Chesapeake gears up for Octoberfest

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 3, 2004

CHESAPEAKE - Fall is here and Chesapeake is ready to welcome the season in style.

A 5-K run, a car show and live musical entertainment are the crown jewels in the annual Octoberfest scheduled for Saturday in the village.

The yearly event, is sponsored by the Chesapeake Area Citizens Coalition and raises money for the community's park.

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Committee member Dick Gilpin said 2,000 to 3,000 people are expected to visit Chesapeake and participate in the festival. "This is like a community gathering. People get to see other people they normally don't. It's a big reunion."

The day's events begin with a 5-K run. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The cost is $10 for those who preregister, $15 for those who register at the time of the race. Those who want more information or who want to register may call Karen Musser at 886-6016 or Danny Newman at 867-4303. Awards will be given for the top three runners in 13 classes of participants.

Opening ceremonies will be at 9:30 a.m. at Triangle Park. The American Legion Post 640 and a local Boy Scout troop will participate.

The festivities continue at 10 a.m. with the Fire Parade. The procession begins at CVS Pharmacy and continues on Third Avenue to Triangle Park. For more information, call the Chesapeake-Union

Fire Department at 867-5988.

This is the second year for the car show. It will be at the park behind the car wash at the eastern end of town. Registration is from 9-11 a.m., with judging at noon. Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 cars and dash plates will be given to the first 50 registrants. Those who want more information may call Tom Claytor at 867-3365.

There will be live musical entertainment from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Gilpin said the lineup includes contemporary Christian, country and pop acts, a self defense demonstration by John Casarez of Tri-City Martial Arts and the Chesapeake High School marching band and cheerleaders.

Octoberfest will also feature approximately 50 vendors with food, crafts and informational booths.