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German Fest cancels its 40th annual lakefront celebration

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Well this is terrible news for the morning after Gründonnerstag.

For the first time in its history Milwaukee's German Fest is cancelling its annual lakefront celebration of German heritage. And this year was to be the fest's 40th annual event.

"This decision was not arrived at lightly," said Festival President Eric Radue in a statement, which you can read in its entirety below.

"After much consideration and deliberation, the only responsible option for our attendees and our many dedicated volunteers was to cancel."

The festival was to be held Friday-Sunday, July 24-26.

Radue said it will return in 2021.

Here is the full statement:


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