’s Service, Inc. & NAPA Auto Supply

**New Event – Little Tykes Big Wheels
Event to be held ‘after’ the Ethnic Costume Contest in the Linden Garten
There will be preregistration available
18-23 months, 24-29 months, 30-35 months, 36-41 months, 42-47 months
Maximum weight is 35 pounds
Contact:  Bonnie Pauli (920)674-5148

Big Wheel Race
Saturday  (Registration at 1:30) 2:00 p.m. start.  (South of the Bavarian Garten)
Age groups: 3-4; 5-6; and 7-8   (Big Wheels provided for the race by Gemuetlichkeit Days)
Organized and run by the Jefferson Optimist Club

Euchre & Schafskopf Tournaments
Saturday at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm (Black Forest Garten)

Contact Person: Euchre ~ Seth Kemmeter
Contact Person: Schafskopf ~ Andy Bare Jr. (920-674-3409)

Registration for Euchre starts at 9:00 am with play to begin at 10:00 am SHARP!
Registration for Schafskopf begins at 1:00 pm and play begins at 2:00 pm.
Both tournaments are held in the Black Forest Garten. Trophies & prize money for 1st place in both with prize money to the rest as determined by the number of participants. Registration fee of $2.00 is required as is a button for admission to the grounds, BUT there is free admission from 9:00 to 1:00 on Saturday. All money is given out in prizes.
Sponsored by: Havill of Jefferson

Learn more about Euchre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euchre
Learn more about Schafskopf (Sheepshead) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheepshead

German Food Contest
Saturday at 1:00pm (North west corner of the Black Forest Garten)
Five Categories plus Best Of Show. Cash for 1st & 2nd and 3rd place. Entrees, desserts, soups & salads, Kids Contest Ages 12 to 17, Entrees & Desserts top three will win.
Contact Person(s): Wendy Hartjes (920)253-9205 & Chris Bentheimer (920)253-1633

Test your skills pounding nails into a log while holding a drink in your other hand.
Saturday night in the Black Forest Garten during the first band break

Sunday, September 18th
There are currently no contests scheduled on Sunday, but come and enjoy the great parade downtown at noon.   Then head out to the Jefferson County Fair Park to listen or dance to the famous Jimmy Hartwig Band with no admission button required.