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Octoberfest set for Saturday

Octoberfest set for Saturday
In the spirit of celebrating the fall season, downtown Martin plans to offer a day full of events dedicated to the changing of the leaves. It is the first time the City of Martin has hosted a day of events known as Octoberfest. Through a joint effort by the Martin Historic Downtown Business Association and Olivia’s Opera House Restaurant, this Saturday will bring a slate full of activities to help citizens celebrate all things fall. Beginning at 8 a.m. in the Festival Park behind Martin city hall, there will be a community rummage sale. Local farmers will sell their produce and wares across the street at that time behind the C.E. Weldon Public Library. There will also be a mini car show for visitors to view. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., children can participate in the pumpkin Carving Contest. There will be a category for all ages of children through adults. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbon will be awarded as well as a cash grand prize. Judging will take place after 2 p.m. that day. The registration fee is $5 per pumpkin entered in the contest. Participants are asked to bring their own pumpkins and carving tools to the Weldon Library. The display of freshly carved pumpkins will be showcased in front of Olivia’s Opera House restaurant on North Lindell Street. The new gallery of local artists, The Arts Co-op, will offer face painting between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. For the adults, there is a beer tasting scheduled at 6 p.m. at The Gap beside the Opera House. Dinner and live entertainment will also be enjoyed that evening. The hope of the Martin Historic Downtown Business Association is to make Octoberfest an annual event. Everyone is invited to attend the festivities on Saturday.

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