Next First Friday features Octoberfest in downtown

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

First Friday in downtown Greencastle will be holding its Oktoberfest celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

Headlining First Friday is the ever-popular Maryland area blues band, Rudy and the Bluefish, which will be performing on the square. Their mix of blues and bluesy rock favorites ensures a good time for all!

Bob's Florist and Gift Shop is sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  There is a $1 entry fee.  Participants can pick up their small pumpkin starting Friday, Sept. 24.  People can use markers, glitter and paint.  The pumpkins need to be turned in Thursday, Sept. 30.  They will be judged and put on display during First Friday at Bob's. Prizes include a Giant Pumpkin for carving as first prize; and the choice of a fresh floral pumpkin arrangement or gift certificate for candy as second and third prizes.

First Friday welcomes Tuscarora Mountain Winery, that has opened a new shop on Baltimore Street and will be having a wine tasting. For beer lovers, Roy Pitz Brewing Company will be hosting a beer tasting at the Fran Kenawell State Farm office.

Many food choices will be available. CenturyLink, previously known as Embarq, will be giving away free hot dogs and sauerkraut. Mrs. Gibble's Restaurant will have free samples of their popular items, and Mikie's Ice Cream will be selling ice cream and sundaes.

In keeping with the Oktoberfest theme, the Greencastle-Antrim High School Art Club will be featuring pumpkin painting for kids, Butterfly Gardens from McConnellsburg will be selling pumpkins, mums, and other fall favorites, and Tracey's Orchard will be selling seasonal produce.

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness month, Anna's Paperworks will be providing pink refreshments and giveaways. Any donations will be given to Cumberland Valley Breast Cancer Awareness.

Many shops have new and exciting merchandise for fall, and many artists are showcasing their pieces, including candles, jewelry, polymer clay figurines, handbags, cards with original artwork, pottery, and painted pumpkins.