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O.C.Toberfest activities kick off this weekend downtown

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

(Oct. 17, 2014) O.C.Toberfest activities will kick off this weekend on the Boardwalk at North Division Street.

“The O.C.Toberfest is happening the next two weekends. We are really excited about it,” said Bob Rothermel, co-producer of the event. “Each year we have grown, and we are looking for another great year.”

Families can enjoy several free activities sponsored by the Ocean City Town Council and Mayor Rick Meehan, and the Department of Tourism.

A beach maze with a giant, pirates in the sand, ghouls, witches and scarecrows will provide fun for the whole family. The maze will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and again next weekend, Oct. 25-26 during the same time.

“We have a company that designs the maze using a GPS, and ‘OC’ is shaped in the middle,” said Meredith Herbert, Special Event Productions coordinator.

A “Howl-o-ween” parade for costumed pets will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. Registration will start at 1 p.m. on the Boardwalk at North Division Street. The Worcester County Humane Society will be collecting pet supplies and monetary donations during the parade.

“Last year there were 100 pets registered, and most of their owners dressed up too,” Herbert said.

Pets were awarded trophies and prizes including toys and treats last year, and similar prizes will be presented again.

The “Great Pumpkin Race” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 on the Boardwalk at North Division Street. Participants can design and construct their pumpkin racecar from a single real pumpkin in any shape and size. Pumpkin racecars can be whole or carved; outrageously decorated or just like it came from the pumpkin patch. Each pumpkin must have two independent axels inserted through it. Attach any type or size wheels to the axels. A complete list of rules and regulations is provided at www.specialeventpro.com/oc-toberfest.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with the races set to start at 1 p.m.

Last year, the pumpkin race was split into two divisions–a junior and an adult category, Herbert said. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in each division for fastest pumpkin and most creative.

“We are hoping for 100 entries this year,” Rothermel said.

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

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