The 2018 Gemuetlichkeit Days King and Queen

Brad and Tonya Umbarger.

Brad is son of the late William and the late Diane Umbarger of Ripon, Wisconsin. He graduated from Ripon High School in 1995. Brad is the co-owner of Hess Sweitzer Painting in Hartland. Hess Sweitzer is a commercial and industrial painting contractor.

Tonya is the daughter of the late Melvin and Bonnie Coles of Ripon. She graduated from Ripon High School in 1999. Tonya is employed by Didion Milling in Johnson Creek and has worked there since 2009.

Despite growing up in the same hometown, the royal couple met in Madison through a mutual friend in 2002. They married in 2008 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson, where they have been members since moving to the community in 2007. They will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in September 2018, over this year’s Gemuetlichkeit Days weekend.

In their free time, the royal couple enjoy spending time with their children, family and friends. They love live music and sporting events, boating the Rock River, golfing at Jefferson Golf Club, bike rides, and neighborhood parties.

The couple is blessed with two children, Brooke (8) and Ben (6). Both attend West Elementary in Jefferson. Brooke enjoys swimming, golf, dance, boating, and any social activities with friends and family. Ben enjoys golf, basketball, football, boating, and social activities with friends and family as well.

Brad’s maternal ancestors originated from Holland, immigrated and settled in the Alto, Wisconsin area to continue their life of farming. His paternal ancestors originated in Germany. The family eventually immigrated, traveling cross country to settle in Oregon and finally in California. His father moved to Wisconsin in 1957.

Tonya’s maternal ancestors originated from the province of Posen in Germany. Her great-grandparents immigrated as young adults, seeking a better life and settled in the Ripon area as farmers. They had eight children over a 14-year span, eventually retiring from farming and living in a home still owned by the family. Her paternal ancestors were born in the Prussia and Bavaria regions of Germany and the Alsace region of France. Eventually her ancestors immigrated and her great-grandparents settled in the Medina, Wisconsin area as farmers.

The Umbargers would like to thank Tony and Michelle Haffelder (2015), Dan and Erin Geyer (2016), and Dave and Jennie Fisher (2017) for their guidance, support and friendship as they begin this amazing experience. The royal couple is honored to have been selected as your 2018 King and Queen to represent the 48th year of Gemuetlichkeit Days.


Find the Mecki!

The Find the Mecki contest will be held prior to the festival, begining on September 6th, 2018. Clues will be posted on our Find the Mecki page when the contest begins.

What is Gemuetlichkeit?

What does “Gemuetlichkeit” mean? The link in the above question takes you to Wikipedia. Our city is mentioned at the end of the first paragraph!

Buy A Button!

To see a list of where you can go to purchase a Gemuetlichkeit Days Entry Button prior to the festival

2019 Royalty Nominations

Download and send in your nominations for the 2019 King and Queen by January 31, 2019!

G-Days T-Shirts

2019 Gemuetlichkeit Days T-Shirts are available at the Awaken Salon and Wellness Spa, Jefferson.

Upcoming Festival Dates

49th Year - Sept. 13-15, 2019

50th Year - Sept. 18-20 , 2020