Kevin Ramsell/Oktoberfest Race Weekend PR WEST SALEM, WI (Tuesday, September 25, 2012) ”“ Even though the racing action at 43[SUP]rd[/SUP] Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI doesn't get underway until Thursday, October 4th, Monday October 1st is the day so many look forward to. This is when the fairgrounds adjacent to the speedway transforms into a race fan village. Race fans from all over the Midwest will make the La Crosse Fairgrounds their home. Many will be meeting up with neighbors they may only see once a year. It has become an annual tradition for many. Along with the 19 divisions over four days racing on the track, the Oktoberfest campground is a great part of the aura that surrounds this annual event. How popular is the camping village at Oktoberfest? "Once again, the popular Oktoberfest Camper Village is sold-out in advance for reserved parking spaces," commented La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Marketing Director Dave Noelke. "Fans have come to realize that 'Fest is not only an awesome racing event, but it is an annual get together. Being able to relax around a campfire, talking about the good old days of racing's past while looking ahead to the events of the coming week is one of the many things that makes this weekend so great." "Although the reserved portion of the camping grounds is sold-out, a large portion of the grounds is still on a first-come, first-served basis for parking. We again will have the West Salem Youth Hockey program volunteers on premise as part of their fundraiser. They do a great job helping us keep the campers happy, and they can help campers find spaces in the unreserved areas," concluded Noelke. Noelke also reminds campers that camping units are not permitted on the grounds until Noon on Monday, October 1st. Campers will also need to be removed from the grounds by 9am on Tuesday, October 9. A full set of rules are available online at: www.oktoberfestraceweekend.com/camping.php While campers will be there for the racing action, there will also be traditional events for fans including Friday's Pet Costume Parade, a Cornhole / Beanbag Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Saturday's Memorabilia & Collectible Show, Sunday's Charity Pancake Breakfast, Champions' Re-Union and Pumpkin Coloring Contest, and of course, the famous after-race parties with live music from The Freezers and Mitch and the Magictones. The Oktoberfest Race Weekend Fan Guide, detailing just about everything "Fest," is now available to download at www.oktoberfestraceweekend.com or available by mail by calling the Speedway office at 608-786-1525. The website also features information about camping, hotels, rules & entry and more. Make your plans now to be a part of the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It is a tradition like no other in short track racing.