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Friday, September 9, 2016

Christ Church UCC is Set to Host Oktoberfest

Perhaps nothing says end of summer in Cincinnati more than the smell of bratwurst and sauerkraut, the sound of polka, and the sight of lederhosen; Oktoberfest season is upon us.   In what has become a Fort Thomas tradition, the Christ Church UCC is set to host Fort Thomas’ premiere Oktoberfest this Friday and Saturday (September 9 and 10th) from 4-11 pm at the church at 15 South Fort Thomas Avenue.

Bob Faulkner, church member at UCC, founded this festival four years ago (with the support of Reverend Ryan Byers) as a fun way to engage the church with the community and raise money to support church mission work.  Each year has been a success and this year promises to be no different.  For adults, the festival will have live music by local party band The DoppelGangsters, beer and wine, and games of chance such as black jack.  Additionally, there will be a silent auction with some great prizes including a one-week stay at a vacation home in South Carolina and the major raffle item is a 55” television.  The featured food will be bratwurst, hamburgers, and barbecue pork.  For kids, there will be many games including a Pok√©mon stop and card game, crafts, karaoke, and three bouncy houses.

While admission to the Fest is free, food and games come with a very reasonable cost with food ranging from $2-5, beer and wine $3-4, and kids activities at $1 each (craft costs $3).  Additionally, unlimited time on the bouncy house is $5 per child with a $10 maximum for a family.  The festival will only accept cash and all proceeds go toward the mission work of the church.  While the festival is two days, it is important to note that on Friday, only beer, food, and live music will be available; Saturday will be the full festival.

Karen Gutierrez, Publicity Chair for the Festival, says, "We're looking forward to bringing the community together for a fun end-of-summer party. This festival is a great way to greet the fall." And she’s right!  But like most Fort Thomas events, the success of this depends on volunteers, of which UCC still has need (including for food, beer booth, ticket sales, games, etc.).

For more information on the Oktoberfest, volunteer opportunities, or regarding UCC, visit their website here.  Otherwise, hope to hear you on the karaoke microphone!

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