You're Invited! MOSES Offers Locals Discount Night & Downtown Gets Ready to Party


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Photo: Dahli Durley
Photo: Dahli Durley

The MOSES Organic Farming Conference is coming! What does this mean? Not only does it mean the La Crosse Center is completely taken over, right down to each storage room, but it also means Downtown La Crosse becomes “the Oktoberfest of organic farmers”. In lieu of lederhosen, you’ll see plaid flannel and overalls; instead of dirndls, you’ll see… well, plaid flannel and overalls. You may notice the beauty of more folks in town with dreadlocks, hipster glasses, and a few extra beards. German beers may get opted out for an organic cider and polka is replaced with some of the best bluegrass and Americana in the Midwest.

With several music venues poised to open their doors to the overflow of the best attended event at La Crosse Center, locals can kick up their heels with some visiting folks that know how to work hard and play hard. These farmers may even share a thing or two about healthy soil composition.

What’s the MOSES Organic Farming Conference about? It’s the world’s largest gathering of organic farmers and the conference opens Thursday night at the La Crosse Center, and runs through Saturday. Locals can get a special ticket for $20 on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. to see the trade show with over 170 vendors, supplying everything from organic seeds to hand tools and small-scale tractors—many items perfect for gardeners, too. The event also features a bookstore with farming, homesteading, and gardening books hand-selected for great content.

The Thursday evening locals ticket includes admission to the bookstore and the one-woman performance of “Turn Here Sweet Corn,” which starts at 7:40 p.m. In addition, tickets are available to the entire conference as well.

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

What’s going on Downtown? Horseshoes & Hand Grenades play two nights at The Cavalier, Mid West Music Fest kicks off a dance party with PHO at the Root Note, Pigtown Fling strings it up at The Bodega, The Shufflin’ Duprees switch it up with Blues at The Brickhouse, and more!

Check out additional links to articles and events at the end of this article for more info about each event. Throw on your plaid, check out the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, and get downtown this weekend!