Behind the scenes at Brat Fest

Teams of volunteers have been hard at work all week with setup and last-minute preparations for the World’s Largest Brat Fest. Since 1983, the event has sold more than 3.8 million brats to help raise almost $1.75 million to benefit 100+ local charities. Brat Fest brings the community together each Memorial Day weekend — rain or shine — for four days of music, food, and family-friendly fun to help kick off the start of summer at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. For more information visit For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email