CHATHAM – Pumpkin People didn't skip a beat during the pandemic, appearing in Kate Gould Park last October right on schedule even though the annual Oktoberfest had to be canceled.
But the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association-sponsored Oktoberfest will be back on Oct. 23 with a day-long festival of food, music.
This weekend the Pumpkin People will return for their annual seasonal exhibit, with at least 17 creative displays lining the path that winds through the downtown park. They'll remain in the park through Halloween. Instructions and directions to participate are at oktoberfestinchatham.com. The pumpkin people will be judged during Oktoberfest.
The Oct. 23 Oktoberfest includes food, music and activities for the whole family from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kate Gould Park.
Seasonal food will be available from numerous vendors and Devil's Purse Brewery will set up a pop-up beer garden in the parking lot off Chatham Bars Avenue.
The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Bubble Party with Maureen, followed by the Chatham Band performing seasonal tunes on the Whit Tileston Bandstand at 11 a.m. At noon there will be a kid's costume parade; youngsters are encouraged to don their Halloween best and parade around the park for all to see. More games and activities are being planned.
Also beginning at noon will be the popular growler holding contest, as adults compete to see who can hold their beer the longest – literally. The contest to determine the most super sudster goes until 3 p.m.
More music follows to round out the afternoon, with the Grab Brothers at 12:30 p.m., followed by Club 9 Ball at 2:30 p.m.