Danielle Lass, a seventh-grader at Onalaska Middle School, has been named the 2019 Oktoberfest special fester.

Oktoberfest USA made the announcement Sunday at All Star Lanes in La Crosse.

Danielle, 12, is the daughter of Rob and Stephanie Lass and the youngest of four children. She enjoys concerts and listening to music, especially K-pop.

Danielle Lass

Danielle Lass, left, was named the 2019 special fester on Sunday. She is shown here with 2018 Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest, Elle Mark.

When she was 3 months old, Danielle was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by various medical issues and cognitive delays.

Now in its 13th year, the Special Fester designation recognizes those with special needs as a vital part of the La Crosse community. Nominees are submitted by members of the community and chosen by a committee.

As a member of the Oktoberfest Royal Family, the special fester acts as an ambassador for Oktoberfest USA and the city of La Crosse.

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In addition to the Special Fester Ball, Mr. Ed’s Magical Midway will give free admission to rides as part of the Special Fester Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Copeland Park.

For more information, contact Courtney Daniels at 608-784-3373 or courtney@oktoberfestusa.com.

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