Piqua St. Boniface Oktoberfest held this weekend

PIQUA — St. Boniface Parish, Piqua, will celebrate its German Heritage at festivities scheduled Sept. 23-24 on the parish grounds, Miami Street and South Downing Streets. The 10th annual Oktoberfest offers German/American food, music, raffles, games of chance and children’s activities.

Cabbage roll dinners, including cabbage roll, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade bread, beverage, will be available on Friday from 5-9 p.m. BBQ Chicken Dinners with half chicken, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, slaw and a dinner roll will be sold on Saturday starting at 4:30 p.m. until sold out. Dinners are $8.50 each and are dine-in, carry-out or can be delivered free in the Piqua area.

Dinners can be pre-ordered online at https://stbonifaceoktoberfest.org or purchased at the Oktoberfest. All pre-order purchases will be entered into a $50 drawing for each dinner.

The deadline to order is Sept. 19; drawing will be held on Sept. 20. Oktoberfest foods also include bratwurst and other sandwiches, soups, fair fries, waffles and more.

Guitarist/vocalist Steve Worley will perform on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m.; DJ Tim Lee provides music on Saturday from 6 to 10:45 p.m.

A three hour pass can be purchased for $5 for the “Kids Zone.” Kids Zone activities include art projects such as cookie decorating and air-brush painting, music, a balloon artist, a haystack maze, games including duck pond and fishing, prizes and more. Kids Zone hours are 5-8 p.m. both days.

An Oktoberfest favorite, the cake wheel, spins both days with winners receiving baked goods donated by St. Boniface parishioners. The beer garden is back, too. At the pumpkin patch raffle booth, purchasers can deposit tickets on the prizes of their choice. Also, attendees can register for hourly attendance prizes. The mission committee sponsors an inspirational booth with complimentary religious goods.

The Major Award Raffle features first and second prizes of $1,000 & $500 cash, respectively, and three prizes of $100. The 26th Annual St. Boniface quilt raffle features three quilts. A king-size “cathedral window” quilt, a full-size “welcome to my garden” quilt and a lap quilt/wall-hanging “Amazing Grace”, will be on display. The raffle tickets for the Major Raffle and Quilt Raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Oktoberfest, online at https://stbonifaceoktoberfest.org or by sending the donation to St. Boniface Church, 310 S. Downing St., Piqua. If sending a donation, be sure to include name, address, phone number and write the raffle name on the envelope. Winners need not be present to win.

Oktoberfest chairperson Dave Butt notes the Oktoberfest will operate “rain or shine” under the big tent and in the Angelo Caserta Activities Center. Oktoberfest hours are Friday, 5-11 p.m. and Saturday, 4:30-11 p.m. “Sie sind herzlich eingeladen” — the public is invited to join in the celebration. There will be games, prizes, food and fun for all ages. There is no admission charge. Proceeds benefit the parish’s general fund. For more information, contact the parish office at 937-773-1656 or log-on to stbonifaceoktoberfest.org.