As we inch closer to the holidays, fall season brings upon us a soothing air. Drinking sweet apple cider at home, carving pumpkins with family and watching leaves fall from the trees are all included in our transition to autumn. In spirit of the best season of the year, Fishermen’s Village is presenting the third annual Oktoberfest! On Saturday, October 8th, the Village will be filled with an array of October activities for everyone.
The event will begin with shows by the talented East Elementary and Sallie Jones Elementary Schools from 10:00 am-10:30 am, at Center Court. Support the hard work and enthusiasm of these young entertainers! Throughout the day, children and their families can choose a pumpkin from East Elementary School’s PTO Pumpkin Patch. While enjoying the festivities, stop by the patch to take home an orange Oktoberfest souvenir! The excitement continues with the 2nd annual Weiner Dog Derby from 11:00 am-12:00 noon. All different types of pups are welcomed for this 25 yard race to the finish so start training your furry friends!
Village merchants get to join in on the delight of Oktoberfest in “Scarecrows on Parade” where their originality will be put on display. Scarecrows have been historically used to frighten off birds from harvests, but the Village-Crows will be ones of style, cuteness and appeal. We encourage the public to vote on their favorite display based on the merchant’s innovation. There will be a multitude of different kinds to choose from; big, small, short, and tall, we have them all! Every vote is eligible to win a fabulous prize of $100 village bucks to use for dinner at one of our great restaurants or something special from any of our stores. Enter for a chance to spoil you, Village style!
While relishing the variety of German food and delicacies sold at the Village restaurants, check in on the live entertainment during the day. Follow the dance steps along with the Steinwingers Oompah band as they perform German and Bavarian polkas, waltzes and marches, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Schuplattler Gruppe Alpenrose dancers and Peter & Edith will also be performing your favorite German tunes from 5:00-9:00 pm, Center Stage. Get those dancing shoes ready!
If you have enjoyed Fishermen’s Village’s “Muttini Mingle” events, presented by Salty Paws, you don’t want to miss the 6th annual Barktoberfest on October 29th, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., center court! Get ready to dress up “man’s best friend” into the most creative outfit you can put together for the biggest pet costume contest in town. Space is very limited so pre-registration is required to participate. This is a charity event sponsored by Salty Paws as all proceeds go towards the local animal shelter. Join us for exciting activities for you and your furry friends to adore! Call 941-575-7599 for more details.
Fishermen’s Village invites you to join us for the event of the season! Admission is free and we guarantee a great time. Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda. From I-75 take exit #164, turn left on to Hwy 17 and proceed 3 miles to the Village. For more information, call 941 639-8721 or visit Fishville.com. We hope to see you there!