LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Oktoberfest officially began Thursday, and festivities kicked off that morning with the annual Lederhosen Luncheon.

The lunch hosted both new and old Oktoberfest royalty. Festers got a taste of some German cuisine, which of course includes brats and sauerkraut.

While there may be a few final touches for events, officials say they are prepared for the crowds.

"We got a great line-up for the weekend. Looks like the weather's going to be pretty good. We've got a few finishing touches to put on, but we're ready to go,” said Oktoberfest 2016 Board President Alex Lueck.

Festivities continue with the Torchlight Parade at 7 p.m.