Blaine’s inaugural Oktoberfest kicks off next weekend

By Stefanie Donahue

The leaves are falling and the temperature is getting cooler by the day – one thing is clear, fall has arrived. To celebrate, the public is invited to take part in Blaine’s first Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday, October 8–9.

The harvest-themed event corresponds with Blaine Harbor Art Gallery’s Art-oberfest, the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and the Semiahmoo Resort Oktoberfest celebration over the weekend.

Blaine’s Oktoberfest begins with a hearty community breakfast and ends on Sunday with a pub crawl through downtown. In between, event goers will have the chance to peruse Blaine’s Gardener’s Market, hitch a ride on a horse-drawn hay ride and more.

The community breakfast starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and takes place at the Blaine community center.

Art-oberfest takes place both Saturday and Sunday at the Blaine Pavilion on the corner of 8th and H streets. The art and gift show, sponsored by the gallery also features live music, a coloring contest and a Kids Fun Zone, including a bouncy house.

Prizes are available for each age bracket in the coloring contest. Coloring sheets can be found at many local businesses or on the Blaine Harbor Art Gallery website: blaineharborartgallery.com/art-oberfest-coloring-sheets.html.

Everything from an oyster grilling competition to a pizza dough tossing contest is on the Oktoberfest docket. Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, the Blaine Pizza Factory and other downtown businesses are sponsoring events Saturday.

And don’t forget the canines. This year’s Dogtoberfest takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Birch Bay Activity Center. Pups will have the chance to play games and enjoy the day. Costumes are encouraged.

Both days, the public is invited to hop on an ambulance for a pub crawl to local drink spots throughout Blaine, from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Semiahmoo Resort Oktoberfest celebration, featuring a traditional German meal, beer and tunes, takes place on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Those looking to visit both events are invited to ride in style. The historic Plover ferry will be in service between the resort and Blaine Harbor. Limousines will be on scene to escort passengers to downtown Blaine.

And don’t forget, downtown Blaine will be festive with harvest decorations and the annual scarecrow contest and tour.

To learn more visit blainechamber.com or call 360/332-4544 or 800/624-3555.

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