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Comedy, music part of Oktoberfest in New Richmond

Louie Anderson

Polkas, brats and German beer under the big top in Glover Park mark the third annual Downtown New Richmond Oktoberfest on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event will kick off on Friday at 4 p.m. with local band Roger Heutmaker & The Hunyuks followed by The Squires from 7 p.m. to close.

The S. G. Edelweiss Dancers will also return this year to teach and promote traditional Bavarian/Austrian folk dance and culture. The Edelweiss Dancers dress in traditional attire and will do several demonstrations on Friday.

Thanks to Oktoberfest sponsors, there will be no cover charge for events in the tent.

New this year, the Old Gem Theater will be presenting an Oktoberfest Comedy Night featuring Louie Anderson and Scott Hansen for two shows on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Louie Anderson is one of America's most beloved entertainers. When the Emmy Award winning comedian takes a break from his popular show in Las Vegas, he likes to head home to visit his family in Minnesota and make a call on his comedy colleague and friend of 30 years Scott Hansen. On stage Hansen is famous for his teddy bear demeanor, which draws the unsuspecting audience into his whimsical world. This year the two have teamed up to present a one-of-a- kind comedy experience.

Tickets to the Oktoberfest Comedy Night are $39.95 to $49.95 and can be purchased at the Old Gem Box office 715-246-3285.

Comedy patrons can show their ticket stubs at the Oktoberfest tent for a complimentary beverage.

The third annual New Richmond Oktoberfest isn't held in October due to German tradition.

In 1810, during the dark days of beer drinking before refrigerators, beer would never be brewed in the summer months. The batches would never turn out too good. The last batches were usually made in March.

Traditionally there would be a big fest starting on the last Saturday in September until the first Sunday in October. The purpose was to drink up the old stocks of beer to make room for the new brew that would be made after harvest. The tradition goes back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

For more information, or to help with set-up or volunteering during the event call the Old Gem Theater at 715-246-3285.