Gemuetlichkeit Days Schedule of Events

Gemuetlichkeit Days is a community festival to build spirit and unity by celebrating our community’s German heritage in a family friendly atmosphere.

Gemuetlichkeit Days Celebration of German Heritage is held at the Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 North Jackson Avenue, Jefferson, WI 53549.


The Annual Gemuetlichkeit Days Trap Shoot

King and Queen Trapshoot 2014

The Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club is an excellent facility, so don’t miss it next year.
It was held on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at the Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club, 920-699-3968
Sponsored by: Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club



Find The Mecki
Starts Thursday, September 4th.

The MECKI is a fictional character that loves tricks and practical jokes. The Mecki is about 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 Chamber of Commerce office.  Will you find him?

Council for the Performing Arts presents the Missoula Children’s Theater Play, Black Beard the Pirate
6:00 PM Saturday, September 6th at the Jefferson High School Auditorium
Only $9.oo for adults, $7.00 for Seniors and $5.00  for children. Just click here for more information

Beer Pong     

Vinnie’s Rock Bottom
Saturday, starts at 8:00 pm September 6th
Contact: Wes Viola 920-723-9242

Home Brewing Contest
Saturday, September 6th
Held at WINE & ROSES – Sponsored by: Wine & Roses 920-674-6008
Pick up entry forms at Wine & Roses, 215 South Center Avenue or the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

Cutest Pet Picture Contest
Entry deadline is September 9th with a $5 entry fee to be sent to the Jefferson County Humane Society. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three cutest pictures in each category. Total prize money of $125 will be awarded.
See Contest Forms for rules and regulations.
Sponsored by Jefferson Veterinary Clinic SC;  Contact Sara Wollin at (920) 674-4340

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th  Gemuetlichkeit Days Begins!

5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. – “ART & SUE OSWALD” – In the Black Forest Garten 6:00 P.M. – Ceremonial Program-In the Black Forest Garten                                                                                   Badge with words 4 in RGB

Welcome by Tom Pinnow, President of Gemuetlichkeit Days
Patriotic Songs by Michelle Haffelder
Introduction of our King & Queen
Honorary Proclamation- Rep. Steve Nass

6:30 P.M. – CEREMONIAL TAPPING OF THE FIRST KEG  – Black Forest Garten – The Keg of Beer – Spaten Oktoberfest

6:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. – Jeff Winard with Dave Austin – Linden Garten

6:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. – “THE FREISTADT ALTE KAMERADEN BAND” – Black Forest Garten

7:00 P.M. – Flag Raising Ceremony just east of the Activity Center

7:45 P.M.-  BEST FACIAL HAIR CONTEST Sponsored by The B.E. Hive Salon.  Sign up at the B.E. Hive Hair Salon before the 12th; or the Information booth (head table) in the Black Forest Garten that evening NO later than 7:21 pm. Three prizes will be awarded for each category. Best Mustache, Best Beard and Best Side Burns.

8:15 P.M. – PRESENTATION OF KINGS & QUEENS - Linden Garten – Floral Donation – Wine & Roses
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING: PRESENTATION OF KINGS & QUEENS – Black Forest Garten – Royalty Photos – Courtesy of Mary Springer

9:15 to 9:20 Start time: (during the Band break) Sauerkraut Eating Contest sponsored by Bon Ton Bakery




9:00 A.M. – EUCHRE REGISTRATION Black Forest Garten – Sponsored by: Havill of Jefferson – Contact Ellie LeMacher 563-6551

9:30 A.M. – (Register at 9:15) ETHNIC COSTUME CONTEST (Children Only) – Linden Garten – Contact Kelly Becker – 674-4244, – Sponsored by: – Jefferson Travel

10:00 A.M. – EUCHRE TOURNAMENT – Play Begins – Black Forest Garten

10:00 A.M. – VINTAGE CAR SHOW – Infield Area – Contact : Mike Spangler 674-4482 – Sponsored by: Aumann’s Service, Inc., NAPA Auto Supply, Ken Olson’s Used Cars

