Congratultions! Randy Machajewski Zookeeper of Germania
The Germania Community Development Association is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that was established in 1995. The Association’s core purpose is to financially assist local individuals and families afflicted with major medical problems. We help with their living expenses, medical expenses, expenses incurred for transportation to and from the doctor or hospital for treatments, and any other expenses incurred due to an accident or illness. Throughout the year the Association makes contributions to local fire departments, organizations and local charities within the Marquette County community. They also grant scholarships on a yearly basis to individuals from local high schools.
The Association's main fund raising event of 2015 took take place this year on Saturday, April 25th. This was the 21st anniversary of this event that is attended yearly by hundreds of participants. Every year the event focuses around a themed parade and mock election for a newly created “Unofficial Official” of Germania where cash donations are collected by candidates as votes. Each dollar collected goes towards 1 vote. The candidate that raises the most votes wins the election. This year’s Unofficial Official election was for the title of Zoo Keeper of Germania. I’m proud to announce that Randy Machajewski & Tom Korb together won the title of Zoo Keeper of Germania, with Kevin Frohmader coming in a close 2nd as Assistant Zoo Keeper of Germania.
The event this year started with a 5K run/walk with over 40 participants. This was followed by a barbeque consisting of pork sandwiches, bratwurst, and hotdogs. The parade down Main Street started at 1:00 pm with fire engines, floats, muscle cars, antique cars, horses, ATVS, a mini train, camels, and Johnny Ray riding the 102.3 bug float and shooting t-shirts into the crowd with his air cannon.
There was also face painting, a petting zoo consisting of black bear cubs and baby kangaroos provided by Timbavati Wildlife Park in the Wisconsin Dells, a bake sale, silent auction, live auction, and raffles with all proceeds going to the Germania Community Development Association.
Music was provided for the 19th year in a row by DJ RROK Rick Thalacker who played well into the night for the pleasure and enjoyment for all who attended.
All in all we raised over $13,000 for the Germania Community benefit fund. We would like to thank the following for their efforts in making this event a huge success:
Missy & Donny Heller who own the Longbranch and provided the venue for the event.
The businesses and individuals who donated merchandise to be sold in our silent auctions, live auctions, and bake sale.
All the volunteers who donated their time setting up the event, cooking, serving food, cleaning, bartending, running ice and beer, coordinating the live and silent auction, and any other duties deemed necessary to make the event a success.
DJ RROK Rick Thalacker. (Besides providing music he was also the auctioneer for the live auction)
Country Plumber who provided the lavatory facilities for the event.
Candidates for Zookeeper of Germania:
Robyn Ereth (Better known as Robyn Montana) Randy Machajewski Angel Voight Courtney Drew Mark Schoebel and Kevin Frohmader
Timbavati Wildlife Park in the Wisconsin Dells. The Girl Scouts of America. The local fire departments and EMTs. John Boyson from 102.3 the Bug. The Face Painters. Participants in the 5K Run/Walk. Participants in the parade.
And above all, the people that attended the event and made their generous donations and purchases to make the event an overwhelming success. Without your support, none of this would be possible.
If you know anyone in Marquette County that is in need of financial assistance due to an illness or accident, please contact:
Missy Heller Chairman Germania Community Development Association Cell Phone: 920-291-5573 Or go to our Website: www.germanialongbranchsaloon.com for more information. Thank you.
A friend called the Longbranch “a quirky curio shop of a bar.” While the name conjures up images of Wild West cattle drives and gunfights, the atmosphere is pure Wisconsin marsh country. Speaking of which, the Longbranch squats at the edge of the Germania Marsh State Wildlife Area like a fat bullfrog.
The area is home to some of the strangest ghost stories in the state and has its share of tall tales. One Longbranch regular whispered an odd tale of amorous spirits that visit in the night to consummate their love of living flesh. This account gave new meaning to the phrase “they all look prettier at closing time” and reduced my inclination to take him up on his offer to let me pitch my tent on his spit of land out in the marsh. Another talked of a local variation on Bigfoot. Then there are the fifty year old stories of flying saucers. Hey, they’re just getting started.
This is the home of the 2 1/2 pound “Hippo Burger”, and therein lies one of Wisconsin’s strangest legends. A decade ago, fisherman in the area were accused of mental disorder and intoxication when they reported seeing a full grown hippopotamus in local rivers and swamps. It turned out the critter had escaped from a game farm. Ultimately the animal was destroyed after capture efforts failed. Thus the “Hippo Burger.” No one is talking if indeed a hippo haunch still occupies a freezer locker.
There is a small colony of Madison East Siders who park RVs and trailers in the area and add to the local color. Just make sure that if any Longbranch storytellers are holding court that they do not turn out to be Madison cabdrivers. They love to pull the chains of casual passersby and act the part of the backwoods yahoo.
While microbrews and imports have not reached into this bit of marsh country, the standard beers are available in around 15 varieties. The locally acclaimed fish fry brings in a mixed crowd of local families, grubby fisherman, and weekend visitors. It’s a congenial mixture and is remembered fondly by those whose travels bring them to Germania on an infrequent basis. Kids and adults alike are captivated by the heavily visited bird feeders near an outside deck. Closed Mondays.