There were over 50 rides and attractions at the Catholic church’s annual festival.
The smell of funnel cakes and the sound of screaming children filled the parking lot at Prince of Peace Catholic Church Oct. 9, 10, 11 and 12 for the church’s 46 annual Octoberfest Parish Festival.
Started in 1969, the festival has grown to include over 50 rides and games, Split-the-Pot bingo, a business expo, various food vendors and music ranging from rock to high-energy country.
“The festival was first held in 1966,” Octoberfest Committee Chairman Ron Nowviskie said. “The church was built in 1969 and the festival became a fundraiser to help with the finances of the parish.”
Though Nowviskie himself doesn’t ride any of the rides, there are an average of 30,000 people that come to the four-day event to do so.
“It’s been through a few generations of residents,” Nowviskie said. “They’ve enjoyed it and you see people come back. The people you see once a year, you see them at Octoberfest. It’s probably the longest-running community event in the area.”