Annual St. Clare Oktoberfest is on tap this weekend

St. Clare of Assisi Church in O’Fallon, IL., will celebrate its 150th anniversary with the entire Metro East at its annual St. Clare Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 30 in downtown O’Fallon.

Every fall on the last Saturday of September, St. Clare Church honors the region’s German heritage with this great fundraising event. Oktoberfest is a festival for the entire family with great food and drink, games and raffles, a 5K and fun run, live music and much, much more filling the festival grounds at St. Clare School in downtown O’Fallon between 4 and 11 p.m. This event is open to the public and attracts visitors from throughout the area.

“Our parishioners are working hard to make this a fun family festival for our community,” said co-chairman Tom Knaust. “We have something for everyone.”

“We are really excited to bring I Dood It! back again this year,” said co-chairman Ryan Luechtefeld. “This game was a huge hit last year. People of all ages love to come out for this game.”

In I Dood It! players toss balls in a fast-paced race to land five in a row, with a great prize for the first person to complete the challenge and triumphantly shout “I Dood It!”

The Big Otto raffle offers a $10,000 grand prize this year and chances to win five $150 cash prizes in the Li’l Otto game, which are awarded throughout the night.

John Spricer and the Fightin’ Side band will play from 7 to 11 p.m., offering a huge variety of music and taking requests. A DJ is featured before the band.

Add to this returning favorites, including inflatables, games for the kids, games of chance for adults, a basket raffle, cake wheel and silent auction, and Oktoberfest has a full slate of fun for everyone.

The festival kicks off with a 5K Rennen and Weg (run and walk), which begins at 4 p.m. at St. Clare School. Registration is open from 3 to 4 p.m.  Right after the 5K, kids 10 and younger can take to the streets in a half-mile fun run.

Meanwhile, the homemade German dinner of roast pork and all the trimmings will be served in the school from 4 to 7 p.m. Hot dog meals for kids also will be offered during the dinner. After the dinner, Bingo begins at 8:30 p.m. in the gym.

Burgers, brats, funnel cakes, spiral spuds, snow cones, German beer, wine and more are served throughout the evening.

As St. Clare Church celebrates 150, everyone is invited to come out and celebrate at the best Oktoberfest yet.

For more information, visit www.stclarechurch.org/ofest or call 618-632-3562.

Want to go?

What: St. Clare Oktoberfest, with food, entertainment, inflatables and games

Who: For everyone

When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 4-11 p.m.

Where: St. Clare School grounds