Oktoberfest Festmaster and Frau announced

2018 Oktoberfest Festmaster and Frau pose for photo

We know now the identity of this year’s Oktoberfest Festmaster and Frau!

It was revealed Saturday at the Festmaster’s ball. We got to meet the newly crowned duo beforehand to get to know them.

This year’s Festmaster is Mike Keil and His wife Karen is the Frau. The couple moved to the La Crosse area in 1996. Mike spent his career as a successful developer, helping develop the Jackson Plaza in La Crosse, Holmen Square Shopping Center and the Doerflinger Building.

Karen worked at the Mayo Clinic in La Crosse as an OB/GYN.

The couple says they are honored to be a part of this La Crosse tradition.

“Were of course looking forward to the parades in La Crosse, but were also looking forward to the events throughout the area meeting people throughout this region and parades and then travel to places like Winnipeg and the cities for events so should be a really exciting year for us,” Oktoberfest Festmaster Mike Keil said.

The official start of the 58th Oktoberfest in La Crosse doesn’t kick off until next month. The Torchlight Parade gets underway Thursday September 27.

Jeremy Culver

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