Oktoberfest: 3rd Saturday in October
A growing favorite in the community, the 12th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest will fill the town square with fall fun Saturday, October 21st 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 8th 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 live bands.
By closing a block of Wisconsin Street we allow for a large main stage hosting a live band (to be announced) and more 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 was New in 2016 you ask?
- Free Shuttle Service for guests to and from the Walworth County Fairgrounds!
- Professional Chili Cook-Off Category
- Stein Holding Competition
All of the new aspects were a Wonderful addition and we can't wait for 2017!
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
New Professional Category!
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 10th 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 21st, 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
The Amateur Catagory will be awarded with Prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Winners.
1st Place - $200 2nd Place - $100 3rd Place - $50
The Professional Catagory will have ONE Top Winner! They will will a Year of Bragging Rights, Elkhorn's NEW Traveling Trophy until Oktoberfest 2017
& $100.00 CASH PRIZE!
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
Community Acts TO BE ANNOUNCED!