Lions Club Oktoberfest will support Smithfield residents

Lions Club Oktoberfest will support Smithfield residents

SMITHFIELD – One man’s elaborate German-themed party is moving into the charity sphere, becoming the first annual Lions Club Oktoberfest.

Jim Stein, a Smithfield Lion, said the idea sprouted when a new administration was coming to the Smithfield Lions Club, and he wanted to do something to welcome them to the group.

For the past six years, Stein has held “STEINFEST” in his yard and on his patio. Each year, between 70 and 100 people come to his big party celebrating the German tradition.

Stein said he cooks sausages and other authentic German food and parties a fall night away with his buddies, most of whom belonged to the Smithfield Lions Club.

“But, it’s not being held on the Stein patio anymore,” he said.

Stein is passing the torch to the Lions, who will be holding Oktoberfest at the Elks Lodge, 326 Farnum Pike, on Sept. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Though Stein will remain as chairman of Oktoberfest, the yearly event will now raise funds for Lions charities in town.

The Lions is a service club and organization with a mission to make the community of Smithfield better, partnering with local businesses in raising funds for humanitarian efforts.

“I’m still grilling all the sausages, I’m just sharing it to help the club out,” Stein said.

Over a bed of apple and cherry wood, Stein cooks authentic old-world knackwurst, Munich weisswurst, red lager beer bratwurst, Nurnberger-style bratwurst, Hofbauer spaetzle, and sweet and sour German green beans with bacon and onions and sauerkraut. All will be available for purchase.

Stein said the charity event is free to attend, with funds from food and drink purchases going to community efforts.

“It’s going for the Lions to help people who can’t pay their rent or their taxes because they’re out of work or lost their job. It’s what we do,” he said.

Oktoberfest will be a first for the Smithfield Lions, he said. A special, seasonal German Oktoberfest beer will be served at the event.

Stein said he hopes to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 this year. A full bar is also available through the Elks. Lions will sell drink tickets, and the bartenders at the Elks will serve it, he said.

“It’s good food, good drinks, and good music. What more could you want,” said Stein.

An advance $25 ticket is available, which includes a commemorative Oktoberfest pint and two drink tickets good for beer.

For more information or to purchase an advance ticket, contact Stein at 401-486-3009, Lions Club President Jan Hilfer at 401-949-3959, or Lion Alyson LaGreca at 401-487-7085.