PIQUA — Mix pounds of ground pork, boxes of rice, dozens of eggs, onion, a variety of spices and what do you have? The main ingredients for the homemade, authentic cabbage roll dinners featured at the Fifth Annual St. Boniface Parish Oktoberfest.
The parish will celebrate its German heritage on Sept. 22-23 on the parish grounds, located at Miami and South Downing streets.
The Oktoberfest offers German/American food, music, raffles, children’s amusement rides, games of chance, and children’s activities. New to this year’s festival, Flashback, a local band, will perform Friday from 7-11 p.m. DJ Dave Burnside will provide music Saturday evening.
The cabbage roll dinners — with mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade bread, and beverage — are available throughout the Oktoberfest until sold out. Carry-out will be available. Cabbage rolls also can be purchased without a dinner. Other Oktoberfest foods include bratwurst and other sandwiches, soups, fair fries and waffles, and more.
The Cake Wheel spins both days, with winners receiving baked goods donated by St. Boniface parishioners. The beer garden is back, too, with St. Boniface Parish souvenir beer steins. The mission committee sponsors an inspirational booth with complimentary religious goods and raffle prizes.
The major raffle features first and second prizes of $1,000 and $500 cash, as well as five prizes of $100.
At the Pumpkin Patch Raffle, purchasers can deposit tickets on the prizes of their choice. The 21st Annual St. Boniface Quilt, featuring the “double wedding ring” pattern, will be on display. It was quilted by 15 members of St. Boniface and St. Mary Parishes. The quilt raffle drawing will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19.
The Major Raffle and Quilt Raffle tickets are $1/each or five for $6. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Oktoberfest; by sending the donation to St. Boniface Church, 310 S. Downing, Piqua, OH; or calling 773-1656. If sending a donation, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and write the raffle name on the envelope. Winners need not be present to win. Also, Oktoberfest attendees have the opportunity to register for hourly attendance prizes.
The Oktoberfest will operate rain or shine under the big tents and in the Angelo Caserta Activities Center. Oktoberfest hours are 5-11 p.m. Sept. 22, and 2-11 p.m. Sept. 23. There is no admission charge. Proceeds benefit the parish’s general education fund. For more information, visit the parish’s website (piquaparishes.org) or contact the parish office at 773-1656.