Readers of Illinois Country Living Magazine voted Galena Oktoberfest as the regional favorite festival in 2018. And there are many reasons for that! With non-stop music, hearty German food, refreshing brews, a beer stein-lifting endurance contest, polka dance lessons, and family-friendly wiener dog races, it’s a fun-filled day that has universal appeal! Over 4,500 people and 100 dogs enjoyed the event last year.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Galena Oktoberfest was initiated on the outdoor deck of “founding father” Greg Junge, a member of the Lions Club. He proposed three priorities: 1) the committee had to have fun organizing the event, 2) the patrons had to have fun attending it, and 3) the Lions Club had to make money with all proceeds going to those in need. Greg reigned as chairperson of the Galena Oktoberfest Committee for 10 years. Under his leadership and with his continued participation on the committee, the Oktoberfest’s original priorities have been maintained. Greg reported that “in the last few years, the Galena Lions Club has given about $40,000 per year to charity. It’s gratifying to know that we’ve achieved our goals.”

To read this and other featured articles in their entirety, pickup the October 2019 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine. Click to subscribe for convenient delivery by mail, or call (563) 557-1914. Single issues are also available in print at area newsstands and digitally via the Issuu platform.


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