Lake Geneva Oktoberfest occurs this weekend on October 9th & 10th. 
Get ready for some great family fun in this very pleasant fall weather. There will be something for everyone; fun kid activities while adults can enjoy the polka music (including dancing to it), beer, and lots of German food. Oktoberfest will have some of the great local vendors bringing their food to the party. The concession content will include brats, corn, Smashburger’s, pierogis, apple cider donuts, and so much more.

The weekend will also include live entertainment all weekend long. Eddie, the Roving Accordion Player, will be strolling downtown and entertaining (between sets). More of the entertainment lineup includes Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle, Steve Meisner Band, Badger Highschool Jazz Band, The Phenix Band, and Die Musikmeisters Band. The beer will be offered to the public by Lake Geneva’s one and only Topsy Turvy Brewery. It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without the Dachshund Dash too! Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., The Doxies will race, and it’s not too late to sign up if your Doxie wants to run. The weather is expected to be great (at least so far it looks good so far); fall is in the air.

It’s also a perfect weekend to book a room in Lake Geneva and stay for the whole two days of great fun.


Looking for some early trick-or-treat fun? Big Foot High School will be having its annual ‘Trunk or Treat’ event on Saturday, October 23rd, from 4 – 6 p.m.
This has become a very popular and safe way to celebrate Halloween for so many locals in Lake Geneva and surrounding communities. Vehicles will be lined up in the parking lot with trunks open and decorated. Local businesses and schools that participate in the fun and concessions will have plenty of stuff available for purchase. Of course, creativity and costumes are highly encouraged, and the best-decorated trunk showing up in the parking lot wins an award.


Tightening the ‘death grip’ over news and information control.
It hasn’t blown right by the X-Files investigators, reporters, editors, or the publisher of the Geneva Shore Report, that the City of Lake Geneva is very silently and, no doubt in full denial, slowly but surely trying to control the outflow of information, and maybe even its inflow, as it pertains to data and opinion about what’s going on in city government.  The city has started ‘paying off’ the Lake Geneva Regional News, the city’s declared ‘official’ newspaper, by sponsoring it to be in the food concession business on the side.  To the tune of tens of thousands of dollars per event.

The city has approved a live-streaming camera system to be installed to constantly view or keep under surveillance the entire area just north of the Riviera Pier complex, an area where the GSR traditionally does its morning news and weather report from.  Now, the city wants its very own newsletter, to be paid for by local businesses, and more, having to buy ads.   Those ads would support the city’s attempt to have written reports (all controlled and edited and approved by city leadership) put out on a regular basis.  LIP Communications, out of New Berlin, made a sales presentation for providing all the paperwork, printing, sales of advertising, and more, on Monday night. It was an information-only kind of presentation.  The questions about who might write the articles for this newsletter might be pertinent, except the content doesn’t really matter if you consider how much the city could and, no doubt will if this goes through, strong-arm the merchants to support it.

This is silently awful government, and it is quite surprising that this is all being implemented with a new slate of leaders everyone, including the GSR, thought would be well above this kind of behavior.

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