The St. Joseph Catholic School Oktoberfest is fast approaching and many mouths are beginning to water at the thought of a plate stacked with Knights of Columbus cooked barbecue brisket.

The popular food is made according to a special recipe devotees say is famous across the county.

“We are serving Knights of Columbus barbecue brisket,” Oktoberfest food and beverage chairman Dale Kachner said. “One of our Knights is very good at barbecue and he has the special recipe that we use.”

A member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kachner has been involved with the Oktoberfest for the past several years.

“The first two or three years, I was the biergarten coordinator and last year I actually took on the role of being in charge of the food,” he said.

Oktoberfest is held every year to raise money for St. Joseph Catholic School. Kachner’s son began attending the school last year and is in K4 this year.

“I believe in the school. That’s the bottom line,” said Kachner of why he volunteers his time and energy to the Oktoberfest and says he’s been a volunteer since before his son was born.

Food served at the event - along with the brisket - includes green beans, baked beans, potato salad, German sausage and sauerkraut.

“We will start serving at 11,” Kachner said. “And we will stop serving at closing time or when we run out of food, whichever comes first.”

The volunteers on Kachner’s committee are primarily Knights of Columbus members who range in age from 18 to the upper 80s.

“Basically, we just have a good time and we stay up all night cooking barbecue. We are a group of Catholic men who believe in the school and believe in helping the Catholic church promote its message,” Kachner said, extending an invitation to the community. “Come on out and enjoy the food. Have a good time and support an invaluable cause.”

Oktoberfest activities include a karaoke contest, silent auction, live auction, biergarten, music, entertainment, raffle drawings, washer tournament, children’s activities, vendor booths, the Chick-fil-A 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run and the Burleson’s Pure Honey Bake Off. Look for the Burleson’s Pure Hone Bake Off registration form in the Waxahachie Daily Light.

Oktoberfest takes place from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Ellis County Expo Center on the U.S. Highway 287 Bypass.

For more information, visit

E-mail Jennifer at