NEW HAVEN — Pumpkin decorating, face painting, sack races and a chili cook-off are among the events slated for the Town of New Haven’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 1.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the New Haven Library. Residents are urged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the day.
There will be many activities on tap for the youngsters, including sack races and face painting by Brandy Roush. A pumpkin-decorating contest will be held, with all supplies being provided. Bob’s Market and Greenhouses will supply the pumpkins, while the town will have decorations available. Children will decorate the pumpkins during the festival, with winners announced at the conclusion of the event. Prizes will be awarded. Woodmen of the World representative Trent Roush is co-sponsoring bounce houses from Meigs Inflatables for the children to enjoy throughout the day.
For adults, Recorder Roberta Hysell said there will be a Chinese auction. Those interested are asked to bring new or gently used items to the town hall or the festival to be auctioned.
Entry forms for the chili cook-off can be obtained at the town hall or on the day of the festival. The entry fee is $10, due upon registration, which begins at 9 a.m. on event day.
Tasting begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., with the winner announced at 2:30 p.m. There will be three judges, and the first place winner will receive a gift card. The second and third place winners will receive ribbons.
Participants must bring their own table, chairs and canopy. Health department regulations require that the chili be kept hot. Since there is no water or electricity on site, Hysell said entrants will need to use a gas grill, camp stove or portable propane stove. Plastic trash bags, water, towels, soap for hand washing, and food handlers gloves must also be provided by the participant.
The town is asking all display and booth decorations be suitable for the family oriented festival.
Hysell said Erin Young is assisting in the festival planning. For more information on any event, contact the town hall at 304-882-3203.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.