Although leaves on the trees are not yet falling to the ground or changing colors and while there is definitely no chill in the air, ShoreBread is ready to head out to the season’s first Octoberfest event at Pocomoketoberfest this weekend! From 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday September, 6 Pocomoke City’s Cypress Park will be teeming with fun activities.

Since this is an Octoberfest-style event, the main attractions will center on beer and wine. Tastings and samples will be available from breweries like 3rd Wave, Evo, Burley Oak, Fin City, 16 Mile and Dogfish Head. The wineries that will be in attendance will include St. Michael’s, Fenwick Wine Cellars, Great Shoals, and Layton’s Chance. With admission to the beer garden, guests will receive a commemorative glass and can choose up to 8 samples of craft beer, while wine drinkers will also receive a commemorative wine glass for sampling. Food such as bratwurst, hamburgers, pretzel necklaces, oyster po’ boy sandwiches and lobster or shrimp rolls will also be available.

Pocomoketoberfest not only celebrates the beer and wine gods, but also promotes art. With a glass in hand, you can see many different pieces of work ranging from ceramics, paintings, jewelry and glasswork, as well as juried art on display and non-juried vendors. New this year the Plein Air event is going on during the event, so visitors can see artists at work all around the town. You can also sit out on the lawn and listen to live music by Gus the Bardic Troubadour, PoTolo with Neal Hooks, and Monkee Paw.

Pocomoke City’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Rafter told us that “one of my favorite activities at the event is the scarecrow contest.” In this open competition, anyone can submit a creatively decorated scarecrow in the hopes of winning a prize. “Last year’s winner was Landmark Insurance and Financial Group and the scarecrow was riding a horse!  They will be enjoying 4 free tickets to this year’s event,” Rafter said.

There is so much excitement going on at Pocomoketoberfest, but after you have wandered all the way through Cypress Park do what Rafter told us and “bring your lawn chairs, meet up with your friends or make new ones, and enjoy the day!”