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Once again Holy Family Church and School held an Oktoberfest for Woodstock and Eastmoreland

DAVID F. ASHTON - Dressed in derndls to celebrate the Holy Family Oktoberfest were Winterhaven student Lila Chipps, and her friend - Holy Family student Remy McGowan. The campus grounds and the gym of Holy Family Catholic School on Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) was again this year the site of a gala Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday afternoon and evening, September 21.

In addition to parish families, and their children and students at the school, all Eastmoreland and Woodstock neighbors were invited to this Oktoberfest too.

"This is our fourth year hosting Oktoberfest here," remarked its Co-Chair Mike Goodell, who organized the event with Jack Ford.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Working the grill at the Holy Family Oktoberfest, preparing Ottos Sausage Kitchens bratwurst, were Pat Campbell and Michael Dominguez. "The idea to begin this annual celebration came from Gretchen Eichentopf, of Otto's Sausage Kitchen, who wanted to have an Oktoberfest at their store – but didn't have the space to do it in Woodstock," Goodell recalled. "And, Gretchen has been involved ever since."

Entry to the Oktoberfest is free; the food and beverages sold are a fundraiser for the school. "But this is really a community-building thing, where neighbors are making connections with one another," Goodell said. "And, it does show off our campus; a lot of people just drive past, and don't really see what we have here, and what we offer to the community."

A hundred volunteers and sponsors worked to host the party, Goodell reckoned. He gave special kudos to the Holy Family PTO volunteers who present a carnival, and the Knights of Columbus who cook, and help in the food and beer garden.

"Speaking of the beer garden, we're proud of our three year partnership with Zoiglhaus Brewing, in Lents Town Center, which provides our authentic German beer," Goodell acknowledged.

Although cloudy skies threatened rain that day, showers held off, allowing neighbors to come and enjoy the traditional Germanic celebration.


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