CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Nearly every space of Marian Catholic High School will be turned into a crafter’s dreamland when the Marian Catholic High School Band Parents Association presents its 32nd annual Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6.
More than 100 crafters will fill the school halls and gym with their products. Crafts of all different categories will be available offering a large variety from Christmas items to unique vendors such as homemade pasta and handcrafted soap. Several vendors will be on hand as well to offer favorite products from Green Envee, Pampered Chef, Gold Canyon candles and other great businesses.
Beyond the wide variety of crafters, people will flock to the Sister M. Paul McCaughey Leadership Center for what has become a local tradition. Authentic German food will be served such as German potato salad, bratwursts, sausages, sauerkraut in addition to home-made mac and cheese. After lunch move over to the bake sale corner where hundreds of assorted home-baked goods will be available for sale.
A raffle runs throughout the day with the grand prizes offered at the end of the event.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the award-winning Marian Catholic Marching Band, which will be traveling to New York City to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in November. The Oktoberfest is one of only two fundraisers that the band holds each year.
“Not only is it a major fundraiser for the band and major contributor for its operation, but one of the really special things about Oktoberfest is the community spirit it creates,” said Lisa Collins, chair of the event for the past six years. “In addition, we have people who have visited or participated in the event for 10 to 15 years. It’s a family event that has generations returning along with new people coming every year,” Collins said.
Collins said that nearly every band parent and band student volunteers for the Oktoberfest in one way or another.
Marian Catholic High School is at 700 Ashland Ave. For more information, contact Marian Catholic at (708) 755-7565.