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Octoberfest features ‘best entertainment’

CHESAPEAKE — There will be a little bit of everything at this Saturday’s Octoberfest, from food to carriage rides to singers who have the vocal style of George Jones and Elvis down pat.

“We have probably the best entertainment we have ever had and this is our 18th year,” Pam Hollar, one of the festival organizers, said.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. at Triangle Park with opening ceremonies where the Chesapeake High School chorus will perform. The choir will be followed by Brandon Whitt, Abbey Kimball, Five Dollar Red, Randy and Karen Pauley, Second Generation, Big Branch Church praise team, Bethany Hines, Carlos Leat, Rick Mullins and Rick Falloway.

Later in the day Leat, whose voice resembles Elvis, and Falloway, who has a singing style reminiscent of George Jones, will sing a duet.

“We will have around 50 booths,” Hollar said.

One vendor will have everything from fried pickles to fried snickers. Dan Fulks will be there with his award-winning old-fashioned beans and corn bread.

“He cooks them in an iron pot and sells out every year,” Hollar said. “It doesn’t matter if it rains, he sells out.”

There will also be pony rides and carriage rides and inflatables for the children.

“They can play all day for $5, for as long as they want,” she said. “If they have two kids it is $8 and three kids, $10.”

For more than three children, the cost will still be $10.

The fire prevention parade starts at 11 a.m. at CVS pharmacy store and will go down to the park. The festival is expected to last until 5 p.m. and free parking is available at the Chesapeake Elementary School.