Waunakee’s Wauktoberfest celebrates Germany, raises cash for group

WAUNAKEE (WKOW) – Waunakee’s annual Oktoberfest-style celebration ends on Sunday with a wide variety of German food, beer, activities and music.

“It’s great fun. It’s old-school German,” said Mary Jo Gatzke, chairwoman of the Wauktoberfest committee.

In addition to German food, the event also featured a bake-off, an art auction, food competitions and a dachshund loft. All funds raised during the Wauktoberfest go to local organizations.

“We donate every penny to local charities in Waunakee in the area,” said Gatzke.

She said the last in-person festival in 2019 raised nearly $ 27,000, and she expects the donation to be even bigger this year.

“We brought some bigger bands with us over the weekend and it was a really good success,” said Gatzke.

WKOW was a proud sponsor of the festival.