Time to celebrate Oktoberfest

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October 09, 2003|By Meredith James | Meredith James,SUN STAFF

Germany comes west to Ocean City this weekend for a merry Oktoberfest. Bring an appetite for schnitzel, wurst, German roasted nuts, funnel cakes, apple strudel and barrels of bier, as all will be plentiful. In addition to the German fare, Jolly Joe and the Bavarians and the Polka Jets will present their ethnic, high-energy sound, and the Alpen Rose Dancers will show off their moves. The festival also will include dance- and sing-a-longs for the lighthearted, vocally talented, or anyone who enjoys bier. Complementing Oktoberfest is the adjacent arts and crafts fair, with unusual items, such as doormats made from NASCAR tires, tote bags constructed of recycled sails and hand-painted shoes. Children are not forgotten at the "Kinter Garten," which features face-painting and puppet shows.

Oktoberfest is held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City at 40th Street and Coastal Highway. Parking is free, and admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children 13 and under. Prices also include admission to the arts and crafts fair. The festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The arts and crafts fair runs from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 410-524-7020 for more information.

Flower power

Celebrate the largest group of flowering plants this weekend as the U.S. National Arboretum blooms for the National Capital Orchid Show and Sale. This is the 56th year for the orchid show, which has become a Washington tradition. The monocotyledon is the focus of this event, which promises to have plenty of displays, "how-to" workshops, chats with orchid experts and a sales tent.

The National Arboretum is located at 24th and R streets, Washington. The show and sale run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-245-2726 or visit www.usna.usda.gov.

Victorian redux

Live 19th-century life during the 10-day "Victorian Week" celebration in Cape May, N.J. This year is the 31st annual celebration, featuring both traditional and new events. Be entertained by Historic House Tours, Victorian Fashion Shows, Vintage Dance Weekend and a Murder Mystery Dinner. New this year is "Hats and Wraps," a tea luncheon and lecture, Cape May Cooking School and "The Fight of the Century," a lecture covering the design debate of the Victorian era.

Victorian Week starts tomorrow and runs through Oct. 19. Full event listings are available online at www.capemaymac.org. Full week passes are available online and are $9-$25, depending on pass and age. For more information, call 800-275-4278.

Horsing around

Gather in Harrisburg with horse enthusiasts for the 52nd annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show, starting today and continuing through Oct. 18. During the nine-day show, $325,000 in prize money will be awarded for riding competitions. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride will present intricate cavalry drills to music each night Wednesday through Oct. 18. The Budweiser Clydesdale horses also will be on hand from Wednesday to Oct. 18, which is also the date of the $65,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National, in which all four members of the U.S. Equestrian Team are expected to compete. This is the largest indoor all-breed horse show and proceeds benefit youth programs.

The show is at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 12 and under Oct. 9-14 and admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children and seniors Oct. 15-18. For more information, call 717-770-0222 or visit www.panational.org.

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