The Knights of Columbus is a charitable fraternal organization of Catholic men founded as a mutual-aid society in 1882 by Blessed Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary Parish in New Haven, Connecticut. From its beginnings, the organization has grown to become the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world.
Council 8152, comprising members from St. Alphonsus Parish in Crossville, Tennessee, has held Crossville Oktoberfest since 1991. Last year's festival was cancelled due to the pandemic, so 2021 will mark our 30th year sponsoring the festival.
The following are some of the many worthy causes supported by Knights of Columbus Council 8152.
For its first three years, Oktoberfest was staged in the Armory in Crossville. Since 1994, it has been held at the Knights’ home grounds on Highway 70, three miles east of downtown. When it first moved, the festival was confined solely to temporary tents. Over the years, permanent buildings were constructed to accommodate the thousands of revelers who come from all over Tennessee and beyond to take part in the merriment.
Throughout the years, many corporate and individual sponsors have helped the Knights stage this event. The Knights would like to thank all 40-plus sponsors who generously supported Crossville Oktoberfest 2019.
It takes more than 200 volunteers to work the event each year. Aside from the Knights who take part, many of the volunteers are supporters of the Knights. A special thank you goes out to all our volunteers: Knights, wives and others who work the festival faithfully each October.