By Bob Gruling
The annual Fasching Ball will be held at the Rib River Ballroom, Marathon, on Saturday, March 1, from 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Students and youth are free.
Do you enjoy great music? Do you like to dance? Do you like to socialize? Do you enjoy a little foolishness? Would you like a chance to win a door prize? Might you like dressing a bit out of the ordinary? If any one of the above appeals to you, the Fasching Ball is for you! (Note: However, you don’t have to dress up extra special).
By popular request, Brian Brueggen and The Mississippi Valley Dutchman Band will be back for your entertainment and dancing pleasure. The 2014 Fasching Ball is a special event for all as well as for the band as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.  Interestingly, over the years, the band has also been inducted into the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame and also named the 2012 Band of the Year.
If the Guiness Book of Records had a category for “Most Bands in One Family,” the Brueggen family of Cashton would probably be record holders. For over 100 years, some 17 bands consisted entirely of descendants of William Brueggen, Brian’s great-great grandfather, who came to the United States from Germany in 1857.
Brian’s first job was played at the age of 5 on a toy accordion where he earned 50 cents, and finished the job by falling asleep behind the stage. At age 9, he started playing concertina. For a number of years he played trumpet in his father’s band and by July, 1984, Brian’s band, The Mississippi Dutchmen, was born.
With the help of The Mississippi Valley Dutchman, the Fasching Ball will be a fun-filled afternoon with great music, prizes, socialization, a costume parade, and dancing, including circle dances led by the band. “Weiberfastnacht” (a time when women reign) will also be celebrated. So…men wearing neckties, watch out because women will cut off every necktie they can get their hands on! To satisfy hunger and thirst, German-style plate lunches, sandwiches and beverages will also be available for purchase throughout the afternoon.