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: 

  • Live music & entertainment from a variety of regional & local artists and entertainers on 2 stages (Main Stage and Family Stage)                                      
  • Annual sauerkraut eating contests (men and women contests)
  • Annual Kraut Queen & Princess competitions 
  • Friday Fireworks display, with Saturday rain date
  • Raffle Tent
  • Carnival Midway
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Antique firetruck display
  • Wine & Beer Tent
  • Craft Beer Garden
  • Various local & regional food trucks 
  • Kraut food tent
  • Craft and small vendor marketplace
  • 50/50 raffle, with the chance to win up to $10,000
  • and more! 


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: 

  1. All persons, bags, parcels, clothing and other items may be subject to screening/security checks at the event entrances and also within the event. 
  2. We reserve the right not to allow any bag, parcel or other item to be brought in to the event and to deal with any unattended object in such a way as we consider appropriate. 
  3. Please show common courtesy to fellow event guests by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior. 
  4. Proper attire, including shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. Clothing with multiple layers is subject to search. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other guests. 
  5. Blankets are allowed in festival grounds, but are subject to search.                     CHAIRS ARE NOT PERMITTED. 
  6. Guests who are under the age of 21 shall not be served or in possession of alcoholic beverages. Guests who consume alcoholic beverages must do so in a responsible manner. Alcoholic beverages purchased at the event are not permitted outside of the event perimeter. Guests who violate any alcohol rules (over consume, provide alcohol to those under the age of 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior or attempt to conceal alcoholic items) will be denied entrance and escorted from the event. The event reserves the right to revoke or otherwise restrict drinking privileges of any guest, regardless of age. 
  7. Please supervise your children at all times. Guests under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a guest of the age 14 or older to enter the event. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if in the MAIN STAGE area. NO ACCEPTIONS. 
  8. Access to attractions and other experiences depends upon the safety rules for each attraction. 
  9. Parking is first come, first served and guests should only park in designated locations. Parking lots close 60 minutes following the conclusion of the event. Overnight parking is prohibited. 
  10. NO REFUNDS of any kind will be given for any reason. 
  11. The terms of these Event Rules & Code of Conduct are incorporated in the terms of the Vendor Rules & Regulations and Talent Contracts. 


The following items may not be brought into the event

  1. Chairs/folding chairs (wheelchairs are allowed)
  2. Recreational devices such as drones, remote control toys, skateboards, segways, scooters, inline skates or shoes with built-in wheels. 
  3. Food and beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) from outside the event. 
  4. Alcoholic beverages or any illegal substance. 
  5. Weapons of any kind as well as objects that appear to be weapons (also including toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
  6. Laser pointers. 
  7. Large tripods. 
  8. Glass containers (excluding small containers such as baby food jars). 
  9. Pets or other animals, except approved service animals (e.g., dogs). Service animals must be under the control of the owner at all times and should remain on a leach or in a harness. Due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be permitted to ride certain attractions or be in certain zones. 
  10. Balloons, plastic straws, beverages and food are not permitted in any exhibits or areas with livestock or equine for the safety of those animals. 
  11. Other items that we determine may be harmful or disruptive. 
  12. Professional cameras or video cameras. We reserve the right to ban any type of camera at the event. 



The following activities are not allowed:

  1. Unauthorized sale of goods or services or the display of goods or services for sale.
  2. The distribution of printed or recorded materials of any kind.
  3. Unauthorized events, demonstrations or speeches, or the usage of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd.
  4. Tailgating and alcohol consumption in parking lots.
  5. For the safety of all, event guests shall not block aisles or complicate access to any exit location or path in any way.
  6. Feeding any animals at the Fairgrounds, including birds, unless under the guidance of petting zoo officials. 
  7. Photography, videotaping or recording of any kind for commercial purposes.
  8. Engaging in any unsafe act or other act that may impede the operation of the event or any associated facility.


  1. We may photograph, film, videotape, record or otherwise reproduce the image and/or voice of any person who enters the event and use the same for any purpose without payment to any person.
  2. We reserve the right to deny admission, or to require a person already admitted to leave the event without refund, liability or compensation if we consider that the circumstances so require. 
  3. We may from time to time, without prior notice and without refund, liability or compensation, change the operating hours of the event or scheduled offerings, close any area or any part of it temporarily, restrict the number of persons having access to the event, and/or suspend or cancel any attraction or entertainment program if we consider that the circumstances so require. 
  4. Event Rules and Code of Conduct are subject to change without notice. 
  5. If you have any questions, please visit the Kraut Music Fest booth or email info@krautfestwisco.com. 
  6. All band press/photographers must be approved by festival coordinators with NO EXCEPTIONS. Contact Niki@krautfestwisco.com for approval and official press pass, along with coordinating information. 


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