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Oktoberfest celebration takes over downtown Wausau

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The sound of German drinking songs, the smell of home cooked bratwurst and the never ending supply of beer had people lining up on the 400 Block for Oktoberfest.

"I'm actually from Beloit, Wisconsin," said Jessica Czech, who attended the event.

"I live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois which is a suburb of Chicago,” said Norm Engelhardt, who also attended the event.

The event featured 25 breweries testing their stouts with samples from 25 local restaurants.

"The food is wonderful, all of the taste testing is great," Czech said.

This is Czech's first time to the festival and she says it has been a lot of fun.

"It's nice weather it's perfect for this and it's a great event so far," she said.

For some, it was about getting into character. Engelhardt is no stranger to Oktoberfest. He's been to the most famous one in the world.

"A few years ago I went to Munich for the Oktoberfest there in Germany," he said.

Visitors and breweries are enjoying the celebration. Owners at Central Waters in Amherst say it's a time for them to show off their best product.

"Everyone's ready to drink some beer to warm up and it's a great time to be a brewer," said Matt McCowan, a brewer at Central Waters.

Owners say they hope the event brings in new business.

"It's always about trying to get more people to try your beer and enjoy it and hopefully buy it in the store," said McCowan.

For many breweries and customers, this was their first time here. But after coming to the event, they say they'll be back next year.

Organizers say the event saw a large turnout despite the late rain. They estimated that about 600 to 700 people were there.

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