It is almost time to break out the lederhosen as Oktoberfest comes back (and gives back) to Kingwood. The Kingwood Oktoberfest is getting ready for its third annual event. German food and music will be on display along with many other activities. This year, Oktoberfest will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, Kingwood's first church. Kingwood Oktoberfest will recognize the survivors of Hurricane Harvey as the area continues to recover one year after the tragic storm.

Kingwood Oktoberfest, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 5 p.m., will be hosted by Holy Comforter Lutheran Church and School and will feature German cuisine, polka music from the Texas Sound Check Band, Back Pew beer, a Fair Trade Sale, and games and activities for all ages.

Oktoberfest will be supporting the local L3 Foundation, which helps children who are fighting childhood cancer and their families and funds research to find a cure. The foundation was started to honor the legacy of Landon, a young Kingwood boy who died from a rare soft tissue cancer. Proceeds will also go Water to Thrive, a faith-based American nonprofit that funds the building of wells in parts of Africa.

Oktoberfest will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Holy Comforter Lutheran Church. The church was founded in 1968, becoming the 101st congregation of the Texas-Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The church originated in Humble but moved to Kingwood when the area began to develop in 1969. Holy Comforter Lutheran Church became the first church built in Kingwood with the completion of the facility at its current home in 1972.

Polka music, as always, will be a big part of the Kingwood Oktoberfest as The Texas Sound Check Band will play for the third year in a row. The Kingwood High School German Club will also be back to dance and entertain the crowd.

Food and drinks are also a big part of Oktoberfest as Back Pew Brewing Company beer will once again be served along with sodas and other drinks. Homemade German food, featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut and potato salad, will be served along with pretzels and hot dogs.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children, with meals sold for $12.

For more information, contact Rick Janacek at 281-928-4305.

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