You can raise a glass for a good cause this weekend at Powell Oktoberfest.
Slated Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St., the event benefits the Olentangy Rotary, which raises funds for a variety of local and international charitable efforts.
"Every penny of this profit goes to our foundation," said Jerry Douglas, Rotary Club past president and Oktoberfest organizer.
The group has donated more than $200,000 to charitable efforts, Douglas said, including People in Need of Delaware County, the Common Ground Free Store and $25,000 toward the construction of Turning Point's new domestic violence shelter, slated to open this year in Delaware.
A tasting event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 for those 21 and older.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door; tables of 10 are $300.
"We have eight local restaurants, five different craft beers, five different wines, and this year we're adding some bourbon whiskey and sours for tasting," Douglas said.
Entertainment will include music, a magician and a silent auction.
On Sept. 22, the Village Green will transform with the help of an 8,000-square-foot bier-garten tent with German music. A stage will feature live music, including a performance by the Rock House band from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Sept. 22's events are free and open to all ages. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a children's area open until 6 p.m.
All family activities are free except the bounce houses, Douglas said.
Organizers plan crafts, story times, games and a show by kid-friendly band the Shazzbots.
Other events include stein hoists and cream-puff-eating contests, a yodeling competition and plenty of good beer, including pumpkin, Oktoberfest and German-stout varieties.
German foods and other fair favorites will be for sale, with more than 40 local businesses and vendors participating.
It takes more than 100 volunteers to make the event happen, Douglas said, adding the Rotary club still is looking for workers.
The club will "pay" other nonprofits who volunteer as a group in the form of a donation to their organization, he said.
"Volunteers work in three-hour shifts and we will actually pay you to come and work," Douglas said. "We have had the Humane Society and we pay them $8 an hour. We have several other Rotary clubs that volunteer as well."
A cornhole tournament also is slated Sept. 22. Entry fee is $40 per team, with cash prizes awarded to the top four places.
The Olentangy Rotary has tried to offer something for everyone, Douglas said.
"It's an opportunity to come and meet people. The adults can relax while their kids are playing in a safe atmosphere," Douglas said. "If you want to have somebody watch the kids in the evening, you can come back and enjoy the beer garden and eat some good food.
"That's what Rotary is about: it's about getting together with other people and using your collective talents to help change the world."
Powell's Oktoberfest was launched in 2014 by Heart of Powell, previously known as Historic Downtown Powell. Heart of Powell disbanded in 2015; the Rotary brought back the fest in 2017 after a year's hiatus.
For more information or to volunteer, visit www.powelloktoberfest.com.