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The barrel train was a big hit at this year's Oktoberfest. Despite cooler
temperatures and wet conditions, the Sunday afternoon event was well attended.
Many thanks go out to everyone who helped make Oktoberfest a success! We appreciated all the volunteers who worked the booths or games, those who worked so hard at setting up and tearing down, those who donated delicious cakes, homemade items for the country store, homemade wine and jelly, those who provided us with tasty pork, brats, and funnel cakes, those who spent hours making the barrel train, those who brought in their horse and buggy, the Knights who grilled up the best food around, those who donated money or prizes, and those who spent time entertaining us with song, dance and performances.
It's pretty amazing the way everyone come together and helps. We also want to thank those who braved the elements to join in the festivities and those who kept us in their prayers. The numbers
aren't finalized, but we did raise money, so it all went for a good cause for the church!
Balloon Toss $56.25
Beer Garden 70.00
Buggy Rides 53.00
Cake & Ice Cream 87.50
Cake Walk 214.53
Country Store 621.50
Father's Chief's pants 205.00
Face Painting 47.00
Food Booth 1,285.10
Funnel Cakes 481.00
Walking Tacos 231.75
Wine & Jam 356.00
Advance donations 977.75
Advance Raffle tickets 605.00
Total before Expenses $9,621.78
~ We estimate expenses will be approximately $3,500.
A list of Raffle Ticket Winners is posted on the bulletin board in the church entrance. Gift certificates were mailed this week. If you won a prize that cannot be mailed, please make arrangements to pick it up from the church office.
Article by Austin Buckner October 7, 2013
Despite damp and chilly conditions, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at St.
Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe for the 40th annual Oktoberfest on
Sunday, October 6. Event Co-Chair Pam Brobst said the cold and the rain had little effect on
the spirits of those who attended the event, especially the youth.
"The kids seemed to be having a great time with all the activities that we
had set up," Brobst said. "They didn't seem to mind the cold or the rain.
We were so lucky we didn't have downpours. We really appreciate the crowd
that came out. They looked like they were having a great time. We could
have ordered up the perfect, but we didn't. That's okay, because we've had
great weather for most of the 40 years we've had our
Oktoberfest." Many attendees took advantage of the large tents in front of the stage in
the center of the church grounds to stay dry and enjoy an afternoon of
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"We probably had more people who grabbed food and sat under the
Brobst explained. "I thought we had a great variety of entertainment that
they could enjoy from all different age groups and all different kinds of
talent. Because that was in the center of the church grounds, they could
watch their kids. With the wristbands, the kids were just going from game
to game. That was a great way for them to have fun."
Father Kneib said he enjoyed his first experience at Oktoberfest as the
new pastor of St. Columban Catholic Church. "I thought it went really
well," Kneib said. "I saw some faces I
recognized and a lot that I didn't. We had a lot of support from the wider
community. I really enjoyed the festival atmosphere. I got to walk about
and get to know people in a fun environment.
The live entertainment was just one of many activities for
children to enjoy during the afternoon event. Brobst said the available
rides, including a barrel train, mini hay ride and buggy were all very
popular. "The buggy rides were fun because adults and children could ride
Brobst said. "The train was just completed this week by members of the
Bonderer family. It was hot off the press and a lot of fun for adults or
kids to ride that around. The mini hayride was fun because that's
something that some kids don't get to experience."
For the fourth year, Oktoberfest was used as a platform to honor the
unsung heroes of St. Columban Catholic Church. "It was such an honor to be able to give the award to two of our
parishioners, Alice Van Dyke and Dorney Hecker,"" Brobst said.
year, they work behind the scenes to help in any way they can. They're
always there. They seem to sense when things need to be done, and they
volunteer to do it. It was just nice to be able to honor them for that.
They never want recognition, but it was so much fun for us to put them in
that spotlight and honor them for all the things that they do to help
Brobst said it takes a large group of volunteers and other supporters to
transform the church grounds into an area of fun, food and fellowship. As
event co-chair, Brobst thanked all who have helped make the event a
success for four decades. "It's fun to see everyone involved.
Oktoberfest is an activity that brings our parish closer. We all work
together for a common cause. We rely on those volunteers, and we
do it without them."
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