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O.C.Toberfest continues with beach maze, pumpkin races

(Oct. 24, 2014) O.C.Toberfest activities will continue this weekend on the Boardwalk at North Division Street.

“Each year we have grown, and we are looking for another great year,” said Bob Rothermel, co-producer of the event.

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.

“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.

Last weekend more than 3,000 people walked through the beach maze, Herbert said.

The “Great Pumpkin Race” will take place this 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.

The pumpkin race will be 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.

Last Saturday, O.C.Toberfest hosted a pet parade on the Boardwalk, with 101 pets participating.

“We were very excited because we increased participation by 40 percent this year,” Rothermel said.

Categories for costume prizes included scariest, cutest, best homemade, funniest, pirate and best group.

Scariest winner was Trooper, a standard poodle, dressed as a flying monkey, and his owner, Angelina Pezzetti of Princess Anne, was the wicked witch.

Cutest winner was Devon, a maltese/yorkie, dressed as a chia pet, with his owner Barbara Fritz of Telford Pa., dressed as a gardener.

Best homemade costume was awarded to Riley, a Bernese Mountain dog. He was dressed as a political candidate, while owners Ella and Sam of Frederick, wore buttons and carried signs that read “Vote for Riley.” Funniest winner was Hershey, a chocolate lab, dressed as a dirt bike, while owner Rudy Maldonade of Berlin, was dressed as a dirt bike rider.

Trophies and toys were awarded to the winners.

“We raised over $700 in cash and pet supplies for the Worcester County Humane Society,” Herbert said.

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

More than 3,000 people strolled through the O.CToberfest beach maze last weekend near North Dorchester Street in downtown Ocean City. The maze will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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