Oktoberfest 2019


OCTOBER 13th, 14th & 15th, 2023


(Food Vendors open at noon!)


Castle of Cans
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Oktoberfest Castle of Cans “Virtual” Food Drive, till October 25, 2023

* There will not be a physical Castle of Cans at Oktoberfest this year.

It’s time again for our Annual Susan Coleman Castle of Cans Food Drive and We’re Celebrating 25 Years!  This wonderful community campaign supports all of these agencies with one donation: The Corner Table in Newton, Eastern Catawba CCM, Exodus Homes, Greater Hickory CCM, The Family Care Center, Hickory Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, and the Second Harvest Food Bank Hickory.  

We know that the problem of hunger in Catawba County remains. There are 19,246 individuals living at or below poverty, 6,296 are children and 2,251 are seniors. Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed over 3.1 million pounds of food to the agencies in Catawba County!  Won’t you help us as we strive to collect cans/raise $ = to 25K for 25 Years? 

This year we will continue to offer the fund drive option or the option of collecting food – or do both if you choose! Through the fund drive “virtual” collection campaign, with a mere $1 contribution providing approximately 7 pounds of food, students can learn about giving back to the community and caring, even if they can donate only one $1. Or you may opt to collect cans as many schools have done in the past and continue to do – or a dual campaign of both cans and funds. If you do opt to collect cans, this year we are also looking for healthier food donations such as canned fruits and vegetables that are low sugar, low sodium and low fat!

In keeping with our theme of 25 years, our collection campaign this year will run from September 25-October 25, 2023. Collection campaigns can be set up to start and end any time during that period!  (Schools customarily designate a teacher, club or service group to coordinate the drive.) It is a quick and easy project. Please email with registration form request and we will send it to you. Email: susancolemancastleofcans@gmail.com

Thank you so much in advance! Together, we can do this!

For information about the Castle of Cans or to join the team and participate, please contact Carleen Crawford at 828-781-0845 or Amy Ogle at 828-322-1121.


Please consider making a secure donation through Second Harvest!



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