Young winner recognized

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Paige Schneider, 14, of Prairie du Chien, was the young artist who submitted the winning design for this year’s Oktoberfest button design contest. She is pictured with a prize basket awarded by the Oktoberfest committee. She also earned her family event T-shirts and will participate in the activities in Prairie du Chien on Oct. 21. The Schneider family is pictured with the Oktoberfest committee (front row, from left): Mike Ulrich, Cathie Nelson, Melanie Schneider, Elle and Max Schneider, Paige Schneider, Breck Schneider, Suzette Cunningham and Tom Nelson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Oktoberfest is just a few short weeks away. The community will once again celebrate great seasonal fun for the whole family, Oct. 21, on St. Feriole Island. Nationally-renowned musical acts, authentic German cuisine and beverages, children’s activities and crafts and much more will highlight the daylong event.

This year, the structure of the festivities has changed slightly to accommodate the growth of this annual fest. While many aspects of the fest will remain the same, the food/beer and music will be located in different tents.

Specifically, there will be a music tent at the epicenter of Oktoberfest, where Molly B, the Jim Busta Band and the La Crosse Oktoberfest Singers will perform on a rotation. In order to be admitted into the tent, each attendee will need an Oktoberfest button, which can be purchased at the event for $1. Just 1,000 buttons have been made. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the one-day festival.

Last week, the Oktoberfest committee selected the winner for its annual button design contest. About 30 youth submitted colored drawings and one young lady’s button-shaped, Oktoberfest-themed artwork was selected as the best to represent the celebration.

Paige Schneider, 14, of Prairie du Chien, was the winner. She is the daughter of Breck and Melanie Schneider.

Don’t miss the Courier Press next Monday, Oct. 9, for a full preview of the 2017 Oktoberfest.

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