Local church feeds over 16,000 residents

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - St. John Lutheran Church celebrated its annual Oktober Fest Saturday. Celebrating only once a year on the first Saturday of October, the church served over 16,000 people from 11 – 4 p.m.

"This is our 34th year and we do this to raise money for our missions of which we have nine of them this year, so all the profits go towards missions," said Pastor Dennis Rhoads.

The church has made it a tradition for years to celebrate the German heritage in order to help a good cause.

"The ladies have been cooking for a week and making wonderful bread, and pastries, and the sauerkraut, and the bratwurst and the German potato salad is to die for," said Rhoads.

Oktober Fest only happens once a year, so don't miss it next year.