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Are You Going To Brat Days?

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out Brat Days in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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This year marks the 59th year this annual three day event is being held.  It  runs August 2 – August 4.

Bratwurst Day was born on Thursday, August 13, 1953. The idea, conceived by A. Matt Werner, editor of The Sheboygan Press, was a means of publicizing Sheboygan’s claim to fame: the bratwurst. The event was sponsored by the Sheboygan Jaycees with the support of then Mayor Edward C. Schmidt and Governor Walter Kohler. Brat Days is the largest fundraiser for the Sheboygan Jaycees. All proceeds are given back to the community primarily though donations.

[box] The Jaycees is an international organization of young professionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40. The purpose of the Jaycees is to “promote and foster the growth and development of young persons’ civic organizations in the US, and to provide them an opportunity for personal development and achievement.” The Jaycees are active in more than 8,000 chapters in 123 nations and territories. All members of all chapters in Wisconsin are part of JCI Wisconsin, the U.S. Junior Chamber, and Junior Chamber International. The Sheboygan chapter consists of about 65 very energetic, dedicated and fun-loving people. They meet once a month on the first Thursday at 7:00pm. [/box]

Info At A Glance

  • Hours : 8/2 4pm – 11pm,  8/3 4pm – midnight,  8/4  8am – midnight
  • Parking: $5 each day
  • Tickets: $5  for 10. Tickets are used for food and beverages. You can use tickets from last year if you have some left.
  • Map of the grounds
  • There is free shuttle service that will pick up passengers from the northeast corner of the Memorial Mall parking lot near Sears and Firestone, and drops off passengers at Kiwanis Park on the corner of Kiwanis Park Drive and North 17th Street. Hours are: 8/3 4:15 – midnight and 8/4 9:30am – midnight
  • Amusement Rides: $20 wristbands
  • There is a parade on 8/4 at 9am, here is the Brat Days parade route map.

The Food

While there will be a variety of food to choose from, the main attraction will be bratwurst. You will have no problem finding something to eat including a few unique dishes:

  • brat egg rolls
  • brat on a stick
  • double brats
  • brat Jambalaya
  • brat b-q
  • deep fried veggie with brat
  • brat taco
There will be no shortage of music since there are at least seven bands playing on 8/3 and fourteen on 8/4 among the different stages. To see a list of who will be performing at the Brat Days website. Admission is free to all the shows. That’s right free!
Of course there will be a Brat Eating Contest!  There is a maximum of twenty contestants. The contest starts at noon on 8/4.  Grand prize is a year’s supply of  Johnsonville products and $1,000. $500 is cash and you donate the other $500 to a charity you have chosen during registration. For more information on the Brat Eating contest, visit the Brat Days website.

New This Year

Weightlifting will be coming to Brat Days this summer.

A push/pull competition — featuring bench press and deadlift — will take place at the festival on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The event is hosted by the Sheboygan Jaycees, sanctioned by the Natural Athlete Strength Association, and is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Peter Jensen, 81, and Samson Hou-Seye, 12, both of Sheboygan, will be among the competitors, which will also include Mitchell Jackson, 13, of Fond du Lac, who is expected to raise more than $500 for cancer research based on the pledges he has received and the poundage he lifts.

Anyone can enter the competition. The entry fee is $60 or free if they can get sponsors with a donation to the ACS. All lifters will get a participation award, and the best lifter, team and fundraiser will get larger trophies.

Wisconsin Powerlifting will be administrating the event. The lifter with the highest coefficient will win a round-trip plane ticket to Las Vegas and travel with Team Wisconsin to the USA Nationals Meet in June, 2013.

Individuals or teams interested in entering the meet should contact Wendy Hou-Seye at 920-254-6041, or For more on the meet, visit

I am going to try to check out Brat Days, even if only for a little bit because I just can’t pass up a brat!

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