FRI JUNE 8 | SAT JUNE 9 | SUN JUNE 10
3pm-11pm 11am-11pm 11am-5pm
|BEFORE 5PM||AFTER 5PM|
|$10 per Car||$5 per Person|
|$ 5 per Person Walk-In||Kids 5 & Under FREE|
All vehicles are to enter at the gate on Nicholson Road.
If you hold a specialty reserved parking pass, let the parking attendant know & you will be directed to the correct lot. Leave this pass in your front driver's side dash.
Riding to the festival? We have specialty motorcycle parking available.
2018 marks the 4th year of Kraut Fest being reincarnated after a 12 year hiatus. This 50+ year Wisconsin tradition celebrates families, the community, live music and of course...sauerkraut and its history in the Franksville and surrounding communities.
Our overall goal is to bring the community together as a family, while raising money to support our Mt. Pleasant and Caledonia parks. These parks are a huge part of our surrounding communities, providing safe and affordable sanctuaries for community members, families and kids. Often our parks get cut from city budgets and this event truly allows us to help preserve a place that plays a second home to after school sporting teams, family and company picnics, playground equipment and events that bring our community together. Some of these events include movies in the park, farm to table dinners and music festivals.
This year we are bringing a mix of old and new ideas to Kraut Fest, creating festival fun for all ages. This year, festivities will include:
In the early 1900s Franksville Wisconsin was home to one of the largest sauerkraut processing facilities in the country. Cabbage farms in Racine County were booming and the small farming community was known as the sauerkraut capital of the world.
In 1952, A. A. Huppert of the Frank Pure Food Company wanted to celebrate the company's success and decided to hold a picnic for his employees and friends. It was held on the main street in Franksville. The picnic was intended to show what real home-cooked kraut should taste like and to raise money for the local park.
That small company picnic was such a success that a group of local businessmen came together and decided to turn it into a public festival. They sponsored the newly named Kraut Festival and had local church and civic groups involved as a way for them to raise money.
The Kraut Festival featured a Kraut Eating Contest, the coronation of a "Kraut Queen" and was promoted as a good place for friends and family to get together to enjoy polka bands, outdoor dancing, draft beer and of course...sauerkraut.
With the exception of that first year in 1952, the Kraut Festival had been held at the Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park until 2003 when the festival dissolved (the festival was cancelled twice in that time--in 1962 when the park was turned over to the joint townships and then in 1967 when Highway K was widened).
The Frank Pure Food Company left Franksville after it was bought by the Ohio-based Fremont Company in 1975. The Fremont Company began using cabbage produced locally.
While Frank's Kraut was no longer produced in Franksville, the company still supported the festival by donating all of the sauerkraut.
In 2003 the Franksville Business Association, the organizers since 1953, decided to call it quits on the festival due to a rapid decline in attendance and a shortage of funding and volunteers.
Since then, there have been several appeals from the public to bring back the popular summer festival and here we stand today, in hopes to keep this wonderful past time alive for generations to come.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our event guests, please respect the following rules:
The following items may not be brought into the event
The following activities are not allowed: