Oktoberfest 20-16 starts tomorrow in La Crosse!
A new member of the royal fest family was just announced
and this morning she's in the studio with us.
Sue Weidemann is Mrs.
Weidemann is not new to Oktoberfest.
Her father, Ken Wing, was Torchlight Parade Marshal
And, she volunteered with the city's largest festival
for 15 years as the chair of the Northside Festground's
Senior Breakfast and Beer-Tapping Olympics.
The breakfast was one of her most memorable volunteer
I loved meeting the people who came down to the breakfast,
I loved seeing their happy faces and the joy it brought
to the seniors as they listened to the music they
loved from the '40s and '50s, along with the polkas.
Weidemann is not a stranger among area non-profits.
She has been involved with Valley View Rotary, Rotary
Lights, Great Rivers United Way, YWCA Taste of the
Coulee Region, Thunder Ride for Diabetes, American
Heart Association, Choices Task Force, La Crosse Promise
One of her most memorable non-profit events was organizing
the Francis Green Memorial Open, a golf outing that
raised money for Make-A-Wish to help children in the
Coulee Region with a serious illness in need of financial
It was a happy, but a sad event each year, notes Weidemann.
But we made a difference in many kids lives.
For the new Mrs.
O, it's only natural to be involved in so many community
We live in a beautiful community and we all get so
much from it and its people, says Weidemann.
I think it is our privilege to volunteer and give
You see the difference it makes, the programs it supports
and the smiles on the faces
of those who are the beneficiaries
of your time and efforts.
Weidemann says she was stunned, excited and extremely
honored when she discovered this spring that she would
become the 2016 Mrs.
She attributes receiving the recognition to families
This is not an honor you get alone, she notes.
I have amazing family and friends.
Their support and understanding and the fact that
many of them have been convinced to help on several
occasions are what makes this an honor for them all.