Hold onto your Lederhosen!

Ladysmith Oktoberfest 2017 was another huge success, attracting thousands and featuring all kinds of tributes to traditional German culture. Live music is a huge part of the fun, and the Wanderers did it best with their traditional German tunes, even bringing a kazoo into the mix.
Ladysmith survived another year of their annual Oktoberfest activities, which took over the community all last weekend. Lorraine Bretzlaff welcomes everyone to the festival Friday night, where she gives a quick roundup of what attendees can expect to see and thanks her board of directors.
 Sunday was German Costume Day at Oktoberfest, and these folks were not about to be out dressed. Visiting all the way from Germany, Simona and Gunter Schiemenz brought their clothes from home, attracting many compliments.
 No beer drinking festival would be complete without a proper welcome and these men made sure to give one. Mark Papousek, left, follows Karl Erfle’s lead on the introductory cheers to the crowd.
Though too young to experience some of the Oktoberfest traditions, the younger crowd wasn’t about to shy away from some dress up fun. From left: Cadence Abraham, Kayley Abraham, and Jazmyn Furlotte donned their German-best to celebrate with the crowds.

Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 2017
The 32nd annual Oktoberfest Ladysmith took over Thorne this weekend, bringing traditional German dancing, music and food to the Pontiac, and attracting thousands of people – some from as far as Germany itself.
Starting things off Friday night, the festivities ran all weekend long at the TCRA Hall and surrounding area, and featured a parade, classic car show, tractor pull, plus fireworks and lots of beer.

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