Roadwork can’t stop annual fest

But celebrating Belgium’s Luxembourg heritage and culture requires an altered parade route this year

Soaking Luxembourg culture into your life will be a little different this year.

A couple of key elements of Luxembourg Fest at Belgium Community Park have changed.

The fest, historically a two-day event, will only be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, with a Mass held and food available on Sunday.

But that doesn’t mean less fun or fewer activities.

Saturday’s hours have been extended to be 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and more entertainment has been added.

In addition, the parade route has changed due to the Main Street reconstruction project.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. and travels west on Main Street from Highway LL to the park. Among the parade attractions is the University of Wisconsin marching band.

Helicopter rides have been added this year and are available for $20 throughout the day.

Starting at noon, the Ansay International tent will offer samples of Luxembourg’s own Bofferding beers, Ramborn ciders and Domaines Vinsmoselle wines, complete with a visit from the Luxembourg Wine Queen.

The U.S. debut of a Luxembourg mustard called Moutarde de Luxembourg will be available as well.

Sampling tickets cost $33 and are available at http:/bit.ly/TasteLux.

The annual treipen-eating contest starts at noon, hosted by renowned treipen-eating host Graham Killeen. To enter, fill out a form at www.lacs.lu/index.php?id=217.

A car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Live music begins at 2 p.m. with country band FM Rodeo, followed by garage rock cooner Georgio Valentino from 5 to 7 p.m. 

A $5 cover charge is required after 7 p.m. for pop rockers Riding Shotgun.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Atlas BBQ will offer its selection of barbecued meats and sides for purchase.

The kids zone will feature face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, a giant slide and a performance by magician Brian Holt.

An art and craft fair will offer local, hand-crafted items for purchase.

On Sunday, Aug. 12, a Mass with the Goodtime Dutchmen will be held at 10 a.m.

The Luxembourg American Cultural Society’s website is lacs.lu.

Mel’s Charities holds Friday concert

A separate event run by Mel’s Charities will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, across from the LACS at 100 Thein Ave.

Rock the Fest will feature country artist Stetsin & Lace, along with Bofferding beer, Jolly Good soda and food. Proceeds benefit Mel’s Charities, which has given $850,000 to Ozaukee County causes since 1999.

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