Chesapeake, Coal Grove both ready for fall with Octoberfests

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

CHESAPEAKE - The Chesapeake Triangle is ready, and on Saturday visitors and community members will converge on the area to celebrate the 10th annual Octoberfest.

The festival should have something for everyone, including a 5K run that kicks off at 8:30 a.m., car show, inflatables for the youth, a bike race and entertainment for the whole family. The opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with the Chesapeake High School Band.

&#8221There will be a variety of food, crafts and information booths,“ Marsha Ater of the Chesapeake Area Citizens Coalition said.

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Some of the booths will have activities and crafts for the youth to participate in such as the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library and the Soil and Water Conservation booth. Ater said the hospitality tent where people can enjoy the entertainment will also be back again this year. American Health Centers, which is located across the street from the triangle, also plans to set up a booth to perform screenings in front of its facility.

&#8221I'm really excited about all the activities that are planned for this year's Octoberfest,“ Lesa Slack said. &#8221It makes me happy to see the community come together and enjoy good fellowship and a good time.“

Entertainment for the festival includes the Union Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir, a karate demonstration and rock


The fire parade begins at noon. Several groups, clubs, and athletes were invited to participate in the parade. One student was chosen from Chesapeake Elementary, Middle and High school to represent the schools in the parade. Little Miss Spark, Miss Spark and Miss Flame will be riding on a fire truck during the parade.

&#8221We have one every year, we like to involve as many businesses in the community as we can,“ Chesapeake - Union Township Fire Department Chief Rick Slack said. &#8221People who attend the Octoberfest look forward to attending the parade.“

Rick Slack also said he would like to thank the Chesapeake Area Citizens' Coalition for putting the festival together and allowing the fire department to be a part of it.

&#8221We're hoping it is the biggest and best yet,“ he said.

On the other side of the county, Coal Grove will have its own Octoberfest

at Paul Porter Park Saturday and Sunday.

The fall-themed fun will start with pumpkin decorating and children can follow that up with some fun on the inflatable toys. Live entertainment will also be offered for the adults throughout the event.

The Coal Grove Octoberfest begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. and closes at 9 p.m. and runs from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. Sunday will include a day full of gospel music at the festival. Saturday’s entertainment includes: 1 p.m. - Wally Christian, 2 p.m. - Barbershop Quartet from Ashland, Ky., 3 p.m. - Earline Estes and Band, 4 p.m. - Steve Shelton, 5 p.m. - Southern Thunder Band, 6 p.m. - Mark My Word, 7 p.m. - South of Heaven Band.