From The Backpage: Grab your Lederhosen, Oktoberfest set


Why is Oktoberfest held in September? The event evolved from a Bavarian royal wedding, where in October 1810, the Bavarian Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and the event was celebrated in Munich. Ever since, the celebration has been repeated and, set to begin during the month September to capitalize on the warmer weather. 

No passport is necessary as Our Lady of Lourdes will celebrate Oktoberfest in true German spirit with live music, a feast of German food and, of course, beer.

“It’s a fantastic celebration,” said Radene Cross, event co-coordinator, who joined with Clint Jewett as guests on the Pioneer Review’s podcast “The BACKPAGE” which aired on Friday, Sept. 13. 

“This is the only Oktoberfest in the area,” Cross said.

The event will be held in St. Bernadette’s Hall, 741 Ware Ave., in Colusa, from 6-10 PM on Saturday, Sept. 28.

“This is our third year,” said Cross. “Were excited to keep the event going.”

In true Oktoberfest fashion, there might be a little bit of beer. 

“We will have several beers on tap,” said Jewett, event co-coordinator. “We’ll have Sierra Nevada and some other domestic beers.”

The feast will consist of various sausages, including polish kielbasa, German brats, and various Cajun variates. 

“We might be deviating a little from the normal German flavors, but not everyone likes a basic brat,” said Jewett. 

In addition to a feast of sausages, Jewett said that a special lasagna will be served. 

“It’s not just any lasagna – it’s lasagna made by Pat Myers here in Colusa,” said Jewett, who added that she will also be making a peach cobbler. 

Activities throughout the evening will include a corn-hole tournament, games, and a raffle. 

“We will be raffling two half pigs, and a whole lamb – everything is cut and wrapped,” Cross said. “We will also have several smaller raffle prizes available. For the first time this year we will have a live band.

“Guilty Again,” a classic/modern rock band from Marysville will perform.   

Our Lady of Lourdes puts on three fundraisers throughout the year.

“We’re trying to make [Oktoberfest] one of the bigger [events],” said Jewett. “The community has really never had anything on the front end of the school season. We’re trying to make Oktoberfest fit the bill for that. Of course, we then go into the Pheasant Festival after than, then the Crab Feed.”

“Who doesn’t like to drink some good beer, eat a little sausage, and have some lasagna?” Jewett added.

“It’s [going to be]  a fun event!” Cross said. “What we’re trying to connect [the fundraising funds] this year for our S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and we also have a brand new foreign language program for all our K-8 students,” said Cross. “We also have a new art program, but, were really trying to beef up our S.T.E.M.”

Tickets for Octoberfest can be purchased by calling Our Lady of Lourdes School at (530) 458-8208, or call Cross at (530) 632-8224, or Jewett at (530) 945-3319. The cost is $30 per-person for unlimited food and one free drink. You can also upgrade your ticket to include a $20 ‘unlimited’ drink wristband. 

Cross added that special business sponsorship and VIP tables are available for purchase. For more information call (530) 458-8208.

“We want to have people come out and enjoy it and have a great time,” said Jewett. “For $50, its a great night out and you’re supporting a great cause.”

The event is for those aged 21 and older. 

“So get the babysitter!” said Cross. 

Our Lady of Lourdes school is an educational ministry of the Catholic community in Colusa County. The school promotes a safe and caring environment emphasizing Catholic Christian principles. Our Lady of Lourdes staff is dedicated to providing all students the opportunity to grow spiritually, academically, socially, and physically to reach their highest potential. Open enrollment available year-round. More information at, or visit 741 Ware Ave, in Colusa. 

– THE BACKPAGE, recorded in Colusa, is a local podcast hosted by the Pioneer Review which features local topics, events, and happenings. You can listen to the podcast online at or subscribe on your mobile device via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn+Alexa. Visit:

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.