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OCTOBERFEST: Things really cooking at Douglasville's day full of events
by Liz Marino
October 17, 2012 03:29 PM | 1992 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Andrea and Michael Berg of Master Tech Auto Repair start a fresh pot of their award-winning chili. The pair took runner-up in the 2011 chili cookoff and plan to win first this year.
Andrea and Michael Berg of Master Tech Auto Repair start a fresh pot of their award-winning chili. The pair took runner-up in the 2011 chili cookoff and plan to win first this year.
Why drive all the way to Helen when you can experience Octoberfest Douglasville style?

Whether a biking enthusiast, a dancing enthusiast, a spectator, a runner or one who simply enjoys the taste of a great sampling of chili on a cool fall evening, Douglasville’s Octoberfest has something for everyone.

The daylong Octoberfest will be celebrated in downtown Douglasville Saturday with a series of events happening from early ’til late.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with the West Georgia Quad bike ride. Riders have the option of a 35-, 65- or 100-mile loop across Douglas Carroll, Paulding and Haralson counties, according to Randi Miles, Douglasville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau tourism director.

The event will start and end on Church Street in downtown Doug-lasville, Miles said.

The event is in its third year, she explained, and was the brainchild of city employees Jeff Noles and Brian Carter, both cycling enthusi-asts.

Approximately 100 cyclists are expected in the event, which will benefit Douglas and Paulding County United Way.

Cost is $35 and participants can register the day of the event. Each will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag.

Also in its third year is the Tike Ride for children ages 8 and younger. This event begins at 10 a.m.

It, too, begins and ends on Church Street, said Miles, with the route traveling Price Street to Bowdon Street and back to Church Street.

Registration is $15 and young riders can register the day of the event.

Young riders have the opportunity to win two bicycles at the event.

Some 25 to 30 riders are ex-pected at the event, which was originally planned primarily for the children of West Georgia Quad riders, Miles said.

The Main Street Market will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at O’Neal Plaza, where dance related businesses are encouraged to display their wares. Booth rentals are $50 each.

This coincides with the Douglasville “So You Think You Can Dance?’ competition from 1 to 3 p.m., which is open to local dance studios and dance school groups consisting of two or more dancers ages 18 and under.

The dance competition is followed by the 16th annual Chili Cookoff, which has been one of the most popular — and delicious — competitions in Douglasville.

“This is a really wonderful fall event,” said Laura Lieberman, director of the Cultural Arts Center, which organizes the fundraiser, sponsored this year by John Bleakley Ford vehicle dealership.

The chili cookoff runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and features a stellar list of 26 competitors from the local business, government and political arena.

Visitors can taste a sample cup of chili for a $1 ticket, or purchase a bowl of their favorite for a $3 ticket, Lieberman said. Homemade desserts go for a $1 ticket.

Local youth organizations, including 4-H, Junior Master Gardeners and scout groups will sell soft drinks and hotdogs at the event.

From 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., a children’s Halloween costume contest will be held. Each child in costume will receive a goodie bag, said Lieberman, but prizes will be given for children kindergarten and younger, first through sixth grade and middle school and up categories.

She added, “We have a nice partnership with the Douglas County Rogue Runners,” which leads into the evening’s final event.

The Moonlight Run, in its 33rd year, is the largest after-dark 5K and one-mile runs in the Southeast.

The race will begin with a Tot Trot for children 5 and under, followed by the One-Mile Run for children 12 and under at 7:30 p.m.

The 5K run will begin at 8 p.m.

In conjunction with the race, a health fair will be held in the downtown conference center from 4 to 8 p.m.

If you go:

Octoberfest Events

Saturday, Oct. 20

Downtown Douglasville

- 8 a.m. West Georgia Quad bike ride. Options of 35-mile, 65-mile or 100-mile loop tour of Car-roll, Douglas, Haralson and Paulding Counties. Registration is $35.

- 10 a.m. Douglasville Tike Ride, children eight and younger. Registration is $15.

Information: or call (770) 947-5920.

- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street Market. Booth spaces are $50 each.

Information: (678) 715-6092.

- 1 to 3 p.m. Douglasville So You Think You Can Dance compe-tition.

Information: (770) 947-5920.

- Cultural Arts Center 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off, 6 to 9 p..m. Sample bowls for $1 each; full bowls $3. Twenty-six teams will compete.

- A Halloween costume contest will be held for children kindergar-ten and younger; first through sixth grades and middle school and up.

Information: (770) 949-2787 or

- 4 to 8 p.m. Health Fair, Downtown Douglasville Conference Center sponsored by Douglas County Rogue Runners.

- 7 p.m. 33rd annual Moonlight Run, sponsored by Douglas County Rogue Runners. Includes Tot Trot Run for children 5 and under at 7; One-Mile Run for youth 12 and under at 7:30 p.m.; and 5K Run at 8 p.m.

Information: or (404) 587-9628.

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