‘Slicing of the Golden Brat’ helps veterans programs

Oktoberfest festivities started in La Crosse first thing Friday morning.

Celebrations began with the annual Slicing of the Golden Brat at La Crosse’s American Legion Post 52.

The 8th annual Golden Brat is a fundraiser for the American Legion.

The eight foot long bratwurst is 90 pounds of Oktoberfest spirit.

Funds raised from the Golden Brat go to veterans programs.