Gemuetlichkeit Days Contests


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 Sunday, September, 2017 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.
Sponsored by: Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club. Thank you JSC!


Find The Mecki
Starts Thursday, September 7, 2017

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.   Will you find him and take him home with you?

Mecki Hunt Clues will be posted here daily after the start of the contest around 3:00 PM

The Gemuetlichkeit festival is just days around the corner, and the Mecki contest is on – starting September 7th.

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 15-17, 2017.

Clues are posted in the Daily Jefferson County Union, Watertown Daily Times 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.


2016 Clues
Clue #1 – Guten Tag! It’s me Mecki!  I’m back in the Gemuetlichkeit city.  The theme this year is  “German at Heart”.  A German heart is strong and kind with the sound of music in its beats.  That of course made me open my closet, pull out my Doctor’s coat, and grab my handy stethoscope. Let’s have some fun and take a listen.  Let’s see which song is playing in your heart!

Clue #2 – Guten Tag!  I love to visit Jefferson.  It is so beautiful during this time of year.  The days are still warm but the hints of der Herbst are coming near.  The leaves are starting to change, nights are getting cool, and all of the children are back to school.  Swimming is definitely coming to an end and football season is starting to begin.  The summer is almost over but fall activities can be just as fun.  

Clue #3 -Guten Tag!  As I’m out and about I’m checking everything out.  I noticed the farmers are beginning harvest, while the smell of fresh cut grass is still in the air.  This of course is causing my allergies to become a nightmare.  I hope I don’t wake up tomorrow with watering eyes and a running nose.  Oh no; it seems I have left my old fashioned handkerchief at home.  Where will I get a tissue to blow my little nose?  Do you think the local store will allow a hedgehog inside? Maybe I will have to find an old friend to sneak me right in?

Clue #4 – Guten Tag!  I think I will wait here and relax for the rest of the day.  I’m a bit tired from walking around and I had a fall today.  I was admiring all the flags and suddenly tripped.  I tried to catch myself, but like a ton of bricks I went straight down.  I am doing ok; no need for an ambulance.  I found some ice for my bump and now to find die Kopfschmerztablette.   I hope I can sleep and have good dreams.  Maybe I will dream of Gemuetlichkeit Days…I pray the music will not create a bigger headache.

Clue #5 –  Guten Tag!  Mecki here!  I’m so busy trying to keep up with all the things in this town. The next big attraction is Gemuetlichkeit Days.  They even hold a car show that I visit every year. I enjoy collecting vintage things and cars were once a passion of mine.  On my eighteenth birthday I bought a Mustang.  She was fast and definitely impressed all the Frauleins!  They would all giggle and wave as I drove by.  Sometimes they would even blow me a kiss!  I surely miss that car, but that was almost forty years ago.  Now I’ve taking up doctoring and I have no regrets.

Clue #6 – Day six is here.  The sunrises here are beautiful early in der Morgen.  There is nothing like the calls of der Morgan geese and sound of distant bells.  It makes me feel right at home and warms my heart.  The Flowers are still in bloom, but that will be coming to an end very soon.  As fall begins winter will soon try to carve its way in.  I hope by then I am found!  I do not want to freeze because you’re fishing around!
**Mecki was found at 4:30 p.m. Thursday September 15, 2016 after this clue**

Clue #7 – Guten Tag!  Today Gemuetlichkeit Days begins!  I need to find a ride because I am a bit tired from walking around.  Last night I went out for a nice cold brew and had myself a fun thought or two.  I thought of meeting the beautiful Queen and possibly even sneaking a dance!  I should look out; I hear the King is a little taller than me.  What if I show up with flowers for the Queen and a beer for the King?  Do you think I could get a dance with persuasion?  He will be too busy with his stein to even notice that she is waltzing with me.  With my luck that will not work and he will come at me like an angry Ursus!  I would hate for my friends to worry about making arrangements for me, because I’m being sent home via wooden box!  I surely like to dance with all the Fraus, but their husbands always seem to get in the way!





Gemuetlichkeit Days begins Friday, September 15, 2017

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 7:30 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 9:20 p.m. during a band break

Saturday, September 16th

 2017 Pretzel Polka Run/Walk
9 a.m. start time at the Puerner Street Gate.  7:30-8:30 a.m. on grounds registration. 

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  (Big Wheels provided for the race by Gemuetlichkeit Days)
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
Learn more about Schafskopf (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 17th
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.  The grand prize drawing for the $1000 will be held at 6 P.M. in the Black Forest Garten (main Activity Building).