WAXAHACHIE — In a cause that combines a day of family fun with a fundraiser to educate the next generation, St. Joseph Catholic School and the Waxahachie Civic Center are hosting the 14th annual Oktoberfest this Saturday, Sept. 16.

“We want everyone to come out and know that this is a family-fun filled day and we just want to show them how amazing the school and the community is,” expressed Joy Smith, Oktoberfest’s key planning member.

“This event is entirely put on by volunteers from the school and with the help of the Waxahachie Civic Center, we do this all by ourselves. So when people come out here they’re definitely going to have a good time,” she added.

Established in 2003, the festival is the school’s largest fundraiser. The proceeds raised help to sustain operations and improve academic programs.

“We put all of this towards technology, curriculum, and it also goes towards keeping our tuition rates low, which is probably some of the lowest in the area. Doing that allows us to have diversity in our schools because it is so affordable,” Smith acknowledged.

With over 7,000 guests counted to have attended last year’s festival, Smith is confident this year will produce the same, if not better numbers.

“We’re excited to see everyone, and we’re hoping to see more people coming out this year” Smith heartened. “We’re also hoping to raise a good bit of money for the school because all of the proceeds benefit the school and make it able for the school to provide an affordable education to all of its students.”

From free parking and admission, Smith goes on to note the entertainment planned for the event.

“We’ll have inflatables for the kids, indoor carnival games, and face painting,” Smith listed. “We’ll also have authentic German food and barbeque plates so everyone should come hungry.”

“And there will be a beer garden that’s free to everyone as long as you’re 21 and over, and they will be checking ID’s there,” she chuckled.

Starting the holiday shopping early, Oktoberfest will also include a live and silent auction with inciting prizes to win at the click of a button.

“For our silent auction, you don’t have to be present to win,” Smith emphasized. “So once you sign in at the silent auction they’ll set you up with a mobile account, and you can bid on your phone from wherever you are so if you need to leave and can’t stay for the end of the event, you can still win items in the silent auction.”

“We also have a raffle with some great items that include a TV, a go-cart, a Yeti cooler, some gift cards, and so much more. So there’s a lot to see and do this year,” she encouraged.

Hosting the event’s festivities, the Waxahachie Civic Center will hold over 50 vendors that offer a unique array of booths and products.

“We are grateful to be the facility that Saint Joseph Catholic School chooses to host their annual Oktoberfest,” confirmed Lori Malone of the Waxahachie Civic Center. “It is a family friendly event that the entire community can enjoy, and the funds raised benefit a wonderful cause.”

Crediting the supporters that make Oktoberfest possible, Smith goes on to list their sponsors that include KJ Law, Mike’s Delivery Inc., Circle H Contractors, Coldwell Banker, Construction Lending Advisors, K of C, and Ennis Pediatrics, Landrum and Evans, P.C., Southwest Construction Services, College Street Printing, Now Magazines, Powerplay Productions, DART, and Citizens National Bank.

Smith also acknowledged Kozlovsky’s, InterBank, Reeves Electrical Contracting Inc., TSA Constructors, 4 B General Contractors, Dr. Fredric C. Puckett, PLLC Family Medicine Clinic, the Norwood Family, The Bacak Family, the Blake Family, the Shackelford Family, KBEC 1390, Waxahachie Laundry and Cleaners, Mighty Clean of Ennis, River Mist, Yeldell, Wilson, Wood & Reeve, P.C., and the Oktoberfest planning team.

As Saturday nears, Smith encourages the community to join in on the fun and help invest into the students of Saint Joseph Catholic School.

“Trust me, the shopping and the food make it worth it,” Smith laughed. “We are looking forward to everyone coming out and having a good time.”

Join Saint Joseph Catholic School’s Oktoberfest is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center on 2000 Civic Center Lane. For more information, visit stjosephoktoberfest.com.

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Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer

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