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j- 16 - CAPE GAZET]FE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 Witches vie with fiddlers for record-breaking resort crowd's attention The annual Sea Witch Festival and Fiddler's Convention, spon- sored by the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce, brought in a record-break- ing crowd to the Cape Region this past weekend. According to chamber Executive Director Carol Everhart, the conservative esti- mate of attendance is 35,000 to 40,000 people, with 11 of 32 ac- commodations boasting no vacan- cies, and another 14 booking at least 50 percent more rooms than last year. "Downtown retail stores, as well as the outlets, also reported strong business over the weekend," Everhart noted. Be- cause of the overwhelming popu- larity of the merchant trick or treating, the chamber plans to make changes for next year, per- haps establishing trick-or-treat stations, with participating mer- chants distributing candy outside of their establishments. Winners of the Fiddler's Con- test wer: Banjo - Ray Hesson of Upper Marlboro, Md., first, $250; Bill Runkle, Millville, second, $150; Mike Hesson, Bowie, Md., third, $100. Bluegrass - Tuesday Mountain Boys, Salem, N.J., first, $250; Larry Lynch Band, Sel- byville, second, $150; Hesson Family Band, Bowie, Md., third, $100. Fiddler- Keith Dill, Centre- ville, Va., first, $150; Susan Bai- ley, Newark, second, $150; Ron McVey, Strasburg, Pa., third, $100. Costumer Parade winners include Ryan, Jenna and Gordon Steele of Milton; Marshall Brown of Lewes; The Burskies of Tako- ma Park, Md.; The Sharfers of Bethany Beach; Jennifer Leaman of Homey Brook, Pa.; The Lesters of St. George's Bridge; Richard and Ashley Smectberg of Hockessin; April Zappaterrinz of Wilmington; Colleen Stewart of Rockville, Md.; Catherine Park of Essington, Pa.; Josie Gomom of Baltimore; Trevor and Tyler Paradysz of Warrington, Pa.; The Laytons, Slacums and Wrights of Lewes; Laura Watson of Elkton, Md.; Rebecca Perkins of Bridgeville; Christel Palekar of Milton; Brownie Troop 1311 of Lewes; Talbot Jacobs of Brookeville, Md.; Kamber, the Foxes and Rechters of Fairfax, Va.; Lori, Alix, Tyler and Comet Kline of Lititz, Pa.; Bethann Hen- derson of Rehoboth Beach; Amanda Krzysiak of Milton; Jen- nifer Driscoll of Chesterfield, Va.; Marlee McPherson of Silver Spring, Md.; Sean McMullen of Bethany Beach; Kate Wurzbacher of Silver Spring, Md.; and Ron and Jon Dotterer of Pottstown, Pa. Marge Czerwinski of Wilming- ton won the "Fang"tastic Sea Witch T-shirt $100 raffle, while Lauren Hottinger of Smithsburg, Md., took the DART First State drawing for a weekend getaway. Chris and Larry Brittingham of Newark won the Sea Witch Hunt, with Victoria Kopunek of Re- hoboth winning the 50/50. Kemp's Balloons of Selbyville provided the larger than life green-faced witch that paraded down Rehoboth Avenue prior to the costume contest during the annual Sea Witch Halloween Festival on Oct. 25. Above, right, Marshall Brown of Lewes took a trophy for best costume as "Little Elvis," while (below) Natalie Vietro of Rehoboth Beach flutters her beguiling eyelashes. Above, John Miller of Re- hoboth Beach entertains the parade crowd, while at right, the laser show in Rehoboth Convention Center attracted standing-room-only crowds over the weekend. Above, left, Susan Bailey, age 15, of Newark, took a second place in the fiddler category during the festival, while below, "mad doctors" Eileen Volk of Rehoboth and grandson Ryan Kurtz step down the avenue. Above, Mike Gropp of Wilming- ton defends himself from demons and goblins. Angie Moon photos