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O.C.Toberfest to open with beach maze, pet parade

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) A pet parade and beach maze will kick off O.C.Toberfest festivities this weekend 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 and zombies will be on the beach for two weeks. It is open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and next weekend, Oct. 28-29, during the same hours Saturday and Sunday.

“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.

On Saturday, a “Howl-O-Ween” parade will head down the Boardwalk at 1 p.m. with prizes and pet-themed giveaways. Registration is free and takes place at noon on the boards at North Division Street.

More than 120 pets and their owners participated in the parade last year, raising more than $1,000 in cash and pet supplies for the Worcester County Humane Society, Herbert said.

Trophies, ribbons and giveaways will be awarded to the funniest, scariest, best group, most original and a number of additional categories, she said.

The Worcester County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Berlin, will be collecting pet supplies and cash donations during the parade. Dogs, cats, birds and other family pets are invited to attend.

“It’s a great chance to dress up your pet and parade the boards, while competing for fun prizes and supporting a good cause,” Herbert said. “Or, enjoy the afternoon on the Boardwalk while watching the dressed-up pets parade by.”

The “Great Pumpkin Race” will take place next 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.”

Also next Saturday, 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.

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

To close out Halloween festivities, a Halloween fireworks display will take place on the beach near North Division Street at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

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.”

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