CHATHAM – Saturday is Oktoberfest in Chatham, and attendees who arrive in Bavarian garb will receive a free handmade commemorative pin.
If that isn't incentive enough to come to the event – at least to see the costumes – how about free music, games, Pumpkin People and lots of seasonal food and drink from a raft of local vendors.
Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, the Oktoberfest celebration takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Kate Gould Park. It's free to attend, but vendors will be charging for food and drink.
A major element of the festival is the Pumpkin People in the Park, the annual Halloween-themed display featuring figures, set pieces and scenarios constructed around pumpkins. This year's Pumpkin People were a bit late to the park – they were supposed to be set up last Friday, but weather kept them away until Monday. They will remain on display through the end of the month.
Oktoberfest starts out with the Chatham Band at 11 a.m., performing in the Whit Tileston Bandstand at the park. A 11:45 there will be a costume parade around the park, with treats for kids. Link Montana and the Rough Riders will perform at the bandstand from 12:30 to 2, followed by Super Soulshine from 2:30 to 4:30.
There will be children's games, including cornhole, throughout the day. In the parking lot next to the park Devil's Purse will set up a beer garden, and local food vendors will offer food to go along with the Oktoberfest theme.
For more information, visit www.oktoberfestinchatham.com.