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Volunteers and Donations Needed!

The St. Michael Octoberfest would not be the annual success it is without the generosity of people volunteering their time. Help is always needed and very much welcome with the kids’ games, chicken dinner, snack stand, tickets, trash cleanup, etc. Just not able to fit one more thing in your schedule but still want to lend a hand? No problem! Donations are always welcome whether it be an item for the auction, time spent helping out at the Kids’ Midway Games, or monetary to help off-set an expense.

Over 200 pies are needed for the chicken dinner. Sign up sheets are available inside the church entrance. If you can lend a hand, please add your name and how many pies you are able to donate. Even one pie makes a difference!

Sign up sheets are located in the church near the entry. In particular we are in need of people to help with the following (and any amount of time you can lend a hand is greatly appreciated):

Kid’s Games Tickets:

Saturday, Oct. 6, Noon to 3:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7, Noon to 3:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Kid’s Midway Game Truck:

**Volunteers under the age of 15 must accompanied by an adult.**

Saturday, Oct. 6, Noon to 3:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7, Noon to 3:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Chicken Dinner Dining Room:

Sunday, Oct. 7, anytime between 10:30a.m. and 4:30p.m. Contact Michele Brown at the church office.

Octingo (it’s like Bingo but better!):

Contact Tracy Bianco (618-558-5082), Mary Raymer (217-710-1295), or Emilee Schnefke (618-975-0989) for times and more information.

For more information on any of the above or to volunteer, please contact the church office at (618) 635-3140 or Thank you!

2018 Musical Guests Highlights!

Hella Snaps – Saturday

Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 7:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.


Hella Snaps is a Saint Louis based dance/rock band that knows how to bring out the energy in a crowd. Hella Snaps has a huge catalog of songs, playing everything from classic 80’s rock and modern pop to alternative anthems from the 90s.

Providing both female and male vocals, the band’s sound and live performance aim to get people dancing and singing to every song.  If you are looking for a tailored set list, they’ll be happy to mix it up perfectly for you, or play acoustic sets at more intimate settings. Whether it’s a wedding or a block party, the band will make sure everyone there has a blast!

Check them out at

Wildfire – Sunday

Date: Sunday, October 7
Time: 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

The HOTTEST country band in the Midwest, Wildfire brings a non-stop party with fresh high-energy arrangements of your favorite country songs.

Wildfire is a country crossover band, performing Pop Country hits, along with Classic Country, Southern Rock and Top 40 from Carrie Underwood to Dolly Parton and Luke Bryan to Johnny Cash.

Offering both male & female lead singers, this band will be sure to have everyone singing along with all of the country hits. No other band compares to this group of talented musicians giving you the show of a lifetime!

Visit them on YouTube at 

The Wine Garden

IMAG0504 (640x383)The Wine Garden is sure to bring out the true feeling of fall.  This area is surrounded by a rustic white picket fence containing round tables and chairs.  The wine is provided by a local wine expert and includes a hand selected assortment of whites and reds.  We are confident this area of the Octoberfest will make even the newest wine drinker inspired to have a glass.

Welcome to the St. Michael Parish 39th Annual Octoberfest!

2018 Auction List: Octoberfest Auction List 2018

Our festival includes everything you need to celebrate fall: food, friends, fun, and non-stop entertainment! This family friendly event offers something for everyone. Our list of entertainment and bands is quite impressive including the music of the Hella Snaps Band on Saturday night and Wildfire on Sunday night.  For the kids, there is an endless array of fun things to do –  games, Professor Longhair, and back again this year–laser tag (children ages 6 and under must accompanied by an adult)! Blessing of the Pets returns on Sunday at 4:15p.m. All pets must be leashed or in a carrier and their humans are responsible for cleaning up after them. No livestock, creepy crawlies, or reptiles except turtles–they’re okay.

For the adults, there’s the quaint wine garden and beer tent and the musical talents of the Tamburitzans and The Gary Moore Band…and laser tag!  Back again, too, is the annual 5K Run/Walk for Octoberfest on Saturday.  This event is growing in popularity! Registration begins at 8:00a.m. and the race starts at 9:00a.m. Back this year, too, is a cornhole/bags tournament on Sunday that tosses off at 12:30p.m.

Don’t forget the live and silent auctions on Saturday beginning at 9:30a.m. this year. If you like sports memorabilia, tools, gift baskets, electronics, or unusual collectors items, you’ll find them at the auction. And, be sure to enter the raffles for a chance to win an inflatable screen complete with $1,000 Best Buy gift card and other fabulous prizes.

The Family Style Chicken Dinner on Sunday from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. is just one example of the fantastic food you will enjoy at our festival and is not to be missed. Carryouts are also available from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Come out and spend the day or weekend with us celebrating Fall at the Octoberfest!!!