WESTMONT – When it comes to preparing, organizing and running Holy Trinity’s Oktoberfest, Keith Sellers said it’s as if he has an additional full-time job.
“It’s a lot more work than people anticipate,” the business owner said. “If it was a full-time job you’d have a lot of overtime.”
In preparing for the Westmont parish’s second annual Oktoberfest, Sellers, who is the president of the Parent School Organization, said he’s been responsible for tracking down raffle prizes, finding sponsors, organizing food details, scheduling entertainment and more.
“You have to go through the county for the health permit so you can serve food,” he said, adding that he went to the village for liquor and noise permits. “You want to make it something people remember and want to come back to.”
Last year’s fest was put together by a committee along with Sellers, but because the fest now is in September and planning began over summer, he’s running it solo this time around.
Sellers said he understands parents are busy during summer and cannot commit as much time. Although he’s on his own for 2013’s Oktoberfest, he said he keeps going because it’s for the kids.
“We do it to raise money for the school,” he said. “When you’re putting new things into the school like smart boards, iPads, things the school teachers and kids need, when you see they’re getting all these things from the work and fundraisers you’re doing, I can’t even put into words how gratifying that is.”
Looking back at last year’s fest, there will be a lot of changes for the upcoming Oktoberfest, Sellers said.
He said the location now will be at Veteran’s Memorial Park with multiple entertainment for teens, young adults, adults and seniors along with a movie for children on the park’s baseball fields.
Sellers, who had one son graduate from Holy Trinity and another son who still is enrolled, said the event is not just for parishioners, it’s for the whole community.
“We’re trying to pull the community together, too,” he said. “It’s not just the effort for Holy Trinity but the community itself. It’s an outreach to the community.”