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Thousands brave cold at Octoberfest

Posted: 8:31 PM, Sep 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-29 21:31:24-04

These colder temperatures not stopping people from all over Northeast Wisconsin today as thousands of people came out to the 37th annual Octoberfest in Appleton.

Organizers said the cold did not affect the turnout. In fact, they think there may be more people because the cold is finally keeping the bees and mosquitoes away.

People filled the streets listening to the bands, eating from the many vendors, and enjoying the fun.

Some traveled from other parts of Wisconsin, others from different states.

The two-day celebration kicked off Friday with the classic car show.

Saturday was the block party with live music on many different stages and nearly 85 different non-profits with food booths from across the region. 

"My favorite part of Octoberfest every year is about five o'clock, six o'clock in the morning, watching the non-profit organizations coming on the avenue, banding together to put their booths together, start preparing their food, and just seeing the smiles on their faces knowing that they're going to make a lot of money today, that they're going to be able to do good in the community with the good efforts that they do and what they stand for. That's what this is all about," said Eric Stadler, the chairperson for Octoberfest.

Stadler added over the past 37 years, they've given back about $2.5 million to the community.