Shepherd of the Mountains readies annual Oktoberfest |

Shepherd of the Mountains readies annual Oktoberfest

Since 2008, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church has presented its own Oktoberfest.

"It was developed for the express purpose of the church’s outreach into and partnership with the community," said Sharon Lilley, Oktoberfest co-chair. "It also serves as a fundraiser as well."

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Shepherd of the Mountains, 4051 N. S.R. 224, will host its seventh annual Oktoberfest from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The benefactor this year will be the People’s Health Clinic, Lilley said.

"Every year we alternate who will receive the funds raised during the event," she said. "In the past we’ve donated money to Habitat for Humanity and Peace House." The church selected People’s Health this year because it helps provide medical assistance to the community’s uninsured and under-insured.

"We really believe in them," Lilley said about the clinic. "The clinic is a lifesaver and the practitioners who serve at the clinic are all voluntary. Medical assistance for so many people is absolutely crucial and there are many people in our community who can’t afford it."

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Oktoberfest will raise money in two ways — through an opportunity drawing and a silent auction.

"For the silent auction, we try to get a wide variety of donations from different businesses and community members," Lilley said. "The auction will include everything from services to actual items."

Some of those items include ski packages and restaurant gift certificates.

"One of the big items is a one-day motorcycle clinic at Miller Sports Park," Lilley said. "This covers everything a person needs to know about riding motorcycles. It’s worth $1,500 and we are starting the minimum bid at $750."

The opportunity-drawing prizes will not be as extravagant, but they will be fun, Lilley promised.

"This is another way to generate enthusiasm, excitement and fun," she said. "We haven’t received all the prizes, yet, and probably won’t until the final moments leading up to the event, but people will be able to buy drawing tickets that will be put into the hopper for the drawing."

The event will also feature a menu of German food, including bratwurst, sauerkraut and other traditional condiments, Lilley said.

"We will also have homemade German potato salad, applesauce and Volker’s Bakery will donate some of its famous strudel for dessert," she said. "We’ll also have some homemade brownies."

There will be games and a bounce house for children and a tent where adults can relax and enjoy an array of beverages.

Shepherd of the Mountain’s Oktoberfest has grown in popularity over the years; last year, the event nearly reached the church’s capacity.

"We didn’t think many people would come because it rained so hard, but it was the biggest turnout we ever had," she said. "We served more than 240 dinners. We were filled to the max and ran out of food."

This year, Lilley is expecting more attendees than last year.

"We are a little more geared up in terms of the quantity of what we will offer this time," she said. "We just hope the weather is good."

Shepherd of the Mountain’s annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under 4 will be admitted for free.