Ocean City Today

Beach maze and ‘Great Pumpkin Race’ this wknd.

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 26, 2017
Twelve-year-old twins, Liliana, front, and Lauren Tooman of Bel Air, participate in the “Great Pumpkin Race” last year, which takes place just off the Boardwalk near North Division Street this Saturday.

(Oct. 27, 2017) O.C.Toberfest activities kicked off in downtown Ocean City last weekend with a bang, bringing Halloween excitement to thousands on the Boardwalk and beach at North Division Street.

“O.C.Toberfest is a great opportunity for families to have some fun together while enjoying the beautiful fall season in Ocean City,” said Meredith Herbert, event promoter.

A Halloween beach maze with twists, turns, wicked witches, scary scarecrows, ghouls, pirates, clowns and zombies will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Approximately 5,000 people walked through the maze last weekend, Herbert said.

“It’s free, family-fun with surprises around every corner,” Herbert said. “Plus, it’s one of the only beach mazes in the world and it’s in our very own Ocean City.”

Participants can play an “I-Spy” game while walking through and receive small prizes when they make it out of the maze. In addition, winners will be selected every hour for various gift cards from local businesses.

Last Saturday, a “Howl-O-Ween” pet parade took place on the Boardwalk with prizes for best-dressed pets.

“With beautiful weather on Saturday, we had a record number of pets, close to 300, including dogs, cats and even a hermit crab, from six states [participate in the parade],” Herbert said.

Monetary donations and pet supplies were collected for the Worcester County Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter in Berlin.

The “Great Pumpkin Race” will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, on the Boardwalk near North Division Street, where race cars are created out of an actual pumpkin.

“It’s a wacky and zany side-by-side downhill pumpkin race that is fun for all ages,” Herbert said. “Build your pumpkin race car to bring and compete for prizes. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?”

Participants can design and construct their vehicle from a single pumpkin in any shape and size.

Pumpkin race cars can be whole or carved; decorated for the occasion or right from the pumpkin patch. Each pumpkin must have two independent axels inserted through it with wheels attached.

A full list of rules can be found at www.specialeventpro.com/oc-toberfest.

Registration will begin at noon, with races set to start at 1 p.m. with a live play-by-play announcer. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest pumpkins in each division as well as the best-decorated, Herbert said.

Last year, more than 50 pumpkin cars competed in the downhill race.

“It’s fun to watch the excitement build as pumpkins race and occasionally crash into each other,” Herbert said. “Plus, it’s great to see how creatively the pumpkin race cars are decorated and the ‘drivers’ sometimes dress up too.”

In addition, check out vehicles displayed on the Boardwalk including a beach tractor, wheel loader, articulating bus, Ocean City Beach Patrol ATV, an Ocean City police cruiser and boat.

Vehicles will line the walkway around the amusement pier giving Boardwalk visitors the opportunity to touch, climb in and take photos from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“It’s a great opportunity to get up close with big pieces of machinery,” Herbert said.

To close out Halloween festivities, a fireworks display will take place on the beach near North Division Street at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

For more information about O.C.Toberfest, visit www.specialeventpro.com/oc-toberfest.

“All of the O.C.Toberfest events are made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Mayor and City Council, along with the Tourism Advisory Board, Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, Layton’s Family Restaurant, Seacrets, 28th Street Pit & Pub, the Dough Roller, the Francis Scott Key Family Resort and the Harrison Group,” Herbert said.

Visitors are also encouraged to check out OC Screams located on Worcester Street near the Boardwalk. The two-story indoor haunted house costs $16 to experience and is open from 7-11 p.m. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Purchase tickets online at ocscreams.com.

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