St. Joseph Catholic School is anticipating a big crowd at this year's Oktoberfest event. The function is scheduled for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Chairman of the event Anthony Dorris has been assisting in organizing this event for the pst four years. He said as they prepare for the school's main fundraiser of the year, they are hoping to reach their goal of $100,000.

“This was the goal we set for last year's event,” Dorris said. “We fell short, but we feel sure that it will be reached this year.”

He said one of the main ways they hope to do that is through their silent and live auctions.

“We have some really great auction items,” he said. “People will be able to bid on anything from jewelry to signed music memorabilia and artwork to ultimate dining experiences.”

In addition there will be more than 40 vendor booths providing a wide variety of items for people to choose from.

Dorris said not to forget the biergarten, which will consist of traditional Americanized beer as well as German beer.

“It wouldn't be Oktoberfest without the biergarten,” he said. “Come and enjoy our casual style biergarten open all day for adults only.”

Those wanting to enjoy the beer being served must present a valid ID, Dorris said.

The event also has several things that are geared toward children.

“Our kinderfest offers games for all ages,” Dorris said. “Toddlers can enjoy our kiddie corner, while older children will have fun with such games as skeeball, a fish pond, Star Wars laser tag, plinko, horse races, a basketball shoot and others.”

He also encouraged everyone to come hungry as the Knights of Columbus will be providing German and barbeque plates all cooked fresh on site.

“Complete your lunch or dinner with some homemade apple strudel,” Dorris said. “Also, be a part of the raffle where you can prizes such as a flat screen TV, a Kindle Fire, a $250 Walmart gift card and a four night Carnival Cruise for two.”

The raffle drawing will begin at 6:30 p.m., and you don't have to be present to win. A washer tournament and a Karaoke contest will also take place during the afternoon hours of the event. Those wanting to participate in those contest have the option to sign up at the door or online at stjosephoktoberfest.com. Also, live entertainment will be provided as well as demonstrations by local karate and dance groups.

“There will be plenty of things for you and your family to do,” Dorris said. “It's a safe place to bring your family and give back to a good cause.”

All the proceeds from the event go to benefit SJCS. For more information about the upcoming event or sign up for the contests, call Anthony Dorris at 214-636-3292 or visit stjosephoktoberfest.com.

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