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Chesapeake Octoberfest Saturday

CHESAPEAKE — It’s a way to bring in the autumn season with family fun. It’s Chesapeake’s Octoberfest that will be all-day this Saturday.

Starting at the Chesapeake Tri-Angle, one mile west of the Fifth Street Bridge, the annual event is sponsored by the Chesapeake Area Citizens Coalition.

Fitness enthusiasts will get a chance to show off their skills with a 5K run that starts at 8:30. A few minutes later will start the Wellness Walk. Walkers are asked to give a canned food donation for the Chesapeake Community Center’s Food pantry.

Entry fee for the 5K run is $15 and the top male and female finishers will receive a $50 cash award. Also awards will go to male and female winners for first, second and third place within a variety of age groups.

To show your out-of-town relatives how athletic you are, there will be a photographer on hand to snap shots of all runners.

There will be entertainment throughout the day, with a strong gospel music lineup. Among those performing will be “New Beginning,” a duo made up of Ashley and Chelsea Jones, and the Chesapeake High School choir, band and cheerleaders. In the evening will be rock and roll from the Kevin Rice Band.

But before the entertainment starts the local Boy Scout pack will raise the American flag and Pastor Tom Jones from New Beginnings Church, will offer a prayer.

At 11 a.m. will be the fire parade, sponsored by the Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters from around the area, as well as local bands and beauty queens, will take over the village showing their support of their town.

Throughout the day there will be display booths for crafts and assorted items, including clothing, jewelry and games. One favorite expected is Casto Costumes.

Just as much a part of Octoberfest as the events is the food. And Saturday will be no exception. There will be chili, hot dogs, cakes, pies, candies, cookies, popcorn and homemade applesauce.

The Chesapeake Lions Club will once again serve up their famous Philly steak sandwiches. Bacon BBQ will offer their ribs and sandwiches as will Big Guy’s BBQ.

And don’t forget the always-popular Dan Faulks who will be selling his old-fashioned pinto beans and corn bread as well as giant corn dogs and funnel cake.

Car lovers can enjoy their special passion with a show starting at noon. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Ron Lewis, owner of Brothers Auto Sales, will once again sponsor dash plates for the first 50 cars, plaques for the top 25 cards and Best of Show trophies for the categories: 1900-1972 and 1973-present. Photos will be taken of all the winners. The show will be held in the grassy area by the Chesapeake Park.

For more information on the parade or other events the Chesapeake fire department is sponsoring, contact the department at (740) 867-5988 or Alan Roby at (304) 208-4503. For more information on other events, contact Pam Hollar at (304) 634-7642.