PITTSBURG — Rocktoberfest shook the Robert W. Plaster Center Saturday and brought in nearly $3,000 for The Lord’s Diner.
Rocktoberfest was organized by Pittsburg Noon Rotary to support The Lord’s Diner — which the club adopted as a major service project. The Lord’s Diner serves dinner free to anyone who comes through the door from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
According to Rotary Service Chair Joe Leek, each meal costs roughly $1 — not including overhead — meaning that Rocktoberfest will help provide the diner provide nearly 3,000 meals to those in need.
The evening included six area bands, German food and Oktoberfest-style beer. It was only the second year of the event, which was modeled after Big Bang Rockfest. Big Bang Rockfest raises funds for Pittsburg’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, and both events were the idea of Rotarian Jon Bartlow.
Bartlow said he hopes to continue to see Rocktoberfest grow.
“I hope to see the event continue to grow as we make adjustments in the years to come,” Bartlow said. “We appreciate the support of our sponsors, local musicians and those who came out to support the cause.”
Leek echoed his feelings.
“I hope to gain on attendance and continue to grow,” Leek said. “I hope we can continue to raise more and more for The Lord’s Diner.”
Noon Rotary plans to bring Rocktoberfest back next year with new music — and some old favorites — and hopefully an even larger crowd.
— 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.