Cape May in the Fall 2016

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Cape May, NJ -  Cape May’s one of the few beach towns that’s had a knack for attracting visitors, even after the beach season’s over.

Fall brings crops of special interest tourists. Cape May birders are one prime example.

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For these folks, heads up is a way of life in the fall. Catch them on the Cape May Point Hawk watch from now until November.

The Cape May Dragon Boat Races are another fall favorite for a select group of visitors.

The races filled Cape May Harbor with traditional dragon boats one September morning. The specialized boat races draw hundreds of women boaters from all over the region.

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Unfortunately, this year, unpredictable 24 mile per hour winds forced the all day races to halt just after noon.

Other Weather Woes

Weather has played havoc with other events this fall as well. West Cape May had to cancel its Labor Day Tomato Festival because of Tropical Storm Hermine.

Today, Cape May’s annual Oktoberfest on Jackson St. was dampened by the latest deluge.oktoberfest3
The block long festival did go on as planned, despite the weather.

Two other popular fall events are coming up this month, as long as the weather cooperates.

Cape May Halloween Parade – October 23

Both kids and adults trot out their most original costumes for this annual community parade,  Sunday, October 23.  Children can trick or treat on the Washington Street Mall from noon to 2PM, before the parade starts. (West Cape May usually holds its trick or treating right on Halloween. Some photos from last year).)

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival – October 8th

Everyone’s favorite – West Cape May’s Lima Bean Festival – is set for next Saturday, October 8 in Wilbraham Park. It’s essentially a street fair that combines every manner of Lima bean flavored food and drink with unusual decorative displays for the lowly Lima.  Always music and a Lima Bean Queen, of course. People love it and come back year after year for some Lima bean soup or ice cream.

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Just in case, a rain date is set for October 9th.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.