Knights of Columbus holds 21st annual Octoberfest Oct. 20

By: Patty McAlpin Lincoln News Messenger Reporter
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Lincoln Knights of Columbus members invite the public to dance at the 21st annual Octoberfest from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 at McBean Park Pavilion. The 2012 Octoberfest features a no-host bar, buffet style German dinner, performance of German, Swiss and Austrian folk dances by the Alpendancers, polkas, waltzes and big band music by Gunter Gumnor German Band, and a raffle. For dinner, main course choices are gourmet sausage, Schublig beef or Weisswurst-veal or apple chicken. Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or six for $25. Prizes include $500 for first prize, $400 for second, $300 for third, $200 for fourth and $100 for fifth. Another fun activity is the stein-holding contest. “My wife, Inga, won last year,” said Knights of Columbus secretary Kevin Blake. Twelve contestants competed to see who can hold the stein the longest. Four hundred attendees were at last year’s Octoberfest. Knights of Columbus fundraising chairman Gerold Voigt said he hopes big band music “will go over well with some of the older folks. “They like the music of Glenn Miller,” Voigt said. “They know how to dance to that.” Voigt said there will also be a dance just for children. “The Alpendancers will exclusively dance with the children to the ‘Chicken Dance,’” he said. This year, beer will be served from kegs and not bottles. Sponsors include Denzler Family Dentistry, Beermann’s, Umpqa Bank and Eagle Plumbing and Golden State Collision Centers. Knights of Columbus St. Joseph’s Parish Council No. 9202 provides support to local organizations including baseball, Little League and soccer, Ride to Walk, Redirect and the Wheelchair Foundation. The Knights hope to raise $7,000 from Octoberfest. “Our motto is we make money to give it away,” Voigt said of the Knights, of which there are 220 Lincoln members. The Knights take in $40,000 through fundraisers and other events throughout the year. The funds they gather help them host a Thanksgiving dinner and provide Christmas and Easter baskets for Lincoln children. “I’ve never seen eggs disappear so fast in my life,” Blake quipped. For tickets and information, call Jerry Zimmerman at 408-1726.