Thousands of people experienced the thrill of the giant Halloween Beach Maze over its two weekend run in Ocean City Maryland. For 2016, the Maze was bigger and better than ever with surprises around every corner! Kids of all ages were able to experience a friendly scare as they meandered the sands of the giant beach maze. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, a giant spider web, zombies and more joined in the fun. Also while finding their way through the maze families could play the "eye spy" game to look for gargoyles. Prizes were awarded hourly thanks to gift cards from Layton's Restaurant and 28th Street Pit & Pub.
Another event that took part of the O.C.toberfest events was the "Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade." Over 140 pets, from six different states, plus their owners and friends came out on Saturday, October 22nd, dressed in their best costumes and paraded the boardwalk. The Grand Parade Marshal was Scout, one of Ocean City's finest police horses. Followed by all the participants with really great costumes! Some of the top awards went to Bridget and Chase, chocolate labs from Berlin MD, and their family, dressed as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Toad and Princess Peach; Pabst the Puggle, from Sevierville TN, dressed as The President; Saltwater Taffy, a Border Collie/Husky, from Berlin MD, dressed as saltwater taffy, Bumpers and Chico, a mini poodle and silky terrier from Germantown MD, dressed as Dogser's Dairyland; Buckles, A Cairn Terrier from Queenstown MD, dressed as a "cereal" killer (complete with lots of cereal boxes); Skye, a Siberian Husky from Mechanicsville MD, plus her owners dressed as tacky tourists; Jinx and Stich, Sphynx cats from Reedsville PA, plus their owners all dressed as Pokemon; Nemo, a rescued Westie from Germantown MD, dressed as Little Bo Peep; Cali, a Cavachon from Williamsport MD, with her owners dressed as Gangster Bank Robbers and Aspen, Remy, Koa, Luna and Newty, 4 Great Danes and a Newfoundland from Ocean View DE, dressed as the Wizard of Oz. The Worcester County Humane Society was on site collecting donations with some great pets available for adoption. Fun was had by all!
On October 29th The Great Pumpkin Race took place with over 60 racers competing in the Adult and Junior divisions. Racers traveled from four states, including Rhode Island. Taking home the Top prize for fastest pumpkin in the Junior division was "Drumstick of Doom" driven by Garret Ward from Crofton Maryland. Runner up was "Gray Ghost" driven by Helen & Jacqueline Pantoulis from Ellicott City MD. The winner in the Adult Division was "Sin Da Rolla" driven by Mike Gawel from Sykesville MD just sneaking past "The Zebra Diva" driven by Teresa Ward from Crofton MD. Awards were also presented to the Most Creative, "Snoopy's Red Baron," Tyler Shilling, Hampstead MD; the Most Original "Phelps Medal Count," Hope Allison, Fairfax VA; the Most OC Spirit "OC Beach Ball Tower," AJ Morea, Baltimore MD; Funniest "Trumpkin," Jacob Martin, Woodstock MD; Scariest Adult Division "Sparky" George & Rebecca Guke from Pittsburg PA; Scariest Junior Division "Jaws," Lilia Tooman, Bel Air MD; Sweetest Ride "Sugar Rush," Claire Martin, Woodstok MD and the Cutest "Pax the Panda," Lauren Tooman, Bel Air MD. Congratulations to all! For a complete list of winners see below.
Saturday night OC Fright Lights took place. The Halloween themed show featured lasers, lights, music, special effects and more all displayed on a 5 story giant beach ball. The show concluded with a fireworks display that lit up the night. The boardwalk was packed with everyone watching the show!
All O.C.Toberfest events were free thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Ocean City Mayor and City Council along with the Department of Tourism, 28th Street Pit & Pub, Dough Roller, Francis Scott Key Resort, Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, Layton's Family Restaurant, OC Today and Seacrets. For more information on how you can be a part of O.C.Toberfest 2017 email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-798-6304.
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