Rain puts a damper on the Belmar Octoberfest


BELMAR — The rainy day had a heavy effect on the attendance at Sunday’s Octoberfest in Belmar. Large gaps of missing vendor tents accentuated the low turnout showing the effects of the rainy day.

Those who did stay at the event were treated to the musical stylings of a German band complete with lederhosen. A beer garden area was also set up across from the stage where most of the crowd was centered at the event.

Among the stands was the Belmar Historical Society, which sold popcorn and T-shirts to raise funds for their organization. “Save the Doughboy” shirts were available for purchase to raise funds toward the statue’s repairs.

President of the society, Spencer Heulitt, said, “Considering the weather I’d say we’re doing alright, but we were hoping for a better day.”

Historical society trustee Naomi Reissner said, “It [the attendance] is like the rain. It’s trickling.”

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