Lockport Oktoberfest brings out the crowd, candidates
For 57 years, the Lockport Township Republican Organization (LTRO) has been dedicated to supporting and promoting family values and individual freedoms -- but the group also knows how to have fun.
On October 5, the Lockport GOP will host its annual Oktoberfest, a time to socialize and learn more about local and state elected officials and candidates.
"It supports LTRO's mission statement, which is supporting conservative candidates," Pete DeLaney, chairman of the LTRO, told the Will County Gazette. "What better place than around food and drink in the beautiful hall of St. Dennis Church."
The event will give attendees the chance to meet with people involved in Illinois politics, ask questions and generally get a perspective on what the races are about.
"Taking advantage of one of the beautiful seasons, we thought this event to be a great opportunity for residents in Lockport Township to meet their representatives and candidates in a casual, relaxing setting," DeLaney said.
In addition to admission, tickets offer access to an authentically German spread of food.
"The menu will consist of brats with sauerkraut, Polish sausage, hot dogs, German potato salad, apple strudel, beer, wine and soda," DeLaney said.
Republicans expected at the event include Jim Louch of the Lockport Township Park Board, Lockport Township trustees Barb DeLaney and Greg Bickus, Lockport Township Road Commissioner John Ceilinski, Judge Ben Braun, Will County Clerk candidate Laurie McPhillips, Lockport City Council member Darrin Deskin, Lockport High School Board members Lisa Bickus and Mike Lewandowski, and Will County Board members Annette Parker, Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone.
A raffle will award a variety of prizes, including gift cards to local businesses and a large liquor basket.
The event is open to the public, with tickets costing $35 per person and $60 per couple.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door of St. Dennis Church, 1214 S. Hamilton St. in Lockport.