2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 7, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Carpenter, C. Larson, Darling, Stroebel,
L. Taylor, Hansen, Wirch, Ringhand, Johnson and Vinehout, cosponsored by
Representatives Brostoff, Zamarripa, Zepnick, Sinicki, Bowen, Goyke,
Kessler, Crowley, Kleefisch, Horlacher, Skowronski, Genrich, Berceau,
Weatherston, Hintz, Spreitzer, Ballweg, Fields and Subeck. Referred to
Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR34,1,1 1Relating to: commemorating the 50th anniversary of Summerfest.
SJR34,1,42 Whereas, Summerfest is a world-famous, annual music festival held at the
375-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
SJR34,1,85 Whereas, Summerfest lasts for 11 days and is made up of 11 stages with
6performances from over 700 bands. Summerfest attracts between 800,000 and
7900,000 people each year and promotes itself as “The World's Largest Music
8Festival," a title certified by the Guinness World Records since 1999; and
SJR34,1,129 Whereas, Summerfest showcases eclectic genres of music, including
10alternative, Americana, bluegrass, blues, contemporary, country, electronic, folk,
11funk, gospel, hard rock, heavy metal, hip-hop, indie, jam band, jazz, pop, R & B,
12reggae, rock, and zydeco; and
SJR34,2,213 Whereas, during Summerfest, from noon to midnight, performing and
14recording artists make personal appearances on 11 sponsor-themed stages
15throughout the grounds including the 23,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater that

1is soon to be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility, to open in 2020, named the
2American Family Insurance Amphitheater; and
SJR34,2,63 Whereas, Summerfest was conceived in the 1960s by then-mayor Henry W.
4Maier. Inspired by his visit to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Maier envisioned
5a similar festival in Milwaukee, and in 1962 formed a panel of business and civic
6leaders to study the feasibility of a large-scale summer festival; and
SJR34,2,107 Whereas, the first several festivals were held at locations throughout the city.
8In 1970, a permanent, central location was decided upon, and Summerfest moved to
9a former U.S. Army Nike anti-aircraft missile site on the Milwaukee lakefront,
10where it continues to be held to this day; and
SJR34,2,1211 Whereas, Summerfest will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017; now,
12therefore, be it
SJR34,2,15 13Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the Wisconsin
14Legislature honors and congratulates Summerfest for its first 50 years and wishes
15its continued success.
SJR34,2,1616 (End)