Septemberfest celebration on Sept. 20 highlights Shores park

“Septemberfest” is coming to Del Mar on Sept. 20 and organizers hope the event will give locals a chance to see the potential for recreational activities at the Shores property.

The event includes old-fashioned games, a band and a photo booth, dog costume contest, a crazy hat competition for children and an apple pie-eating contest. There will also be a beer garden for the adults, featuring a specially crafted brew made under Ian Leggat’s direction for the occasion.

“Del Mar’s version of Octoberfest is intended to introduce residents to the unlimited potential of the Shores Park. We’ll have a three-piece band playing,” Corinne Hackbart said. Hackbart chairs the Friends of Del Mar Parks, the group organizing the event.

The Friends of Del Mar Parks, a local nonprofit dedicated to acquiring, preserving and supporting recreation, education and open space, has raised $5.4 million toward the $8.5 million purchase price for the 5.3-acre Shores property through their Campaign For the Del Mar Shores.

“We think this will be a good opportunity for the community to get together annually,” said Barbara Mandel Pache, one of the organizers.

“One of the highlights will be that old ballpark game in which each player rotates to play every position, starting at right field and ending as catcher,” Hackbart said. “So bring your favorite baseball or softball glove and a good sense of humor.”

The special microbrew will be available for $3. Food items, including hot dogs, hamburgers and chips, will also be served for under $6.

Tickets for Septemberfest are free. This is the first Septemberfest. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Enter the park at 225 9th St.

The organizing committee consists of Hackbart, Gale Darling, Piper Underwood, Grant Larson, Jody Lynn Pinchin, Laurie Spears, Leggat and Pat JaCoby.

For more information about the Del Mar Parks campaign, visit

or call (858) 481-4201.