St. Columban Catholic Church will host its 40th annual Oktoberfest in Chillicothe this weekend.
The afternoon event of food, fun and fellowship is scheduled from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, and will be in front of the church located at 1111 Trenton Street. Event Co-Chair Pam Brobst said Oktoberfest serves as a fundraiser for St. Columban Church.
"The funds we raise from the event helps us add improvements to the church," Brobst explained. "Right now, we're working on a new roof for the church. That's part of the reason we do Oktoberfest every year. The other reason is because it's fun to have an event where we really get a lot of involvement from the community."
Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Attendees may purchase game and activity wrist bands. Bands are sold for $12 for age 5 and under and $15 for anyone over the age of 5. The wrist bands are good for the entire event.
"We have buggy rides, mini hay rides, miniature golf and other games for some of the older ones," Brobst explained. "Of course, there's also lots of things for the little ones to do. The inflatables are very popular. There's also face painting."
Another highlight of Oktoberfest is the food court. Brobst said this year's selection of food is as varied as the list of activities.
"We hope people will come out and join us for lunch," Brobst said. "We have pulled pork. The Knights of Columbus always have their food booth. They're really good cooks. We have Dave Shearer and his famous brats that won an award at the state fair. We have funnel cakes and walking tacos. It's just a wide variety of food."
Local and area entertainers will perform for the crowd for the duration of the event. Performers include vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists.
"We will have an accordion player from Kansas City who will play on the stage and other locations around the event," Brobst explained. "Our live entertainment includes some school kids, some local kids who will be doing some singing, dancing and playing instruments. We've some highlights of local talent shows to play. We want our guests to enjoy entertainers that come from the local community."
In addition to the games, food, entertainment and other activities, Oktoberfest will feature a large raffle with many items available.
"We have over 58 items donated by parishioners and community members," Brobst said. "One ticket could win any of those prizes."
One of the most popular elements to Oktoberfest is the Harvest Country Store. Brobst said the store will be filled with an array of handmade items for purchase.
"The Country Store is always a big hit because we have donations from canned goods, to homemade items, to crafts," Brobst said. "It's always a great place to visit and get some exciting things."
Page 2 of 2 - Each year, the Oktoberfest organizers acknowledge a group of unsung heroes. This year is no different. The award is giving to those who dedicated their time and effort in the everyday operation of St. Columban Church.
"This is our chance to recognize parishioners that have given a lot of time behind the scenes," Brobst said. "They never ask for any recognition for that, but we know how important they are to the operation of the church and to Mary's Garden."
Brobst said the the annual Oktoberfest would not be possible without numerous volunteers and the support of the community.
"We appreciate the volunteers that it takes to put this together," Brobst said. "We usually start setting up on Saturday and Sunday morning. We always look forward to everyone getting together with the parishioners and the people in the community who come out and enjoy the day."