Like Mark Twain, reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated.
There will be Octoberfest 2012, the 12th annual, says festival chairman Lucy J. Harbert.
The fall festival will be held Oct. 5-7 at Riverfront Park with American Idol semifinalist Chase Likens of Pt. Pleasant (6 p.m.) and country music artist Andy Gibson (8 p.m.) as the featured entertainment on Saturday evening, followed by fireworks (9:30 p.m.).
Other Saturday features will include a Pancake Breakfast (7-10 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center), Grand Parade (10:30 a.m.), Pie Eating Contest, Cake and Pie Auction, Corn Hole Contest, Youth Pageant, Chili Cook-Off and Bocce Contest.
Sunday features include a Halloween Costume Contest (1 p.m.), Pet Costume Contst (2 p.m.) and Beatlemania magic show (3 p.m.).
There will also be a car show (Friday, 6 p.m.), inflatables, fortuneteller, duck pond, face painting, petting zoo, apple butter making, zip line, bake sale and more.