11:00 to 4:00 BEAN BAG GAME sponsored by the Jefferson Lion’s Club (Watch for details)

11:00 A.M. - Kid’s Scavenger Hunt. Linden Garten. Contact Jennie Fisher 920-723-0073

11:00 A.M. – NEW–Flower Arranging Contest. Entries must be delivered  by 11:00 at the Gemuetlichkeit Days Head Table

11:00 A.M. – CRAFT FAIR including – Bavarian Garten – Contact: Debbie Meinel – 674-6124

1:00 P.M. – SCHAFSKOPF REGISTRATION – Black Forest Garten – Sponsored by: Havill – Jefferson

1:30 P.M. – SCHAFSKOPF CARD TOURNAMENT BEGINS – Contact: Don Jaeger – 674-5461 

1:00 P.M. – ROAD RALLY – Contact: Vicki Barnes – 674-6092 – Run by: The Blackhawk Auto Club – ***New $5.00 person charge for prizes – Starting at Fairview Sports Bar – Registration 12:00 Noon – Drivers meeting – 12:45 – First Car is out at 1:01 – Sponsored by: The Blackhawk Auto Club

1:00 P.M. – GERMAN FOOD CONTEST – North West Corner of Black Forest Garten – Adult & Children Categories – Contact: Wendy Rueth– 674-3843 – 2 Divisions in Children – Main Dish and Dessert 

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.–  POLKA HOP LESSONS Linden Garten – Wisconsin Polka Boosters


2:00 P.M.  –  BIG WHEEL RACE in the Grand Stand area. Ages: 3-4;  5-6;  7-8   (Big Wheels will be provided)  Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Jefferson

3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. – Kenny Brandt – Black Forest Garten

7:30 – 11:30 P.M. – Shotgun Jane – Linden Garten

7:30 to 11:30 P.M.. – Steve Meisner– Black Forest Garten

CUTEST PET PICTURE CONTEST – WINNER will be posted with the Pet Pictures– Between the Black Forest Garten & the Linden Garten in the tunnel.

Approximately 8:15 pm- Coming back this year- Hammerschlagen–A German game where contestants hammer a nail straight into log. The skill is to use one hand to strike the nail, while holding a beverage in the other hand.


10:30 AM – BED RACES TEAM meeting by the Judge’s Stand next to the Carnegie Building. Teams are required to attend in order to race.

11:00 AM (promptly) - BED RACES – downtown – Sponsored by: Fort HealthCare

12:00 NOON – GIANT GEMUETLICHKEIT DAYS PARADE – DOWNTOWN JEFFERSON – Floral Donation for King & Queen and President – Humphrey Floral

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. – “ART & SUE OSWALD” – Black Forest Garten – Sponsored by: River’s Edge Farm Market, Abendroth Water Conditioning, Inc.

2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.– CRAFT FAIR – Food Building

3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – “THE JIMMY HARTWIG BAND” – Linden Garten – Sponsored by: Lake Country Heating & Cooling, Pernat Meats, McDermott Top Shop, Agventure Seed Tech, Wingin’ It, Vetro Winery, Duck In, Fairview Sports Bar, Lou’s Riverview

3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. –The Music Connection – Black Forest Garten – Sponsored by: Stauffer/Klug Insurance, Jefferson Glass, Brickhaus Cafe, D’Aoust Law Office, Jefferson Citgo, Jonas Office Supply, The Works Hair Salon, Monogue Law Office, Fidelity Land Title, Ltd, Miller Law Office

4:00 P.M. – Beer Stein Races are back! This race will be held in the infield area.

7:00 P.M. – GRAND PRIZE DRAWING (Button drawing)

7:30 P.M. – FINAL EIN PROSIT!!!!


Only $5.00 IN ADVANCE (This reduced price is for this year only)
Only $7.00 AT THE GATE (This reduced price is for this year only)

Free admission from  9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday