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.
2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Starts THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th
Find The Mecki
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 Jefferson Library. Will you find him? Mecki will also go home with you.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – new day and weekend
The Annual Gemuetlichkeit Days Trap Shoot **
The Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club is an excellent facility to come out and test your skills. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 920-699-3968
W5328 Christberg Road, Jefferson, WI 53549
Sponsored by: Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club
SATURDAY, September 10th starts at 8:00 pm
Rock Bottom Express – New location (former Depot)
211 S Gardner Avenue
Contact: Wes Viola 920-723-9242
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th Gemuetlichkeit Days Begins!
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. – “Kick Off” with Kenny Brandt & Ferd Buchel – In the Black Forest Garten
Ceremonial Program-In the Black Forest Garten
Welcome by Gemuetlichkeit Days President Judy Wollin
Patriotic Songs by Queen Michelle Haffelder
Introduction of our King & Queen
Honorary Proclamation- Senator 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. – “THE FREISTADT ALTE KAMERADEN BAND” – Black Forest Garten
7:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. – KENNY BRANDT BAND – Linden Garten
7:00 P.M. – Flag Raising Ceremony just east of the Activity Center
7:30 P.M.– BEST FACIAL HAIR CONTEST Sponsored by The B.E. Hive Salon. Sign up at the B.E. Hive Hair Salon before September 12th or at the ‘Head Table’ near the souvenir stand 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 Kristin Schwantz
9:20 – 9:25 P.M. Approximate start time: (during the Band break) Sauerkraut Eating Contest – Black Forest Garten
Sponsored by Bon Ton Bakery
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th
FREE ADMISSION FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
9:00 A.M. – EUCHRE REGISTRATION Black Forest Garten – Sponsored by: Havill of Jefferson – Contact Seth Kemmeter – 920-650-6839
9:00 A.M. – 2016 PRETZEL POLKA RUN/WALK – Starting point at Puerner St. Gate at the Fair Park. Presented by The Randy Schopen Foundation. 7:30-8:30 A.M. on site registration or pre-registration info can be found at http://www.randyschopenfoundation.org/run
9:00 A.M. – Noon – CHILDREN’S FACIAL HAIR/PRETZEL CRAFT PROJECTS in the Linden Garten tunnel. Sponsored by BE Hive Salon.
9:30 A.M. – (Register at 9:15) ETHNIC COSTUME CONTEST (Children Only) – Linden Garten – Contact Kelly Becker – 920-674-4244
10:00 A.M. – EUCHRE TOURNAMENT – Play Begins – Black Forest Garten
10:00 A.M. – VINTAGE CAR SHOW – Infield Area – Contact : Mike Spangler 920-674-4482
Sponsored by: Aumann’s Service, Inc. & NAPA Auto Supply
10:30 A.M just after Ethnic Costume Contest **New Event LITTLE TYKES BIG WHEELS – Contact Bonnie Paulie – 920-674-5148. See Contest Page for age groups and weight limit. Big Wheels provided by Gemuetlichkeit Days.
11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – RAILYARD FITNESS CENTER – Sponsored by Fort HealthCare – located in the Craft Fair Building. This is a free, fun activity for children & adults.
1:00 P.M. – SCHAFSKOPF REGISTRATION – Black Forest Garten – Sponsored by: Havill – Jefferson
1:00 P.M. – GERMAN FOOD CONTEST – North West Corner of Black Forest Garten – Adult & Children Categories – Contact: Wendy Hartjes (920)253-9205 or Chris Bentheimer (920)253-1633 – 2 Divisions in Children – Main Dish and Dessert
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.– DANCE LESSONS Linden Garten – Wisconsin Polka Boosters
1:30 P.M. – SCHAFSKOPF CARD TOURNAMENT BEGINS – Contact – Andy Bare Jr. – 920-674-3409
1:30 P.M. – BIG WHEEL RACE REGISTRATION
2:00 P.M. – BIG WHEEL RACE in the Grand Stand area. Ages: 3-4; 5-6; 7-8 (Big Wheels provided by Gemuetlichkeit Days) Organized & run by the Optimist Club of Jefferson
3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. – KEITH GENNERMAN BAND – Black Forest Garten
7:30 to 11:30 P.M. – STEVE MEISNER – Black Forest Garten
8:00 – 12:00 Midnight – TWANG DRAGONS – Linden Garten
9:30 P.M.- NAGELSPIELEN — Black Forest Garten during a Steve Meisner Band break. 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. Open to the public so join in the fun.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th – FREE ADMISSION
12:00 NOON – GIANT GEMUETLICHKEIT DAYS PARADE – DOWNTOWN JEFFERSON – Floral Donation for King & Queen and President – Humphrey Floral
3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – “THE JIMMY HARTWIG BAND” – Black Forest Garten
6:00 P.M. – GRAND PRIZE DRAWING (Button drawing)
6:30 P.M. – FINAL EIN PROSIT!!!! THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING
2016 GEMUETLICHKEIT DAYS BUTTON NEEDED FOR ADMISSION
Only $8.00 IN ADVANCE until 1 p.m. Thursday, September 15th ~~ $10.00 AT THE GATE
THE BUTTON IS ADMISSION FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND – 16 AND UNDER FREE
Free admission from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday
~~ FREE ADMISSION ON SUNDAY ~~
BUYING A BUTTON ENTERS YOU INTO THE GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE