PITTSBURG — Rocktoberfest returns this weekend for its second of raising funds for The Lord’s Diner.
Rocktoberfest was created last year by Pittsburg Noon Rotary to support The Lord’s Diner, which provides dinner at no cost to anyone who comes through the door. The evening includes a line-up of local and area musicians, as well as German beer and food.
The Rotary took on The Lord’s Diner as a major service project last year, and tasked itself with creating a special event. Rotarian Jon Bartlow serves as chairperson of Rocktoberfest and got the idea from Big Bang Rockfest — another local fundraiser he helped create.
“Jon is a club member and has really stepped up to put the event together,” Rotary Service Chair Joe Leek said. “He came up with the idea and attracted the bands.”
Bands this year will include Left of Center, Rusty Knight and the Daze, The J3 Band, The Tim Nowell Band, The Shane Duling Band and Steve and Stan.
Music begins at 5 p.m. and lasts nearly all night at the Robert W. Plaster Center on Pittsburg State University’s campus. Admission to the event is $10 — children under 12 are free — and Leek said that is a big help to The Lord’s Diner.
“When you take away the overhead, each meal costs around one dollar,” he said. “So every person who comes will be providing 10 meals to people in the community.”
Along with the music, Rocktoberfest will include food vendors and a beer tent with several German-style beers — as well as domestic beers and wine.
Last year, the event took place at Lincoln Park, but Leek said Noon Rotary is excited about moving inside.
“We’re excited to bring it to the Plaster Center,” Leek said. “This way we don’t have to worry about the weather, we can have a great time rain or shine.”
Along with food, beer and a revamped line-up, bounce houses will be available for children. Leek said the group hopes to increase attendance from last year.
“We hope to gain on attendance and get a lot of people out,” he said. “We want to raise more money for The Lord’s Diner and continue to grow.”
Rocktoberfest starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Plaster Center. Music lasts until 11 p.m. Admission is $10.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.