With each year, the annual Oktoberfest to benefit St. Joseph Catholic Church includes more food to enjoy, more performances to entertain and more activities in which to participate.

Last year, three events were added to the long list of attractions at Oktoberfest: the Burleson’s Pure Honey Bake Off, the Chick-fil-A 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and Workman’s Washer Tournament.

Ovilla resident and St. Joseph Catholic Church member Cathy Workman served as a volunteer for the Oktoberfest silent auction last year and during one of the meetings, organizers learned of her washer tournament experience, which includes observing husband Eric’s backyard games with buddies where the only prizes were bragging rights.

That item on Workman’s resume led to her new volunteer position as washer tournament chairman of the event that bears the family name.

“It really blew me away how popular the tournament was,” said Workman of the first washer tournament held during Oktoberfest. “They were pretty excited last year about the prizes and we got some positive feedback.”

This year each member of the first place team will receive two Dallas Cowboys tickets.

“This is a fantastic prize,” said Workman, who notes the Cowboys’ games are sold out and the tickets are a donation from a season ticket holder.

Each member of the second place team will be awarded a one-year’s supply of Whataburgers and a set of washerboards used in the tournament.

A Hooter’s gift certificate and a set of washerboards also will be presented to each member of the third place team.

Following last year’s washer tournament, the washerboards used during play were sold during the live auction. They were such popular items, a decision was made to give them away as prizes in this year’s tournament and to customize other washerboards to be sold at auction.

“Customized washerboards with the logos of Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, University of Texas and Texas A&M will be available for purchase,” Workman said.

The game of washers requires teams of two players. Workman encourages all who are interested in participating to register even if they don’t have a partner and says she will make sure they have one for the tournament.

Due to the time restraints of the tournament being held during Oktoberfest, official washer tournament rules have been modified and will be explained to all participants.

The proud St. Joseph Catholic School parents of two students (three as of next year), the Workmans invite all to come to the Oktoberfest and have fun participating in the washer tournament.

“Anyone has a chance (at winning),” Workman said. “You can be the king of your backyard tournament or you could have never played before. So come on out and join in the fun.”

Oktoberfest, which is held annually and benefits St. Joseph Catholic School, takes place 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.