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Fifth annual Rocktoberfest this weekend in Lehighton

A cancer awareness fundraiser and community festival is set for two fun-filled days this weekend in Lehighton.

Sponsored by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative, the fifth annual Rocktoberfest will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

There will be bands, food, drinks, rides and a car show during the two-day event held in the Upper Park Amphitheater and Lower Park, said LDI President Ryan Saunders.

Saturday’s entertainment features Rude Groove, noon to 2 p.m., Amphitheater; Eric Stimmler, noon to 2 p.m., Lower Park; PSYD FX, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Amphitheater; Damian Walck, 2-4 p.m., Lower Park; Dave Matsinko, 4-6 p.m., Lower Park; Left Edge, 5-7:30 p.m. Amphitheater; Supersonic GF, 6-8 p.m., Lower Park; Griffin Zignoli, 8-10 p.m., Lower Park; and Blunt, 8-10:30 p.m., Amphitheater.

Sunday’s entertainment lineup consists of Bedlam Blues, noon to 2 p.m., Amphitheater; Joanna B/Mike, noon to 2 p.m., Lower Park; Dave Matsinko, 2-4 p.m., Lower Park; The Cramer Brothers Band, 2:30-6 p.m., Amphitheater; and Eric Stimmler, 4-6 p.m., Lower Park.

Saunders said a 5K run will be held Saturday on the D&L Trail off the bypass.

He said the event will also feature a two-day car show in the Upper Park run by the Pharoahs Car Club of Jim Thorpe from noon to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. There is no preregistration this year, as the cost is $15 for one day, or $20 for both days.

There will be live food vendors by the amphitheater, and Top 5 trophies given each day for Kids Choice; Carbon County Chamber Choice; Best Tuner; Pharoahs Choice; and Best of Show.

Additionally, Saunders noted there will be a basket raffle in the Lower Park both days that is being run by the Lehighton Fire Department.

“That’s their main fundraiser for the year,” Saunders said. “It’s in the hopes to grow their fundraisers and maximize as many funds as they possibly can for that event. All proceeds from the Chinese auction will go to the Lehighton Fire Department, which supports our local community, which is what we’ve always been about.”

Saunders noted that last year’s Rocktoberfest event had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

“We’re proud Rocktoberfest is morphing into a multifunction fundraiser,” he said. “It’s free for the community to come out and enjoy the entertainment.”

Saunders said there will also be rides for the kids, as well as a beer and wine garden for the adults, along with multiple different bands to provide music to suit all genres.

“It’s a great two-day community event with tons of entertainment, tons of food, free activities for the community,” he said. “And it’s a great atmosphere for people of all ages.”

The fifth annual Rocktoberfest will be held Saturday and Sunday in both the Upper Park Amphitheater and Lower Park in Lehighton. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO