Chesapeake plans for fest
The village of Chesapeake is coming together to add support to this years' Octoberfest and its 100th birthday celebration. Available space is filling up quickly. If you are still thinking about joining in, the Chesapeake Area Citizens Coalition's Chairman, Dick Gilpin, assures us that there will be room for all. They do not plan to leave anyone out of the festivities.
They have 36 booths and growing. These booths will include clothing, jewelry, crafts, and kids' games and let us not forget the variety of food and drinks. There will be chili, hot dogs, cakes, pies, candies, cookies, popcorn, pumpkin rolls and cotton candy. Little Ceasars will offer up pizza while the new restaurant from the Kmart plaza, Elmer's, plans to bring a Pepsi wagon along with their homemade desserts. Visitors young and old should have their hunger satisfied by these choices.
Kids will be entertained by "Peppy the Clown" along with games and face painting. The Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department wanted to give the kid in all of us a chance, so they will be operating a Dunk'in Booth.
The CACC is planning on a great car show this year. Registration will be held from 9-11 a.m. with judging beginning at noon. Ron Lewis, owner of Brothers Auto Sales, has offered to sponsor dash plates for the first 50 cars, plaques for the top 25 cars and best of show trophies for the categories, 1900-1972 and 1973-present. The Car Show will be held in front of the Chesapeake Family Medical Center, but other local businesses have extended the usage of their lots should overflow occur. Tim Dement, owner of Proper Tires and D.D.S. Victor York are just two of the locals who have stepped up to lend their support to the community in this manner.
Several of the local businesses will be joining in the sprit of the day as Glockner Auto Credit will decorate their lot and give out free sweets as people walk by. The Dairy Bell, which was voted the 2007 Weenie Award for the Best Hot Dog Joint, will be running in-house specials all day. Amy Acres from The Flower Shop needed not one, but two booths to show off her variety of gift selections.
The entertainment section for the Octoberfest is still growing. Currently they will be using the talents of the Chesapeake High School Choir, Band and Cheerleaders -- both Jr. High and High School. Jill's Tumble World and the Tri-City School of Martial Arts will be showing us all the right moves. Everyone will appreciate the gospel vocals of Ashley Jones during the morning, while the Kevin Rice band will be rocking away the afternoon.
There are two kinds of people -- those who participate and those who watch. The CACC is looking for both. If you have something to show or sell and want a booth, or have that special car that deserves a plaque or trophy, call Dick Gilpin at (740) 867-3131. If you want to go the distance and do the 5k run or feel you need a stage to showcase your talent, call Ben Coleman (740) 867-5214.
If you just want to watch, listen and eat, the place to be on Oct. 13 will be the Chesapeake Village Octoberfest at the Tri-Angle. Mark your calendar for a fun day.