The Crossville Knights of Columbus, Council 8152, has sponsored the Crossville Oktoberfest since 1991. This year will be the 28th year for the festival.
The Knights of Columbus is a charitable fraternal organization of Catholic men. Council 8152 is composed of members from St. Alphonsus Parish.
The Plateau Pregnancy services, the ARC of Cumberland County, Hilltoppers, Hospice, House of Hope and the Cumberland County School Depot are just a few of the many causes supported by the local Knights of Columbus.
For the first three years, the Oktoberfest was held in the Armory in Crossville. Since then the event has been held at the Knights' home grounds on Highway 70, three miles east of downtown. When it was first held there, the festival was held totally inside temporary tents. Over the years, permanent buildings were constructed.
Each year many corporate sponsors have helped the Knights put on the event. The Knights would like to thank all the 60-plus corporate sponsors who supported last year's festival.
It takes more than 200 volunteers to work the festival each year. Many of the volunteers are not Knights but are supporters of the Knights. A special thank you goes out to all the volunteers: Knights, spouses and non-Knights who continue to work the event.