The St. Joseph Catholic parish will host its 15th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday with a few significant changes.

“The church thought, ‘this is something the community is used to, and it kind of is a thing that brings the community together and spotlights the school and the church.’ It is going to be a lot smaller than previous years,” emphasized key organizer, Joy Smith.

The free event is from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. in the parking lot behind the St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at 600 E. Marvin St., on Saturday — rain or shine.

All proceeds raised for this year’s Oktoberfest will be used to support the needs of St. Joseph parish.

There will be a variety of activities for children that include Star Wars laser tag, Plinko, a duck pond, fishing for candy, water balloon launchers, face painting, bounce houses, and BINGO that includes big prizes. Live music performances will take place throughout the day as well.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased one for $1 or six for $5. The prizes are two $500 Visa gift cards, a 30-foot outdoor cowboy cooker, a ladies apple watch, an industrial push weed cutter and a Four Escobar’s LLC, catered barbecue dinner for 20 people.

The drawing will take place at 4 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus will provide barbecue plates while the Spanish Ministry will cook Spanish food. 

In years past an average of 7,000 people would attend this event at the Waxahachie Civic Center. This year, Smith anticipates 1,000 attendees.

Citizens National Bank and Interbank are the main sponsors. Smith also recognized Cancun’s Amerimex Restaurant in Waxahachie who will aid the Spanish Ministry, Foodland who donated all of the ice and Four Escobar’s will donate barbecue sauce to the Knights of Columbus.

For more information, log onto https://stjosephwaxahachie.com/.