John the Evangelist Catholic Church's
annual Oktoberfest was a daytime
school event offering German food
and arts and crafts. Over the years
the major fundraising event has
matured into the colossal multi-
generational attraction it is now,
raising money for the church, the
school, the less fortunate in our
community, and youth programs.
years, church members John
and Charlotte Guyant equate the
Oktoberfest to a small town get-
together. "This event goes beyond
St. John's," says Charlotte. "We invite
the community to come and join us.
The event is very family-oriented
with something for everyone."
from 6:008:00 p.m., an advance
preview of the White Elephant Sale
"Gluhwein & Find" is available to the
first 80 ticket buyers only. Get first
dibs on over 7,000 square feet of one-
of-a-kind high-quality items displayed
in Mercy Hall while enjoying a glass
of mulled wine. The White Elephant
Sale is open to everyone on Friday,
October 11 from 8:00 a.m.6:00
p.m. and Saturday, October 12
from 8.00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
the Oktoberfest will
be taking place both
Friday and Saturday
nights from 4:00
9 : 0 0 p . m . w i t h
18 2 0 a r t s a n d
c r a f t s ve n d o r s ,
a silent auc tion
s p o r t i n g e v e n t
rentals, and gif t
baskets), Low `n
(with dancing), and German fare,
featuring bratwurst, drunken chicken,
sauerkraut, German potato salad,
red cabbage, and baked apples.
A nd don't miss the
apple pies, baked right
in the school by long-
time parishioners, the
whole wor ld," John
describes. "The sights
and sounds, the smell
of funnel cakes and
cotton candy, and the
children's laughter bring
back such fond childhood memories."
On Friday night kids of all ages will
enjoy the mechanical carnival rides,
inflatables, and games for $20. The
"ride and play" wristband enables
kids to collect tickets as they play,
which can be turned in for prizes.
Live outdoor music will fill the air
as you nibble on chicken wings
from Whiffletree Farm, pulled pork
sandwiches, hotdogs, fries, or warm
pretzels in the Bernie Ragan Pavilion
and then wash it all down with a
cold brew from the beer garden.
Top it off with an ice cream from
the Moo Thru truck.
competition, a whole new array of
carnival games, an obstacle course,
new inflatables, and miniature golf for
a low price of $12. Nashville Standard
will be performing live music outside
with singer/songwriter Adam Melia,
featuring the timeless sounds of
1950s and 60s country, blues, and
rock-n-roll. Face painting, sand art,
and a raffle with over $5,000 in cash
prizes will also be offered.
a year in advance," John explains.
"It takes 200 volunteers over 3,000
hours to pull this off, and nine
coordinators to run the various parts
and pieces of the event. We wish
our sponsors, including Country
Chevrolet and Moser Funeral Home,
for their support."
Elephant Sale will be accepted on
Wednesday, October 9 at Mercy
Hall in the lower parking lot. No
clothing, shoes, electronics, or books
will be accepted.
lots--at the church, Mercy Hall,
and the school. Plan to arrive early
as the lots fill up by 7:00 p.m. To
learn more, see the Warrenton
Ok tober fest Facebook page
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