A 42-inch plasma TV could be yours for $1!

That is, if you’re the one who’s purchased the winning raffle ticket to be drawn Saturday during Oktoberfest.

The event, which benefits St. Joseph Catholic School, includes a number of other activities and events including a live auction, a silent auction and seven raffle drawings.

Raffle tickets are six for $5 or $1 per ticket. Prizes include a $500 shopping spree, a bed and breakfast get-away to Fredricksburg, a $250 gift certificate to Rowland’s Nursery, a children’s bounce house, a trampoline, a 17-inch children’s specialized bicycle and a 42-inch plasma TV.

In addition to purchasing a chance to win one or more of seven prizes, Oktoberfest attendees have the opportunity to bid in both live and silent auctions.

“We have everything,” said Oktoberfest raffle and live auction chairman Heather Chandler of the items that will be available.

Chandler and her husband, Joe, are Waxahachie residents, members of St. Joseph Catholic Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic School parents.

Among the items are washerboards that will be dressed and decorated with pro and college sports team logos.

“We have a big rivalry among (St. Joseph Catholic School) parents,” said Chandler of the friendly competition between Texas A&M Aggies and University of Texas Longhorns, for one.

The live auction will also include a Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach autographed professional football.

Having auctioned off a football last year with original autographs by those same former NFL Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks, Chandler said, “That was a big hit last year and I’m sure it will be again this year, so it’s back by popular demand.”

Another celebrity autographed item being offered in the live auction is an acoustic guitar autographed by country artists Reba McIntire, Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Cross Canadian Ragweed and others.

Oktoberfest attendees may also bid on a two-night stay at ShadowRock Cabin Resort in Mena, Ark., that includes a one-day rental of two 4-wheelers on 51 miles of ATV trails through the Ouachita Forest.

“Our family went there at spring break and had a blast. We had one adult and one child on each 4-wheeler and had an amazing time,” Chandler said. “We’ll also be auctioning reserved parking spots for our church parking lot. You can have a front row spot at every 8 a.m. mass.”

Other items for which attendees will have the opportunity to bid include a Tony’s wine tasting for 35 people, reserved seating for four at the St. Joseph Catholic School summer musical, a half-day guided fishing trip on Lake Fork, an authentic Italian dinner prepared by St. Joseph Catholic Church’s own Sister Lucy and served by the school’s faculty with entertainment by Kristin Tallett, a basketball autographed by a 2005 World Champion San Antonio Spur player, reserved seating for a family at the St. Joseph Catholic School Christmas program, a Radnor Cut and Weld outfit and Lincoln wire feed welder, a barbecue dinner for 20 at the BBQ Pit and from 10 to 15 pounds of brisket cooked by the Knights of Columbus for one’s Super Bowl party.

“I think that in the past that people have discovered that this is not solely a church and school event,” Chandler said. “We try to get items that will appeal to the whole community. We have received a lot of outside attention and hope to continue that trend.

“We start the live auction and the raffle drawings at 7 p.m.,” she said. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere. We don’t have professional spotters; some of our dads work as spotters. It’s interesting and fun to see who goes for what and to get people bidding against each other.”

Oktoberfest begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Ellis County Expo Center at 2300 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass.

For more information, visit www.OktoberfestWaxahachie.com.

E-mail Jennifer at Jennifer.Howell@waxahachiedailylight.com