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.
2017 Schedule of Events will be updated as information becomes available. Keep checking back to make sure an event hasn’t been deleted or one has been added. There will be a note ‘Final Schedule of Events’ once that has happened.
Starts THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
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.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 – ** new day **
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
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th Gemuetlichkeit Days Begins!
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. – “Kick Off” with MIKE SCHNEIDER – 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. – MUSIC CONNECTION – Black Forest Garten
TIME TBA – SHOT GUN JANE– 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 16th
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. – ** check back for times 2017 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. 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. – JEFF WINARD POLKA PARTY BAND with DAVE AUSTIN – Black Forest Garten
7:30 to 11:30 P.M. – STEVE MEISNER – Black Forest Garten
8:00 – 12:00 Midnight – CHERRY PIE – 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 17th – 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
2017 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