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74, CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 Sea Witch Fest & Fiddlers Convention set for Rehoboth, Oct. 24-25 Don't be a "scaredy" cat - its time to gear up for the annual Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach, set for the weekend of Oct. 24-25. Fiddlers and banjo players will provide a foot-stompin' day of entertainment at the Fiddler's Festival. With prize money wait- ing in the wings, the audience is : guaranteed to be the recipient of some of the best pickin' and playin' possible. ' For those tired of sweeping the :, house, the festival offers a chance to pick up that broom and fling it away during the wacky Broom Toss event. Participants will be divided into categories by age and will get the opportunity to toss their numbered broom off the Boardwalk, with the longest dis- tance winning. Winners will re- ceive a certificate proclaiming them an official "Sea Witch Toss- er," in this event sponsored by SunSational Cleaning Services. There's no need to leave Fido and Fluffy home for the day dur- ing the Sea Witch Festival• The Best Costumed Pet Contest has been a crowd pleaser for years, and has gone way beyond cats and dogs, with former costumed critters, including Leonardo Ninja Turtle and a black goat dressed in a red cape, sporting red painted horns, named "Little Devil." Prizes will be awarded to first through third place in the dog, cat and other categories. All partici- pants receive a "Big Dogs of Sea Witch" ribbon. The contest is sponsored by Big Dog Sports- wear, which has donated more than $1,000 in prizes. As always, there is the festi- val's signature event, the Sea Witch Hunt. Those who think they've got the hunting skills and the stamina are invited to take part in the hunt for the hag. Participants must fkrst check in with the official clue keeper and pick up a 100-clue site location hst. The cities run m no parttcular order, so hunters take their best guess prior to a final cut off time. The earliest correct guess wins a cash prize. While horsemen are scheduled to provide a show on the beach, little ranch hands are invited to take a stab at ropin' a straw horse in the "rootin' tootin' ropin" area. Children may also take a pony ride or join the family on a ha)wide through the happy trails of Re- hoboth. The Nur Temple will again lead the Costume Parade up Rehoboth Avenue. The parade will have more than 700 participants, in- cluding bands, costumed groups, decorated cars and a few surprise entries. Rolling units begin at State Road and merge with walk- ers a few blocks down Rehoboth Avenue at convention hall. The parade ends a few blocks later at the Boardwalk and Bandstand• Trophies will be given for the judge's favorites, and all parade participants will receive a "Sea Witch Tracker" ribbon. Saturday night's entertainment lineup features a variety of shows, with the Rehoboth Dance Studio kicking off the fun with a 6 p.m. performance at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Following the performance, en- tertainer Paul Hadfield takes the stage for his "Spooky Spats" show. Hadfield, as Spats, has been labeled a character actor, comedi- an and "new vaudevillian." His act includes a blend of comedy, juggling and acrobatics. At 8 p.m., "The Night of the Living TV," a one-man music adventure story, will be performed by Imagine If With Jamie. The show teaches kids how to use their imaginations and utilizes audience participation, lifesize body puppets and award- winning original songs, along with mime and juggling. A magic show with Jack Noel and country music with Frank Nanna and Friends will be held at the open air Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. To work off all the great food at the festival, consider taking part in the 5K Foot Race or the Fun Web- footers Walks. Many of the 300to 400 runners and walkers who take part in the races are in costume, including last year's Little Red Riding Hood Family. Prizes are awarded not only for time but for the best costumes. And something old becomes something new when the Eastern Shore Region Antique Automo- bile Club rolls into town for a dis- play of classic and antique cars. The show will be held in Grove Park, where visitors may nosh on baked goods from It's a Wonder- ful Loaf Bakery as they stroll through the park. There's plenty more in store at the Sea Witch Festival. Included in this year's event wi)l be murder mysteries, storytelling, magic shows, trick-or-treating with mer- chants, heritage and cottage craft shows, haunted houses, bake sales, face painting, a kids' trea- sure hunt, pumpkin rolls, kids "make-it-take-it" craft area, games and more. Vendor Ken Dill 'Autumn in Abbott's' festival set Oct. 17 The 14th annual Autumn at Ab- bott's festival, which celebrates the history of the land and people at Abbott's Mill Nature Center, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Na- ture Center near Milford. Visitors to the festival may hear Chief Quiet Thunder of the Lenni Lenape tribe explain Native American beliefs, watch artisans revive old-time crafts, and visit with local wildlife brought to the nature center by the Delaware De- partment of Fish and Wildlife. There will be environmental displays, a live reptile and am- phibian display and a trapper who will transport listeners back to the days of yesteryear. Other activities include a mill tour or a canoe trip on Abbott's Pond• • There's plenty for kids to do as well, including pony rides, a make-it-yourself straw man, and mole. Singer Jackie La Guardia and others will be on hand to provide entertainment. There will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony with Gov. Tom Carper at 2 p.m. Gov. Carper will officially open the new buildiing addition. The festival will be held rain or shine. Admission is $2 for admits and 50 cents for children ages 7' to 12. Children 6 and under will be admitted free of charge. For more information, call Ab- bott's Mill Nature Center at 422- 0847. "GREAT FOOD AT A GREAT VALUE" APPETIZERS, URGERS, SANDWICHES, FRESH SALADS, ST[EAMED SEAFOOD & ENTREES. Rb photo One of the highlights of the annual Sea Witch Festival in Re- hoboth Beach each year is the costume parade, slated for Sat- urday, Oct. 24. will be at the festival with "Ken's Crazy Carvings," carved pump- kins with unique designs. Dill will also be selling "Ken's Crazy Carvings" book that shows read- ers how to carve with various pat- terns and designs. The Sea Witch Festival is pro- duced by the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce. Major sponsors include Big Dog Sportswear, Comcast Cable- vision, Conectiv Services, PNC Bank, The Rehoboth Outlets and Wilmington Trust. For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 227- 2233, Ext. 11, 12or 14, AKE house 227-6237 OPEN FOR LUNCH & 7da