Oktoberfest: 3rd Saturday in October
A growing favorite in the community, the 13th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest will fill the town square with fall fun Saturday, October 20th from 9am-5pm in Veterans and Pocket Parks. Walk around the downtown square to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more.
Head over to the north parking lot of the government center to see some beautiful classic cars during our 9th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied with games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides and more.
Hungry? Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or sample some chili in our Chili Cook-off starting at 11:30am, Amateur and Professional categories. There’s even a little something for the adults too when they step inside Pocket Park and Wine & Beer Tasting tent. Enjoy all the different live entertainment acts from local groups like Toe to Toe Ballet, the Walworth County Cloggers, Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Dreams Studio of Performing Arts, and music from our Live Band.
By closing a block of Wisconsin Street we allow for a large main stage hosting Live Music TBA and additional food vendors. Think we can top ourselves this year? You'll just have to come and see for yourself! Bring the family and join us for our biggest event of the year!
What's New in 2017 you ask?
- Elkhorn Oktoberfest 5K Run / 2 Mile
- Advanced Stein Holding Competition
Join us for the Elkhorn Oktoberfest 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk brought to you by the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center. This race will be perfect for all levels of competitors. Beginning at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, race through the fairgrounds, ending at our Oktoberfest Event site, located Downtown Elkhorn.Race Day Features include:
Stick around after the race to enjoy your FREE Beer & Wine Tasting admission. Oktoberfest includes music, great food, 150+ vendors, Classic Car Show, Chili Cook Off, Stein Holding Competition and so much more!
- Long Sleeved T-shirt
- Event Timed
- Free Admission to Oktoberfest Beer & Wine Tasting - Root Beer for those under 21 years of age
- Goodie Bag
- Awards for top finishers in each age group
- Kids activities
- Free onsite parking
- Shuttle Service to and from Oktoberfest grounds
Starting at the Walworth County Fairgrounds race around the Elkhorn High school through the Fairgrounds, ending at the Elkhorn Oktoberfest event grounds, Downtown Elkhorn
Enhanced Wine & Beer Tasting: 11am - 5pm
Step inside Pocket Park & on Wisconsin Street for a taste of German beer and wine as well as some seasonal favorites. Must be 21 or over.
Chili Cook-Off: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Enter your own famous chili recipe or bring your friends and sample some of the best tasting chili in the area. This will be the “hottest” event of the fall season. The competition is in conjunction with the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center’s Oktoberfest featuring crafts, beer and wine tasting, live music, classic car show, activities for children, and more. Attendees can taste all the participating chilis for $5.
Chili Cook Off Rules:
Entry form must be turned in by October 15th to the Elkhorn Chamber office; no walk-ins accepted.
Contestants who work in the Restaurant or Food service industry will compete in the Professional Category.
Contestants must bring at least 10-12 quarts of warmed chili (no pasta) in a Nesco or large crock pot (electricity will be provided).
Chili must be delivered to the event at the downtown square by 11:00 a.m. (no later) on Saturday, October 20th, Chili Tent is located on Wisconsin street (north end).
Must provide a server for your chili for the length of event.
Regardless if chili runs out, contestants must stay until contest winners are announced (approximately 2 p.m.) Must be present to receive winnings!
Contestants can sample other entries at no charge.
This Competition will be a Peoples Choice Contest
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Winners.
1st Place - $200 2nd Place - $100 3rd Place - $50
Car Show: 11am - 2pm
A popular addition to Oktoberfest the past few years has been the Car Show in the government center parking lot off Court Street. Close to 100 cars strut their wheels for all to see. Space is limited with spots available on a first come first served basis with dash plaques to the first 75 cars. There is no entry fee, however participants are encouraged to bring 5 non-perishable food items or a $5 donation for the Elkhorn Food Pantry. Spectators can cast their vote for the Peoples Choice Award. Rain or shine event.
Entertainment Stage: 9am - 5pm
Elkhorn Flying Dragons
Walworth County Cloggers
Toe to Toe Ballet
Thank you to our 2017 Oktoberfest Sponsors
Komfort Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Lockhart Service Inc.
First National Bank and Trust
Friend of Oktoberfest
APEX Family Chiropractic
Educators Credit Union
Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, LTD.
Sugar Creek Mutual Insurance
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc.
Elkhorn Napa Auto Parts