Quench your thirst and quiet your appetite at Oktoberfest, set for Oct. 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dodge City. 

    Starting at 11 a.m. brats, cabbage rolls, bierocks and more will be served at the Knights of Columbus, located at 800 W. Frontview. People are also invited to visit the beer garden, where they can enjoy some of the best brews in the world.


Quench your thirst and quiet your appetite at Oktoberfest, set for Oct. 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dodge City. 
    Starting at 11 a.m. brats, cabbage rolls, bierocks and more will be served at the Knights of Columbus, located at 800 W. Frontview. People are also invited to visit the beer garden, where they can enjoy some of the best brews in the world.
    Live entertainment will begin at noon with the Blue Notes, a polka band from Garden City, playing a full set. At 5 p.m. the Country Dutchmen, a polka band from the Hays area, will take over and play for the rest of the evening. Both bands boast more than 30 years of experience.
    Dave Littler of the Dodge City Guild said the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal benefit society, is bringing Oktoberfest back to raise money for the organization and benefit Dodge City.
    "It's a fundraiser for us and a chance to give back to the community," he said. "It will be a good time."
    This Knights of Columbus' fall benefit is a way to put money back into the building for necessary maintenance and improvements, Littler said. He said the 2011 Knights of Columbus state convention will be in Dodge City, so the Dodge City Guild has a lot of work to do in preparation for the event.
    Oktoberfest is the world's largest fair, with approximately 6 million people attending each year in Munich, Germany. This year's festival began on Sept. 20 and will run through Sunday.
    The event started in 1810 to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The Dodge City Knights of Columbus choose to celebrate this tradition in October right here in Dodge City.
    For those looking for a safe ride home, taxi service will be provided by Stagecoach Taxi.
    The cover charge for Oktoberfest is $5 for one person and $7 for a couple. To purchase tickets, call the Knights Hall at (620) 225-1421 or contact any Guild member. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

    Reach Cherise Forno at (620) 408-9931 or e-mail her at cheriseforno@dodgeglobe.com.