Annual Oktoberfest celebration set for Oct. 17th

The annual Lacombe Knights of Columbus fundraiser Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 17th.

The annual Lacombe Knights of Columbus fundraiser Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 17th.

Held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC), Knights of Columbus member Reuben Konnik said the German-themed evening is sure to be a treat for attendees.

“It’s really a good night out,” he said. “You can’t go wrong.”

The evening features a large meal, German beer and pretzels paired with the music stylings of the Emeralds, a crowd favourite. The Emeralds Show and Dance Band, originating from Edmonton, have been keeping audiences from around the world moving on the dance floor and are sure not to disappoint on a Saturday night.

“Many people come just for the Emeralds,” noted Konnik. “They are a great band to dance to.”

The delectable meal will be catered by Bob Ronnie and features traditional German food like bratwurst and sauerkraut.

“It’s a huge meal,” said Konnik. “We will also have a pork roast and other options.”

Served throughout the evening will be, in true Oktoberfest fashion, straight from the keg German beer along with traditional Bavarian pretzels. The cash bar will also feature other beverages like wine.

Konnik said the idea of the Bavarian-style event was birthed around 10 years ago when a former member of the local chapter, who came from a German background, suggested the idea. Originating in Bavaria, the beer festival and travelling fair is now known worldwide. Many other countries and communities have also created their own version of the celebration in late September, early October.

The Lacombe Knights of Columbus were looking to do a major fundraiser to support community projects and Oktoberfest made the mark. The annual fundraiser has grown over the past decade and continues to be successful in supporting youth community projects.

Overall, the long standing service club has approximately 62 members. Proceeds from past Oktoberfest fundraisers have gone towards the ME Global Athletic Park, the Lacombe Skatepark and several playgrounds. For the past two years proceeds have gone towards Central Alberta Youth Unlimited’s YU-Turn housing project in Lacombe.

As for this year, a project to support has not yet been selected, but Konnik said the group will select a project soon.

“It will be youth focused within the community for sure,” he said.

The Knights of Columbus often focuses on youth community projects but are not limited to just supporting youth projects.

Konnik said the Knights have four guiding principles, and the Oktoberfest fundraiser is their way to fulfilling the charity aspect of their club.

On Oct. 17th, the bar opens at 6 p.m., with the meal beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the dance.

Konnik said tickets are still available, but they are selling well. Attendees should pick up their tickets as soon as possible to ensure their attendance to the popular event.

Tickets are $50 and are available by asking your local Lacombe Knights of Columbus member or at the Culinary and Gift Shoppe (5017 50th Ave.) in Lacombe.

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